16 Whale of a Time
It’s vacation time for humpback whales as they venture into the Pailolo Channel with their baby calves in tow.
Have your eyes peeled, necks craned and cameras ready during these winter months when more than 1,200 sightings of humpback whales are expected.
Each year, the warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands invite thousands of humpback whales during their 3,000-mile annual migration from the North Pacific. During their stay, the whales mate, give birth and care for their newborns. It’s a magical experience and the best part is that sightings can be enjoyed just about anywhere that looks out onto the coast of Maui. Here are some of our favorite ways to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the ocean.
WHALE WORLD 101
The Pacific Whale Foundation has been the driving force of whale research and fundraising in Hawai‘i for years. Tap into their wealth of research and choose from a dozen of their tailored tours where marine naturalists share their knowledge and the ins and outs of a whale’s world. www.pacificwhale.org
Every seat is a front row seat aboard the “Wiki Wahine,” Ultimate Whale Watch’s 30-foot hulled raft. Be prepared as you and the other 17 passengers speed out into the sea from Lāhainā Harbor to watch whales breach and spout right before your eyes. Or book a VIP tour for a more intimate experience. Close encounters are guaranteed or your trip is free. For more information and reservations, visit www.ultimatewhalewatch.com
Tours throughout Maui provide safe and up close looks at these