We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pacific Whale Foundation

#25 of 114 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Lahaina Features Animals
612 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
+1 800-942-5311
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Molokini And Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip
More Info
and up
Sunset Dinner Cruise: Four Course Dining Experience
More Info
and up
Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Experience Maui's amazing ocean environment with the experts at Pacific Whale Foundation! PacWhale Eco-Adventures offers thrilling and fun ocean adventures based on more than 37 years of marine research and sustainable ecotour experience. PacWhale has cruises for every style of adventure, including dolphin and whalewatch ecotours, snorkel trips, sunset cocktail and dinner cruises, holiday cruises and stargazing ecotours. You'll cruise on ultra-stable, eco-friendly vessels in the company of knowledgeable, friendly certified Marine Naturalists. Choose Pacific Whale Foundation and make a difference: all profits support efforts to protect whales, dolphins and the ocean environment.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“whale watch” (165 reviews)
“ocean spirit” (50 reviews)
“non profit” (56 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 06:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
612 Front St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
+1 800-942-5311
Write a Review
Reviews (1,266)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

141 - 150 of 1,233 reviews

Reviewed 17 February 2017

Almost from the time we left the dock, we saw whales. Had close call with whale going surfacing and going under the boat. Great trip to see whales on either side of boat.

1  Thank onvacationagain88
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I've been out on several whale tours in Hawaii and other places . . . This one is for a good cause .. and .. every time they take us out? We see whales, and, get up close ... having them breach just feet from...More

1  Thank Richard G
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We enjoyed our Sunrise Tour in Maalena so much, we booked another Sunrise Tour out of Lahaina. It did not disappoint! We arrived before daylight. The slip has a small check-in area. Nothing else is open that time of morning so take a bottle of...More

1  Thank Anna S
gregkaufman, Public Relations Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

Aloha and mahalo for your support of PWF. We are tremendously grateful for members like you that allow us to continue our research, conservation, and educational efforts, such as Ocean Camp and Keiki Whalewatches. It’s great to hear you enjoyed your trip with us and...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017

We went on two excursions with the foundation. The first was a whale watch. We were foutunate and got several whales including a mother and baby. The second excursion was Lanai Snorkel ans Dilphin Watch. Snorkeling was great. We did not see dolphins but did...More

1  Thank lowens002
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

These guys have always been great, but for us regulars it was unfortunate to see the temporary absence of the popular small raft experience. It's back and it's awesome!! The raft may not be for everyone, so they definitely have larger vessels with more amenities....More

1  Thank Mark C
Reviewed 11 February 2017

The Captain, Crew, and Naturalist were great. They really wanted us to have the best whale watching experience. In addition to watching these magnificent creatures, the Naturalist informed, and educated us. We were able to see breaches, "pec" slaps, and tail slaps. It was very...More

1  Thank Deborah R
Reviewed 9 February 2017

As promised, this tour provided lots of whales and lots of great commentary. The staff really tried hard to keep the guests happy. I took away one star because of the ridiculous preboarding picture they take just before you board the boat. They tell you...More

1  Thank bmiller297
gregkaufman, Public Relations Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

Aloha and thank you for your feedback. We are continuously working to provide the best possible experience for our guests so we appreciate your input. It’s great to hear you enjoyed your whalewatch and we hope to have you join us again in the future!

Reviewed 8 February 2017

We had a great trip with whales right under the boat. That is not the normal. You will normally see whales. They do a good job. We have used them several times.

2  Thank Dan L
Reviewed 7 February 2017

The pacific whale foundation is amazing, their captains and crew are always wonderful and the naturalists are educated in Marine Biology and very informative! We learned a lot about Whale Behaviors the two weeks and 13 trips we took with PWF! Being a Whale Foundation...More

4  Thank oliverandpatricia
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

If you want to be amazed by how many humpback whales hang out in south Maui, then don't miss a whale watching trip. The whales are all around the bay. We went at sunrise and mostly saw whales at 300+ yards away, breaching at distances,...More

2  Thank frevin w
Nearby Restaurants
Paia Fish Market Restuarant
465 reviews
.04 km away
Cool Cat Cafe
3,341 reviews
.12 km away
Prison St Pizza
280 reviews
.09 km away
190 reviews
.15 km away
Nearby Attractions
Banyan Tree Park
5,058 reviews
.10 km away
Lahaina Harbor
759 reviews
.15 km away
Old Lahaina Courthouse
539 reviews
.10 km away
The Birdstand
155 reviews
.17 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Wanda G
10 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from stephen j | Reviewed this property |
We were informed by our guide that come mid April, the Humpback whales start to return to the Alaskan area. So I think you may be out of luck. However, as I say in my review, this company "guarantee" you will see whales, so... More
12 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 15 answers
Response from Cherylbc | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are chairs. If you are prone to motion sickness, I would advise taking medicine first.
3 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from gregkaufman | Property representative |
Yes, whales are typically around in late March and PacWhale offers guaranteed sightings (or go again free) into May. Mahalo and we hope to see you soon!