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Address: 675 Wharf St, Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1296
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+1 808-667-5678
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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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I've been on Ultimate Whale Watching trips over 8 times in last 4 years. Always great. But this past Sunday was THE.BEST.EVER. Captain Gabe and Hannah gave us the Ultimate trip... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been on Ultimate Whale Watching trips over 8 times in last 4 years. Always great. But this past Sunday was THE.BEST.EVER. Captain Gabe and Hannah gave us the Ultimate trip. We not only saw a breach 8 feet from our boat, but we also were entertained by 3 whales for over 30 minutes. They circled our boat, went underneath... More 

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

Shoots, what a great trip - so glad you came out with us and had fun! More 

Camarillo, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain Ryan and Hannah are great! They offer fun and interesting information. Plus, they are great at finding whales. Highly recommend them! We've gone out several times this season and they always deliver!

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Mahalo for coming out with us several times and hope you had a great time! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good whale watching weather. Saw 3 different pods. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. Arrive EARLIER than 20 minutes if you want first or second boarding group. The woman checking us in gave us boarding tickets for the wrong tour (the one 15 minutes after ours) but when she noticed the boat we were on had two too many... More 

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

Mahalo for the feedback, apologize for the boarding ticket mishap and hope the rest of your trip was great! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to get up close and personal with the whales than you must go out with ultimate!! The crew has decades of experience and is the best on Maui at finding whales. Add that to a small group on your boat and a fast motor to get out to the whales and you can't go wrong! We always... More 

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

Stoked you guys came out with us! So glad you like the small boat experience! More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Weather wasn't great, previous boat came in soaked. So take cape if rain on horizon. Daughter sat at front of boat. Which she loved as really bouncy. Saw lots of whales in distance. Would highly recommend

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Mahalo for coming out with us a braving the interesting winter weather we had! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went out for a second time today and as always, this team never disappoints! Lisa at the dock is amazing. She goes out of her way to help her guests and even answered a text from us at 9pm to help book us on a last minute cruise. Thanks Lisa!! Captain Tiff is our favorite at Ultimate! I swear she's... More 

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Mahalo for coming out with us and recommending us to your friends, we are so glad you had fun!!! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure how this could have been a better first whale watching trip. Whales everywhere. Using a hydrophone we listened to whales singing, only to have a whale surface right by our boat when the song ended. With Ben and Sergio I felt we were taken care of by real experts in the science of whales and the ocean.... More 

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

Yay first whale watching trip! So glad you came out with us, hope to see you next season! More 

Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually did 2 whale watching tours with ultimate whale watching. Everything starts with Lisa who books a time for your tour, and each time we has Gabe as our captain, you did a great job. Our naturalist on board were Sarah on the first and Bo on our second trip. Again, both not provide us with lots of information... More 

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

Mahalo for coming out with us twice! So glad you had a great time! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour was at 9:30. We were there are the end of February. If you get an overcast day, you will want a light jacket or sweatshirt as it's chilly/windy on the open water. Especially since you'll get a little wet. You will want to put on sunscreen no matter what before you head out. They have a closed box... More 

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Mahalo for all your feedback and tips! Hope you had a fun time! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time, wonderful staff! Hannah and Gabe were outstanding and Brian was awesome in giving directions!!

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