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 2019 -


We come to Maui this time of year to whale watch. Other than kayaking, taking an inflatable boat is the best way to get up close and personal with the whales. The crews are knowledgeable and always locate whales. The boat ride itself is exhilarating with the ocean spray in your face. We always take the 8:00 AM tour and have never been disappointed. My only criticism is the rock music played while riding to the whale locations. I would much rather hear the sounds of the waves.

- Mar 2019 -


Several friends of mine went on a whale watching tour with Guaranteed Whale Watch in Kihei, Maui and had an excellent time. You meet in the parking lots and, in our case, were introduced to Tobey and Stephanie. Tobey is the captain and Stephanie is the naturalist (and first mate). After filling our the usual release-of-liability forms, Tobey explained what would be happening. They do have dry storage on board the raft. The raft is a boat with pontoons on all sides (if you're squeamish about a raft, don't be. This is a nice sized boat. We went down to the dock, took our shoes off (I'd recommend flipflops) and stepped onto the boat. When leaving the dock area, we picked up speed to get to the usual whale watching area. Tobey and Stephanie would be looking for water spouts from the whales blowing out or other physical exertions. We saw lots of whales and even a couple of calves. We also saw a full on breech. I felt safe at all times and had a lot of fun. After a while you could spot whales on your own. We were lucky in that the water was calm. The tour was approx. 90 minutes and I recommend the 8am tour. I highly recommend taking Guaranteed Whale Watch for any of the tours they operate.

- Mar 2019 -

Pauline M

We had a great trip hosted by Captain Jonathan and First Mate Josh. It was a little rough on the water in patches, but they got us to great spots for snorkeling and whale watching. We were lucky in that we found a small group of whales who seemed like they wanted to perform just for us. Jonathan and Josh provided excellent commentary about the area and how the coastline was formed. They stayed in touch with all participants to be sure that everyone was comfortable. This was our second rafting trip on Hawaiian islands. I'd recommend scopolamine patches for anyone who is prone to seasickness. It served us well both times. Guaranteed Whale Watch was a great find for us. Highly recommended.


Brenda A.

BEST TIME EVER! I was lucky enough to get the last seat on a 6-person Express raft to snorkel Molokini and do a whale watch. First, the guides were...


Neal J.

This was a fun adventure type boat tour for my wife and I's 1st trip to Maui. Saw some amazing lava coast scenery and tons of whales. Tropical fish and...


Adam G.

Molokini Express Tour Direct from their website: "Express transport to Molokini via our high powered rafts will take less than 15 minutes" I don't see...