Whale Watching Tours

Choose your Maui Whale Watch Tour

The Biggest Show On Earth

Whale-watching is truly a top class experience. Whales can be found cavorting in the clear waters flapping their wings on the surface of the waters. A normal humpback whale is about 45 feet in length and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They are breast fed for about 6 to 8 months after their birth. There are lots of vantage points for whale watching in Maui.

 
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No crowded boats or noisy engines here. A private Maui Whale Watching Kayak Tour lets you experience our magnificent Humpback whale visitors in an intimate, quiet and more personal setting. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for these gentle giants while immersing yourself in their natural environment.

People of all skill levels and physical abilities can take our whale watching kayak tour. We use stable and beginner-friendly kayaks for our whale watching tours. Our kayaks are almost impossible to flip, providing a safe and secure option for families with small children and first-time ocean explorers. Couples can share a kayak or paddle separately, and our one-person canoes offer you freedom for individual fun.

On your private Maui whale watching tour, you’re the boss. Snorkel, float, paddle – just let your guide know how you want to adventure.

South Maui Whale Watching Kayak Tour

  • 3 Hour PRIVATE Whale Watch Tour
  • FREE Digital Photos of your tour
  • Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided
  • Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 guest $249 per person
2-4 guests $159 per person
5 or more guests $139 per person

No crowded boats or noisy engines here. A private Maui Whale Watching Kayak Tour lets you experience our magnificent Humpback whale visitors in an intimate, quiet and more personal setting. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for these gentle giants while immersing yourself in their natural environment.

Fun Fact: Newborn Humpbacks consume about 100 pounds of their mother’s milk each day for a period of five to seven months until they are weaned to solid food.

 

People of all skill levels and physical abilities can take our whale watching kayak tour. We use stable and beginner-friendly kayaks for our whale watching tours. Our kayaks are almost impossible to flip, providing a safe and secure option for families with small children and first-time ocean explorers. Couples can share a kayak or paddle separately, and our one-person canoes offer you freedom for individual fun.

On your private Maui whale watching tour, you’re the boss. Snorkel, float, paddle – just let your guide know how you want to adventure.

West Maui Whale Watching Kayak Tour

  • 3 Hour PRIVATE Whale Watch Tour
  • FREE Digital Photos of your tour
  • Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided
  • Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 guest $249 per person
2-4 guests $159 per person
5 or more guests $139 per person

Our Maui Whale Watching Outrigger Canoe Tours use modern Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes(Wa`a) that combine ancient Hawaiian design with modern materials for a superior craft that’s safe, stable, and suitable for people of all ages and skill levels.

Outrigger canoes give you a higher vantage point than kayaks, making an outrigger canoe tour one of the best ways to watch whales on Maui. But while our kayak and SUP tours are completely private, Hawaiian outrigger canoes require all six seats be filled with paddlers in order to power the boat properly. Your guide will take the captain’s seat, but the other five must be occupied, so if you have a group of less than five, we will combine smaller parties in order to give you the best outrigger canoe paddling experience.

Like our kayak whale watching tours, your outrigger canoe tour will give you a chance to snorkel among Maui’s colorful tropical fish and marine life.*

*time permitting

South Maui Outrigger Canoe Tour

  • 3 Hour PRIVATE Whale Watch Tour South Maui, Makena
  • FREE Digital Photos of your tour
  • Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided
  • Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

$159 per person
Not recommended for children <4 years old

The private Stand Up Paddle Whale Watching Tour is well suited for people who are familiar with stand up paddling, as you’ll want to focus on watching the whales, rather than learning how to balance and navigate on your board.

SUP’s are slower than kayaks or canoes, so you will have shorter range available in which to find whales on this two-hour tour. But when we find them, you’ll get a spectacular view from a paddle board and be able to see whales at a further distance. 
Taking a private SUP whale watching tour means you’re in charge, so if you want to stop and snorkel, just say the word. And we’ll paddle out as far or stay as close to shore as you want.

Whale Watching Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

  • 2 Hour PRIVATE Tour South Maui or West Maui
  • FREE Digital Photos of your tour
  • Water, Snack, Snorkel Gear provided
  • Certified Marine Naturalist Guides

1 guest $199 per person
2-5 guests $139 per person
6 or more guests $139 per person

WHALE WATCHING ON MAUI

Each year, visitors flock to Maui December through April for some of the best whale watching in the world.

Maui’s shallow, warm, and sheltered waters provide the perfect habitat for Humpback whales to give birth and teach their young how to be a whale. Their lively surface activity and vibrant physical communication techniques make Humpback whales some of the most enjoyable whales to watch. You might see antics like pec slaps, breaches, fluke slaps, spy hops and tail-up dives. Humpbacks are mammals that breathe air, and they have to surface about every 10 to 15 minutes to take a breath, spraying water high into the air as they clear their lungs of water, making a magnificent sight for whale watchers. If you’re visiting Hawaii from December to April, taking a whale watching tour is a must, and Paddle Maui has the best private whale watching tours on Maui.

 

“Seeing a whale from a kayak is a totally different experience. What I will remember most are the sounds of the whales. We stopped at one point and just quietly waited. I could hear them breathing all around us. It drove home the point that these are fellow mammals and I was deeply privileged to be able to spend some time with them on the water.” -John Shirley

PADDLE MAUI PRIVATE WHALE WATCHING OPTIONS 

While you’ll find many larger boats offering public whale watching tours, there’s just no better way to watch whales on Maui than getting up close and personal on a Private Stand Up Paddle Board, Ocean Kayak or Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Whale Watching Tour. Without the crowds, noisy engines and gasoline fumes, you’ll be able to appreciate these magnificent creatures in an intimate, quiet setting. It’s a humbling and awe-inspiring experience you’ll remember forever.

Our expert guides are certified marine naturalists who can explain whale behaviors, answer questions, take you to the best whale watching spots and offer an exclusive, personalized whale watching adventure guided by your pace. After all, when you take one of our private whale watching excursions it’s all about the whales – and you!

CHOOSE YOUR MAUI WHALE WATCHING TOUR

STEP 1 – Choose Your Vessel:

 Ocean Kayak
• Stand Up Paddle Board
• Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe

STEP 2 – Choose your location:

 Olowalu
• Makena

After a fun water safety and paddling orientation, we’ll launch into a relaxed paddle and begin looking for Humpback whales. Usually, we’ll find several active pods of whales on any given tour displaying a wide array of activity like Pec Slaps, Fluke Slaps, Spy Hops and Breaches. Oftentimes you can even hear the whales “singing”!

Your expert guide will tell you about humpback whale habits and activities, and point out other marine life, along with the history of the surrounding islands. If time permits, we’ll take a leisurely paddle back to one of our favorite snorkeling reefs and cool off while snorkeling with Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles and tropical fish before heading back to shore, humbled, exhilarated and loaded with memories.