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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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Epic Day!

This is an amazing whale watch. And the vessel you are in can't be beat! The people are amazing and very fun! We saw lots of whales and 3 breached.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing whale watch. And the vessel you are in can't be beat! The people are amazing and very fun! We saw lots of whales and 3 breached.

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Granby, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on it Thursday and Friday the 13th. Crew was great both days. Whales on Thursday pm were unbelievable lots of breaching. Came under the boat a few times . I like the smaller boat though the larger boat is more comfortable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We loved this type of boat with smaller groups of people. The boat is fast and they can get you closer to the whales. The naturalist was very knowledgeable and shared interesting info about the whales. Definitely would recommend this company.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our favorite snorkel trips year after year are with Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel. This trip we had Amy and Ben as crew and they found us two great snorkel spots even though a few of the first spots we tried were too rough. Saw dolphins THREE times on the trip and lots of whales all around. Great trip!

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

Stoked you got to join us going to Lanai and Ben and Amy made the trip memorable! Hope to have you out again sometime! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was by far the best whale watching excursion that I have been on! Captain Ryan and Hanna were great, we saw many whales, that breached, spy hopped and then mugged our boat! We had 2 very friendly whales near and under our boat.Truly an amazing experience! We took the VIP tour on a small boat ( max 1 0... More 

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

We love the small trips as well, so glad you got to join us on one! Hope you got some great photos! More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small Avon-style raft boat, fast, but very smooth. I recommend sitting on the pontoon up front if you are camera ready and actively looking for whales. The boat is great and the crew is swell. I'm hoping to get another outing with them before I have to head back to South Carolina in a few days. We went straight out... More 

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

Sounds like an epic trip! Stoked you got to encounter so many humpbacks and also our dolphins! Look forward to having you out again! More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent trip. Great boats, great people and LOTS and LOTS of whales. This is a way better program than the cattle boats, as we had plenty of room and attention from the captain and crew. A BIG plus is speed. Our captain was always searching for whales and when he saw one, he got us there right away. Do... More 

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

Mahalo for loving our small rafts- we do! Appreciate the feedback and hope to have you join us again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

ABSOLUTELY amazing time this afternoon...so many incredible breachings....even a double!!! Captain Ryan and First Mate Hannah were informative and just plain fun!!Wish we could go on this tour every day while we're here. Must do!!!

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

Yay for seeing lots of whales! Mahalo for including us in your vacation! More 

Parks, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great snorkeling and whale watching Amy and Ben were wonderful and spent lots of time with interesting thing's

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Mahalo for coming out with us! More 

Cortez, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just got back from a tour with Amy & Ben. They were outstanding! Amy especially. I was surprised to find out there were no restrooms (for the record--whoever the booking company is needs better information) but Amy IMMEDIATELY said, "Anytime you need to stop, we will!" We saw many whales and lots of dolphins. I had trouble climbing in the... More 

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Thank Marcy1301
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Aloha! So glad you had a great time! Sorry for the restroom confusion- our 25 passenger raft does have a bathroom, but the other two do not, we will make sure the booking folks have this info correct! Pleased to hear Amy and Ben were so helpful! Thank you for joining us! More 

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