Maui features one of the most magnificent whale watching opportunities in the world every year. This annual migration from the cold waters of Alaska bring our beloved humpback whales to our tropical paradise. From December through April, whales can be seen from most of the Maui island shoreline. You might be caught by surprise when you see the whales exhale at 300 miles per hour causing a column of (smoke) water vapor while on a short walk on the beach.
While females are being courted by males you may see actions of tail slapping, breaching, spy hopping or pectoral fin slapping. Males are keen to impress the females with their size and can breech entirely out of the water, roll in the air and land on their back in one big splash. While females are being courted, their focus is on nursing and teaching their new calves survival techniques and ocean behavior. The humpback whales are protected here in Hawaii by the Hawaii Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
The best and most popular activity during this fantastic time of the year is going on one of the exciting and fun whale watching tours! Maui has some of the best whale watching expeditions in Hawaii don’t miss out on this truly unforgettable moment.