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Eye-Level Whale Watching 2 Hour Eco-Raft Tour from Lahaina, Maui

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Lahaina Whale Watch

From US$68.59

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This tour departs from the historic Lahaina Harbor to find the majestic humpback whales that frequent the waters surrounding Maui in the winter months. Traveling in a small raft creates an intimate whale watching experience not found on the larger vessels commonly used on whale watching tours. Plus, the raft travels quickly, letting you spend more time whale watching and less time in transit.
  • Enjoy a small group whale watching tour off the coast of Maui
  • You can choose from a morning or afternoon tour so it doesn’t interfere with other plans
  • In the event of cancellation due to weather, you are offered an alternate outing or a full refund
  • Prepare for the chance to photograph whales in their natural habitat

What's Included

  • Marine Naturalist Narration
  • Hydrophone to listen to whale songs
  • Bottled water
  • Life jackets are provided for emergencies but are not required to be worn during the tour. 
  • Plan to get wet! This is a raft- ocean spray and light rain can occur during tour.
  • BYOB ( Plastic or cans only)
  • No Spray Sunscreen Permitted - Reef Safe Sunscreen Only

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hawaii Ocean Rafting Whale Watch and Snorkel
    675 Wharf St Slip #8, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

    CHECK IN 30 minutes prior to start time at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, Lahaina Harbor Slip 8, 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina. Paid parking lots are located off Dickenson Street in Lahaina Town. Free parking is for 3 hours or less. PARKING may take 20 minutes to find and walk to Harbor.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No Infants
  • No children under 3
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Capt Cali, and her first mate were awesome. They were extremely knowledgeable and great at engaging with all of us. I highly recommend this tour for a first class experience. These ladies were awesome!


