Every winter, pods of Pacific humpback whales make the 3,000-mile swim from the chilly waters of Alaska to bask in Maui’s summery shallows, fluking, spy hopping, spouting, and having an all-around swell time.
The humpback is the star of the annual whale-watching season, which usually begins as early as November or December and lasts until April or sometimes May. About 1,500 to 3,000 humpback whales appear in the Hawaiian waters each year. Adults grow to be about 45 feet long and weigh a hefty 40 tons. Humpbacks are officially an endangered species. In 1997, some of the waters around the state were designated the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the country’s only federal single-species sanctuary. Call us today for the best front row seats to the most spectacular show of Whale Watching aboard Sea Monkey!