Thousands of humpback whales arrive in the coastal Hawaiian waters every winter to birth their calves and mate for the following season.
Their appearance is a thrill for tourists and locals alike as whales can be seen off the coast from December to May before they travel back to the food-abundant waters of Alaska.
The whale season reaches its peak between February and March during which whales can be seen throughout the day from nearly every shore.
If you plan a trip to Maui during this time, not only will you see the whales frolic in the ocean as you journey around the island, you’ll also be able to hear their melodious songs travel through the water as you snorkel or swim.
Although you will see whales in the distance from the shore, consider taking a whale watching tour where a boat will bring you close enough to the whales that you can actually hear them breathe (boats are not permitted to get closer than 100 yards).
On a whale watching tour, you’ll be able to see the barnacles and the bright white flippers as the whales tend to their young, play with other whales or perhaps even a breach where a whale leaps out of the water and creates a large splash.
It’s a once in a lifetime thrill which can happen repeatedly throughout your trip.
For more information on whale watching tours, please visit the links of the following Maui-based companies:
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