WHALE WATCHING CRUISES
& LIVE RESERVATIONS
Seasonal Availability: December - April
At SEA MAUI we’re more like your extended family or new best friends once you’re on board. You’re here to have a good time, learn about the ocean, Maui, whales (seasonal) and all that good stuff. We’re a team of like-minded, easy-going, salty sailors that absolutely love our jobs and all the cool people we get to meet! When you come on a trip with us, we promise to do everything in our power to make sure you have the time of your life out on the water.
2 Hour Whale Watch - During Sea Maui's winter months (Dec 15th - April 15th) Humpback whales migrate down from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Maui to give birth to their calves and train them in the safe, calm waters off Ka'anapali.
Chat with our naturalists if you are interested in learning about the whales or if you prefer just grab a bean bag, a cocktail and enjoy nature's show! This sail includes a full open bar.
Check in at the Sea Maui Kiosk located between Leilani's and Hula Grill along the beach walk at Whaler's Village Shopping Ctr. 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI.
Seasonal Availability December 15th to April 14th
Whale Watching Tour • Seasonal - Encountering the humpback whales on 24-foot Zodiac boats is an amazing experience and especially so at sunset! Enjoy these majestic animals during one of our lovely tropical sunsets. Your naturalist captain will explain the whale’s behaviors and get as close to them as possible (we adhere to Federal MMPA viewing regulations). We also have hydrophones on board to listen to the beautiful whale song.
Zodiac rafts are known worldwide as the perfect vessel to observe marine life. Our fast-moving Zodiacs get into viewing position quickly and provide an exhilarating and fun ride. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour. The rafts are only a few feet off the water and everyone has a front-row seat on our 16 passenger Zodiac.
Seasonal Availability January 1st to March 14th
Honokohau Harbor, Kona, Hawaii Island
Kauai’s Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure - Our friends the humpback whale or gentle giants as we call them make their journey to our Hawaiian waters during the months of December through May, during this time you will witness these gentle giants breaching and hear their song from a distance. Kauai whale watching tours are a must see in Hawaii, this always leaves families with a lifetime of memories and children are always left with a whale of a story for all to hear when they return home. Come join us for a great adventure. **No snorkeling on whale & dolphin adventure.
"Do you speak whale?" We sure do! An under water microphone (hydrophone) is on board so you can hear the whales' songs and vocalizations.
Seasonal Availability December 11th to April 1st
Whale Watching - Want to see some whales? Come find them with us. We can cover more ground in our whale watching adventures because we can go farther and faster than anyone else to make sure you get a good look at these graceful giants. From the east side to the west side, we can reach the entire southern coast of Oahu on this trip.
This adventure is usually offered between December and May, when the magnificent humpback whales visit Hawaii.
Whales are wild animals and they operate on their own schedules. They usually arrive in the islands in December and stay until April, but we won't really know until we see them. For reservation purposes, our whale watching season tentatively starts December 15 and will be updated and adjusted as the whales make their first appearances of the season.
Seasonal Availability December 15th to April 15th
Ala Wai Harbor, Waikiki, HI
Whale Watch Adventure - Sail with our attentive crew and naturalists as we welcome Pacific Humpback Whales to their winter home. We guarantee you’ll see whales or the next time is on us. Experience these incredible creatures like never before as they play, bask and give birth to a new generation in our peaceful ocean backyard.
Scientists tell us that whales have been swimming our oceans for the past 65 million years. No surprise then that the songs of megaptera novaeangliae, (the Pacific Humpback Whale) sound as old as time itself.
Seasonal Availability December 17th to April 2nd
Lahaina Premier Whale Watch! - Have you ever seen a real live humpback whale? Well now’s your chance. We offer an awesome fully narrated 2 hour Maui whale watching tour during whale season, December through April. There is no better place than Ma’alaea Bay, often referred to as the “cradle of the humpback,” for its high concentration of these magnificent animals. If you haven’t had the experience for seeing a humpback in the wild its a must do on your vacation. The Quicksilver is a great boat for Maui whale watching because of its double decks and comfortable table and chair seating.
These animals are amazingly active during their short stay in Hawaii. They are here to mate and give birth. The warm, relatively shallow water of Ma’alaea Bay is the ideal place for these activities. The rest of the year they spend their time feeding in Alaska.
Humpback whales display many different types of behaviors. Here we have pictures of the most common. These whales can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes. Upon surfacing they ex hail at an alarming rate. The lungs of a full grown adult whale can be as large as a VW bug. When they exhale you can see their “blow” from miles away. A Breach is also a common and very exciting spectacle. Imagine what a sight it is to see a whale as large as a school bus jumping almost completely out of the water. It’s hard to explain how awe inspiring it really is. Experience for yourself, book your Maui whale watching tour today! Sightings guaranteed or go again free.
Seasonal Availability December 2nd to April 2nd
Get the Royal treatment on our Ali'i VIP Whale Tour! We limit this tour to a maximum of 12 guests, so you have more opportunities to view the Humpback whales, and other sea life, in the most comfort possible. Our vessels are USCG rated to carry 27 guests, but this tour is all about you and your experience and is limited to 12 guests.
We depart from, and return to, the Mala Boat Ramp located on the North end of Front Street in Lahaina at 1201 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761.
Seasonal Availability December 20th to April 15th
Mala Wharf, Lahaina, Maui
Kailua Pier, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island
Every year between December and April, more than 8,000 Humpback whales journey over 3,500 miles to Hawaii where they congregate to breed, calf and nurse their young. Our 2.5 hour Whale Watching Excursion offers you a rare opportunity to view and experience this phenomenon. Our marine life naturalist will astound you with facts about these gentle giants as they play, court and teach their young. You'll hear singing Humpback whales through our underwater hydrophones, and you may also see Spinner Dolphins, Pilot and Sperm Whales, Manta Rays, Sea Turtles and more.
