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Our family has been going out with the Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel Ohana for years. We have made a lot of videos sharing our experiences with them and whale watching on Maui. Check out one of our whale-watching videos below to see what to expect with Ultimate.
Reasons to Go Whale Watching With Ultimate
Want to ditch the crowds? Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel offers small group tours aboard their raft (26 or fewer guests). They provide a range of tours at different prices. Pick what is best for your family!
Choose from one of these three great tours below:
We enjoy whale watching on a power raft because you can see so much on a 2-hour whale-watching tour. Speed along in a high-speed raft to find the humpback whales (they don’t chase!) all over the channel.
Whale Watching Tip! Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel guarantees sightings. Book your whale-watching tour early in your vacation. In case you don’t see whales, they will rebook you for free. Don’t get me wrong, you will most likely see whales as you leave the Lahaina Harbor in January and February!
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.
1.5 or 4-Hour Duration Tours
Tours start at 1.5 hours. The most popular tour is 2 hours. Ages 4 and older are welcome.
Whale Watch + Snorkel
What this team is famous for, is combining whale watching with a snorkel tour to the best spots on Maui. Click below to learn more!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please note this trip does not permit participation for guests with back injuries, neck injuries, or pregnant ladies. Children must be 4+ years old. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy for all group charters.
Where do tours depart?
Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel tours used to depart from Lahaina Harbor, but since the destruction of the harbor in the August 8, 2023 fire they have had to change course. They still plan to depart from West Maui, and are currently setting sail from Mala Boat Ramp, but this may change. Your departure location will be confirmed when you book and you’ll be notified if it changes.
What does the marine naturalist do onboard?
Ultimate Whale Watch has a wonderful team of marine naturalists. Their marine naturalist guides will be onboard sharing marine educational info.
Can I bring a good camera?
Absolutely! Bring a GoPro or another suitable water camera to get underwater shots. You can also bring your fancy camera but there may be light spray so make sure you can keep it dry.
Does Ultimate Whale Watch provide transport from my hotel or condo?
While staying on the island, you will probably find it cheaper and more convenient to rent a car. Otherwise, several taxi companies can assist you. If you are coming from Ka’anapali Resorts then there is a free shuttle or you can hop in a taxi or Uber. Parking can be challenging in Lahaina so Uber or Lyft may be your best option!
What do I bring on the snorkeling trip?
Bring a hat, sunglasses, and a camera! There is dry storage onboard for backpacks and purses. Will I get seasick?
Will I get seasick?
These small, fast-moving boats tend to cause less seasickness than other types of boats. However, as a precaution, motion sickness medicine should be taken the night before the tour to solve all worries.
Are the boats covered?
Yes, there is a shade canopy on all the rafts. You can choose to sit in the shade on benches or on the raft edges at the front!
About Ultimate Whale Watch
We have never been disappointed with a whale watching or snorkel tour from the Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel Team. Henry loves going out on their rafts during whale season. They have seasoned captains, who volunteer their time and money to rescue whales in Maui’s waters and have the best naturalists on board.
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