Pacific Whale Foundation

Watch whales or dolphins, snorkel at Molokini or Lana’i, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise or go stargazing at night at sea. You’ll find an ocean cruise to suit your style of adventure with Pacific Whale Foundation’s many choices of ocean eco-adventures. Our award-winning cruises are based on more than three decades of marine research and ecotourism experience, and earn high ratings by guidebooks, travel sites and travel writers. Join us for a  truly unique, educational and fun day out on the water. The best part is that 100% of the profits go to supporting research, education and conservation programs on behalf of whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.

Whalewatch Discount Ma’alaea
Discount Classic Whalewatch Ma’alaea

Our Discount Classic Whalewatches are exactly the same as our Classic Whalewatches, except they are even more affordable. We offer these discounted cruises as part of our goal to make whalewatching accessible to all.

Each trip is led by a team of Pacific Whale Foundation’s certified Marine Naturalists, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on all Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatches (from November 26 – May 15) or you go again free. We are proud of
our 97% sighting success rate.

* Listening to whales on underwater hydrophones
* Educational talk by our team of certified Marine Naturalists
* Free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids
* Free whale poster and color whalewatch guide for your party
* Whale sightings guaranteed or you go again free

* Affordable rentals of binoculars and cameras
* Snacks and refreshments for purchase (soda, juice, Maui Brewing Co. beer, and wine)

 Departs: Daily from November 26 – May 15. (Whale Search Cruises available in early and mid November.) Please check for availability.
 Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Check-in: 45 minutes prior to departure:
- For  Ma’alea departures: Pacific Whale Foundation
Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next to Maui Ocean

Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher by spending time with our research team, in a small group setting in our research lab, at our Discovery Center, and at sea on a whalewatch.

Your adventure begins at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center overlooking Ma’alaea Harbor. Take part in a 45-minute presentation given by one of our researchers, including a fascinating look at  how we photograph and study whales in the wild. During the presentation, you’ll enjoy a complimentary tropical-style continental breakfast, with locally-grown fruit, fresh-baked pastries and Maui coffee.

Next, you’ll embark on a two-hour whalewatch with our researchers. Observe our
researchers gathering identification photos of whales and ask all the questions you want about whale behavior and marine research. You’ll also listen to live whale songs via underwater hydrophones. After disembarking the vessel, you’ll return to the Discovery Center and our research lab for a 30 to 40 minute informational session about our ongoing whale research in Hawaii, Australia, and Ecuador.

As always, whale sightings are guaranteed. (If you do not see whales,
you will get a free ticket for one of our Classic Whalewatches.).

* Free CD of the professional images taken during the cruise, plus some of our researchers’ favorite whale photos
* Free “I Love Whales” bumpersticker
* Free copy of Pacific Whale Foundation’s exclusive DVD, “Research Clips From the Field,” featuring video of whales observed during our 2010 whale research study in Australia
* Free whale poster and color whalewatch guide

Departs: Tuesdays at 7:00 am, from January 11 through April 12
Duration: approximately 4 hours
Check-in at 6:55 am:
- Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center at The Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (downstairs, facing the harbor).

Whale Search Lahaina
Available November 8 through 25

The first sightings of humpback whales typically are reported off Maui’s coast during September or October. Their numbers gradually increase as autumn turns to winter. Our two-hour Whale Search Cruises offer the opportunity to get out on the water, learn about whales from our expert naturalists and possibly observe some of our early season whales. We do not guarantee whale sightings, but with the captains of our seven vessels and our researchers in close contact, we are very skilled at locating whales in the area. It’s always a thrill to see these earliest whales of the year, as they arrive in Maui to mate, give birth and care for their young.

* Free whale poster and free color whalewatching guide
* Free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids

* Affordable rentals of binoculars and cameras
* Snacks and refreshments for purchase (soda, juice, Maui Brewing Co. beer, and wine)

Departs: Daily departures from  November 8 through November 25
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Check-in:  Please check-in 45 minutes prior to departure:
- For Lahaina departures: Pacific Whale Foundation
Lahaina Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina.