When preparing for a deep dive, humpbacks arch their back and raise their tail flukes above the water. Dear all, we will be in hawaii in apri next year with the 1st week of april on kauai, 2nd week on big island and 3rd week on maui we would love to see whales especially humpback whales. The whaleplanner april a whale watching infographic whaletrips. Plan a hawaii boat tour to truly get the most out of your whale watching adventure. First humpback whales of season spotted in hawaii cbs news. My wife saw some whales splashing offshore at lawai beach one afternoon in. Kailuakona maria harvey worked for seven years in various capacities off the shores of west hawaii before she saw her first whale shark. Hawaii whale watching tours are ideal for seeing these spectacular animals in their natural habitat.
November, december and january are frequently listed as the start of the season with april and. Whale watching in hawaii just as our idyllic weather welcomes tourists from around the world, the warm and shallow waters surrounding the hawaiian islands are a favorite destination for kohola, or humpback whales. On the east side, hilo bay is another place popular for whale sightings. Enjoy the norwegian and icelandic winter and combine whale watching orcas, humpbacks and fin whales. Humpback whale watching december to april see humpback whales in hawaii.
If the main purpose of the trip is to see whales you might consider late january to get away from the throngs who travel to hawaii during the holidays, february, and early march before spring breaks begin, again, avoiding crowds. During the months from december to may, pods of humpback whales migrate through hawaiis warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. Hawaii is a popular destination for whale watching because, during mating season, humpback whales are more active resulting in elevated surface activity. Watching humpback whales breaching off the coast of kohala on the big island of hawaii. The peak season for humpback whales has pretty much come to. Whale watching cruises are some of the most popular things to do in hawaiis whale season, which runs from december through april. February and march are the peak months for hawaiian humpback whales, so i calleda local boat tour company to see if we could jump on one of their kauai whale watching tours.
The whaleplanner january a whale watching infographic. Whalewatching in maui in the beginning of april usa today. Captain andys has years of whale watching experience having been exploring the na pali since 1980. Each year, the great humpback whales migrate some 4,500 miles, from summer feeding grounds in alaska, to mate in the warm waters of hawaii. Honolulu ap there were at least nine collisions between humpback whales and boats last season, a marine sanctuary said. Whale watching on molokai humpback whale watching on molokai is some of the best you will find anywhere from december to april every year an estimated 10,000 12,000 whales migrate to hawaii to breed and give birth to their young. See humpback whales in the warm waters of hawaii on this 3hour whalewatching tour from kailuakona. Thousands of humpbacks gather in the warm waters to mate and give birth. Mar 28, 2014 the season runs from december to april.
But there are only a lot of whales around maui from mid january to early march. If you want to be sure to see the most whales in the ocean, it is best to plan your trip for the peak whale times of midjanuary to the beginning of march. In 12 years of studies by cascadia research, a total of 32 sperm whales were sighted in hawaii31 of which were off of the big island. Whale watching in first week of april 2018 maui forum. Whale study may show possible link between hawaii and mexico new robotic device used for humpback research, tracking local news. While the best hawaiian island for whale watching is said to be maui, theres a chance you can see whales in oahu too if. One year of whale watching in just one infographic. Aug 27, 2016 sickly humpback whale spotted in hawaii waters this image provided by national oceanic and atmospheric administration noaa shows a humpback whale sighted off maui, hawaii.
With a nose that resembles a bottlenose dolphin s, cuviers beaked whales are the more commonly seen of the beaked whale species in hawaii. Whale watching in hawaii is a relaxing activity and if youve got free time during the peak season, you can easily get a reservation for a whale tour or take a walk where whales are commonly spotted. Jan 04, 2016 hawaiis humpback whale population has not made its yearly return to the islands yet. Learn a few tidbits about the fascinating humpback whale, then book your whalewatch tour november through april annually and enjoy. Im hoping the whales hang out in hawaii alittle longer this year. Humpback whales make their annual journey to hawaii between the months of november and april whale season, and the big island is our favorite of the. The humpback whales leave the icy waters of alaska and migrate 6000 miles to hawaii every year to give birth and care for their calves. Kauai whale watching tours whale watching kauai capt. In hawaii, humpback whales can be easily spotted from land or sea as they frequent hawaiis nearshore waters.
