5. GET EX­CITED FOR WHALE WATCH­ING SEA­SON

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Essential Maui -

From the late win­ter months through mid-May, those vis­it­ing Maui are in for a spe­cial treat:

WHALE WATCH­ING sea­son. There are many ways to see these mag­nif­i­cent ocean crea­tures dur­ing this time.

Some pop­u­lar choices in­clude a sub­ma­rine tour, a boat­ing ex­cur­sion, kayak ren­tals or even snor­kel­ing (if you're feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous). Dur­ing the win­ter hump­back sea­son, it's quite com­mon for guests to see 40-TON

WHALES with 15-foot pec­toral fins mak­ing their an­nual mi­gra­tion to the Hawai­ian Islands.

If you're lucky, you may even hear the hump­back whales' in­cred­i­ble songs un­der­wa­ter. A typ­i­cal song lasts 10-20 min­utes and can be re­peated for hours at a time.

For the safety of the whales and visi­tors, jet ski and para­sail­ing ac­ti­vates are sus­pended on Maui dur­ing whale watch­ing sea­son. Check with your hotel concierge or ac­tiv­ity cen­ter to see if your water ac­tiv­ity is op­er­at­ing dur­ing your stay. AT­LANTIS SUB­MARINES (808) 667-0471 REEF DANCER (808) 667-2133 MAUI DIVE SHOP OUT­LET SHORE (808) 879-1775 EXT. 3 OR (800) 542-3483 BLUE WATER RAFT­ING (808) 879-7238 CAP­TAIN STEVE'S RAFT­ING (808) 667-5565 PA­CIFIC WHALE FOUN­DA­TION (800) 942-5311 SOUTH PA­CIFIC KAYAKS AND OUT­FIT­TERS

(808) 875-4848 OR (800) 776-2326

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