Whale Watching Lookout Point Maui

Updated on:
January 18, 2022

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Whale Watching Lookout Point Maui

Lookout Viewpoint Maʻalaea Bay off Honoapiilani Highway

A very popular Maui whale watch scenic lookout is on the west side of Maʻalaea Bay, between mile markers 8 and 9, on a pull-off from the Honoapiilani Highway (Highway 30). That is the main highway around West Maui, and the observation point is near the southernmost part of the highway.

When To See The Whales

In the winter, which is whale watching season in Maui, the small parking lot at this lookout point is always crowded with cars.  Whales are usually visible nearby.  At that time of year, there is a naturalist from the Pacific Whale Foundation here most days from 8 AM to 2 PM. They have demonstrations and exhibits about whales.  You can borrow their binoculars and ask them all your questions about whales.

At any time of year, the views here are gorgeous.  You look out across Maʻalaea Bay, and out to the ocean, seeing the islands of Kahoʻolawe and Molokini.  This is a great place to see the sunrise over Haleakala Volcano.  On a very rare especially clear day, you can even see the Big Island of Hawaii in the distance.

The name of this lookout observation site is Papawai Point, but it is often mistakenly called McGregor Point, which is the location of the nearby lighthouse.

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