Its the perfect time for some maui whale watching by kayak. Maui whale watching guide humpback whales in hawaii. Our maui whale watching tour is truly an exceptional vacation value. Whale season is one of the best times of the year to visit maui. We offer each guest plenty of room to roam around, for the very best view of maui s humpback whales.
Maui whale watching tours hawaii cruise excursions. Pacific whale foundations first whale sighting of the season. Kihei while there has been a slight increase in humpback whale. Whale season is heating up and we offer maui whale watching trips daily from lahaina harbor aboard high speed eco rafts. The first whale sighting of the season happened off the coast of kauai on sept. During their annual migration to mauis coastal waters, they come to calve, mate, and rear their young. Heres what you need to know to see the breaching beasts on whalewatching tours in maui. Youll enjoy a full two hour whale watch combined with snorkeling a beautiful coral reef. Each occasion is designed to celebrate and inspire environmental stewardship alongside a strong community of maui residents and. As maui gears up for whale season, experts are mulling the reasons. This whale came up unexpectedly for an up close look during last years whale season on one of our private kayak tours. Saw a beautiful display of mumma humpback whales and her calf, two separate viewings and they came close to the boat, making it an amazing experience.
The scenic mcgregor point lookout west of maalaea and the beaches of kaanapali, kihei and wailea are also great spots to see whales. Officially, whale season in maui runs from december 15thmay 15th, although its still possible to see whales outside of the official whale season dates. Each winter, an estimated 12,000 humpback whales migrate to hawaiian waters to mate, give birth and care for their newborn calves. If you are planning a winter vacation or live here on maui you will want to book your whale watching tour in advance. The humpback whales return to hawaii for a few months every year to mate and give birth, so malolo takes. I know that the whales started appearing in dec this year, and theres no way to predict the future, but if they do arrive during my trip, what is the best area to stay in. Whale watching tours are the perfect attraction for your entire family to enjoy. Maui whale watching humpback whales at maalaea, kihei.
Oct 17, 2017 whale season in hawaii has officially begun. Malolo is a great option for families and groups who want to experience maui from the ocean. It operates a 65foot power catamaran called the ocean explorer, a 50foot sailing catamaran called. For more information on this special combo, see our lanai dolphin page. If youre looking for more familyfriendly ways to experience the island, download our.
Whale trust maui conducting, promoting and supporting. Most whale watching tours will depart from lahaina and maalaea harbors and cruise through the auau channel, between maui and lanai. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors and our work is funded through fundraising activities, memberships and donations from supporters worldwide. Jan 02, 2016 humpback whales slow to arrive in hawaii in this jan. Nov 16, 2016 while that may seem far, remember that a humpback whale can grow to a length of 52 feet and weigh about 80,000 pounds. Lahaina whale watching deals in lahaina, hi groupon. By simplicio paragas on 11162016, updated on 07122017.
There are several really great trip ways to experience whale watching and i wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to enjoy some time out on the water to observe humpback whales. In fact, there are plenty of areas on maui where humpbacks can frequently be seen from the shore during whale season. Home marine life, maui activities whale watching season is starting in maui. Everything you need to know about whale watching on maui. Maui whale watching trips maui whale watching season 2017. Whale watching season 202014 view larger image starting now. The harbour at maalaea is within easy reach for a variety of boat trips with the pacific whale foundation for snorkelling on molikini, getting up close to the humbacks and enjoying the sunsets. Sep 05, 2018 seeing as we operate seven boats that offer whale watching tours in maui, this is a question were asked a lot and at all different times of the year officially, whale season in maui runs from december 15thmay 15th, although its still possible to see whales outside of the officialwhale season dates.
She called it the best day of the season for whale photography with lots of activity reported on the. Since 1980, maui whale festival has offered a series of inspiring events held during mauis peak humpback whale season. During our winter months dec 15thapril 15th humpback whales migrate down from the cold waters of alaska to the warm waters of maui to give birth to and train their calves. Pacific whale foundation is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship. The peak season for whale watching on maui is january, february, and march, though whale season in maui officially runs from december 15may 15. Nov 18, 20 maui whale watching is especially unique because of the relatively shallow waters that exist between the islands that make up maui county. By the peak of the season from januarymarch, thousands of humpbacks have gathered in hawaii from hilo to hanalei, with the largest concentration of whales residing between maui, molokai, and lanai. While the first maui whale sighting differs every year, its lately been as early as september that humpbacks are spotted in maui. We are officially at the peak of the whale season, where activity is super high. This is the safest and most comfortable way to experience up. Early in the season, the first sightings are usually of males who have made the swim from alaska, awaiting the females who usually show up between thanksgiving and christmas. Seeing as we operate seven boats that offer whale watching tours in maui, this is a question were asked a lot and at all different times of the year officially, whale season in maui runs from december 15thmay 15th, although its still possible to see whales outside of.
