December 15 through May 15:
Whale Watching on Maui
The waters surrounding Maui are the stage for some of the best whale watching in the world. Each winter (December through May), thousands of kohola (humpback whales) travel to Hawaii from colder waters to breed, calve and nurse their young. The whales are drawn to the area’s shallow waters, especially the Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai and Lanai, making Maui an ideal jumping-off spot for your whale-watching voyage.
Treat yourself to scenic ocean views as expert guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping or blowing spouts in the air. Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale, and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine mammals. Lahaina Harbor is home to a wide range of whale watching tours. From charter boats to passenger rafts, a stroll past the kiosks lining Lahaina Harbor reveals a variety of options during the peak of whale watching season, between January and early April. Tours are roughly 2–4 hours long.
But you don’t have to go on a whale watching tour to spot whales. In fact, there are plenty of areas on Maui where humpbacks can frequently be seen from the shore during whale season. The scenic McGregor Point lookout west of Maalaea and the beaches of Kaanapali, Kihei and Wailea are also great spots to see whales.
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing marine wildlife adventures you’ll 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 waters and shorelines for their annual Winter migration through the North Pacific Ocean.
Pride of Maui – Whale Watch Tour
Enjoy guaranteed humpback whale sightings beautiful scenery, and snorkeling all at once on the Pride of Maui. The trip also boasts an open bar and grilled lunches. CLICK HERE for More Information