Humpback whales have returned to Hawaii! And free whale watching in Hawaii is really possible. From now through Spring, you’ll find it easy to spot giant Humpbacks on your Hawaii vacation. Grab your Hawaii vacation deals and start seeing unbelievable Humpbacks weighing up to 90,000 lbs. and up to 40 feet in length. This is a sight that no local or Hawaii visitor ever tires of. All heads turn to enjoy this most amazing sight.
It’s entirely possible to see whales on dry land for free (how’s that for Hawaii vacation deals), and without the possibility of getting sea sick (a definite issue for some in Hawaii’s sometimes rough waters). Park yourself along a popular shoreline below, and get ready for the adventure. If you’re able to capture a photo of the fast-moving behemoths you’re in luck. It’s quite a challenge with the speed of these beautiful creatures. But with well over 5,000 of the huge animals in the state during Hawaii whale season, they shouldn’t be all that hard to spot on your own even if you don’t capture the perfect photo.
Whale watching tours on all the islands are popular for good reason. For the most up-close viewing, there’s nothing like a tour. Another way to see whales is on a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. We’ve seen whales while on board both the NCL Pride of America cruise as well as on American Safari (photo below).
Our personal best Big Island whale watching scores have occurred up and down the Kohala coast. Friends have also mentioned that they find them at Hilo and Kawaihae. We have also visited Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site which sits elevated and offers a great vantage point. Hilo Bay is another popular spot to see whales.
Kauai Whale Watching
Kauai whale viewing is available around the entire island. Places to look for whales include Poipu Beach Park and all south shore Kauai beaches, as well as north of Kapaa on the east side, and from Kilauea to the Napali coast on the north shore.
Maui Whale Watching
Maui is famous for perhaps the best whale watching in Hawaii. It takes place at what was once the hub of Hawaii whaling that almost brought the species to extinction. Now the island is renowned for incredible whale-watching opportunities. Locations all along the west and south shores are considered prime. We’ve spotted them at Pohaku Beach Park. You’ll also find an abundance of boat tours to choose from.
Also plan to stop in Kihei at NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Docent’s will provide great information and free help to get you whale watching.
Oahu Whale Watching
You won’t have to go far from Honolulu to see whales. We’ve enjoyed whale watching near Diamond Head, from Sandy Beach to Makapuu, at Hanauma Bay and generally along south and west facing shores.
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- Did you know that there are also killer whales here in Hawaii?
- You can learn more about Humpback whales from NOAA’s Office of Protected Resources and from the American Cetacean Society.
Please share your best Hawaii whale-spotting experiences?