The humpback whales return to hawaii for a few months every year to mate and give birth, so malolo takes you out to see them from december 8 th april 15 th. But you dont have to go on a whale watching tour to spot whales. Hop aboard for snorkeling at some of maui s most popular locations, including molokini crater, or choose from a sunset cruise along maui s shoreline or whale watching from december to april. First whales of the season spotted off maui hawaii magazine. Aug 25, 2015 every year from december through may the humpback whales migrate to the warm tropical waters of hawaii. This high speed catamaran leaves from maalaea harbor and can get you to the whales quickly. Whale trust, hawaiian islands humpback whale national marine sanctuary and division of aquatic resources dlnr hawaii and. We offer each guest plenty of room to roam around, for the very best view of mauis humpback whales. Avoid the crowds and join us for the trip of a lifetime. Many condos offer gorgeous views of the ocean increasing the possibility of a whale sighting that will make your heart smile. Humpback whales slow to arrive in hawaii in this jan. Home beach, family, marine life, maui activities starting now.
Every year from november to may, maui locals welcome back their favorite guests the huge, majestic humpback whales who spend every winter in hawaiis warm and safe waters. Oct 05, 2016 next year 2017 may go down as one of the most critical years for humpback whale research in hawaii in the last fifty years. Pacific whale foundation helping protect our oceans. Book your private maui kayak, outrigger canoe or sup whale watching tour today.
Our 2hour ocean rafting whale watch cruises depart 4 times daily. Maui whale watching if youve been on a whale watch trip, and you didnt find it lifechanging, you didnt go whale watching in maui during season. We are fast approaching the fall months here on maui and we have begun to think about the maui whale watching season 20172018. The waters surrounding maui are the stage for some of the best whale watching in the world. The whale jumps out of the water and slaps the water as it comes back into the water. For the first time since 1966 when whaling was deemed illegal in the north pacific, humpbacks will no longer be considered an endangered species trying to come back from the brink of extinction.
Look out your window just not while youre driving please. Pride of maui is the most stable and spacious boat on maui with incomparable amenities including two restrooms, glass bottom, water slide, submerged boarding ladders, warm showers, a large hardwood bar and over 2500 feet of open deck. Hop aboard for snorkeling at some of mauis most popular locations, including molokini crater, or choose from a sunset cruise along mauis shoreline or whale watching from december to april. It is just about impossible for us to go out on the boat during this time and not see their abovewater displays and hear their songs. How to play blue whale suicide game download link youtube. Whale watching season is starting in maui when is whale watching season in maui. You can watch the whales from many of mauis beaches, or even from an overcrowded whale watch boat, but imagine experiencing these gentle giants aboard a. The boat is decked out with brand new gear, the guys are super relaxed, really catering the trip for the group on board and we were one of the only boats out on the water that could glide through the wind with n. Experts wonder how warmer oceans will further impact whale. Twohour 360 view of whale watching off the coast of lahaina with humpback naturalists aboard up to 22% off. On tuesday, october 10, the pacific whale foundation reported spotting a pair of humpbacks about a mile off the coast of kapalua in west maui each winter, an estimated 12,000 humpback whales migrate to hawaiian waters to mate, give birth and care for their newborn calves. While there are many reasons to celebrate this recovery, on the heels of.
Our mission is to promote, support, and conduct scientific research on whales and the marine environment. The island of maui is the best hawaiian island to watch these majestic mammals. Pacific whale foundation spotted their first whale of the season today, oct. Maui whale season maui scuba diving mike severns diving. Each winter december through may, thousands of kohola humpback whales travel to hawaii from colder waters to breed, calve and nurse their young. There were shirts left over after the event, and i managed to buy one from her shop in. The whales are drawn to the areas shallow waters, especially the auau channel between maui, molokai and lanai, making maui an ideal jumpingoff spot for. Mahalo to each and every guest, sponsor, partner, performer and vendor for joining us. Jan 09, 2017 this feature is not available right now. Our big, spacious boat and can follow the whales in comfort, no matter where they roam, throughout the humpback whale sanctuary. The ocean surrounding our islands are more than 15. This is the safest and most comfortable way to experience upclose whale. A total of 984 humpback whale sightings were reported during the 2017 great whale count on maui over the weekend, including 544 pods or groups of whales and 88 calves. Early in the season, the first sightings are usually of males who have made the swim from alaska, awaiting the females.
