3 Ways to Enjoy Winter Whale-Watching on Maui

Experience one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights: seeing majestic humpback whales up close. Follow alongside these gentle giants as they dive and glide through shimmering Hawaiian waters.

Every year, over 10,000 humpback whales make the long trek from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Alaska to the warm comfort of the North Pacific Ocean. To native Hawaiians, a sighting of the legendary creatures is a signal of the winter season. And to locals and visitors alike, it means exhilarating opportunities to experience the beauty of these magnificent mammals close up — an unforgettable highlight to any Hawaiian vacation.

Many locals, including your resort concierge, will know the best spots for whale-watching on Maui during the winter season (December 15 – April 15). Or you can reserve one of the following boating excursions to seek out these beloved marine giants at sea.

whale watching mauiGemini Charters

Departing in early morning and again in the late afternoon, this immersive catamaran adventure lets you experience the whales in their natural habitat. Learn from professional marine naturalists and listen to live “whale songs” from Gemini’s hydrophone. The journey is not only captivating but also relaxing, offering a complimentary bar and Continental breakfast or island-style appetizers.

whale watching mauiTeralani Sailing Adventures

With departures throughout the day, including during the striking Hawaiian sunset, Teralani Sailing Adventures has an award-winning fleet of luxurious catamarans. Dine on delightful cuisine and beverages as you soak in all that is Maui. Catch a glimpse of impressive humpbacks as they spout on the surface and take acrobatic dives.

whale watching mauiMaui Adventure Cruises

For a closer look at the humpbacks, hop aboard an Explorer Super Raft and get on ocean-level with the massive whales as they interact with the experienced crew of marine naturalists. The smaller vessel makes for a more intimate experience and is equipped with an onboard restroom and nonalcoholic beverages.

The experts at your resort can help you find the best whale-watching excursion for you. To reserve your spot for these and other activities on Maui, contact your concierge.


Where to Stay:

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club