Whale watching in Hawaii is something that many visitors hope to do, and for good reason. There's nothing quite like viewing whales in their natural habitat, and if you get to see a humpback whale breach, or leap almost entirely out of the water, it is something that you will surely never forget. Hawaii whale watching tours can be booked on all the main islands and, like dolphin swims, they are ideal for anyone who is fascinated by marine life. The best time to go whale watching in Hawaii is between the months of November and April, as this is when Pacific humpback whales are known to thrive in the area waters. They come from Alaska, and it's estimated that up to 3,000 of them are known to congregate off the Hawaiian Islands during the winter months.
Maui Whale Watching
While Hawaii whale watching tours can be booked on all of the main islands, Maui is arguably the top place to arrange them. That is because some of the best whale watching in Hawaii can be enjoyed in the warm and shallow waters that can be found off of the island's west coast. Helping to make Maui whale watching so good is the fact that the protected Auau Channel can also be found off of the island's west coast. Interestingly enough, you don't have to book special Hawaii whale watching tours when visiting islands like Maui. Simply relaxing along the shoreline and staring out to sea is bound to reward you with some whale sightings during the peak season.
On the island of Maui, one of the best places to whale watch from land is McGregor Point, which overlooks the beautiful Maalaea Bay. The best whale watching in Hawaii can be had in the mornings and late evenings, so you'll do well to look for whales during these times regardless of which island you find yourself on. Back on Maui, the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers a public telescope that you can use to look out to sea, and other top whale watching vantage points include the Olowalu Reef and the Puu Olai landmark. Maui isn't the only island that offers easy access to the protected Auau Channel. The smaller islands of Lanai and Molokai, which are part of Maui County also offer easy access to this channel. As such, you might look to book Hawaii whale watching tours while visiting one of them. Most Hawaii visitors will stick to Maui when looking to whale watch in the vicinity, and it's often easier to book whale watching trips that highlight the coasts of the smaller islands on the island of Maui.
Big Island Whale Watching
In addition to Maui, the Big Island offers some of the best whale watching in Hawaii. Just make a break for the Kona Coast or the Waikoloa area if you want to do some Big Island whale watching. These destinations offer Hawaii whale watching tours that highlight those whales that choose to congregate in the Alenuihaha Channel. There are quite a lot of whales that hang out in this channel, so you're pretty much guaranteed to spot some. In fact, some locals refer to the waters off of the Big Island's west coast as "whale soup," which should give you an idea of how plentiful the whales here are. Don't forget to check out Hawaii Volcanoes National Park when visiting the Big Island. Like whale watching, it is sure to be a highlight of your Hawaii vacation.
Oahu Whale Watching
While many Oahu visitors spend all or most of their time on the island in the Honolulu and Waikiki environs, heading out to the west coast destination of Waianae will reward you with the opportunity to do some Oahu whale watching. The Waianae area is effectively shielded from trade winds and lots of rain by the coastal mountain ranges that are found in the area, and this helps to keep runoff into the ocean at a minimum. What this means is that the water is very clear. Should a whale pass under your boat in these waters, which is known to happen on Hawaii whale watching tours, you are bound to get quite a view of it.
Kauai Whale Watching
Over on the island of Kauai, those who want to do some Kauai whale watching will do well to head south to Port Allen. As is true when whale watching in Hawaii on one of the other islands, those who whale watch off the Kauai coast can often observe the large creatures for fifteen minutes or more at a time. When whales come up for air, they often remain at the surface to splash around and essentially play for a while. Kauai is a wonderful destination for those who want to get in touch with the more natural side of Hawaii, and other experiences here that might pique your interest include trips to Waimea Canyon and visits to the National Tropical Botanical Garden, among others.