Guaranteed Whale Watch

We can?t accommodate pregnant passengers, fragile elderly, or those with back or neck problems. And there are no wheel chair accommodations or provisions for service animals.
Ages 4 and up

Whale sightings guaranteed or the next trip is free!

See the whales UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL on a fast and fun rafting adventure. Whale sightings are guaranteed or the next ride is free!

FROM DECEMBER TO APRIL. This 1 1/2 hour whale watch is a great way to get to the whales fast from a convenient Wailea / Kihei departure. Whale sighting is guaranteed or next ride is free. Ample free parking is available at the Kihei Boat Ramp less than ten minutes from all Kihei and Wailea Resorts.

Morning departures offer calm conditions on Maui's south shore where visiting Humpbacks are prevalent and often seen nursing their young during these times. Pods are spotted quickly allowing ample time for viewing and listening through a sophisticated hydrophone sound system. Close encounters of 100 yards or less sometimes require that we "stretch" a tour slightly to ensure the safety of the whales and to operate within federal regulations, so a little extra time has been allowed between tour departures.

Please note, guaranteed whale watch is only for tours between January 1 and March 15. Pre or post-season tours outside of this time period do not apply.
Time 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm
Check-in 30 minutes prior
Duration 1.5 hours
Location Kihei Boat Ramp

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions. You can find addition information in frequently asked questions

Cancellation Policy

100% refundable if cancelled at least 48 hours before check-in. Changes or cancellations should be made through the modify or cancel buttons on your booking confirmation.

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.


No pregnant passengers or those with back or neck problems. No Children under 4 years of age; adult supervision required for those under 12. No wheel chair accommodations or service animals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Accommodate People With Disabilities?
Unfortunately this may not be the tour for you.  We can?t accommodate pregnant passengers, fragile elderly, or those with back or neck problems. And there are no wheel chair accommodations or provisions for service animals.

What Kind Of Rafts Do You Use?
Our fast, stable, unsinkable, rigid hulled, inflatable boats are all powered with environmentally friendly, smoke free, twin Honda 4 stroke 225 HP outboard motors. CLOUD IX is a 27? ALMAR RAIV carrying up to 24 passengers KANALOA and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, are 30? ALMAR RAIVs also carrying up to 24 passengers. Parties wishing to guarantee a particular boat may opt for a private charter. All boats have easy boarding ladders and are approx. 60% shaded by canopies.

Is There A Minimum Age Requirement?
Child age limit: 4 years minimum. (adult supervision required under 12) Children under 4 years may be accommodated on Private Charters (no infants).

What Is Your Policy Regarding Weather?
Tours depart rain or shine. Inclement weather conditions are usually temporary and rain gear is provided. Cancellations due to weather are extremely uncommon and all parties are instructed to appear at the boat ramp no matter what the weather seems to them.These tours are best reserved for those who are adventurous in spirit and in reasonably good physical condition. Destinations are weather permitting and alternate sites may be chosen. However, it is rare for us not to reach our destination whether it be Molokini or Kanaio. If the captain deems the conditions to be unsafe for departure, a full refund will apply. No shows are non-refundable.

Is Breakfast and/or Lunch Included?
On tours less than 3 hours, only beverages are included. For longer tours, lunch is deli style consisting turkey and roast beef, veggies & dip, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, whole wheat buns, and condiments with a delicious homemade style chocolate chip cookie. Beverages are Hawaiian fruit juices and bottled water. Breakfast on the Kanaio/ Molokini consists of assorted fresh island fruit, muffins, Hawaiian fruit juices, and bottled water. Kanaio Coast Tour has a fruit and beverage break between sightseeing and snorkeling.PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol allowed on board.


Review Summary
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- Mar 2018 -


We went on a 1.5 hour whale watch rafting trip from Kihei Boat Dock in mid-March. We stopped away from the two males contending for the attention of a female. The two males swam near our raft and cavorted around us, giving us great views of them. One even raised his tail and splashed water on all six of us on the raft. It is a sturdy raft with comfortable seats and a roof to protect from the sun and rain. You do bump going over the waves to get out from land, but they do a good job of explaining all the safety precautions. Those on the raft trip all helped keep watch for the whales and where they would surface next. What a great way to see these amazing creatures in their own habitat. They offer several times throughout the day and the 9:30 am one worked for us. You can sign up online and conveniently see what trips have spaces available. We had also signed up on an earlier day for a snorkeling tour, but they safely decided the water was too rough to take us and refunded our payment. They did suggest a protected cove we could try snorkeling from the shore, which was really helpful and did work for us.

- Mar 2018 -

Richard H

My husband at the last minute decided we needed to go on a whale watching excursion. We went on the Pineapple Express with Captain Toby and he did not let us down. We were able to follow a “competition pod” for almost an hour!! Got lots of video and pictures. Captain Toby was very informative and he was as excited as we were to see so many whales in one spot!! Great time had by all...thank you so much!

- Mar 2018 -

Pauline M

Thank you to Vandy and Captain Mike for an amazing time! On March 12th, we went on the whale watch and we had no idea that we would have whales all around us! As it ended up, we were whale "hijacked" and the whales came to us. Vandy and Captain Mike thought a female went under our boat and two males were around her. We literally had whales lift their head out of the water and look at us, raise and flap their tales and blow from their blow hole right beside the boat! We didn't expect anything like this! Very informative and friendly guys! Highly recommend!!


Stefan W.

This was my first trip to Molokini but I can't imagine it being any better. We wanted an afternoon tour but didn't want to risk just being brought to Coral...


Melanie B.

Starts early and is worth every minute. Best in the morning before the wind and the waves really kick up. The crew (Captain Joey and Stephanie) were...


Ken F.

The snorkeling was incredible! Molokini is a 5 star location! This company...not so much. Captain Joe was chill and okay, but I need to point out that he...