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 31. 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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- Jan 2018 -

Cory Jaworski

This was an excellent tour to see the crater and swim with its wildlife. Captain Toby and Stephanie were great hosts and made first time snorkelers seem like professionals with clear and quick instructions. On our way back into harbor Captain Toby found a group of whales no further than 50 yards from the boat. Riding the tubes on the side walls was easy and fun but would not recommend for calm ride seekers. Overall awesome experience and very friendly and safety focused crew of Captain Toby and Stephanie!

- Jan 2018 -

Lindsay Scharosch

Wonderful adventure. BE WARNED! Sitting on the side of the raft up front will result in you getting bounced around and beat up a bit. It was fun for about the first ten minutes but then you get really tired and over it. You won’t have a chance to move until the boat stops. So choose your seating wisely! Other than that it was awesome! We saw no less than 10 whales and the snorkeling was great! Both the captain and the other guide were very helpful and very conscious about safety. Would definitely reccomend to anybody looking for a more adventurous tour.

- Dec 2017 -

Eric Sharp

Loved it!! Captain Toby and Ben were amazing. Toby knew his stuff and was very skilled with his boat. We were able to experience many sites and many amazing creatures. Thanks so much.

- Dec 2017 -

Bob Loblaw

We arrived yesterday morning for our trip and were greeted by Bandy (who ended up being our awesome deck hand) and some Texan? guy. So glad we were not on his boat. I think he thinks he’s charming but really he was just super rude. Our trip got underway with Larry as our captain. He was an incredible captain and he and Bandy were friendly and fun. They took us on an incredible tour of the lava caves and are the only company that does. Weather was good enough to go further round than they usually do so we went to “secret bay” (I think?) which was amazing!?! So many fish to see and a beautiful little reef. A few other stops made for a full day. We got to see Molikini but because of the weather (wind and waves going right into the inside of molikini) only on the outside “wall” which was cool but not as great for seeing fish as secret bay. All in all a great day. Larry and Bandy were awesome!

- Nov 2017 -

Stephanie Schaffner

Great trip along the Lava coast and to Molokini. We had enough time to snorkel, everything was very relaxed and focused on the customers. Joe and Johnny were super nice and helpful and tried hard to make this a great experience for everyone (successfully!). These are smaller rafts with few people and the company avoids the big crowds. Truly a fun and great trip and very recommendable. I would 100% do this again with them.


Georgia N.

Love our tour! Loved our guide! Thank you Captain Tobie for an amazing experience and taking is right to the turtles! Of all the years we have been...


Larry W.

First the negatives: When I got to the boat launch there was no boat or sign for Guaranteed Whale Watch. I had to wait for the guy to yell to everyone that...


Matt M.

Captain Larry was great and the Kanaio coast tour was very fun! We've been coming to Maui for years and this was a great alternative to the typical boat...