Viewing Humpbacks in Maui

Apr 08, 2011 Avatar Dan Ilves Dan Ilves

Hawaii is such a popular destination with our customers, for good reason. But probably 90% or more escape to Hawaii during the popular summer vacation season. Those that venture to Maui during the winter and spring whale watching season, however, are in for a very special treat that most other visitors miss.

After the humpbacks spend the summer months feeding in Alaskan waters, over 10,000 make the arduous journey to Hawaii’s protected waters between the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. They reside here November thru April, to mate and give birth. Given their purpose, the whales are active and provide spectators top-notch nature viewing opportunities. You don’t even need to go out on a boat excursion to see them, though certainly that get’s you up closer. One can often stand on the beach or on your oceanfront lanai and watch them frolicking off shore. On our winter trip we usually enjoyed our breakfast with the whales, as we enjoyed having our croissants and coffee on our lanai while watching the humpbacks breaching off shore. (Bring binoculars!)

There are many Hawaii packages available during this time , and the visit makes for wonderful family vacations, as all ages delight in experiencing these gentle mammals.