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Address: 300 Maalaea Rd, Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793-5918
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+1 808-249-8811
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08:00 - 13:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts! The nonprofit...

Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts! The nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation offers thrilling and fun ocean ecotours based on more then 34 years of marine research and ocean ecotour experience. Pacific Whale Foundation offers cruises for every style of adventure, including ocean raft adventures, whale watches, wild dolphin encounters, snorkel trips, sunset cocktail and dinner cruises, and stargazing tours. You'll cruise on ultra-stable, eco-friendly vessels (including ocean rafts and double-deck catamarans) in the company of knowledgeable, friendly certified marine naturalists and biologists. Choose Pacific Whale Foundation and make a difference: 100% of the profits go to support efforts to protect whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.

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Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor

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Whale watching

We have been in several trips like this and have never seen such whale activity or learned so much! The narrator was great and having all types of beverages was too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been in several trips like this and have never seen such whale activity or learned so much! The narrator was great and having all types of beverages was too.

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Centerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really enjoy and support the Foundation. We stay in Maalaea, whee they are based. We are also members, and are very proud to support in that way. This trip was great as always, the narrative, education, and overall experience was well worth it. We will likely go on several other whale watches while we are here, all with the... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great beginner to intermediate level snorkel experience. It does require a short vessel trip from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai. This isn't always a good thing for anyone with no "ocean legs" experience, or for a very small child. Crew and biologists are excellent and safety is their number one concern. We are return customers to Pacific Whale... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The pacific whale foundation was a great company to go whale watching with. Learned a lot about the area and the whales of course! We seen lots of activity but not a lot of breaching, mostly just tails, otherwise I would have rated higher but I know that's the risk you take!! They do lots of education and works with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although boat was nearly full they stressed good manners allowing the children in front. Good narration with questions and answers. We were lucky to see double breach twice but it's just luck.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent tour. Captain handled the boat with expertise. Tour guide was vey informative about whales.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The PWF crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. They gave us interesting facts about whales. We also saw many whales on out outing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great time . Staff informative and whales were cooperative providing a great show. Would go again if ever back

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Capt. Dave & narrator Chris were encyclopedic in their knowledge. Both very approachable for questions. Their input enhanced the experience! And of course, the whales... very coorperative, numerous and seeable. How's about a rousing humpback 🐋 hurrah for our leviathan friends!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent time with the Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch tour, got lucky with the whales and and the action we saw. The commentary from the marine biologist was very informative, answered all the guests questions. Would highly recommend this company if you're planning to do any whale watching in Maui.

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