From december to april thousands of humpbacks gather in the waters off hawaii. See humpback whales in the warm waters of hawaii on this 3hour whale watching tour from kailuakona. I know that the best time to go whale watching in maui hawaii is the winter months decemberapril. Kauai whale watching tours whale watching kauai capt andys. During these winter months thousands of pacific humpback whales migrate from their summer feedings grounds in the waters off alaska to the warm hawaiian waters to mate and nurse their. Maui whale watching guide humpback whales in hawaii. Every year between december and march, these marine mammals migrate through the ocean to breed and give birth. Hawaiian islands humpback whale explore whale watching. There is a slim chance you might catch a few from shore but the best way to see whales late in the season is by being on the water.
In april, humpback whales begin their migration north to feast on rich krill in alaska. Humpback whales in maui whales visit december to april. The humpback whale is the fifth largest of the great whales. Go here from your mobile device and click your account to create a user login. Jan 02, 2016 humpback whales slow to arrive in hawaii. Each december, whale watching begins for hawaii, but tourists are seeing very few whales out in the water when they venture out for their whale watching expeditions. Mar 20, 2017 watching humpback whales breaching off the coast of kohala on the big island of hawaii. See the most comprehensive whale watching visual guide all about humpback whales in maui.
These gentle giants come to the warm hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves. Humpbacks are in hawaiian waters during the winter months to birth their calves and to mate. There are a few whales around maui from midnovember to midapril. A whale watch on pride of maui begins at maalaea harbor and includes a barbecue lunch, mai tais, beer and two and a half hours at sea. November, december and january are frequently listed as the start of the season with april and may usually designated as the end of the season.
Hawaii big island whale watching tours hawaii discount. Even so, excellent opportunities abound to view whales in this cusp period of their island visit and youll experience smaller crowds and shoulder season savings. The humpback whale is known for making an annual migration of nearly 6,000 miles, one of the longest of any mammal. Start your whale watching year with ease why not visit hawaii. That might be a tough one as april is toward the end of their migration. December to april is an exciting time for the big island of hawaii because it marks whale watching season. Other great islands for whale watching are maui and kauai. Whale watching ecoadventure from kailuakona 2020 big.
I read somewhere that the whale watching season is from october to april. Honolulu humpback whales were spotted in the waters off hawaii for the first time this season, leading officials to warn ships and recreational boaters to. We will be arriving in maui on april 12 and would love to go on a whale watch. Whale watching tips hawaiian islands humpback whale. Hawaiian islands humpback whale national marine sanctuary. The whales journey across vast oceans, navigating by instinct alone. In fact, puukohola literally means hill of the whale in hawaiian. In your research, you may have seen different timeframes defining humpback whale season in hawaii. Go whalewatching off the coast of oahu on this excursion from waikiki or ko olina. You might consider doing your whale watching on maui. Seeing one of these 40ton, 40foot long giants breach the water is an unforgettable sight.
Hawaii is their winter home, a place to play, to give birth and to start new generations. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your whale watching experience. From december to may, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola humpback whale off the island of hawaiis shorelines. Where they call hawaii their winter home december to april of each year. You wont see the hundreds that are there earlier though. Go whale watching off the coast of oahu on this excursion from waikiki or ko olina. Big island whale watching is unavailable for cruise ship passengers who are in port for the day as these tours depart from the waikoloa area which is a significant drive from the dock. Officially, whale season in hawaii runs from december 15may 15, although the first whale of the season is usually spotted sometime in early october. As you cruise along the kona coast, look for the whales and other wildlife, and learn about them from the onboard staff. You can use the species and date filters to see changes throughout the year. I know we are at the end of the whale watch season. On the island of maui, the peak months for whale watching are january, february and march. Nov 17, 2016 whale watching is a great big island activity.
