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Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina provided by Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina
If anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work with you to cancel/refund or reschedule your tour. Max 10 guests to allow space for social distancing. We can make exceptions for families with private charters.*Face masks are required at check-in, but may be removed on the boat.
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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Get closer to migrating humpback whales on their winter journey past Maui on this whale-watching cruise abroad a zippy and nimble raft. Departing from Lahaina Harbor, quickly reach prime whale-spotting locations picked by an expert captain and crew. Bring your camera and prepare for one of nature’s greatest spectacles with a front-row seat to breaching, spouting, and tail-slapping.
Highlights
  • Catch sight of migrating humpback whales on Maui from December through April
  • Fast, rigid-hull raft sits closer to the water’s surface for up-close viewing
  • Smaller group size than on larger vessels for a more intimate wildlife encounter
  • Express 2-hour tour leaves plenty of room for morning or afternoon plans
Important Information
Departure Point
Lahaina Harbor, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • BYOB ( Plastic or cans only)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No Infants
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
93Reviews
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whiteyron wrote a review Jun 2020
Eden Prairie, Minnesota30 contributions5 helpful votes
Great time, great crew. Fun trip, lots of whales. Brother and his wife and my wife really enjoyed the trip and the crew were great.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Mark R, Owner at Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina
Responded 20 Jun 2020
Aloha, Thank you for your review. Glad you had a great time.The crew and I are looking forward to the next season. See you then.
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FDL1097 wrote a review Mar 2020
Kansas95 contributions13 helpful votes
My wife and I went on 20 whale watches with this company during our stay from mid January to mid February 2020. We come every year to Maui during this time to see the Humpback whales and do numerous whale watches during our stay. We used to go with a different company in the
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Mark R, Owner at Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina
Responded 19 Mar 2020
Whoa! 20 trips just may be the record. What a wonderful way to spend a vacation. Thank you for taking the time to write us such a detailed and informational review. Aloha and mahalo🙏
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caarnol wrote a review Mar 2020
Omaha, Nebraska8 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my 3rd time with Hawaii Ocean Rafting and once again they did not disappoint! Jeff and Jenna were fun, knowledgeable, and found lots of whales for us! I highly recommend!
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Response from Mark R, Owner at Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Aloha! It means so much that you keep choosing to adventure with our crew. Mahalo for the kind words.
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Michal Angela W wrote a review Mar 2020
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Amazing amazing experience!! The best thing I did the whole time I was in Hawaii. They gave us a really personal experience and we saw so many whales!! We were lucky in that department.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Mark R, Owner at Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Aloha, our goal is to give you the best and most personalized whale watching experience. Mahalo for joining us.
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Linda A wrote a review Mar 2020
Omaha, Nebraska9 contributions1 helpful vote
Went on zodiac whale watching 2 hour adventure. Jeff was the captain and Jen the assistant. They are both so knowledgable and fun. Jeff must have been on hundreds of these trips, but you would think it's his first one. He makes sure everyone on the zodiac gets the best
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Response from Mark R, Owner at Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Many Mahalos for your continued business! Will be sure to let Jeff and Jen know that you had a great time. See you again soon!
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About the operator

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Y506XRjohnc
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Kama’aina special
Had the best time ever- so many dolphins up close! Captain Sean and Paul were super helpful, professional, and fri
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Julie H
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Love this company.
Been out with this company many times over the yrs and always will. To me, they are affordible, knowledgeable and F
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Frank K
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Fantastic Trip
We had an incredible up close experience with some Humpback Whales. The guides were informative and fun to be aroun
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Terri L
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AM- Whale Watching Excursion
It was a little confusing to find where to board the boat because the name was different from what we booked, but i
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gregf544
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Great trip with Jeff and Emily
Great trip with Jeff and Emily. When the currents didn’t cooperate for our Lanai snorkeling, Jeff “punted” and to
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letsgoseestuff
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Excellent day - in spite of the rain
We went out with Sean and Paul on a stormy looking day that in fact stormed. We set out for Lanai, but a wall of wa
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sarahsI802BK
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Great Adventure
The crew is awesome. What a great morning out on the ocean. We saw beautiful fish, dolphins and whales.
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392lorig
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Rafting with the whales!
Unbelievable experience! I loved every minute. Captain Darryl and Paul were so professional. They educated us on th
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DEBORAHV788
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The BEST rafting trip EVER
Hubby and I were fortunate enough to sit in the front of the raft, the staff suggested we buy a disposable raincoat
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NorthStar446391
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Absolutely amazing!
I am a frequent visitor to Maui, Oahu and the big island. On this trip I came alone for a free dive class. I/we (5
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Q839YVkevinm
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Whale 🐳 watching.
We stopped off in Mauai during a princess cruise. We booked this 2 hour whale watching tour and I can confirm it wa
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harrislauri
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Up close and personal
We loved the raft options allowing us the ability to get to whales quickly and have more up close encounters! Frien
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LesCNow
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Very fun, Kelsey was very kind and great overall
Capt Sean and Kelsea were amazing- watched whales, snorkeled, saw dolphins, turtles- all in one very awesome tour!
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jhgWeston_CT
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Great way to spend a morning
Took the whale and snorkeling trip with my daughter. Enjoyed seeing whales up close, dolphins, and snorkeling. T
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SGH1960
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Whale Tour
Great day out with Angela and Captain Sean. One of the best tours in terms of how many whales we saw as well as bei
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Key Details
  • Lahaina Harbor, Hawaii Ocean Rafting
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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