Don't Miss Out on Whale Watching in Maui

The Complete Guide ~ To The Whales of Maui

When to go whale watching in Maui

Maui whale watching season runs approximately six months of the year, but peak season is from January to mid-March. And while there are a number of things to do in Maui at this time of year, peak whale watching season is particularly special. It's in this period when the whales migrate from the frigid waters of Alaska to the warm winter climate of Hawaii. It's one of the island's most anticipated events of the year and attracts guests from all over the world. While the whales can be spotted throughout the waters surrounding Hawaii, Maui, in particular, has earned a reputation as one of the best places for viewing. Often, the whales are easily spotted from shore.

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What to expect on a Maui whale watching excursion

The most prominent whale during peak season is the humpback, which means you'll get more out of your whale watching adventure than just views of these massive animals. Humpbacks are very vocal, and you'll hear their songs anytime you're swimming, snorkeling, or splashing in the surf. But if you want a more formal Maui whale watching experience, there are plenty of opportunities. Just remember that you may need to practice patience, as these whales can submerge for about 45 minutes before they come to the surface to breathe. But when they do breach, it's one of nature's most exciting and playful spectacles.

Plan to spend an entire day on your excursion

Mornings tend to be calmer waters, but a picture of these creatures on the move under a Maui sunset might be too good to pass up. We recommend Maui Vacation Adventures for optimal viewing enjoyment. And expert information. Also, The Honua Kai Resort recently updated its whale watching packages, which may be a perfect option. The truth is, no two whale-watching tours are the same. You get a unique experience each and every time.

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A Little Education on your Maui Vacation

It's okay to learn something on your vacation. Three days a week there are free "whale talks" in Lahaina that cover everything from tall tales to the latest scientific data on these North Pacific mammals. Find out the difference between a peduncle slap and a peduncle arch. Discover why they were once considered an endangered species. Do males really "sing" to talk to each other? Learn all this and more, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Old Lahaina Courthouse.


Of course, we can’t adequately tell you just how amazing peak whale-watching season in Maui is. But this much we know. It’s the perfect time for a visit. And if you don’t believe us, just ask the 10,000 or so whales that are doing that exact thing right now.

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