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Address: 675 Wharf St., Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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+1 808-667-5678
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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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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We did the 3 Hour photo tour and it was an incredible value for what we got to see and experience! It was our first time whale watching & we were fortunate to be there during peak... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the 3 Hour photo tour and it was an incredible value for what we got to see and experience! It was our first time whale watching & we were fortunate to be there during peak season. We saw several Humpback whales throughout the tour, probably over 20+ sightings and one or two that almost fully breached! The boat... More 

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Calgary
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is an amazing that me and my wife had. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We saw many whales on that day, and the captain moved the boat to different spots allowing us to have a close encounter with them.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want romance, this isn't the trip. If you want kick butt entertainment, and a day you won't forget, this is it! Small group, private snorkeling, tons of fun, and we even got into a pod of about 200-300 dolphins!

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Thank Darrickws
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Honestly can not say enough good things about this company and their employees, but we were not too happy with our snorkel tour. My girlfriend and I visited Maui in February and booked 2 tours with them. The Whale watch tour and a separate snorkel tour. The 2 hour whale watching tour was absolutely amazing! Whales breaches within 20 ft... More 

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

Mahalo for your feedback, sorry about the miscommunication with the snorkel trip! During winter season the Lanai Snorkel trip includes 2 snorkel stops and whale watching due to this being a seasonal experience we want all our guests to see, this info has been added to our other marketing materials, confirmation email and info given to activity agents but is... More 

Napili-Honokowai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved every minute of this excursion! Ben and Sergio were great at finding active whales and were thoroughly knowledgeable about these magnificent creatures and charmingly entertaining, too. They even helped my husband put his face in the water with a face mask that they had on board to see two large males swim directly under the boat. This was a... More 

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

Mahalo for being adventurous and coming out with us! Hope to have you join us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guides, Sarah and Tiffany were so personable and knowledgeable which made it fun and informative. I was little nervous about the zodiac type boat at first, but it was fun and safe. There were only 18 people on our boat so asking questions was easy and everyone had a great view. We were lucky enough to see 2 breeches,... More 

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

Mahalo for loving our small group trip and raft! So glad it was a fun experience for you! More 

Kapalua, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I went with another couple. Ben and Sergio were our guides. They were very entertaining and informative. The smaller boat meant we were able to get much closer than with other whale watching trips we had taken during past vacations. When the whales happened to swim right under our boat, Ben and Sergio even had some of... More 

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

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

south lake tahoe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on two whale watches, one at the end of January and the second on Valentine's Day, 2017. On the first Tiffany was pilot and Tanya the naturalist; Tanya was pilot and Sergio the naturalist on the second. Everyone we have met during our annual trips to Maui is amazing! We have always been thrilled with our whale experiences... More 

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

Thank you for including us in your Maui stay, hope to meet your expectations again in June on our Lanai Snorkel Trips! More 

Oxnard, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ultimate Whale Watching tours have been our go to rafting company for many years. The 2 hour whale watch gives you plenty of time to find active whales and the crews are awesome! We booked 6 tours while in Maui. Today we went out with Ben and Sergio who were knowledgeable and fun. They found the active whales that interacted... More 

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

Mahalo for coming out with us again and so glad to host whale lovers like yourselves! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Scheduled the outing online a couple of days in advance. When we got there the water was choppy and it was windy. We were given the option to reschedule which we did. And we are so thrilled we waited. Our captain was Rachel and Amy was first mate. We found a couple of whales that were showing some tail, but... More 

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

Mahalo for coming out with us and making the best of the weather, glad it was worth the wait! Hope to have you out with us again! More 

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