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Great experience
Gina_M, Apr 2023
Very knowledgeable crew and super fun! We loved it. Saw many whales and just enjoyed being on the water.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Yay for so many whales and glad you had fun whale watching with our crew! Mahalo for choosing us to whale watch with on Maui!
Great Experience!
Viki_A, Apr 2023
Staff were great, good knowledge of the whales. Even at the end of the season we were able to see a mom and calf playing and two males jostling over a female with a calf. Definitely recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Comp pods and mom calf encounters! Awesome to have both! Mahalo for choosing to whale watch with us even end of season, there were so many whales!
Beautiful, refreshing, and a must do
Cheryl_D, Apr 2023
Went second to last day of the season not expecting, just hoping to see a whale and we saw 3! A momma, a baby, and a male. Very fun, great guides (Jill and Paul), knowledgeable, and will definitely go out there with them again next time I’m back in Maui.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
It's such a treat when we have awesome whale encounters end of whale season! So glad that was your experience and Jill and Paul were great crew! Thanks for choosing us to whale watch with while on Maui!
Fun experience
Kelly_M, Apr 2023
The most memorable part of this experience was listening to the humpback song with an underwater mic. The naturalist guide shared a lot of knowledge.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Great to hear your whale watch was educational and listening to whale songs was the highlight! Mahalo for touring with us!
The Experience of a Lifetime!!
Tim_M, Apr 2023
This was a lifetime experience that we will never forget!! The staff was absolutely phenomenal and I would highly recommend them. I am certain that you would be disappointed if you went with any another company!! You can see from the pier hat they knew what they were doing f and they were so knowledgeable and fun. They also made it very relaxing as well.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We know there are so many whale watching tours to choose from, we are so glad you decided to whale watch with us and your experience with our crew was so positive! Thank you for going out with us!
Incredible experience!
Daniel_B, Apr 2023
We had an incredible trip! The boat was smaller and able to get much closer than other whale watching tours we encountered on the water. The crew was incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful in getting us close to the whales! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
We love offering the smaller group experience, and are stoked when the crew and whale sightings are what you hoped for! Thank you for whale watching with us!
Terrible!!! We registered on time and they told us to comeback at 215, we arrived at 219 and they had already left telling us that they tought we wouldnt arrive, toh i know we were late, it was 4 minutes and they had already seen us!! nobody Helped sad experience
Response from Host, Apr 2023
It's disappointing that you missed the boat. Just like an airline, we have back to back trips and have to depart on time. We do boarding call at the harbor area prior to departure and also have check in 30 minutes prior to departure to ensure everyone knows where to board and when the boat departs. I hope you are able to make it next time you go whale watching.
You HAVE to do this!
Ellen_V, Apr 2023
I’m wishing I had a go- pro for this experience! Baby and mama swam literally right under us and two species of dolphin did the same! The captain and her aide were very knowledgeable and friendly. I would totally go in this again but earlier in the year. A lot of the whales were already heading back to alaska when we went.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Wow! So amazing you had a close encounter with a mom and baby whale, especially end of season! So glad the crew were hospitable! Mahalo!
Great Experience!
Jodi_R, Apr 2023
Late in the season but we were able to see 4-5 whales. Even saw a Calf and Mama. Were able to hear them "sing" and well as flashed us tails! Guides were amazing and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Yay for late season whale encounters! Their song is so magical, glad you got to hear it and had a fun trip with the crew!
The eye-level whale...
Cindee_M, Apr 2023
The eye-level whale watching experience far exceeded my expectations. We saw and heard five to six whales. A mother, baby, the escort male and a couple of other males. The raft operators/guides were very knowledgeable and they shared a lot information about whales. I would highly recommend this experience.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Mahalo for recommending whale watching with us! Love hearing about your experience with the crew and whale encoutners, so awesome!
Whale watch
Jody_C, Apr 2023
Didnt see many whales, but Hill n Paul were so knowledgeable and informative keeping us entertained the whole time.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Mahalo for joining us the end of whale season! Glad Jill and Paul made the trip fun even with fewer whale sightings!
Highly highly recommend!!
Catherine_C, Apr 2023
Such a great time! Jill and Paul are super nice and very knowledgeable! We saw a couple mommas with babies while out on our cruise, and she even stopped on our way back to the marina to watch a baby play for a few minutes! Highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Stoked to hear you had such a great time whale watching with Jill and Paul and even encountered a baby whale! So cool! Mahalo!
Great Show
LV_T, Apr 2023
Saw 3 whales followed them for about 30 minutes. Two breached the water. Amazing sight. Boated about 15 minutes with about 20 to 25 dolphin. Got great pics.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dolphins and whales?? Awesome! It's pretty rare to see them both on the same tour, so glad you had that experience! Mahalo!
Wonderful Whale Excursion!
Jennifer_H, Apr 2023
Captain and deck hand were knowledgeable and friendly. Being eye level with the whales was incredible. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Great to hear the low to water raft was the right fit for you on your whale watching adventure! Mahalo for joining us!
Fun whale watching experience.
Jeannie_A, Apr 2023
We saw a lot of whales. Our guides were great. The whole experience is well worth the time and money.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Yay for lots of whales! Great to hear the crew made the trip an awesome experience! Mahalo!
Do this in West Maui!!
Margery_G, Apr 2023
Captain & Val gave a great tour! We saw several whales and even had them swim directly under our raft. It’s a beautiful trip, small group and highly worth it!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
It's great hearing you saw so many whale at the end of season and had a special close encounter! Mahalo for whale watching with us on your Maui trip!
Loved it!
Melissa_V, Apr 2023
We loved it! Our tour guides made great effort to get us the views we wanted, and extremely informative and funny as well! Seeing the bottle-nose dolphins swimming alongside the whales was a treat!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Having a whale/dolphin encounter is super rare to observe in Maui! Stoked you had such a special marine animal experience and had a great time with the crew! Mahalo for whale watching with us!
Great excursion!!
Anna_F, Apr 2023
Wasn’t sure if we would see much activity as we are at the end of whale season but Jill and Scott were great at spotting several whales and getting us to them in a hurry!! Great experience and an enjoyable boat ride!!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Glad you had a fun boat ride, awesome crew and several whale encounters! Thank you for including us in your Maui vacation!
Exciting and Educational
Debbie_K, Apr 2023
It was an awesome experience and the crew was so knowledgeable of the whales. We saw a mom and baby whale and got to learn the history behind the whale’s migration to Maui. A wonderful experience!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Love hearing that the tour was educational and fun! Mom and baby whales are so cool to encounter! Mahalo for joining us!
Interesting experience
Nicole_H, Apr 2023
It was an interesting experience unfortunately it was tail end of season in April when we did the ride. Thankfully still managed to sight calf whale coming up for air in the distance. No whale mugging unfortunately so that we could see them up close. Very informative session with Gina and Paul and learn much about the whales that come to Hawaii.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Glad you had such a great whale watch with us late in the season! Yes close encounters are a special experience that doesn't happen every tour, hope next time you get to have that!

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