Cruise in the comfort of hawaiis largest vessel with hightech stabilizers for smooth cruising and the most outdoor space with four walkaround decks and a top observation deck for optimal whale encounters. This is when thousands of pacific humpback whales make the journey from the waters off alaska to hawaiis warm waters to breed and give birth to their young. I dont know if i would do in april if my only objective was to see whales. Best of whale watching, monterey california as of 7. Whale watching in april hawaii message board tripadvisor. When is the best time to see humpback whales in hawaii. Explore more things to do in hawaii go to experiences page. Kauais marine ecosystems are both beautiful and diverse. Life is a breach then you dive official oahu humpback whale season, mid dec. Finally, of all the whales in hawaiis waters, two of the most curious are the beaked whales that inhabit offshore waters. During the months from december to may, pods of humpback whales migrate through hawaii s warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. One of the most popular and fun things to do on the big island in the winter months december through april is whale watching. Do you have any advise for us, on which island we should go for a whale watching cruise thank you all for your help.
Dec 15, 2015 a whale watch on pride of maui begins at maalaea harbor and includes a barbecue lunch, mai tais, beer and two and a half hours at sea. Hawaiis waters are serve as habitat to 23 species of marine mammals, of which 22 are cetaceans whales or dolphins and one is a pinniped the hawaiian monk seal. On the island of maui, the peak months for whalewatching are january, february and march. Whale study may show possible link between hawaii and. Not only will you be in the whale s environment, but because humpback whales are curious about their surrounding, they will sometimes approach your boat. In 2014, a sick sperm whale was sighted off of kihei, and it was presumed that the whale had ventured to shallower water as it fought to stay alive. So unless youre already going in the next few weeks, now is a good time to plan for next season.
Officially, whale season in hawaii runs from december 15may 15, although the first whale of the season. Whale watching on the big island of hawaii big island. Humpback whales in the company of whales in the wake of giants. Experience whale watching in hawaii, one of the most popular activities in the winter. In hawaii, maui is a top whale watching spot for boatbased viewing. But im going to maui on my honeymoon in september the 4th12th and was wondering if there was any possibility i would see any whales lol silly question but i figured im going to be there id love to see a whale if. Sickly humpback whale spotted in hawaii waters this image provided by national oceanic and atmospheric administration noaa shows a humpback whale sighted off maui, hawaii.
Maui whale watching is one of the most popular activities to do in hawaii. Types of whales in hawaii almost a dozen whale species. A list of tours to see humpback whales as they migrate through hawaiian waters during the winter months. You will see whales in early april, ive seen them around maui as late as may. Whale watching is a seasonal and very popular activity during the winter time in hawaii. Since then, shes seen something near 30 members of. If one of your goals is to go whale watching, april might not be the month for you. April is close to end of whale watching season, correct, does tour guarantee seeing the whale or perhaps is weather dependent. Humpback whale watching december to april hawaii oceanic. Of these 22 whale and dolphin species, four the blue whale, the fin whale, the humpback whale, and the sperm whale,are endangered, while the rest are all federally protected. It is estimated that more than 10,000 of these whales migrate to the hawaiian islands each year during the winter, in search of a warmer climate.
Generally speaking, december to may is seen as the best time for whale watching in oahu and the rest of hawaii. Humpback whale watching tours look for humpback whales along the kona coast. With a small group of people, watch the gentle giants swim, feed, breach and play around your boat. Hawaii whale watching, oahu whale watch near ko olina, waikiki. Here in the hawaiian islands, however, the white clumps of water that signify winter are found in splashes and spouts, when between 10,000 and 15,000 humpback whales arrive in hawaii for the holidays. Well be in maui from april 4th to the th and im afraid this will be a little late in the season to see whales.1439 1608 10 729 940 1234 1043 448 1522 1575 727 1347 1566 1368 1063 1331 360 1267 530 905 645 8 1574 1217 751 1187 1372 477 1194 994 456 1279 1541 1553 77 1103 248 982 26 1117 91 1489