Rafting Whale Watch


Experience the magic of up-close whale watching

See the whales up close is on a rafting whale watching tour

Every year at the start of Fall more than 60% of the North Pacific Humpback Whale population will begin their migration from Alaska to Hawaii, with many of them choosing to stay in the waters off of Maui during their visit.

The best way to see these whales up close is on a Maui rafting whale watching tour. We endeavor to create the ultimate whale watching experience for our guests; our marine naturalists keep the tour educational and exciting, while you enjoy the benefits of having only 23 other passengers on board with you.

A smaller group helps create a more intimate setting in which our tour guides and naturalists have the opportunity to answer more of your questions. Imagine riding out to sea on our safe rafts as the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean mists your smiling face and the salty breeze blows through your hair, all while a happy Humpback mugs for your camera!

We offer a convenient South Maui departure location, and because of the agility of our vessels you will find that you?re spending less time searching and more time whale watching. Not only will you return from your whale watching adventure with priceless photos and more with knowledge of these majestic marine mammals, you'll also have made everlasting memories and had the time of your life. We invite you to come see why many consider whale watching aboard a raft is the only way to do it!
Time 7am, 9am, 11am
Check-in 30 minutes prior to departure.
Duration 2 hours
Location Kihei boat ramp

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

Cancellation Policy

Must be made at least 48 hours in advance in order to receive a full refund.

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.


Due to the adventurous nature of this trip it is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back or neck problems, elderly or fragile people, children under 8.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should be book our seats?

We recommend booking your seats a moment you know the day you would like to come out. We often fill up weeks in advance during busy season so always best to book early.

Can I bring my own gear?
Yes, please feel free to bring your own gear, we also have all mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits provided free of charge.

Can I just come along for the boat ride even if I don?t want to snorkel?
Yes we would love to have you along for just the boat ride. Just be aware you will have to listen to lots more of our captains humor than the normal passenger!

Do we swim with the turtles at turtle town?
Yes, swimming with the turtles is commonly peoples most memorable part of the tour.

Do you have flotation onboard?
Yes we have flotation belts and blow up life vests for anyone to use.

Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes there is a bathroom on the boat ( it is small) but it serves its purpose.

How far of a drive is it from where I?m staying?
Kihei/Wailea 10 minutes Lahaina/Kaanapali 45 minutes


Review Summary
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- Feb 2020 -

Laura Johnson

We enjoyed our Redline whale watch so much that we booked a second during our stay - and it was even better! Captain Tim was terrific. The little raft was stable and secure, but loads of fun. And the whales were amazing! The crew did a good job of finding the whales and then deciding how long to stay with each group (there were a LOT of whales). We got to watch a group of humpbacks and dolphins interact for a long time, which was really special. The music was fun, the commentary was helpful and amusing, and our shipmates were a good bunch - both times. We'll be back!!

- May 2019 -

TJ Hansen

Fantastic company. I have done quite a few different snorkeling companies on this island, from here on out, this will be the only one I use. The rafts aren't necessarily as fun to cruise around on as a catamaran, but the MUCH smaller number of people you go out with is really fantastic. The 2 running the boat were so great, super kind, helpful, and knowledgeable about things, it was part snorkeling part tour. Multiple locations, early hours meant to utilize the best part of the calmer waters. Definitely recommend.

- Mar 2020 -

Nicholas Yencopal

Awesome time!! Well worth the money and time. Unfortunately I cannot recall the name of our captain and deckhand after a long week of vacationing and boozing, but had an absolutely wonderful experience. They were very informative, helpful, and funny. So glad we decided on doing a raft boat over the giant tour boats as we had the opportunity to snorkel at a variety of spots and were granted much more in-water time than the other tours!

- Feb 2020 -

Brad Masek

The Redline guys did a great job for us on 2/26/2020. There were 4 of us in our party and all were pleased. Captain John and the naturalist did a great job in finding whales, keeping us dry(as much as was humanly possible) and teaching us a lot about whales and their near lives. We will definitely come back for whale watching and snorkeling in the future with Redline Rafting.

- Mar 2020 -

Google User

This is one of my best adventure I have ever done. Its not about snorkeling, it is Redline which makes it special. The whole 5 hours were super fun. The staff was very friendly and was having fun with us. The highlights of the tour were the Rafting experience in the middle of the ocean with amazing music and 360 degree turns, the backside of the Molokini Crater snorkeling, the sea turtle snorkeling and surprisingly the food. People have written about the food being limited but we felt it was very good quality and fresh food and was enough. Thanks Redline for the amazing experience.


Jolene L.

My whale of a tale... In my lifetime, I have one moment that took my breath away and that's the birth of my precious baby girl. Today, God blessed me with...


Becky O.

We loved our Redline Rafting whale watching cruise so much that we signed up for an extra snorkel adventure to Molokini with the same crew! The early...


Kaley S.

Snorkeling with Redline Rafting was the highlight of our trip to Maui and that's saying something because we loved every minute of Maui! I booked with...