Maui Whale Watching Excursion Reviews

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.
We saw a mother and baby humpback whale which was very nice.
Sail Date: April 2019
We saw a mother and baby humpback whale which was very nice. Though there was too many people on the boat.
We saw a mother and baby humpback whale which was very nice. Though there was too many people on the boat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Simply amazing to be so close to these gigantic mammals.
Sail Date: March 2019
Simply amazing to be so close to these gigantic mammals. Although we were there in early April, we still saw about a dozen whales including a calf. We did see several breaches and tail slaps. The ship employees were far above the average ... Read More
Simply amazing to be so close to these gigantic mammals. Although we were there in early April, we still saw about a dozen whales including a calf. We did see several breaches and tail slaps. The ship employees were far above the average with a marine biologist commentating on each whale siting and what the whales could be doing. Drinks and snacks are offered aboard. You will not regret this wonderful excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had a great time.
Sail Date: March 2019
We had a great time. Saw a lot of whales and the guide was very good.
We had a great time. Saw a lot of whales and the guide was very good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We saw a lot of whales and got lots of pictures.
Sail Date: February 2019
We saw a lot of whales and got lots of pictures. Worth the money!
We saw a lot of whales and got lots of pictures. Worth the money! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had an incredible guide who was extremely informative during the watch.
Sail Date: January 2019
We had an incredible guide who was extremely informative during the watch. We also had the good fortune to experience a time when there was more whale activity then they had seen in a long time. Every few minutes there were Whales ... Read More
We had an incredible guide who was extremely informative during the watch. We also had the good fortune to experience a time when there was more whale activity then they had seen in a long time. Every few minutes there were Whales dancing and jumping and diving. We even had one pop up twenty feet from our boat. It was amazing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Pacific Whale Foundation trip was an enjoyable evening.
Sail Date: January 2019
Pacific Whale Foundation trip was an enjoyable evening. Plenty of food and drinks. Great education and experience helped ensure the best views.
Pacific Whale Foundation trip was an enjoyable evening. Plenty of food and drinks. Great education and experience helped ensure the best views. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
we saw some whales although it was a bit early in the season.
Sail Date: December 2018
we saw some whales although it was a bit early in the season. staff was fantastic and informative.
we saw some whales although it was a bit early in the season. staff was fantastic and informative. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Little early in the season but got to see two whales.
Sail Date: November 2018
Little early in the season but got to see two whales. I was so excited.
Little early in the season but got to see two whales. I was so excited. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Was a nice boat ride....didn't see any whales but enjoyed the ride!!
Sail Date: April 2018
Was a nice boat ride....didn't see any whales but enjoyed the ride!!
Was a nice boat ride....didn't see any whales but enjoyed the ride!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Princess sold a whale watching excursion for April 20 knowing full well that virtually all the ...
Sail Date: April 2018
Princess sold a whale watching excursion for April 20 knowing full well that virtually all the whales had left for Alaska by 3 weeks earlier. Saw nothing, zip zero! Very angry with Princess for this outrageous rip off.
Princess sold a whale watching excursion for April 20 knowing full well that virtually all the whales had left for Alaska by 3 weeks earlier. Saw nothing, zip zero! Very angry with Princess for this outrageous rip off. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
9 am excursion.
Sail Date: March 2018
9 am excursion. We took early tender to Maui. Email indicated only one of our party had to check in but when we arrived everyone had to check in to sign non waiver agreement . Foundation allowed sister to sign at the dock once they ... Read More
9 am excursion. We took early tender to Maui. Email indicated only one of our party had to check in but when we arrived everyone had to check in to sign non waiver agreement . Foundation allowed sister to sign at the dock once they realized she had a mobility issue. Late season tour.. only a few whales sighted.. Most had left for the season for the trip back yo Alaska. Tour guide knowlegable about whales. Overall good trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We definitely saw whales and they were adorable, but the tour was too long, there were too many ...
Sail Date: March 2018
We definitely saw whales and they were adorable, but the tour was too long, there were too many people aboard, and there were no restrooms on the boat.
We definitely saw whales and they were adorable, but the tour was too long, there were too many people aboard, and there were no restrooms on the boat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Everyone was nice on the boat.
Sail Date: March 2018
Everyone was nice on the boat. Good experience. We did see a few whales but not everyone was so lucky. But that's par for the course.
Everyone was nice on the boat. Good experience. We did see a few whales but not everyone was so lucky. But that's par for the course. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
PLEASE check them out.
Sail Date: March 2018
PLEASE check them out. Small boats so everyone has a seat. Very knowledgeable and fun guides.
