Our 2-hour small group Whale Watching tour is
our most popular whale watching tour.
Our fast and safe rafting vessels are low to
the water and perfect for close encounters
and small groups making every seat a front row
seat! Listen to whale songs on our
hydrophone and don’t forget your camera
for epic photos of our humpback friends!

26 Guests or Less | Guaranteed Whale Encounters
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Our 1.5-hour tour is our
discounted trip for guests who
have a busy vacation schedule but
still, want to squeeze in time with
our humpback friends! Aboard our
fast and safe rafting vessels this
tour is perfect for close encounters
and small groups making
every seat a front row seat!
Only at Ultimate Whale Watch

Early Bird Special Discount Trip
26 Guests or Less | Guaranteed Whale Encounters
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2-hour tour is aboard our stable and
low to water rafts are perfect for close
encounters and small groups make
every seat a front row seat! Listen to
whale songs on our onboard hydro-
phone and don’t forget your camera
for epic photos of our humpback
friends! You may even put your head
in the water to watch the whales if
they pass below!

Fresh Banana Bread & Coconut H20 Onboard
12 Guests Max | Guaranteed Whale Encounters
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This tour is catered around the
requests from professional
photographers, fewer people and
more time. The times of tour and
boat will be maneuvered with intent
to provide best photo scenarios and
most dynamic lighting scenarios.
Professional whale photography tips
& access to the water for underwater
photo or video is available.

Excellent Photo/Lighting Opportunities
14 Guests Max | Guaranteed Whale Encounters
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Book Any Tour as a Private Whale Watch for just you and your friends and family!

Whale Watching Tour RESTRICTIONS: No back, neck injuries, pregnant ladies. Must be 4yrs +

Ultimate Whale Watch is the best Maui whale watching platform for a whale watcher of any level –
first time whale watcher to pro photographer. You truly won’t believe your eyes when a 45 ton
humpback whale breaches out of the beautiful Hawaiian waters. These animals are amazing and we are
so fortunate they choose such a gorgeous place like Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii to migrate for the winter
months to have their calves as well as mate. Research has yet to witness a humpback whale mating or a
humpback whale giving birth. We know its happening for sure though, because these
gentle giants are making a 7% increase in there population a year.
That’s great news for the survival of the humpback whale and all the humpback whale calves to come.


“One of the coolest experiences I have
ever had. We got great encounters with
whales.They crew was very
knowledgeable, friendly, and very fun.
If you want a great experience on the
water choose Ultimate!!!!”

Steve B.
Afton, Minnesota

“We had a close encounter with a 30
ton Humpback Whale...We also saw
about a dozen breaches by whales, a
giant school of spinner dolphins and a
gigantic turtle all on the same 2 hour
tour. I highly recommend these guys”

Vancouver, Canada

“We have been on many whale watch
trips, but have never experienced
what we saw on this one. The large
humpback male whale noticed us and
came over to our boat to show off.
He swam around and under our boat!

Denver, Colorado


When a humpback whale lifts its
giant fluke or tail out of the water
and throws it back into the ocean its
called a Tail Throw. This is performed
many times by female humpback
whales that may be attempting to
attract the attention of male hump -
backs interested in mating.


The female humpback whale will
raise her giant pectoral fin or arm
fin out of the water and repeatedly
slap it back down on the surface of
the water. This is also believed to
draw in the adult male humpback
whales that are in the area for
possible interest in mating.


The humpback whale floating
vertically in the water and lifting its
whole rostrum or head out of the
water is a Spy Hop. This allows the
whale to see out of water and view
their surroundings. Watching a 45
ton 45 foot humpback whale poke
its head out of the water is epic.


Mugging is when a humpback
whale approaches your boat
closer then 100 yards on its own.
Our boats are small and non-
threatening, which encourages
these curious, gentle giants to
swim right up to our boat and
check us out!

What kind of whales will I see on your trip?

Humpback Whales from Alaska. On our trips occasionally we encounter dolphins.

Why do the whales come to Hawaii?

The whales travel from Alaska to give birth and mate in a safer area for calves. The primary predator of humpback calf is
orca which is uncommon in Hawaiian waters.

Where do the whales come from?

The Humpback Whales travel over 3000 miles every winter from Alaska to Hawaii to mate and give birth in the warm
waters of Hawaii. The whales start their journey back to Alaska at the end of winter.

How many whales are in Hawaii during the winter?

Researchers estimate between 20,000 to 30,000 whales travel south from Alaska to Hawaii. Of those numbers, over 70%
come to the calm waters between Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

How big are the whales?

Average adult whales are 45 feet in length and weigh over 90,000 pounds. The baby whales are born at an average of 12
feet and 3000 pounds.

Will I see baby whales on your trips?

More than likely. During their stay in Hawaii there main goal is to give birth or mate for the next year. We typically see
babies every trip.

What can I expect to see the whales doing? Are the whales active?

Activity ranges from breeching, tail slapping, head lunges, fighting and even teaching their young. Humpback whales are
the most surface active whales.

What time of day are the whales most active?

Whale activity is random throughout the day and surface activity in the area changes from hour to hour.

What time of day is best for whale watching?

Wind is the primary variable to consider. The more wind the less area we can access. If wind is moderate all day whale
watching is great all day.

The Hawaiian islands have micro climates on each island. It can be windy rainy where you are and 10 minutes away it can
be sunny and calm. A good weather forecast web site is www.hawaiiweathertoday.com Our vessel departs out of the
leeward side of the island.

Are your boats safe?

Yes, our boats are extremely safe. This style of boat is used by the Coast Guard, Navy and Police for rescue operations.
Our boats also undergo strict Coast Guard safety regulations every year to insure that all necessary safety gear is in place.

I heard that these boats are a really rough ride, are there any restrictions on who can go on your trip?

The waters of off Lahaina is famous for its calm water, so the boat ride is normally very calm. If the water does get rough
the boats are made to handle the water very well. We do not recommend pregnant women and infants or people with
recent back surgery. Kids are always welcome on the boat—kids love the boat ride.

Have the whales ever tipped your boat over?

No, the whales are known as gentle giants of the sea. We do have whales swim under the boat, and have had whales
touch the boat.

How long are your trips?

We offer all different trips. Most whale watches are 2 hours long and most snorkel trips are 4 or 6 hours.

What is included on your trips?

Our trips include seeing Humpback Whales, information about the whales hearing the amazing whale songs. Ice water is
also provided.

How far out do you go to find the whales?

It really depends on the day. We can find whales just outside the harbor, but we are always looking for the most active
whales. On our 2 hour whale watch we could travel anywhere from 2 to 10 miles from the harbor.

Do you have a naturalist on board?

Yes, all captains and crew members are certified marine specialists. Our boats only carry 18 guests per trip so you can
actually talk face to face with our captains and crew. Our captains and crew love there job and sharing their knowledge
with our guests. We offer the most informative whale watches available because of our small groups.

How close can you get to the whales?

The whales are protected by federal law which says you cannot approach Humpback Whales within 100 yards. If the
whales swim over to us then it is O.K., and can be exciting!

What does Guaranteed Whales mean?

All trips from DEC 1st – May 1st are guaranteed or you get to go again for FREE! When you go out with us we guarantee
you will see whales as close as 100 yards.

How much are whale watching trips?

Our trips range in price from our early bird special to our sunset whale watch. We charge a little more ($10) than the
other boats because we offer a more personalized trip and we cover more area so you see more whales.

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