We are fast approaching the fall months here on maui and we have begun to think about the maui whale watching season 2017 2018. Daily during whale season middecember through midapril at 8am, 10am,12. Maui whale watching trips maui whale watching season 20172018. Ellen raimo captured this image of breaching humpback swimming in maui waters on march 3, 2016. Maui whale watching is most thrilling aboard the malolo. Call 8665722664 for the best maui island vacation rental deals. Experience the humpback whales and view them in their natural habitat. Our lead boat, maui princess, is the largest, most uncrowded whale watching boat on maui.
While it is not whale watch season, would it be worth trying for a tour if there are tours during this period. Hi, my fiance and i will be going to hawaii on sept 19 for 2 weeks. We believe that science lies at the heart of environmental education and conservation. On tuesday, october 10, the pacific whale foundation reported spotting a pair of humpbacks about a mile off the coast of kapalua in west maui. Hawaii humpback whale season underway maui now hawaii. One of the most popular and fun things to do during this time is to go on a whale watching cruise.
From middecember to midmarch, every year our waters are filled with humpback whales returning home from alaska to mate and give birth. Pacific whale foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship. Each occasion is designed to celebrate and inspire environmental stewardship alongside a strong community of maui residents and visitors. Yes, maui whale season is here the humpback whales are the worlds largest nautical mammals that migrate from the cold waters of alaska to the warm shallow waters of hawaii. Reports from our march 2017 maui nui field project. Next year 2017 may go down as one of the most critical years for humpback whale research in hawaii in the last fifty years. Whale watching tour all islands although whale watching tours are offered on all of the islands, maui is known to be the best place to see them. We offer a whale season pass 10 trips for those of you who love to whale. Sightings are guaranteed, or you get a free ticket for a regular pacific whale foundation whale watch. The raftlike boat was smaller than the big catamarans and the fewer amount of passengers 15 on my trip and the very personable and funloving crew of 3 made for a more. Every year from december through may the humpback whales migrate to the warm tropical waters of hawaii. If you book a whale watching tour from maui, experience the thrill of spotting a spout about 300 yards off the bow, and then motoring close for a. Whale watching what months best time to go kihei forum. Go here from your mobile device and click your account to create a user login.
You might have to keep your eyes peeled for a while, but its worth it. If youve been on a whale watch trip, and you didnt find it lifechanging, you didnt go whale watching in maui during season. Without a doubt, one of the most amazing marine wildlife adventures youll ever have the opportunity to partake in is a chance to witness the majesty of the north pacific humpback whales in their natural environment year, after year, these magical mammals grace hawaiian. Hawaiis whale watching season runs from december through may. The pacific whale foundation had their first humpback whale sighting of the season back on oct. On average, the first whale sighting from a trilogy. If you are serious about seeing humpback whales in their hawaiian mating and calving grounds, the last couple weeks in february and the whole month of march are the best times to be here. Dec 14, 20 whale season is heating up and we offer maui whale watching trips daily from lahaina harbor aboard high speed eco rafts. There are also whale watch tours put on by different organizations that generally handle dozens of people in large crowds, drinking mai tais and getting sea sick, which might be good for some, but maybe this is not what you had in mind when admiring mother nature. Maui whale watching is especially unique because of the relatively shallow waters that exist between the islands that make up maui county.
Maui whale season in full bloom january 12, 2017, 4. Shari reeves designed a gorgeous shirt for last year. Just starting to think about a trip to maui dec 515, 2017. The peak whale season is usually february, however, the 2017 seasons seems to be a fairly active year already and its only getting started. Maui vacation whale watching season, humpback whales off.1288 458 1423 193 646 1188 869 182 565 377 1246 946 200 1237 148 532 1167 785 1167 306 587 1507 558 534 250 917 1282 1095 1142 156 1123 720 503 104 996 1424 1040 615 3 693 652 1057 1487 1204 727 302