Maui Whale Watching

See Humpback Whales On A Kayak Tour

Whale Watching in Maui gives you the chance to get close to some of the world’s most majestic and mysterious creatures: Humpback Whales. In the winter season, thousands of Humpback Whales, or Kohola, make the trip to Maui to mate and give birth in our shallow, protected waters. This makes Maui one of the best places in the world for whale watching and one of the top 10 things to do in Maui. December through April, join us for one of the most unforgettable Maui activities.

Google ReviewClose humpback whale sighting and song, dolphins, turtles, and other local sea life, unforgettable! Curtis and Chris were amazing! More than we hoped for, absolute best activity on our whole vacation!

Markie Christman

Trip Advisor ReviewThe highlight of our trip was our kayak whale watching excursion. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Never have I seen so many humpback whales!!! Not only that we were so close to the water that you could totally hear the whales singing – it was awesome and gave me chills…

cvpNbigD - Dallas, Texas

Trip Advisor ReviewOur tour guide Jay was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable while still being very personable. We were about 100 feet from a mama whale, baby whale and escort whale (which I learned from Jay :))… the moment is indescribable and although pictures are nice, it’s the in-the-moment experience that I will never forget. The snorkeling was amazing too…

Whitney K.

Trip Advisor Review…Seriously, we were right over them and you could feel the vibrations in your paddle and hear the song clearly above the water. I sat there amazed as I listened to the song. John told us that when the whale was done he would surface (only male whales sing). Sure enough the whale started swimming. He swam right under our boats. I could clearly see this majestic animal gliding below me and it took my breath away…

Kat C. - Watsonville, California

Whale Watching From A Kayak!

The Most Peaceful and Intimate Whale Watching Experience On Maui.

Olowalu Kayak Whale Group

Maui’s Most Eco-Friendly Eco-Tour!

There is NO better way to see these gentle giants than right on their level from a self powered kayak. No engine or crowd noise and no diesel fumes… just you, our guide and the Humpback Whales!

Hawaiian Eco Tourism Certified

Olowalu Snorkeling Tour

Snorkeling & Whale Watching

If there’s time, we will end the trip with a visit to our favorite snorkeling reefs, where you can snorkel with green sea turtles.  Usually, if whales are close, you will be able to hear their whale song the deeper and quieter you are underwater.  Away from the crashing waves, and splashes of others, connect with the humpbacks on a deeper level.

Whale Under Kayak

Be Safely Engaged.

If you’re a little timid, don’t be! Ocean kayaks are very stable and suitable even for first time paddlers, no one has been knocked out of a kayak by a whale on one of our tours…. yet. 🙂

In all seriousness the photo above is a once in a lifetime experience.  It is VERY RARE that the whales comes this close to our tours.  No vessel is allowed to approach a humpback whale within 100 yards, but sometimes they swim a little closer to us.

When & Where is the best place on Maui to kayak with Whales?

Makena Whale Kayak Tour

Watching Whales In Maui

Have you noticed Humpback Whales while sitting at the beach, driving along the pali (please only look if you’re in the passenger seat) or from your hotel room balcony? Well that’s because the whales are everywhere the water off Maui’s south and west shores is the most populated area for Humpback Whales in the entire world during our whale season: December through April.

Blue Kayak & Whale Tail

February Special: Whale Soup?

However, if you’re lucky enough to be here in February you’ll get to experience ‘whale soup’, this is what locals call our ocean during the peak of whale season. In February it’s not a question of if we’ll see Humpback Whales… it’s ‘how many and which ones do we want to paddle to?’. There are so many whales that come to Maui each year that the United States Congress designated our waters as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1992.

Red Kayak Two Whale Spouts

Tour Departure Points

We have two great departure points for whale watching: Makena on Maui’s south shore and Olowalu on the west side of Maui. No matter what resort you’re staying at, we have a location close to you, but it’s best to check with our knowledgeable team on where the best conditions and whale sightings have been.

Whale Sightings from Jan 1st to April 1st.

What to Expect on Our Whale Watching Tours

maui whale watching kayak

We Love Whales!

When you book one of our whale watching Maui tours, you’ll be able to choose whether to paddle out from Lahaina side at Olowalu or Kihei side from Makena. Each of our passionate kayak guides are certified marine naturalists and will share their love of Humpback Whales and Maui with you as you paddle alongside.

whale breaching

What will we see?

During peak whale season, February and March, we typically see several pods of Humpback Whales on our tours and if we get lucky, we’ll see a competition pod or a brand new baby calf! Some other whale activities you could see are peck slaps, fluke slaps, spy hops and a lot of ‘spouts’ when they come to the surface to breathe… if you’re REALLY lucky you might see a whale Breach!

Olowalu Whale Fluke Single Kayak

Are whale sightings guaranteed?

We do not guarantee whale sightings on any of our Whale Watching tours.  Nature is unpredictable and it’s a big ocean, the whales are in charge of where they play.  Peak whale season is February and March however we start seeing Whales as early as December and as late as April.  If you’re curious about what the likely hood is of seeing whales when you’re here please ask our management staff, but keep in mind during shoulder months we can see whales for several days in a row then not see any and we can also not see any for a week then see them.  Either way you’ll have a epic experience paddling in the waters off of Maui and learn a lot from our certified marine naturist guides.

Whale Watching, Snorkeling and Kayaking Gallery

Relax on a casual kayak adventure where you’ll be close to several pods of majestic Humpback Whales!

If you are visiting Maui…

and staying in Maalaea, Kihei, Wailea, Kaanapali, Napili, Wailea, Kapalua, Makena, Lahaina or Olowalu, call Maui Kayak Adventures to schedule your whale watching Maui tour. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so don’t wait to schedule your whale watching Maui tour with us!

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