Whale Watching Season In Hawaii

It’s that time of year again where you can get pumpkin flavored everything but fall also means the beginning of Humpback Whale watching season in Hawaii!


A delight to humans, the warm ocean waters of Hawaii are also attractive to our most faithful winter vacationers: Pacific Humpback Whales who travel all the way from Alaska. These glorious creatures generally spend December to May frolicking off the islands before (reluctantly, no doubt!) heading back to their abundant feeding grounds in the frigid Arctic Ocean. Despite their copious layers of blubber, whales adore relaxing in the warm waters of Hawaii more than fearlessly facing the chilling reality of the northern seas in deep winter. According to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, roughly two-thirds of the world’s humpback whales make their way to Hawaii each winter. Scientists believe that the baby humpbacks are the focus of these “winter breaks.” The mother whales give birth and nurse their calves while the other whales breed. We are so excited for the return of the Humpback Whales and there are so many places in Hawaii to see them.


If you are staying on Oahu you can see whales by land or by water. The South East Side, along the Makapuu Lighthouse trail, is the easiest place to observe them by land but they can be viewed anywhere along the island coast. We recommend taking a boat tour out to see the whales because the opportunity to view them closer is a once in a lifetime experience. For more information on Oahu whale watch tours please visit the link below. http://www.discoverhawaiitours.com/go-oahu/whale-watch


Because of how much the whales seem to love the channels between Maui, Lanai and Molokai, Maui has become famous for whale watching. The channels are warm and shallow and provide a safe environment for the whales to birth their calves. The ocean between Oahu and Maui have been selected as the “Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary” For more information on Maui whale watch tours please visit the link below. http://www.discoverhawaiitours.com/go-maui/whale-watch

Whale Watching in Hawaii

Big Island

Hawaiian waters are host to over 10,000 whale visitors every year and the Kona coast of the Big Island gets its fair share. You’ll not only get to witness whales as the ocean is also home to an abundance of sea turtles and dolphins. One special feature of the Kona whale watch tours is being able to listen, via hydrophone, to the songs of the males as the serenade the females. For more information on Kona whale watch tours please visit the link below. http://www.discoverhawaiitours.com/to/big-island-whale-watch-tour.html  

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