Budget Whale Watch


Awesome deal on this top rated eco-tour!

Whalewatch with the experts on Maui's top-rated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat. Led by certified Marine Naturalists for fun and learning about humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. Watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females, hear underwater whale songs – every trip is unique.

Children 0-4 are free!
One child ages 5-12 is free per one paying adult!
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
  • 8"x10" mini poster glossy photo cards
  • Whale sightings guaranteed or go again free
Tour Options
  • Multiple departure times daily from conveniently located Maalaea Harbor or historic Lahaina Harbor.
  • 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
  • Modern, eco-friendly, double-deck catamaran
  • Spacious cabin and sunbathing areas
  • Galley with bar and serving area
  • Water slide and snorkel platform
  • His/hers bathrooms
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices
  • Length: 65 feet
  • Capacity: 110-147 whalewatch
Our Sunrise Whale Watch offer the most calm and serene experience to witness these majestic creatures.
Time Ma'alaea – Daily at 2:00pm [November 4 to April 15]
Lahaina – Daily at 2:00pm [November 4 to April 30]

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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- Apr 2018 -


Wow, this experience far exceeded our expectations! We not only saw whales (mama and baby hung out right next to our boat) but also three sharks! Our guides Makaela and Annie were fun and full of great info, and our captain Hans was a real pro. I was worried about sea sickness, but the catamaran was roomy and comfortable...no nausea at all. We also enjoyed a mai tai and complimentary sodas. It also made us feel good to know that we were helping to support a nonprofit. Thank you Budget Whale Watch! It was a highlight of our trip to Maui!

- Apr 2018 -


Our group had a great time! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed watching 7 male whales competing, complete with fin slapping.

- Apr 2018 -


We went out on very rough seas but we spotted whales within 15 minutes of leaving shore. We saw so many whales, a baby and it mom along with at least one escort, and a group of 5 whales. It was over to soon!!!