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Address: 675 Wharf St., Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number: +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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Great Trip-Super Captain and Crew

Our captain, Ryan, and first mate, Peter, were absolutely superb! Went to three different locations to snorkel on Lanai, two on the back side not visible from Maui. Trip was about... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 September 2016
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Aurora, Colorado
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Aurora, Colorado
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Our captain, Ryan, and first mate, Peter, were absolutely superb! Went to three different locations to snorkel on Lanai, two on the back side not visible from Maui. Trip was about 6 1/2 hours and very entertaining as well as knowledgeable on Hawaiian culture. I cannot say enough how well worth it this trip was! Saw dolphins and sea turtles.

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

Thanks for joining us out there! Stoked you got to hang with Ryan and Peter, they are great! Hope to see you out with us again! Aloha! More 

Illinois
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took the 6 hour snorkel tour and it's been the best thing we ever did on vacation! Captain Ryan is the best!! We saw a ton of humpbacks and dolphins on the way to a snorkel spot. We were so close to them. Ryan held our feet while we hung off the side of the boat... More 

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

So glad you had a blast on our snorkel trip! Ryan and Peter really know how to give the best ocean adventure experience! Hope your memories hold you over until you join us next time to make more! Mahalo! More 

Banks, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We decided to choose Ultimate Snorkel because we were looking for a small group tour and really wanted to see dolphins. Scott at the Snorkel Shop said that Ultimate Snorkel does a great job. They did not disappoint!!! We chose the 6 hour tour that went to the island of Lanai and stops at 3 spots for snorkeling. Captain Ryan... More 

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

So stoked to have you out with us! The dolphins really steal the show and we love hanging with them! Hope to see you out with us again sometime! Mahalo for joining us on our snorkel trip to Lanai! More 

bevelry hills
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Every year we come to Maui we book 1 adventure day with Captain Ryan and Becca. And each time it is something new and adventurous. We are a large family with 5 boys and 6 adults and Capt Ryan and Becca seem genuinely interested in making sure we all have fun. They are always leading us to new places, showing... More 

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

Aloha Carrie! So stoked you came out with us again! Hope the adventure stays with you guys all year until we see you again! Mahalo! More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

If you are a thrill seeker, this is for you. Captain Ryan and Becca were simply the best. We began with stopping to greet a couple of Bottle Nose Dolphins on the way to Lanai, and then on to three awesome snorkeling spots. Prior to the first snorkel, we were served local breads for breakfast. The second spot we were... More 

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

Love your full description of the adventure, so glad you got to go to Lanai with us, its our favorite spot! Appreciate the feedback and hope to see you guys out with us again! Aloha! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Five stars for every aspect of this experience! We sped across the water to amazing living reefs, crystal blue waters, exciting caves, fun jumping rocks, and peaceful turtles, pausing for an intimate look at a pod of over 100 spinner dolphins, including a day-old infant and some other babies just learning how to poke their heads up for fresh air.... More 

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

What an epic dolphin experience! The babies are so cool (they kind of remind me of little footballs they are so small lol). Thanks for joining us and hope to see you guys out with us again sometime! Mahalo! More 

Hollis, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This was truly a great experience for our family of which includes a 12 and 18 year old. Capt. Ryan along with first mate Peter not only brought us to amazing locations to snorkel but shared with us their knowledge of the sea and history of the islands. Ryan is like having a naturalist on board as well as someone... More 

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

Thanks for joining us! So stoked you got to experience Ryan's expert captain skills! Mahalo! More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Captain Ryan and first mate Becca were awesome. They were fun to be around for the time we spent together. They make the trip even better. We got to see so much! Dolphins, False-Killer Whales, and soo many fish!! I want to snorkel every day now I wish I could've stayed. They offered yummy treats and beverages to keep you... More 

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

The false killer whales were a pretty amazing addition to that trip! Hope to see you out with us again!! mahalo for joining us! More 

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

The crew was fun, funny and really great. Smaller boat so we did not have to deal with 50+ people getting in and out of the boat. They took us to some cool dive spots and made it an awesome day for us. Mahalo

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

Stoked to have you out with us! We love our small rafts and glad you share the same appreciation for the small group trips! More 

Gresham, Oregon
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We wanted a snorkeling trip and boy did we get an amazing surprise. There is no way we could have expected to see so much and have so much fun. Honestly, the actual snorkeling when you look under water we found at all 3 spots to be basically the same thing... coral, fish, a turtle or two.. and that was... More 

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

Thanks for coming out with us! We are always thrilled to share our marine life encounters with our guests! Hope to see you out with us again! More 

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