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"With the magnificent Pacific views and elegant Maui condos along the beach, our stay here was magical."
No contest. Whale watching is the best, free activity on Maui. Humpback whales call Hawaii home from November through May, with January through March as the peak season. With no predators to worry about, the Auau Channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai islands is the perfect location for whales to mate and give birth to their calves.
There are plenty of tour boats that offer whale watching, but you’ll be surprised at how close the whales get to the shoreline allowing great visibility of their acrobatic skills from several of Maui’s beaches. In fact, a lot of our guests stay in the comfort of their beach and ocean front lanai to watch these majestic creatures. We’ve combined their tips for catching the whales in action:
- Scan the ocean’s surface for a humpback’s blow.
- Once you see the blow, be patient and keep your eyes to the horizon
- Adult humpbacks surface about every 10 minutes but most of them will be with their calves that need to surface more often
- Soon enough, you’ll catch them re-surfacing and breaching in front of your eyes
- When they are in a playful mood, they’ll show-off their aero-dynamic skills
- If you have binoculars, even better!
Hawaii’s whale population continues to increase each year allowing for more up-close encounters with these gentle giants so make sure to put it on your to-do list next time you visit Maui in the winter months.
For more information on our favorite visitors, the humpback whales, visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Sanctuary or the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
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“Whale Watching on Maui”
It's a great day for a whale watch. 10 facts about Humpback Whales: www.tinyurl.com/10MauiWhaleFacts