It’s whale season in Hawaii from now through next Spring, and it’s 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.
Whale watching tours are popular on all the islands. For the most up-close viewing, there’s nothing like a tour. It’s definitely possible, however, to see whales on dry land for free (now that’s a Hawaii deal), and without getting sea sick (an issue for me–if something works for you, let me know).
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. I’m still trying to capture the perfect photo; I always miss by a second. 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.
My best viewings have happened along the Kohala coast. Friends have told me they also see them at Hilo and Kawaihae.
Places to look for whales include Poipu Beach Park and all south shore Kauai beaches, north of Kapaa on the east side, and from Kilauea to the Napali coast.
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. I’ve seen them at Pohaku Beach Park.
You won’t have to go far from Honolulu to see whales. I’ve seen whales near Diamond Head, from Sandy Beach to Makapuu, and at Hanauma Bay and Waimea.
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