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Hawaii Whale Watching Tours are the Big Winter Event
The Hawaii whale watching season is the most anticipated time of year regarding activities in the islands. Whale watching is available for visitors to enjoy between December and May. Usually the very first of the Humpback Whales to visit will first appear sometime in November followed by a couple more sightings as days pass but the bulk of the whales will not arrive until the Hawaii whale season is in full swing between Dec 15th and May 15th. The peak months for a Hawaii whale watch would be in February and March and in some places in the waters off Hawaii it is simply impossible not to see them during these times.
The Humpback Whale population which visits Hawaii makes the long migration all the way from the coasts of Alaska and northern Canada and this round-trip trek is about 4000 miles in total. Amazingly the Hawaii whales seen on our whale watches don't eat the entire time they are away from their home shores to the north but instead rely upon stored energy from all their feeding in the summer and fall months. This whale population is considered endangered as it once numbered in excess of one-million individuals worldwide but was decimated by the whaling activities in the 1800's and 1900's to near extinction levels. Today the Humpback Whale population worldwide is estimated to be between 40,000 and 70,000 and it is estimated that the number of whales that come to visit Hawaiian waters during the Hawaii whale watching season is about 10,000. Though nowhere near their original pre-whaling populations, the Humpback whale, which is found throughout the globe has fought back from a mere number of perhaps only 1500 individuals at its lowest point.
Hawaiian Waters are a 'Whale Friendly" Sanctuary for the Humpback Whales
Hawaii nowadays is "whale friendly" and in fact portions of the waters surrounding Hawaii are considered to be a whale sanctuary area. Not only are these Hawaii whales not killed anymore but every attempt is made to not even bother them. The Hawaii whale watch industry is enormous as everyone wants to get a close glimpse of a giant Hawaii whale but every precaution is made to avoid collisions with them and to let them have their own space. All boats in Hawaiian waters are required to stay a minimum of 100 yards away from Hawaii whales during the Hawaii whale season so the numerous pods can roam freely in these waters. This does not mean that you will not get closer to the whales than this as they often come right up alongside of the whale watch boats and even at times submerge underneath them but they do so totally on their own volition.
The Humpback whale during whale watching season can be found along the coastlines of any of the islands but the largest portions of the visiting populations will be found in the marine sanctuary of the shallow waters found between the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai and Molokai. The whales can be seen at this time seemingly enjoying the calm waters as they swim back and forth day after day. The main reason the whales come to Hawaii during this time of year is to mate and to calve. Quite frequently you will be able to see the little babies that have just been born swimming alongside their mother and these calves will grow at an amazing rate of about 100 lbs a day as they make good use of the rich and nutritious milk provided by the mother. The mothers on the other hand lose a similar amount of weight each day which they don't begin to replace until they get back to their home waters in the northern Pacific.
Mating is the other activity practiced in these waters at this time and courtship rituals are well established. Various whales can often be seen traveling together in pods and often male whales can become extremely aggressive toward one another when mating is on their mind. Although it is not clearly understood why the whales jump out of the water in huge leaps or breaches it is thought that at least at times this may be a way of expressing dominance and show physical prowess during the courtship process. The whale breaching is not limited for this purpose alone as it is known that all the whales do so and at a variety of times and under all sorts of circumstances. These moments caught on film by visitors on one of the whale watch cruises are a coveted trophy and by year's end the astounding number of amazing photos of breaches is truly remarkable.
Hawaii Whale Watching Tours Can Be Found On All Islands
All of the islands will offer a Hawaii whale watch to the visitors in the winter months and they depart from numerous locations and on various types of vessels. Many of the whale watch tours in Hawaii are strictly whale watching and others will include generous amounts of whale watching with other activities such as snorkeling, sailing and even dinner and sunset cruises. On Oahu the principle locations from which to depart on the many whale watches would be out of Honolulu, Ko Olina, Waianae, Haleiwa and Kaneohe. On Kauai whale watch tours primarily would depart from Port Allen and sometimes Hanalei. Maui's most important whale watch departure spots are Lahaina and Maalaea Harbors and also Kaanapali and the Kihei boat ramp. On the Big Island the harbors along the leeward Kona Coastline are where you will find the whale watch departures.
Your choice of boats from which to see the whales can be very different and will depend to a large degree upon your personal taste. Most people seem to gravitate toward the larger and more stable vessels that take many people at a time out to view the Hawaii whale population. These tours are usually no more than two hours in length and the vessels that have a second deck providing a higher vantage point for viewing make the sighting of the whales all that more clear. For the more adventurous the smaller, faster, and more maneuverable hard-hulled rafts may be better choice because they can navigate towards the pods of whales much more quickly and potentially see more whales over the course of a tour. The fact that these smaller versions of the whale watch vessels are more intimate also makes the verbal interaction between the clients and boat captain more fluid and you can more easily have your individual questions answered. There really is not a 'best whale watching in Hawaii' boat for your whale watch outing. They are all good, they will all see whales and the type of boat you feel more comfortable on should you the one you should choose.
