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Address: 675 Wharf St., Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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+1 808-667-5678
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Ultimate Whale Watch specializes in photographic, non-threatening...

Ultimate Whale Watch specializes in photographic, non-threatening close-encounters with Dolphins, Whales & Turtles since 1982. We have hosted film crews from National Geographic to BBC Wildlife. Operating within the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, we depart from historic Lahaina Town, Maui. From December through May, Humpback Whale encounters are guaranteed and the crystalline offshore waters frequently provide a passing subsurface eye-to-eye view. Many people are truly touched by their experience amongst these intelligent giants.

Tour sizes are for small group whale encounters, 18 or less on a 24 passenger raft style rescue boat. Great maneuverability and speed get you to some of the closest whale action possible, in the world! To ensure current and competent information, the crew is involved with whale research and highly passionate about the whales.

We invite you to come and see for yourself, one of the last remaining great migrations of the Animal Kingdom. And as always, a portion of each ticket sold supports whale research on Maui. Thank you for helping make a difference.

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Multiple "Maui Muggings" this year...Whales come under the boat!

For the last 3 years, we only use Ultimate every week we are in Maui. It is a "non-negotiable" highlight of us and our friends! While there are no guarantees, this group... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary Kay S
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Fort Collins, Colorado

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oregon
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53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The raft was not ready on time. It needed air. We figured this should have been completed BEFORE departure time. There were several rafts leaving withing minutes of each other. The operator was very uninformed on where we were supposed to depart. "Maybe here---maybe a few berths down----I will let you know when I figure it out." The crew was... More 

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1 Thank beavertongal
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for your feedback, sorry you were here on what sounds like a day when boats demanded maintenance (they are check in the morning but problems occur throughout the dozen trips a day they do), and a slow whale day, wish we could change that! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the last 3 years, we only use Ultimate every week we are in Maui. It is a "non-negotiable" highlight of us and our friends! While there are no guarantees, this group actively seeks whale activity that is the most promising. Because of the small zodiac boat size, it maneuvers skillfully to a sighting. They are careful not to exceed... More 

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Thank Mary Kay S
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us! So glad you had a great time, but we also appreciate your support because I don't know if you are aware but your fare supports whale research and freeing of entangled whales thru our crew and vessel participation in freeing the whales our support of companies like WhaleTrust that actively do real research to... More 

Illinois
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time we have scheduled trips with this company. This trip we scheduled three, but the weather nixed one. With these boats you sit close to the water so you get to see the whales up close. There were whales everywhere. The crew is very informed about whale behavior. I also like that they now have various... More 

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Thank Pat S
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us, stoked you love our raft too! More 

Oostkamp, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great trip, close encounters, wonderful pictures taken. We had spy hops, several moms with young ones We immediately booked 2 more trips for the next 2 days.

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Thank Marnix V
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us more than once! Hope all your trips were epic! More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a fantasic trip on a cool speedy boat, we saw a lot of whales. Guidance was very informative and professional.

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Thank Alex A
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us! So glad it was a fun and educational experience! More 

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I try to get to Hawaii every 2-3 years (this was our tenth trip), usually in the winter season, and we try to go to two islands for a week each time. It seems that Maui is often in our itinerary because the wonderful whales are more prevalent there. We go on whale watching trips at least... More 

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_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us again! We love these big beautiful creatures and are so glad you share our excited and passion for them! More 

Queanbeyan, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of course, whale-watching is a very chancy affair, but the really informative commentaries on board gets you “close” to the whales even when they are being shy. A great team guaranteeing a fun couple of hours observing these magnificent animals.

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_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us! Hope it was a pleasant experience! More 

Zürich, Switzerland
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93 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i have been out with these guys a lot over the years, and they are generally very good. As usual, once a company grows it's getting mixed. i'm still giving an "excellent" rating here but .. read on. The best boat definitely is the Wahine Kai (raft feeling yet comfy sitting, much better than on the other boats), and our... More 

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1 Thank Johannes R
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us and being understanding- Yes we do trust our Captains and their call on their abilities and the ocean conditions and what they feel will be the best experience for their guests. Appreciate your understanding with us and hope to see you again! More 

Bend, United States
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48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My two friends and I went on the 8:15 am 2-hour tour this morning, 2-11-17, on the Wahine Kai with Captain Ben and Naturalist Sergio. It was the first trip for my friends for whale watching on Maui. Despite rough seas, the crew kept us safe, explaining as we went what to watch for. We saw LOTS of whales, both... More 

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1 Thank Faith G
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Thank you for loving on our crew and zodiacs! So stoked you came out with us again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ultimate whale watch VIP tour was an incredible adventure with Captain Tiffany and First Mate Becca. The small tour of 10 guests ensured that we all had fabulous opportunities to see everything on our two hour tour, including a mother whale teaching her calf how to tail slap, flipper wag and do mini-breeches. It was so magical to be... More 

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_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

This does sound like a magical experience, mahalo for coming out with us!! More 

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