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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 whale's 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.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Hawaii Nautical

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Leid Back' Dinner Cruise, Snorkeling and Dolphins, Whale Watch off the leeward coastline,Oahu Scuba

Hawaii Nautical offers a large variety of boat tours throughout the island of Oahu and on the Big Island of Hawaii. Snorkel tours and dolphin watches are offered in the mornings and the afternoons and in addition they offer sunset sails, dinner cruises, scuba and snuba options, whale watching in season and private charters.
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Pacific Whale Foundation

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52' and 60' Power Catamaran, 52' and 65' Power Catamaran, 65' Power Catamaran, 65' Catamaran

The Pacific Whale Foundation is one of the main companies we have on island that goes out in search of the whales during the winter months. In addition, throughout the year they also offer boat tours to snorkel at Molokini, dolphin watches that look for dolphins and snorkel off the coast of Lanai and have rigid hull inflatable tours that visit the back side of Lanai.
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Sea Maui

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Make reservations for a snorkel trip or sunset sail on the Sea Maui.

Sea Maui is a beautiful 51 foot power, sailing catamaran that departs out of Kaanapali Beach. They offer a trade-wind sail every afternoon, a sunset sail in the evening and snorkel trips in the morning. Food is specially provided by renowned Chef Joey Macadangdang the former corporate executive chef of Roy's Kitchen.
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Alii Nui Sailing Charters

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Dinner cruise with hotel pickup.

The one of a kind, luxury catamaran Alii Nui departs from Maui's Maalaea Harbor and offers a variety of sail options which include Molokini snorkel tours, sunset sails, dinner sails and whale watches. All the specialty details have been included on all its tours to provide a privileged ocean experience. Snorkel tours include hot showers on board and large terry beach towels for your personal use. Dinner cruises are limited to 32 guests and even complementary pick-up is included on its whale watches.
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Blue Dolphin Charters

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56 foot wide-beam sailing Trimaran, 27' Raft and 63' Catamaran

Blue Dolphin Charters offers spectacular motor sailing cruises to the NaPali Coast of Kauai and to the 'forbidden island' of Niihau. In addition Blue Dolphin also offers whale watches, snorkeling, snuba, dinner cruises, sunset sails and rafting excursions. All emphasis is placed upon customer comfort and its large boats each maintain large walk-in restrooms, fresh water showers and plenty of deck space.
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Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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30' Hard Bottom Inflatable Raft

Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been operating in the waters surrounding Maui and Lanai for many years. They offer personalized snorkel and marine life excursions departing from Lahaina Harbor on hard-bottom inflatable rafts similar to zodiacs. These adventure touring vessels are fast and maneuverable and you have a great likelihood of seeing whales, dolphins and other marine life up close and personal.
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Hawaii Oceanic

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Private Charters, Swim with Dolphins, Kealakekua Bay Tour, Whale Watching

Personalization is the key word describing the ocean adventures offered by Hawaii Oceanic on the Big Island. Six passengers is the maximum number that will be on board so you will have all the personal attention you will need on these adventurous tours on a comfortable 30' power catamaran. Tours will include snorkels to Kealakekua Bay, swim with the dolphin adventures, swim with Manta Ray trips and whale watches.
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Holo-Holo Charters

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61' and 48' Sailing Catamarans, 38' Raft

Holo Holo Charters offers a variety of boat tours on Kauai on large, powerful and stable catamarans. Tours include beautiful snorkel and dolphin watch excursions to the NaPali Coastline, raft tours of NaPali during the summer months, dinner sunset cruises, whale watching and tours to the forbidden island of Niihau.
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Kamanu Charters Inc.

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36' Sailing Catamaran

You'll enjoy "real sailing", snorkeling and whale watching on this trip with Kamanu Charters on their 36' custom designed sailing catamaran "Kamanu" to Pawai Bay. This area, located just north of Kona, is under State Fishery Management . The bay is within the Queen Liliuokalani Trust Land at Kaiwi Point and it is private. They also offer night manta ray snorkels.
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Privacy Charters

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Sailing, Power Catamaran

Privacy features a large air conditioned cabin with a couch seating for 3 guests, table seating for four, or sit in either of the two captains chairs at the lower helm station. Further forward there is a large clean restroom on the port side, and stateroom with a queen size bed on starboard side.
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Wailea Boating Company

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36' Power Boat, 36' Powerboat (Private Charters)

If you're like many people you won't want to share your fantastic Maui ocean experience with others but would prefer to make it a day for just your own family or perhaps just for you and a couple other friends. The Wailea Boating Company may just be the boat for you as you'll be able to discuss the itinerary of your boating adventure with your captain and go off and enjoy the day. The 36', six passenger vessel is clean and comfortable.
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Kainani Maui Sailing Charters

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Kainani Maui Sailing Charters

Her modern yacht shape, spacious interior, and blue water sailing capabilities make her the perfect Hawaii sailing charter boat. She is also available for Memorials at Sea or Ash Scattering Services and special requests.
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Hawaiian Outrigger Experience

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Book the Hawaiian Outrigger Experience.

Experience and relive a part of Hawaiian History as your cultural guides teach you traditional chants (oli), ancient myths, legends and historical facts. In honoring the wisdom and knowledge passed on by generations from ancestors. Offered daily Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tours depart from Wailea Beach in South Maui.
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Kaha Loa

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Make a reservation for the Kaha Loa

Kaha Loa is a 26-foot Glacier Bay power catamaran, perfect for cruising the waters around Lahaina and Maui. This boat features a shaded canopy top, an onboard marine head, fresh water shower, a full-feature stereo (feel free to bring your own music and we play it for you) a swim platform with ladder. There is plenty of seating on this boat, capable of carrying up to 10 guests, we only take a maximum of 6 guests in the interest of your comfort. The forward bow seating area is a very popular feature and this boat will reach speeds up to 28 knots, depending on ocean conditions.
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Aloha Kayaks Maui

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Aloha Kayaks Maui

Aloha Kayak Maui is one of Maui's premier ocean activity providers. With years of ocean kayak and snorkel experience offering PRIVATE or GROUP kayak tours, whale watching, and Maui snorkeling.
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Aloha Dolphin Tours

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Aloha Dolphin Tours - 25 Foot Power Catamaran, Group and Private Cruises

Aloha Dolphin Tours offers a variety of sea tour choices for exciting ocean adventures. Ideal for small group or intimate private charters this power catamaran makes Kealakekua Bay accessible to enjoy with your family and friends.
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Maui Plane Rides

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Piper Archer single engine aircraft.

Maui Plane Rides offers you and your close friends and family the opportunity to have an aerial view of Maui and surrounding areas with a pilot that is also an instructor enabling you to actually put your hands on the controls and feel the excitement of flying.
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