Each year, thousands of humpback whales migrate to Hawaii, and there's no better way to watch the show than on this breathtaking excursion.
Depart directly from the pier aboard a Trilogy Catamaran, a vessel specifically designed for excellent viewing. The waters off Maui attract thousands of humpback whales from November to April, so the chances of seeing these behemoths are great. Humpbacks, which are named for the big arch in their back when they dive, migrate nearly 3,500 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska to their breeding grounds in Hawaii.
The whales are drawn here for several reasons. Newborn humpbacks don't have a protective layer of blubber and require warm water like Hawaii's to survive. Warm water also protects the whales from their only natural predator-the killer whale, which lives in cold water. Ironically, as conducive as Hawaii's waters are, they are relatively nutrient-free, so the adult whales are fasting here. However, the calves are nursing, each one ingesting 50 to 100 gallons of milk daily.
Although humpbacks dive underwater for 5 to 15 minutes, it's an amazing sight when they come up to breathe. You may see them breaching, tail slapping, or spy hopping, which is when they just poke their heads vertically out of the water to look around. It's a breathtaking spectacle that's not to be missed.
After approximately 90-minutes spent on the water watching for whales, you will return to the pier.
Please note: There is a very limited amount of walking on this tour; however, participants must be able to step between the pier and the catamaran and vice versa, to enter and exit. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Those who suffer from motion sickness should take appropriate precautionary measures. Casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested. While there is a good chance of sighting whales, it is not guaranteed.