South Maui Whale Watching With Kai Kanani

Guaranteed Whale Sightings

If you don’t see whales, you can rebook your tour at no cost.  So book early in your trip (just in case)!

Departs from Makena

Depart from Maluaka Beach, just south of the Wailea resorts. See below for resort pickup info.

Lunch Provided

Enjoy a plated lunch served in courses to the guests. The bar includes cocktails, premium liquor, and Maui Brewing on tap.

South Maui Whale Watching Tour

A Whale Watching Sail

If you follow our YouTube channel then you know we love going out with the crew of the Kai Kanani. Be it a sunset sail or Molokini crater snorkeling, we have a blast. Whale season is no exception!

Whale Season is a very exciting time in Hawaii, here on Maui and aboard Kai Kanani. Whale songs can fill the water and be heard on even the most casual snorkel excursion. And it’s almost impossible to sit on the beach and not see some type of whale action – spouts of the whales as they come up for air, breaches as they jump out of the water, and tail slaps as they smack the surface.

2 tours are available daily, click BOOK HERE to choose your day and time. 

Hour Duration

All ages welcomed

Adult Ticket, Less for Children

Have fun whale watching!

Kai Kanani Sail Whale Watching Maui
Whale Watching Details

South Maui’s Premier Whale Watching Tour

Join the Kai Kanani for a Maui whale watching cruise and sail with their attentive crew and naturalists as you welcome Pacific humpback whales to their winter home. They guarantee you’ll see whales, or the next time is on them (re-booking available during your same trip). Experience these incredible creatures like never before as they play, bask, and give birth to a new generation in our peaceful ocean backyard.

Kai Kanani’s Maui whale watching trip is an unforgettable adventure, so don’t miss your chance to welcome these majestic creatures to the Hawaiian Islands!

Kai Kanani also offers Mercedes shuttle service from select Wailea Resorts to and from their launching point at Maluaka Beach. Space is limited, so contact them here to reserve your space.

Book with confidence. This is a direct booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whale Tour Details

Tours may change/cancel due to unexpected weather or other circumstances.

Beach load at Maluaka Beach in Makena.

Currently running at limited capacity due to Covid-19 safety precautions.

What is the cancellation policy?

You will receive a full refund depending on the following timeframes per booking party:
1- 5 pax – 48 hrs
6-9 pax – 7 days
10 + pax – 14 days

Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact Kai Kanani by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

What is on the lunch menu?

All courses are served plated and served to the guests.

  • Hummus & crostini
  • Crudités: carrots, celery, cucumber
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Maui-style potato chips
  • Bar: Cocktails, premium liquor, Maui Brewing on tap
What should I bring?

The crew suggests you have on hand:

  • Bathing suit as you may get wet during the beach loading
  • Towel
  • A light jacket
  • A camera to capture those close encounters!
Do you provide transport to and from my resort?

Kai Kanani offers Mercedes shuttle service from select Wailea Resorts to and from our launching point at Maluaka Beach. Space is limited, so contact them here to reserve your space.

Wailea-Makena’s Exclusive Catamaran

Kai Kanani Whale Watching

Kai Kanani is a family-owned 30+-year-old company committed to the quality of your experience in Maui’s marine sanctuary. South Maui and the Wailea-Makena area are prized for their beautiful beaches, calm and clear emerald-blue waters, and near-perfect weather year-round. Kai Kanani gratefully acknowledges their kuleana (responsibility) as caretakers of this South Maui paradise.

As a company, they treat each other, their guests, and their neighbors with Aloha and respect, which keeps Maui such an amazing and beautiful place.

The Kai Kanani II is the only commercial catamaran that lives in South Maui, moored off Maluaka Beach in Makena. 

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