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Adventure Whale Watch Highlights
- 2-hour tour
- Beach loading
- Guaranteed sightings! If you don’t see any whales on your tour, they will reschedule you, free of charge
- Snacks and drinks are provided
- See giant humpback whales up close with a marine naturalist onboard ready for any and all questions!
- All ages welcome!
Kai Kanani offers whale-watching tours from mid-December to early April.
A marine naturalist onboard to answer all your questions
Listen to Whale Songs
They will dip the hydrophone in the water so you can listen to whale songs
Bring Your Camera
Bring your phone or professional camera for pictures. We like to bring our GoPro (underwater camera) on a selfie stick to get underwater shots.
2-Hour Duration Tour
Tour starts at 1:30 PM
If you’re staying at a Wailea Resort, let them pick you up in their Kai Kanani Shuttle. Click the Book Your Adventure button to learn more!
For more whale-watching tours from South Maui, we recommend a power raft tour that leaves conveniently from Kihei at a competitive price. Learn more in our Redline Rafting Whale Watching Tour Review.
Whale Watch Adventure FAQ
Shuttle Service Available!
Don’t have a car? Make sure you book the option requesting shuttle service (labeled “Needs pickup” when booking). They pick up from a number of Wailea resorts and you’ll see a list when you book.
Is food provided on board?
You won’t go hungry! On board you’ll find:
- Hummus & Crudités: carrots, celery, cucumber
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Maui-style potato chips
- Bar: Cocktails, premium liquor, Maui Brewing on tap
What is beach loading?
This is what puts the “adventure” in the adventure whale watch tour. Rather than needing to drive to Ma’alaea to board from the harbor, you get to climb on the boat right from Maluaka Beach in Wailea. The crew is there to assist you, but you will need to wade through the water and climb stairs to get onto the boat.
They suggest that you wear swimwear on all of their tours, including their adventure whale watch tour (you can wear clothes over your suit). You might also want to bring a towel. While you’re not snorkeling, you will get a little wet during beach loading.
Kai Kanani is a Native Hawaiian family-owned company that has been in operation for more than 30 years. They operate their catamaran tours out of South Maui, and you can hop aboard for a snorkel trip, sunset sail, or whale-watching adventure.
Kai Kanani supports local farmers and small businesses by shopping locally for the meals and drinks they serve onboard. Their attention to detail, fun and knowledgeable crew and excellent customer experience have earned them more than 1,300 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor.
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