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Maui whale watching season

Canoe Whale Watch

When is Maui whale watch season?

This is a question we get a lot “When is whale season?” or “Are we going to see whales?”. Well if you are visiting Maui after December 20th through March you are in for a treat! It depends on the change of seasons, water temp and storms up in Alaska, but as soon as the water gets too cold the Humpback Whales make their annual visit to Maui.  The first humpback whale sighting this year in Hawaii was on September 29th near the small island of Niihau.  Peak whale watch season is February and March.  The last whales could stick around until April before they make their trek back to Alaska.

What do the whales do when they visit Maui?

The humpback whales are here to have fun just like you! They mate, give birth and enjoy the warm waters of Maui. They rarely feed if at all while they are here, and they are curious and fun to be around.

What is the best way to see whales in Maui?

Look out your window (just not while you’re driving please 🙂 you will see whales almost anywhere in Maui’s waters. 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. A Maui whale watching Canoe Tour is unlike anything else.  No matter how many times I see whales on a whale watch tour, it feels like the first time. All encounters are unique, as we respect the whales and the laws that mandate us to not pursue the whales or get to close, but sometimes they come to us, and boy what an experience that is.


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