If you are ready to check out the north pacific humpback whales in hawaii, know that there are a variety of ways to experience it, and the best place to do it is on the island of maui. The 2015 16 connecticut whale nwhl season was the first in franchise history and the national womens hockey leagues inaugural season. Glide along the stunning kona coast searching for the majestic humpback whales as you learn all about these marine mammals from onboard marine naturalists. Officially, whale season in hawaii runs from december 15may 15, although the first whale of the season is usually spotted sometime in early october. Of these, roughly 12 to 18 thousand 2015 estimate, see page 82, d. From december to may, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola humpback whale off the island of hawaii s shorelines. This video was taken from the ocean spirit on a whale watch cruise with pacific whale foundation on january 15, 2015.
The first whales start arriving to the big island in late november, and more arrive as the season continues, until their numbers peak in the months of january, february, and march. January through march is peak season for the annual migration of humpback whales. Whalewatch with the experts on mauis toprated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat. 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. My 10th trip to hawaii all islands and have yet to see a whale.
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 official whale season. Body glove afternoon kona whale watching tour from kona pier. When is the best time to see humpback whales in hawaii. Free whale watching in hawaii 2020 season underway. Island of hawaii whale watching from december to may, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola humpback whale off the island of hawaii s shorelines. Boaters should be on the lookout for the whales to avoid a collision. When the season is in full swing we offer trips throughout the day.
Hawaii s whale watching season takes place from late november to midapril. See and experience this phenomenon, a rare opportunity to listen to their songs and learn all about the annual hawaii whale season. Though hawaii s official humpback whale season doesnt start until late december, the first whale sighting of the season occurred this week. The first humpback whale sighting this year in hawaii was on september 29th near the small island of niihau. Humpback whale watching season starts early in hawaii. Were smackdab in the middle of winters humpback whale season in hawaii, and you dont have to take a whale watching. They race more than 3,000 miles from the gulf of alaska to hawaii, then stay for a lengthy vacation, frolicking just off our shores and delighting spectators from december through may. According to noaa, the peak season for whale watching in oahu is january to march. Heres video of hawaiis first humpback whale sighting of the. Maui whale watching guide humpback whales in hawaii. Hawaii whale watching, oahu whale watch near ko olina, waikiki. While the best hawaiian island for whale watching is said to be maui, theres a chance you can see whales in oahu too if you go during whale season. How the whaling industry shaped hawaii keliis kayaking.
Were fodors choice for whale watching on oahu, and deemed by cbs josh horwitz author of war of the whales as one of the top five american whale watching tours. Humpback whale season on the hawaiian islands is between november and. Sep 26, 2017 when is the best time to see humpback whales in hawaii. Humpback whales, or na kohola, migrate from alaskan waters to hawaii in the winter and spring months of november sometimes earlier through may every year, seeking warm waters for breeding and birthing new calves. Federal regulations prohibit approaching humpback whales by any means within 100 yards 90 m when on or in the water, and 1,000 feet 300 m when operating an aircraft. On september 29th researchers from noaa ship hiialakai spotted a humpback whale while heading home from the northwest hawaii islands the second humpback whale spotted was seen a few days later near kauais pacific missile range facility. Hawaii is a popular destination for whale watching because, during mating season, humpback whales are more active resulting in elevated surface activity. Other good islands to go whale watching are maui and kauai. Whale watching cruises are some of the most popular things to do in hawaii s whale season, which runs from december through april. In september, a tour boat off the coast of kauai spotted the first humpback of the 20142015 whalewatching season. 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. From the islands beaches or lookouts, you might catch sight of them in the distance. The naturalist on board has been doing tours for 7. This is when most of the calving takes place, so be sure to keep.
Whale season returns from december to april at four seasons. 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. On kauai, sightings have been extremely frequent this year. So if you have not made your travel arrangements yet, shoot for these months. Sail in the company of whales, hawaii whale watching season yes. But humpback whales visit the hawaiian islands every year from november to may, so its possible that you can see whales outside of that january to march peak whale season too.
Hawaii, mexico, and california are hot spots for viewing the marine mammals on their annual journey. Whale season is technically from december 15th to april 15th. When we visit hawaii during humpback whale season, we spend just about every spare moment whale watching. Whale sightings in maui typically occur between november and may.
Seeing one of these 40ton, 40foot long giants breach the water is an unforgettable sight. Humpback whales travel thousands of miles from alaska to hawaii to mate and. Whale watching boat tours and diy guide big island. Each year, a number of organizations and locals organize annual humpback whale festivals to welcome megaptera novaeangliae to the aloha state. The last whales could stick around until april before they make their trek back to alaska. Just a few days later off the kauais southerwern coast, another adult humpback was. Maui whale watching tours are truly an exceptional experience. 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. View all images glide along the stunning kona coast searching for the majestic humpback whales as you learn all about these marine mammals from onboard marine naturalists. These gentle giants journey to hawaii from alaska each winter, maybe for the same reason many people prefer traveling to the islands during cooler months. There are a variety of ways in which you can catch a glimpse of hawaiis humpback whales.
