Hawaii Whale Watching Tours
Hawaii boasts a large variety of
resident whale species, most of which can be observed throughout the
year. The combination of warmer waters and abundant food supplies means
most of the whales never need to migrate from the Hawaii area either to
feed or calve.
All of the Hawaiian islands are recommended as whale watching
destinations, though the best whale watching can be found on the island
of Maui. The waters off the west coast of Maui are shallow, warm and
prohibited for boating. That means an abundance of food, an undisturbed
environment and unpolluted waters, which in turn attracts a large number
There are several points along the west coast of Maui where humpback
whales can be observed quite clearly from the shoreline. The best times
to observe the humpbacks are in the early morning and late evening, and
the best months are from November to April. About midway through that
period, around late January, begins the calving season. During this
time, humpback calves can often be seen coming very close to the shore.
Other whales to look for in Hawaii are pilot whales, sperm whales and
beaked whales. These species are very active around Hawaii throughout
the year, and are best viewed by taking a whale watching cruise. Orca
whales (popularly known as killer whales) and false killer whales can
also be occasionally observed as they pass through the area to feed on
the abundance of smaller marine mammals like seals.
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