From December 23 to April 15, 2016, you can enjoy a whale watch that takes you beyond Diamond Head to view humpback whales from the Star's 60 foot high observation deck. Our naturalist crew will provide
Every year during the winter months of December through April the humpback whales return to the warm Hawaiian waters for their mating and calving season. A large number of them find their home in the
Come aboard for an informative and fun two hour whale-watch led by a team of certified marine naturalists and marine biologist, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Although
Ever wonder what it's like to be a whale researcher? Now you can spend time with researchers on a personally guided, small group tour of the research center. Your research adventure begins over a complimentary
Enjoy a two and a half hour whale watch adventure with a fun-loving crew. Climb aboard for an adventure in search of humpback whales, the gentle giants of the sea. Be amazed by their acrobatics, listen
Take a whale watch with Captain Steve to see, hear and learn about Maui's most famous visitors, the humpback whales. Cruise in the waters off Lahaina in a fast and comfortable Raiv boat that is equipped
Get up early and take a whale watch with Captain Steve to see, hear and learn about Maui's most famous visitors, the humpback whales. Cruise in the calm waters off Lahaina in a fast and comfortable
The North Shore of Oahu has more whale sightings than any other location on Oahu. Last season there were over 700 sightings and two double breeches in the Haleiwa Harbor Channel. Between December and
This trip specializes in close encounters. High speed ocean rafts provide small groups (18 guests max) an intimate environment for you and your family to truly experience these gentle giants up close
This trip is ideal for those who wish to limit their time on the water. Enjoy some whale watching and have the opportunity to snorkel at Molokini before departing to look for some more humpback whales.
Every December through April, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come aboard Hawaii Nautical's Honi Olani and see these beautiful mammals at their best on our exciting
Enjoy an extreme two hour whale watch along the Kohala coast, a well known calving and nursing ground and the Big Island's only designated National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Close encounters
Enjoy a 2 hour morning whale watch and continental breakfast with Teralani. Your on board naturalist will answer your questions, and a brand new hydrophone will be used to listen to the whales' songs.
With NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary located right in Kihei, whale watching is the best in the world in Maalaea Bay. Every year the same whale community commutes from Alaska
Enjoy informative narration provided by the research staff of Pacific Whale Foundation's marine research naturalists. Underwater hydrophones let you hear the song of the humpback whale. We guarantee
Gemini offers a morning whale watch that includes a continental breakfast and professional marine naturalists sharing their knowledge about the whales while you listen to their songs on hydrophones. Over
See whales, dolphins, turtles and more! There is a certified naturalist on board and an underwater hydrophone so you can hear the whale song. Our certified marine naturalist will wow you with facts and
On this two hour whale watch, Trilogy is dedicated to sharing accurate information about the endangered Humpback Whale and its habitat with guests through an on board naturalist. The goal is to give you
Premier whale watch and lunch cruise is a 2.5 hour trip available from late December to mid April 15th. This whale watch takes you beyond Diamond Head to view Humpback Whales from the Star's 60'
From December to early May, the humpback whales call Hawai'i home. Orca, the Splashers Ocean Adventures boat, is ideal for whale watching tours. It is fast, has a low draft, is open air with a shade
Design your own custom raft adventure. Custom, private charters include a continental breakfast and a deli lunch.
Design your own custom whale watch for your private party. Every year during the winter months of December through April the humpback whales return to the warm Hawaiian waters for their mating and calving
Enjoy your humpback whale watch in private on Privacy. Cruise the protected waters off of Ka'anapali and Lahaina, where the best whale watching in the Hawaiian islands is found. Our winter friends
Between December and May every year, humpback whales visit the Hawaiian Islands. These whales reach lengths of 35 to 50 feet and weigh up to 50 tons. These intelligent visitors return annually to deliver
Come aboard for 3 hours of whale watching during humpback whale season, from the middle of December to May. Enjoy a shared tour or a private charter for just you and your group of up to 6 family and friends.
Although you can observe these gentle giants from the shore - the best way to really get up close and personal with the whales is on a private chartered whale watch. The most common whale sightings include
The Lahela is a fishing boat in her normal life, but during the winter months doubles as a whale watching boat for private parties of up to fourteen passengers. The boat is obviously fast, being a sport
Each tour is led by owner-operator Captain Tom Bottrell a professionally trained marine ecologist. Humpback whales are the focus of our attention from December thru May when they are here in abundant numbers.
Customize your charter to fit your desires. Enjoy fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing, or whale watching when in season. You can choose to go to Lana'i, Molokini, La Perouse or the Kanaio Coast.
