Sunrise Whale Watch


Capture the first whale sighting of the day as the sun rises over Haleakala.

The golden light of dawn is a spectacular backdrop for whalewatching and a favorite of photographers. Typically this is also the calmest time of day on the ocean. Sunrise Whalewatch is led by certified Marine Naturalists for fun and informative interpretation of humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. Departs from conveniently located Maalaea Harbor or historic Lahaina Harbor.

Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are also free but only one per one paying adult. Children under the age of 4 are always free!

Whale sightings are guaranteed or go again free on another whalewatch of equal or lesser value within one year. We are proud of our 97% sighting success rate. 

Tour Includes

  • Underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs
  • Onboard Jr. Naturalist Program for kids
  • Unlimited filtered water
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen – free application before boarding/small bottles available at cost ($3) onboard vessel
  • Full-color marine wildlife poster
  • Whale sightings guaranteed or go again free
Tour Options
  • Affordable rentals of cameras and binoculars
  • Snacks and beverages for purchase, including soda and juice, plus Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine and tropical cocktails for adults 21+ with valid picture ID (limit: 3 alcoholic beverages per adult)
Vessel Details
  • The latest in navigational and sailing technology
  • Extra large desk with plenty of outdoor seating and sundeck trampoline
  • Easy-on-the-feet teak interior decking
  • Luxuriously appointed interior with comfortable seating
  • Full bar complete with beer and soft drinks on tap
  • Premium surround sound system
  • His/hers bathrooms
  • Length: 65 feet
Check out our Budget Whale Watch for other tour times throughout the day.
Time Daily at 6:30am
Duration 2 hours (approximately)
Location Maalaea and Lahaina Harbor

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

48 hours advance notice is required for any changes or cancellations. Cancellations made within 48 hours of check-in time will be charged 100%.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


Alcohol Policy

We promote responsible drinking; alcoholic beverages are limited to three drinks per adult 21+ on our cruises where alcohol is available. You must show valid picture ID if you wish to consume any alcohol.
Fine Print
All activities are at your own risk. Check-in is at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. All no-shows are non-refundable. We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel due to weather, sea state or other exigent circumstances at the discretion of the Captain. Destinations, menus, vessels and equipment subject to change without notice. 

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- Mar 2018 -


This was absolutely the best whale watch trip ever and we have been on at least 50. First it is not crowded, second getting up at 5 and setting sail prior to sunrise is part of the romance. You can not predict when or if whales will be active particularly late March but we had a mom and calf and a frisky male that came so close that even the Naturalist screamed! The staff were great! Second sunrise trip for us and next week will be the 3rd!This is the best!

- Feb 2018 -


Wonderful trip! The sunrise was not nearly as spectacular as the whales. We saw many, many different whales including a mother and baby with 3 escorts! Great viewing, great weather, the staff was very knowledgeable with informative narration!

- Feb 2018 -

Barbara M

We were delighted with our adventure! The sunrise was awesome over the mountains and the whales were particularly abundant. The naturalist/biologist who narrated the trip was quite informative, answering questions and providing insight into the whales behavior and patterns of migration. His delivery was not dry and his love for the whales were evident in his presentation. We especially like that this particular whale watching trip not only funds research but helps to provide information as well. It is a score!