PLEASE check them out. Small boats so everyone has a seat. Very knowledgeable and fun guides. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw whale raise his head out of the water right next to our boat and check us out
Sail Date: February 2018
Saw whale raise his head out of the water right next to our boat and check us out
Saw whale raise his head out of the water right next to our boat and check us out Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Mid to late Feb.
Sail Date: February 2018
Mid to late Feb. is best time to go. We were surrounded by Whales. 3 came within 100 ft. of our Catamaran.
Mid to late Feb. is best time to go. We were surrounded by Whales. 3 came within 100 ft. of our Catamaran. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked directly with Pacific Whale Watching.
Sail Date: February 2018
Booked directly with Pacific Whale Watching. Rented a car and saw much of the west coast of Maui before the excursion. It was outrageous! Crew (Olivia in particular) is great. Very knowledgeable, informative and willing to answer any ... Read More
Booked directly with Pacific Whale Watching. Rented a car and saw much of the west coast of Maui before the excursion. It was outrageous! Crew (Olivia in particular) is great. Very knowledgeable, informative and willing to answer any questions. I couldn’t count the number if whales we saw! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Because we had an overnight, we were able to do a Whale Watch tour as well as a privately-booked ...
Sail Date: February 2018
Because we had an overnight, we were able to do a Whale Watch tour as well as a privately-booked helicopter tour the next day (to see Road to Hana as well as Haleakala).
Because we had an overnight, we were able to do a Whale Watch tour as well as a privately-booked helicopter tour the next day (to see Road to Hana as well as Haleakala). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Superb day.
Sail Date: December 2017
Superb day. Saw 4 whales up close. Operators are enthusiastic. Small boat is very nimble.
Superb day. Saw 4 whales up close. Operators are enthusiastic. Small boat is very nimble. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We got lucky, there were whales everywhere!
Sail Date: March 2017
We got lucky, there were whales everywhere! The naturalist communicated well and often and the captain turned the boat often so everyone could see the whales.
We got lucky, there were whales everywhere! The naturalist communicated well and often and the captain turned the boat often so everyone could see the whales. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went on the Trilogy Catamaran..
Sail Date: February 2017
Went on the Trilogy Catamaran.. Had planned on road to Hana but changed as still not feeling well. Lots of good size alcoholic drinks included and food which were all excellent. Crew very friendly. Saw many whales. Hated to see it end. ... Read More
Went on the Trilogy Catamaran.. Had planned on road to Hana but changed as still not feeling well. Lots of good size alcoholic drinks included and food which were all excellent. Crew very friendly. Saw many whales. Hated to see it end. Great views of the shore from the catamaran.. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The whale watching boat was too rough for me.
Sail Date: February 2017
The whale watching boat was too rough for me. I couldn't wait to get back on land.
The whale watching boat was too rough for me. I couldn't wait to get back on land. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was not the best tour for us--or for anyone who can't stay out in the mid-day sun for two ...
Sail Date: February 2017
This was not the best tour for us--or for anyone who can't stay out in the mid-day sun for two hours without shade--but that was not evident from the shore excursion write up. They did recommend sun-screen, but even with that at least ... Read More
This was not the best tour for us--or for anyone who can't stay out in the mid-day sun for two hours without shade--but that was not evident from the shore excursion write up. They did recommend sun-screen, but even with that at least one of the passengers who stayed out in the sun got a nasty sunburn. There would have been much better options for us available onshore to book privately. Booking this two hour tour thru HAL cost $120 each, twice the price listed on their website. I do have to say we did get to see a number of whales pretty close up and to hear them over the sound equipment dropped into the water. The crew on the Trilogy was very good and knowledgeable and tried to be helpful. For passengers who were able to sit on the front of the catamaran there was great information to be had and sights to be seen. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no sound system so, if you were sitting towards the back, you missed much of what was said. There was an enclosed area below where the bar and restrooms were located--a number of us stayed there out of the sun for part of the tour--but unless you were standing in the doorway you could not see any of what was going on from that level--like whales. The snacks provided were quite good. I'm sure this would have been a better experience later in the day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We saw quite a few whales.
Sail Date: February 2017
We saw quite a few whales. Not as close as we've been able to see them on whale watches in Gloucester, MA, but very enjoyable. And the first warm whale watch I've ever been on!
We saw quite a few whales. Not as close as we've been able to see them on whale watches in Gloucester, MA, but very enjoyable. And the first warm whale watch I've ever been on! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
bay was very rough that night, the crew did it's best but very hard to move around boat, whales ...
Sail Date: February 2017
bay was very rough that night, the crew did it's best but very hard to move around boat, whales were everywhere, pleasantly surprised to have any drink available with food provided. best sunset...
bay was very rough that night, the crew did it's best but very hard to move around boat, whales were everywhere, pleasantly surprised to have any drink available with food provided. best sunset... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line