A humpback whale was spotted in western hawaii on thursday, aug. Humpback whales season starts early in hawaii by hnn staff october 6, 2015 at 8. 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. Whale season returns from december to april at four. Get in touch with your wild side on our oahu whale watch tours. The humpback whale is known for making an annual migration of nearly 6,000 miles, one of the longest of any mammal. With the arrival of humpback whale season in hawaii, ocean users are reminded to keep a safe distance from these annual visitors to the hawaiian islands humpback whale. The 2015 16 season was very slow for whale sightings compared to the year before when there were many spectacles to view from the shore around poipu, kauai where we live. Aug 20, 2015 maui whale watching season 2015, is just around the corner. Humpback whales have returned and free whale watching in ha waii is really possible. Every year, between november and may, about 12,000 humpback whales migrate to hawaii to give birth to and nurse their offspring every year. Seeing these gentle giants of the sea is an exhilarating experience and the highlight of any hawaii vacation. 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.
The first humpback whale spotting of 2015 came early this year near the small island of niihau, which is off of kauai. Body glove afternoon kona whale watching tour from kona. You can use the species and date filters to see changes throughout the year. Every year, humpback whales migrate 3,500 miles from alaska to hawaii, where they breed and give birth. If you book a whale watching tour from maui, experience the thrill of spotting a spout about 300 yards off the. Scientists estimate that twothirds of the entire north pacific humpback whale population return to hawaii to breed, calve and nurse their young. Jennifer nap took the video of the whale and her calf and posted it to youtube on jan. Humpback whale season arrives earlier than expected this year in hawaii. Ed lyman, from noaas hawaiian islands humpback whale national marine sanctuary it is possible that these whales stayed behind all year but its hard to tell. According to this kitv report, the crew of holo holo charters spotted a whale about a mile off the west coast of kauai on september 16th. One treasured locale is the kilauea lighthouse and wildlife refuge on the north shore. Humpback whale watching season starts early in hawaii live. Jan 15, 2015 this video was taken from the ocean spirit on a whale watch cruise with pacific whale foundation on january 15, 2015. Explore whale watching hawaiian islands humpback whale.
One very unusual characteristic is that the whale song of the entire northern pacific population changes as the breeding season progresses so that the song at the end of the year is very different from that at the beginning. We are fast approaching the fall months here on maui and we have begun to think about the maui whale watching season 2015. The whales visit hawaii between late november and early may. Although most hawaii guidebooks state that whale watching season runs from november to april, the peak time for whales in kona is from midjanuary through early march. Just a few days later off the kauais southerwern coast, another adult humpback was seen, that time including a pectoral slap and a dive. Maui whale watching season 2015 is approaching, we cant wait. Hawaii s whale season officially begins in december and four seasons resort maui at wailea is prepared to welcome these spectacular marine creatures while providing guests with aquatic, air and landbased experiences that are not to be missed. One of the giants was reportedly seen breaching multiple times. The height of maui whale watching tends to occur between the months of december and may. 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. One of the very best places to see whales is in the shallow auau channel between west maui, lanai, and molokai, but if you keep a close eye out. Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in hawaii. Hawaii is home to a number of whale species, including the northern humpback whales that migrate to the islands each year between november and may before returning to their alaskan feeding grounds. For a more intimate and highly educational experience, captain tom bottrell, a professional marine ecologist, offers excellent kona whale watching tours of no more than six people.
These regulations apply to all ocean users, yearround throughout the hawaiian islands. Enjoy kona whale watching on your next trip kona coast. Hawaii s whale season officially begins in december and four seasons resort maui at wailea is prepared to welcome these spectacular marine creatures while providing guests with aquatic, air and landbased experiences that are not to be missed the resorts concierge team can customise a whale watching itinerary to help guests enjoy experiencing these gentle giants of the sea. In your research, you may have seen different timeframes defining humpback whale season in hawaii.
Jun 08, 2019 how the whaling industry shaped hawaii long before visitors began traveling to the hawaiian islands, the whaling industry was the primary source of income, and the town of lahaina on maui was in the center of all the action. You will see them easily from land no need to go out on a whale watching boat. This whalewatch is led by certified marine naturalists for fun and informative interpretation of humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. The best months to see whales is usually between midjanuary and march as this is considered peak whale watching season.
The first whale of the season was spotted on 29 september by a national. 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. These gentle giants come to the warm hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves. First humpback whales of season spotted in hawaii cbs news. Experience kona whale watching kona district, hawaii.