Seasonal Availability December 15th to March 30th
Whale Watch Private Charter - On your whale watch trip with us we will take you out to the coastal waters of the North Shore of Oahu and search for a sighting of the magnificent humpback whales that call Hawaii home for the winter months. These gentle giants migrate thousands of miles from the seas of Alaska to mate and give birth! You will get the in person chance to see one of these whales in the wild from the comfort of our boat. Throughout the trip, a marine biologist crew member will be sharing interesting and valuable science about the humpback whales and any other marine life spotted.
At all times, we obey all rules and regulations that ensure there is no disturbance or harassment of the whales and any marine mammal that we encounter. There is no guarantee to see a whale, although we do our best to use our knowledge and experience to find them.
Haleiwa Harbor, North Shore Oahu
Waikiki, Waianae and Kailua-Kona
1125 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
Whales Guaranteed: If you don't see whales on any of our "WHALE WATCH" specific trips in season, come back again one more time for free! (Rerides only, no refunds. Reride is on trips of equal or lesser value).
HAWAII NAUTICAL - Every December through March, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along to catch these beautiful mammals at their best on our exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursions. Dolphins are likely to be seen, too.
Seasonal Availability December 1st to March 31st
85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792
Want to see some whales? Come find them with us. Our knowledgeable crew will give you the best chance of finding these creatures. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the view along the way too.
Seasonal Availability December 29th to March 31st
Kewalo Basin Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu
Haleiwa Harbor, North Shore Oahu
NORTH SHORE CATAMARAN - We are most experienced whale watching company with over 35 years of spotting whales and making memories, as well as sunset tours, snorkeling tours (seasonal) and a sun and moon cruise.
Catamaran sailing is one of the most popular activities in Hawaii. Our sailing catamaran provides our visitors with a smooth, comfortable sailing experience. She can also safely pick up some speed and give you the true feeling of sailing without leaning or being splashed by rough water.
Seasonal Availability December 15th to April 15th
From the comfort of your private luxury yacht, enjoy an amazing experience with Hawaii’s humpback whales. Departing near Waikiki, enjoy a leisurely sail against the majestic backdrop of Diamond Head as you scan the water for majestic whales. Dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays are often seen while relaxing aboard with your family and friends.
The majestic Humpback whales migrate annually to the Hawaiian Islands between December and April. After a long crossing of the Pacific Ocean, they return to deliver their calves off Hawaii’s warm, sheltered waters. Seeing these endangered species off Oahu is a true gift of nature!
Seasonal Availability January to April
Kewalo Basin Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu
Port Waikiki Cruises - Whale Watch on the 54' Spirit of Aloha from Waikiki. Every December through April, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along see catch these beautiful mammals at their best on our exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursions.
Sailing from the Hilton Pier on Waikiki Beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village at 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI.
Seasonal Availability December 2nd to March 31st
Hilton Hawaiian, Waikiki, Oahu
Enjoy our brand new 6 passenger vessel for an unforgettable adventure with the humpback whales. We launch right in the middle of the humpback sanctuary, where we find mother humpback whales with their babies (called cow/calf pairs), competition pods (often where we witness the breaching), and singing whales (yes, we do have a hydrophone on board). Captain Kelsey and team are very knowledgeable about cetaceans and Big Island history, that for a solid 1 hr and 45 minutes you will have such a fabulous and informative time! This trip is great for photographers, as Captain Kelsey is very aware of lighting and driving the boat so one gets the best picture!
Boat has a bathroom on board. Hydrophone. Relaxing music as we cruise. Cold drinks and a locally sourced snack is provided.
Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island, Hawaii
Seasonal Availability December 14th to April 14th
* Due to the bouncy nature of our ride, however, we do not allow any persons with back or neck problems or pregnant ladies.
December 1st to March 31st
Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui
Maui is the place to see humpback whales. Each year these magnificent creatures migrate south from Alaska, and although you can see them throughout Hawaii, the ‘Au ‘au channel off the coast of Maui boasts the greatest number. Our warm, relatively shallow and protected waters make an ideal location for the humpbacks to mate and give birth to their calves. These whales are known for their acrobatics, and are often seen fully breaching out of the ocean!
We generally spot humpbacks on all of our trips during the winter, but this season we’re offering an exciting opportunity to Sail with the Whales! We’ll embark from Ma’alaea harbor and set sail in the afternoon Tradewinds. This trip is exclusively sailing, so we can head to wherever the whales may be.
Seasonal Availability December 15th to March 31st
Each winter there's an increase in visitors to the islands from thousands of Humpback whales, the State of Hawaii's official marine mammal. From as early as September until as late as May, humpback whales can be seen in the near-shore waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Taking a Whale Watch Cruise is the best way to view them up close in Hawaii.
A whale watching cruise can be an awe-inspiring experience from the water. Mothers can be seen teaching their calves to breach, and males can be seen competing with one another in fierce head-to-head battles. The underwater vocal stylings of male humpback whales can even be heard by divers, snorkelers and boaters. The thrill of such encounters has fostered a strong love of humpbacks in the islands.
The average season for most Hawaii Harbor's whale watching cruises is December 15 - April 15th, while some whale watching cruises are only available January - March. Live reservations show availability below.
Courtesy NOAA - Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary