It’s the Hawaii whale watching season now through the Spring and you’ll find it easy to spot giant Humpbacks on your Hawaii vacation. Seeing Humpbacks weighing up to 90,000 lbs is a sight that no local or Hawaii visitor ever tires of. All heads turn to enjoy this amazing sight.
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 onboard both American Safari (photo above) and NCL Pride of America.
It’s entirely possible to see whales on dry land for free (now that’s a Hawaii vacation deal), and without the possibility of getting sea sick (a definite issue for some in Hawaiian waters). Park yourself along a popular shoreline, and get ready for an 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 at this time of year, they shouldn’t be all that hard to spot on your own even if you don’t capture the perfect photo.
Our best sightings have happened along the Kohala coast. Friends have also mentioned that they find them at Hilo and Kawaihae.
Kauai Whale Watching
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.
Maui Whale Watching
Once the hub of Hawaii whaling that almost brought the species to extinction, Maui is now renowned for perhaps the state’s best whale-watching opportunities. Locations along and west and south shores are considered prime. We’ve seen them at Pohaku Beach Park.
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 Waimea.
Whales in Hawaii | More Info
- 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?