Nov 02, 2015 maui whale watching season is fast approaching. Whale watching season returns from december to april. Wailea, maui hi prweb december 22, 2015 hawaii s whale season officially begins in december and four seasons resort maui at wailea is already prepared to welcome these spectacular marine creatures while providing resort guests with aquatic, air and landbased experiences guaranteed not to be missed the luxury resorts concierge team can customize a whale watching itinerary to help. Oct 08, 2015 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 steer clear of the endangered visitors. Prime oahu whale watching locations hawaii aloha travel. Boat tours and whale watching cruises have become increasingly popular. This is when most of the calving takes place, so be sure to keep your eye out for juvenile whales that are just learning to play. If you are visiting kona during whale season, the chance of seeing whales is pretty good. The maui whale season lasts from december to may with peak season during february and march. Hawaii humpback whale sanctuary begins 20th annual volunteer. Sep 18, 2014 though hawaii s official humpback whale season doesnt start until late december, the first whale sighting of the season occurred this week. Generally speaking, december to may is seen as the best time for whale watching in oahu and the rest of hawaii. Humpback whales come to hawaii between november and april whale season, and the big island is our favorite of the hawaiian islands to go see the whales.
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. The annual maui whale festival, organized by the pacific whale foundation, is held during mauis peak humpback whale season. Hawaii s humpback whale season is in full swing by november, and winds down with the majority of whales departing in april and may. However, peak hawaii whale watching season occurs during february and march. How the whaling industry shaped hawaii keliis kayaking tours. Oct 07, 2015 in hawaii, humpback whale season is typically considered to be from november through may, however this sighting on september 29, 2015 marks an early start to their migration. The first humpback whale of the season was spotted off niihau by noaa ship huialakai. First humpback whales of 2015 season spotted in hawaii. At the end of summer, they make the long journey to the hawaiian islands where the whale s mate and give birth. Some seasons we actually begin to see a few whales arriving as early as late october and early november.
Whale watching on kauai every year, kauai is graced by the presence of one of the oceans most majestic beings, the hawaiian humpback whale. If youre planning a winter getaway to hawaii, youll be thrilled to know youre coming during the heart of hawaii whale season. Humpback whales visit hawaiian waters each year from november to may with the peak of the season being from january to march. I have my fingers crossed that this year will be the time. Hawaiian islands humpback whale explore whale watching. While humpback whales visit the islands every year, the peak season is in january and february. While on a whale watching tour in maui, our tour guides stopped the boat and shut down the engines so we could hear the whale songs on their. Wailea, maui hi prweb december 22, 2015 hawaii s whale season officially begins in december and four seasons resort maui at wailea is already prepared to welcome these spectacular marine creatures while providing resort guests with aquatic, air and landbased experiences guaranteed not to be missed. A female humpback whale rammed a whale watching boat as tourists captured a video of the encounter off the coast of maui, hawaii, last week. Humpback rams whale watching boat in maui incident caught. This whale surface behavior, such as breaching and tail slaps, make for exciting whale watching in hawaii. The naturalist on board has been doing tours for 7 years and had only seen it. With the arrival of humpback whale season in hawaii, ocean users are reminded to keep a safe distance from these annual visitors. First humpback whale 20152016 season island of hawaii.
When is the best time to see humpback whales in hawaii and which. Maui hosts a whale festival each year with parades and exhibits at the height of the season in february. Maui, kauai and the big island are the most popular islands for hawaii whale watching, so plan to visit one of these islands on your vacation. The hawaiian islands humpback whale national marine sanctuary needs your help. Heres video of hawaiis first humpback whale sighting of. You can listen to the whales under water, spot them from. Mystery absence of humpback whales in hawaii has experts. If youre on maui in february or march, you wont have to look far to catch a whale breaching. The whales slowly migrate from alaska in their respective pods, and the party is in full swing by february. On occasion, we will have our first whale sighting as early as october or late september. If viewing whales by boat, opt for an early morning or late afternoon tour to avoid the midday heat and to sail when seas are calmest.
The 5 best places to see the winter humpback whale migration. When theyve reached maturity, female humpback whales are larger than males. So glad to hear that they are already being spotted, as i know dec is kinda early. Many of the events are marked by stories, song, prayer, dance and poetry. In hawaii, humpback whale season is typically considered to be from november through may, however this sighting on september 29, 2015 marks an early start to their migration. Plus, you can enjoy watching other native species like seabirds as they dance above your head. Free whale watching in ha waii 2020 season underway. The females can measure 60 feet long and weigh 40 tons.
Every year from december through may the humpback whale migrate to the warm tropical waters of hawaii. Watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females, hear underwater. Its the peak of whalewatching season in hawaii right now. Heres video of hawaiis first humpback whale sighting of the season. There are a variety of ways in which you can catch a glimpse of hawaii s humpback whales. Sightings mark early start to humpback whale season in hawaii. The whale watching season in kauai runs from november through march.664 358 1242 1465 1245 1359 246 1361 1035 356 472 1260 1501 381 600 941 308 214 503 1435 1495 1172 1373 107 995 895 1220 1294 399 1180 460 319 1380 596 835 957 1126 1078 1091 272 677