Whale Watching Tour Considerations
Choosing a Whale Watching Tour
Your comfort is the biggest consideration. The items that affect your comfort will be the Type and Size of the boat, getting on and off that boat, time of day and weather patterns. Where the tour leaves from could affect your comfort as well.
Tour operators on Maui leave, from South to North: Ma’alaea harbor, Lahaina Harbor, Mala Wharf and Ka’anapali beach. They use a variety of boats from large cabin cruisers with multiple decks, to sailing catamarans and inflatable raft type boats (with and without rigid hulls or bottoms.)
Catamarans and larger boats allow you to get up and move around the boat and have a cabin to retreat to for shade, getting out of the wind and of course restrooms. Most will serve soda, snacks, and some cases appetizers and full bar. This type of boat will afford the most comfort as they are more stable, think motion/rocking, and smoother ride.
Rafts (Rigid hull inflatables) are the best for visiting more whale sites (sightings) and will get to the next area faster. These type of boats have a bumpier ride and increase the risk of getting wet. These are comfortable, but usually you will staying in your seat. The folks seated on the whale side of the boat are required to remain seated so the other side can stand and still see the whales. The Captains are good positioning the boat with the sun in the background for better sighting and photo ops.
Okay now you should be ready to book. Just let us know what your preferences are and the prospective date(s).