Whale watching in Hawaii

Humpback whales visit the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands each year from November to May.  The the peak of the season is between January and March.

On our last vacation to Hawaii in late November into early December 2017, My Vacation Lady was lucky to catch a glimpse of whales during our snorkeling and whale watching excursion from Maui on Dec 1 on the Pride of Maui.  YES, we really did see whales that early in the season and the captain went out of her way to follow the signs of the whales off the coast so we could see them.

Whale spotted off Maui

There are a number of ways in which you can catch a glimpse of Hawai’i’s humpback whales. Boat tours and whale watching cruises have become increasingly popular but believe it or not, you can also see whales right from the shoreline.  

Some hotels will have binoculars right in their ocean front rooms and there was a telescope in the lobby of the Andaz Maui @Wailea during our stay but we weren’t lucky enough to see whales from the lobby.

Here is a list of the top 10 places for whale watching from land:

  • Makapu‘u Lighthouse, O`ahu 
  • Halona Blowhole, O`ahu
  • Hanauma Bay, O`ahu
  • Diamond Head Scenic Lookout, O`ahu
  • Papawai Point, Maui
  • Sanctuary Education Center, Kihei, Maui 
  • Lapakahi State Historical Park, Hawai`i
  • Kapa‘a Beach Park, Hawai`i
  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kaua`i 
  • Kapa‘a Overlook, Kaua`i 

For directions and more info on each site, check out the NOAA’s site. 

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Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.