The first whale sighting of the season happened on the morning of October 8th, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.
Officially, whale season in Maui runs from December 15th-May 15th, although it’s still possible to see whales outside of the official “whale season” dates. The peak months are February and March.
At least 12,000 north pacific humpback whales are believed to migrate to Hawaiʻi each winter, with their rate increasing at 7% per year.
Although you can often see whales from the shoreline of Maui, the best way to get a good look at them is on one of the many whale watching boats. Enjoy a 2-hour narrated whale watch led by certified marine naturalists who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Prices are very affordable, around $40.00 per person.
Here are a few fun facts about the whales you will see here in Maui waters:
- The whales do not feed in Hawaii. However, when they hunt during the summer months in the northwest, they use a technique called bubble net fishing whereby they will circle and blow bubbles at their prey until the prey is contained in a tight ball.
- The north pacific humpbacks are the fifth largest whale species on the planet and can grow to 60-feet long and weigh between 25 – 40 tons. Like most whales, females are longer than males. The whales have huge tails, measuring up to 18 feet wide.
- Humpback whale “songs” were first recorded in the early 1950s right here in Hawaii.
Recent research has found that the songs last roughly between 7-to-30 minutes, though they often repeat songs for hours on end. The songs can be heard up to 20 miles away.
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