PacWhale Eco-Adventures

300 Maalaea Rd Suite 211, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Some of the world’s best humpback whale viewing takes place in the shallow waters off Lahaina between late December and May. See it for yourself with help from PacWhale Eco-Adventures, which offers cruises led by certified marine naturalists. On the two-hour trips, guests get to observe the mammals in their natural environment, playfully spouting, surfacing, and even breaching high above the waves. For something extra, book a whale-watching sail on the outfitter’s eco-friendly catamaran or a photo safari with a professional wildlife photographer. PacWhale has a 97 percent sighting success rate and donates all proceeds to the Pacific Whale Foundation to help protect the ocean, helping you feel good about your day on the water.

More Recommendations


Alaska might be the place to observe humpbacks in summer, but from December to May their favorite spots remain the shallow waters off Lahaina along with other parts of West Maui and South Maui. Once this former whaling port hunted the marine mammals; today locals celebrate them with numerous whale-watching cruises from Lahaina Harbor. Head out to see humpbacks playfully spouting, surfacing and tail slapping, not to mention breaching—launching some or all of their bodies high above the waves.

Information on this page, including website, location, and opening hours, is subject to have changed since this page was last published. If you would like to report anything that’s inaccurate, let us know at

Nearby highlights
Sign up for our newsletter
Join more than a million of the world’s best travelers. Subscribe to the Daily Wander newsletter.
More From AFAR