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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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Wow! You see those photos and you think that in reality you'll probably only see a whale in the distance. Not so. Great trip yesterday with Joel and Bec, many whales sighted... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Louise F
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! You see those photos and you think that in reality you'll probably only see a whale in the distance. Not so. Great trip yesterday with Joel and Bec, many whales sighted multiple times. Even got some great double tail shots. Very comfy ride, and a much better view of the action than we would have had on the bigger... More 

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Garden City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Perhaps they should be called EPIC WHALE WATCHING:-)lol...you get the idea! Captain Amy and her lovely Becca makes you feel like VIP's going out f)on a speedy raft(what a fun ride)in search of the elusive whales. Sometimes you get to see more sometimes less but none the least you do get to be in awe when you find them. Advertised... More 

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

So stoked you had a great time! The rafts are awesome and we love our captains and crew! Apologize for the false advertising with the snacks! We don't usually provide snacks, could you let us know where that was advertised so we could correct it? (email at Toni@Ultimatesnorkel.com) We don't like disappointing anyone! Thank you for the feedback, it is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lanai trip. Awesome captain ryan and first mate becca. They were a wealth of knowledge. Great with kids. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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

Thanks for joining us Louie E! Stoked you had a great time snorkeling Lanai with us! Aloha and happy holidays! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our third time going out with Captain Ryan and each time was better than the previous. HIGHLY Recommend him! Dave and Tracy

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

Thanks for the recommendation! Ryan is awesome and a wealth of knowledge and humor :) Hope to see you out on the water again soon! More 

Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Use this company!!! Amy and Becca were fabulous Weather and conditions weren't ideal but they made two great snorkel stops got to see tons of amazing fish,green sea turtle, spinner dolphins , bottle nose dolphins and humpback whales EVERYTHING I wanted to see Boat ride alone was exciting Small group was great as we could ask many questions and both... More 

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

Love that you got to see so many marine creatures on this trip! Thanks for giving some props to the ladies! Mahalo! More 

Brandon, Canada
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to get up close and personal with Humpback whales this is the way to do it! It's a zodiac boat so everyone has a great view. It can fly across the water and stop on a dime so when they spot some action they can get to it quickly. The tour guides are very informative. Take a... More 

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Thank 87kandj
_Team_Ultimate_, Owner at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for the feedback! And thanks for reminding guests to bring a GoPro- there are definitely some epic shots (above and below water) to capture of our humpback friends! Hope to see you out here with us this season! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I are both experienced with snorkeling and scuba/snuba. On our trip last week we decided to do lots of snorkeling both by ourselves and 1 paid trip. I was wondering whether the cost would be worth it since we were seeing so much just off the beach and had seen so much in our previous dives. We... More 

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1 Thank Betty J
_Team_Ultimate_, Owner at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Aloha Betty! Really appreciate your feedback and so happy you had a great time! Lanai is teeming with marine life and such an amazing snorkel stop! Mahalo for joining us! Look forward to maybe having you out on a whale watch with us sometime! More 

San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We've been out three times during whale watching season on this small pontoon-style boat. The crew is fun and knows their whale stuff -- so exciting to be on this boat and not the huge slower moving boats crowded with people. This boat can get to the whales quickly and everyone onboard can easily see the whales. Highly recommend this... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback! Hope you can join us again this season! Mahalo :) More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We were beginner snorklers and had such a blast. Peter and Rebecca were very helpful and informative. We saw turtles and even octopus. It was an AMAZING experience.

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

Thanks for joining us for our Lanai Snorkel! So cool you got to see Honu and Tako! Hope to see you out on the ocean again soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Had an afternoon trip with Peter and Michelle that was pretty much a private tour. Both staff were excellent. Michelle was particuarly great with our kids (ages 9 and 14) and was excellent showing them around in the water. We didn't have great luck on the day snorkelling (afternoon not ideal) but they can't control weather. You could see Peter... More 

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

Thanks for the feedback and so glad to hear our Captain and Crew did their best to make it work even when the conditions were not preferred! Mahalo for being good sports and happy to have had you out with us! Aloha! More 

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