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Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

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Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Can anyone recommend a good small boat whale watch tour? I am looking for something less than

15 people or so. Hoping to go in late February.

Wondering if there are any individually owned boats who take out small groups for a whale watch?

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions.

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1. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

If you are willing to pay for a private charter, you can certainly get anything you desire :-0! It won't be cheap though.

If you are willing to do a raft there are smaller trips with Ultimate Rafting. Scotch Mist is a sail boat that also takes less people.

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2. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Ultimate also has a small boat (not raft) you can charter but it's a bit $$.

Captain Steve's is another good raft option from the Mala ramp in Lahaina, but it's a bit larger than Ultimate.

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3. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

New boat on the scene from Kaanapali Beach.

http://www.bluemaui.com/

Operated by Sail Maui aka Paragon by new owners of established company. Max 22.

Contact for possible group rate.

Groupon for whale watching & private charter with Makai Adventures. Max 20.

Private is still $$ but works out just shy of 40$ per person for 15 of you.

Highly recommend you speak to company first before purchasing to make sure they can accommodate the whole group on whatever day you are planning. They may even offer to give you a similar group rate without having to purchase the groupon.

https:/…makai-adventures

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4. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Thank you all for the great suggestions.

I think any of the above will suit our needs.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond and will post again

with a follow up of our experience.

Mahalo!

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5. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Have fun and please do let us know what you pick!

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6. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Aloha Blue Charters would be a good choice. They are located just a few minutes north of Kihei. We had a great day whale watching and there were maybe 30 people on board. Excellent people to work with and to help you with any questions you may have.

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8. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Check out Makai Adventures. They are owned and operated by locals. They just celebrated their 1 year Anniversary! They are in slip 16 Lahaina Boat Harbor. They have a great boat Kainalu (Ocean Wave) that accommodates 20 people. Their boat ia fast to get you to where the whales are. The seats are cushioned and there is sun and shade seating. All seats are comfortable and seats all ocean side. The captains and crew are awesome! They are professional, knowledgable, about the whales and Maui. Whale sightings are guaranteed. No worries for Febuary which is the height of whale season for Maui.

If needed, there is a bathroom on board.

We love Makai Adventures and enjoy going out whale watching with them several times a week while we are on Maui,. You will not be disappointed.

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9. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Just to let you know , my husband and I spend Jan to May on Maui. We love the whales!

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10. Re: Small Boat Whale Watch on Maui?

Blue Maui whale watch was awesome

(Groupon 2 for $65).

Go early morning. You board from the beach in front of whaler's village. We liked them better than Ultimate Whale watch.

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