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Maui Whale Watching Excursion Reviews

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Maui is a great place for whale watching, and a guided boat is the perfect way to make sure you're in the right place at the right time to catch the underwater behemoths.

Home on the range

1 review

On this particular boat you could not really see out from inside the boat. They would only talk about what they were seeing out in front of the boat, so you had to be outside, in front to see. They did not turn so that everyone outside in the back and around the sides, had a chance to see, and there were not enough seats in front for everyone. Disappointing.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

margipoo

2 reviews

Great crew who were enthusiastic and shared lots of information about the humpback whales we were hoping to see...not too many whales but understand we were there toward the end of the mating season (late April).

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

stub's dad

3 reviews

Being in Maui in March was prime for whales, I am guessing we saw way over 100 whales. We had a baby, mom, and 3 males right beside our boat. Great photos and even better video for a lifetime. This tour was cheaper than ship price and a better time for doing the 4:30 luau.

Provider: Independent Operator

shumpy61

1 review

This was very nice and worth the price of the trip. I would have liked to see them closer up but the ships have to stay 500 feet away unless the whales swims to them.

Provider: Princess Cruises

ajnat

1 review

Our whale whatching experience was phenomenol!! We were not in the water 10 minutes and we saw the "whole enchalada" completely emerge out of the water and do a '360' in the air and back down....WOW!!!! It made my whole day to see that! What a spectacular sight!

Provider: Princess Cruises

norcalmann

3 reviews

Great tour. Saw about 20 whales. wonderful experience.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Kaz1969

2 reviews

Lovely island with lots of shops bars and restaurants along the front, Tender in to this port and shops are immediately in front of you. Whale watching was excellent saw lots of whales (this does depend on the season)

Provider: Princess Cruises

BudinFla

15 reviews

Saw lots of whales. Picked up right at the ship and dropped off in town.

Provider: Princess Cruises

RetiredNTraveling

3 reviews

Fortunately, we had scheduled a PCL Whale Watching Tour and boarded a separate ship for this. During this excursion, we were never more than 1 ½ miles from the Golden Princess. Our first sighting was within ½ a mile and that was a mother and her calf. Both of whom were being followed by a male as an escortĀ. As our guide stated, he was hoping to get lucky as the mother would not leave the Hawaiian waters until she was pregnant with her next calf. So he was hanging around... hoping to get lucky!!!!!


Provider: Princess Cruises

landboater

2 reviews

We saw moms with calves, males fighting, and lots of whale action. The boat was crowded, so it was impossible to move away from an area where a fellow passenger had gotten seasick. (We could no longer hold onto the railing, etc.)

Provider: Princess Cruises

rockabutzer

2 reviews

Saw lots of whales and had a good time. If you are prone to motion sickness, take whatever take to combat this before you go out on the boat. It really rocks and rolls!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

cat0603

1 review

First experience seeing whales, and we loved it. However, we saw whales on every island when we were on or near the water.

Provider: Independent Operator

TheWowFactor

1 review

Good people, comfortable boat. Seen many whales but none too close.

Provider: Independent Operator

Dmausa

1 review

I recommend this to families with kids interested in wildlife. We seen a few whales but was disappointed that none of them breeched completely, they just teased us with their tails, and did a couple of fin slaps. But over all it was a good excursion. After we were dropped off at the pier, and we did the city tour which was very informative and relaxing.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Ikenuts

1 review

We had an overnight in Maui - Day 1 rented a car with Enterprise, Free shuttle from the pier, a small hiccup at the rental place, but they handled it well. Headed to Lahaina and found a small catamaran providing whale watching trips. Great crew, beer/pop/water included. Only about 15 ppl on the boat compared to the uber-large ships. We were lucky to have 2 past crew members on-board so double the knowledge. Great lunch at Cool Cats prior.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cruise Raider

10 reviews

Fantastic whale watching. Even saw a turtle swimming along. Tour did seem to be cut short.

Provider: Princess Cruises

dnsflynn

1 review

Great!!! It was the best experience on the cruise. Mother / calf pairs came within 20 feet of our Zodiac.

Provider: Independent Operator

chic8739

1 review

It was very windy that day but we saw many whales. It was a good experience overall.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

NativeTexanCruiser

2 reviews

As the whales migrate to the warm waters to give birth & mate, there was an abundance of whales! You could easily see them all around the ship and if we had known that, we could have saved our money...but we still enjoyed it!

Provider: Princess Cruises

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