Experience the stunning hues of the Kawaihae sunset as it sinks into the deep blue Pacific Ocean, and casts its magical glow on the surrounding mountains of Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai all
This whale watch and snorkel eco-adventure combines the best experiences of viewing Maui's awe-inspiring leviathans viewed at sea level and then snorkeling in West Maui's calm and clear waters viewing
Located inside the protected National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary is Hawaii's newest harbor - Kawaihae Harbor South. The Kohala coast offers the best whale watching on Hawaii Island and annually records
Our excursions are led by a seasoned island naturalist with years of experience on the Wai'anae Coast. Hydrophones (underwater microphones) are used to listen to the calls of the humpback whales and
This 4 hour raft adventure is for the entire family and travels along the less rigorous Southwest Coast. During this trip encounter dolphins, turtles and see our visiting humpback whales in the winter
Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a Sunday morning whale photography workshop at sea, led by Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist and professional wildlife photographer David Fleetham. Whether you are
Maui Princess Dinner Cruise; 2.5 hour sunset dinner cruise on board Maui Princess offering topside dinner seating to enjoy the views. Fine dining on linen covered tables with full table side service by
This ocean expedition highlights the exciting North Pacific Humpback Whales with an informative background on whale biology and behavior. Here during the winter months, the Pacific (Hawaiian) Humpback
Enjoy this three hour snorkel and whale watching expedition that takes you along the Kohala Coast, the Big Island's only designated National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary and well known calving
This seasonal tour is available December through April, when the Humpback Whales come to Hawaii for a little rest and relaxation. The tour includes a ride along Kauai's beautiful South Shore to spot
Get out on the ocean for a two hour whale watching cruise, including snacks and beverages.
Enjoy your whale watch and experience padding in an authentic Hawaiian outrigger canoe. Professional guide and whale narration along with a cultural tour.
Join Marty Dread, one of Maui's favorite entertainers, for a sunset cruise that includes dancing to reggae and island style music on an outdoor deck, watching whales as they breach and cavort in the ocean
Humpbacks are in Hawaiian waters during the winter months to calve and mate. Because Pueo Kai takes only 6 guests out on each ocean adventure, you have all the room and space you need to enjoy these magnificent
Be treated to a relaxing three hour cruise, an hour of snorkel time and two hours of an educational and exhilarating whale watching experience with commentary by a certified whale naturalists with vast
Enjoy a wonderful sunset cruise on the brand new pirate-themed Queen's Treasure catamaran. Sail, whale watch and explore Maui's beautiful west coast. Feasting, merrymaking, and relaxing are all
This two and a half hour sunset dinner cruise offers whale watching with informal narration and hydraphones that are hooked up to the surround sound stereo system for your listening pleasure. Hula Girl
Take a two hour cruise departing from South Maui to view the humpback whales as they frolic in their breeding grounds in the crystal clear waters off of Makena and Ma'alaea Bay. Snacks and beverages
Experience the combined thrill of whale watching and ocean rafting on a brand new eco tour offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. Cruise from Lahaina Harbor on a high tech raft for exciting water level encounters
Enjoy a beautiful sunset on the water and two hours of whale watching with expert narration by the captain and crew. We guarantee whale sightings from the middle of December to the middle of April.
Come aboard Winona's spacious 50 foot deck to relax and enjoy the humpback whales, an endangered species that travel to Hawai'i from the North Pacific waters of Alaska each winter to breed. The
Depart from Port Allen harbor in search of Hawaiian humpback whales. These large mammals migrate to the Hawaiian waters annually to mate and give birth. Normally these creatures travel in groups called
On this two hour whale watch, Trilogy is dedicated to sharing accurate information about the endangered humpback whale and its habitat with guests through an on board naturalist. The goal is to give you
On this two hour whale watch, Trilogy is dedicated to sharing accurate information about the endangered humpback whale and its habitat with guests through on-board naturalists. The goal is to give you
Start your morning off with the opportunity to enjoy two hours of whale watching to see these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat as you cruise the waters off of the West Maui coast.
Enjoy a sunset cruise and whale watching with informal narration and hydrophones that are hooked up to the surround sound stereo system. An extensive a la carte menu is available for purchase, featuring
This is the perfect trip for professional photographers, wild life enthusiasts and first time whale watchers. Maui is the center for humpback whale studies throughout the region as it contains the highest
Enjoy a two hour early morning whale watch with Teralani. Your on board naturalist will answer your questions, and a brand new hydrophone will be used to listen to the whales' songs. We guarantee whale
Hawaii's warm tropical waters become the winter home of the Pacific humpback whales from December through March. The migration of these majestic whales allows us to get close enough for incredible
Whale watching of our gentle giants the humpback whale is available from mid December until the whales go home. Two hour cruise has a marine naturalist always on board with facts about these gentle giants.
Experience the ocean bathed in the golden hues of sunrise! A favorite of photographers and sightseers. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you go again free. All of the features of the regular whale watch
Enjoy Maui's top rated Pacific Whale Foundation whale watches at special rate daily until the end of whale watching season at 2:00 pm. The cruise is identical to the regular whale watch cruises in
Enjoy Maui's top rated Pacific Whale Foundation whale watches at a special rate daily at 2:00 pm until the end of whale watching season. The cruise is identical to the regular whale watch cruises in
This trip specializes in close encounters. High speed ocean rafts provide small groups an intimate environment to experience these gentle giants up close and personal. Join a certified marine naturalist
Search for whales off the southern coast of Maui. This trip goes on a zodiac style raft, a small, fast and maneuverable craft that allows for quick travel times to the whale pods, as well as an exciting
The waters surrounding Maui are known for being some of the best for Pacific Humpback Whale watching, because of the shallower depths of the water between Maui and Lanai, Molokai, and Kaho'olawe, the whales