Humpback whales make the 2,800 mile journey from alaska down to our hawaiian waters every year and we start spotting them as early as october and they stick around, playing in the warm waters,all the way through april. Sep 26, 2017 when is the best time to see humpback whales in hawaii. Humpback whales have returned and free whale watching in ha waii is really possible. From december to may, you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale, off kauais shorelines. Officially, whalewatching season begins in november and ends in may. They are truly the highlight of kauais winter season. Humpback whale season in hawaii is here, with the first sighting of one off the northwest coast of kauai. So unless youre already going in the next few weeks, now is a good time to plan for next season. If youre looking for a smaller and more intimate ride, hawaii nauticals 53. Captains aboard holo holo charters adventurer ii spotted what is. Humpback whale season begins with first apparent sighting. Humpback whale watching in waters off kauai during peak seasonhow often do you get the chance to watch a once nearly extinct animal frolic in the wild. This popular humpback whale watching tour is featured during the height of hawaiis whale season january march. Whale season in hawaii lasts from november to may, with the peak of the season between january and.
There are a variety of ways in which you can catch a glimpse of hawaiis humpback whales. Kauai whale watching tours whale watching kauai capt. Cruise along the calm south shore waters of kauai on one of blue dolphin charters spacious 65foot catamarans while enjoying the magnificent sight of humpback whales and other marine life. They are just finishing the season in alaska and will soon be returning to their beloved hawaii. These gentle giants come to the warm hawaiian waters. The whales journey across vast oceans, navigating by instinct alone. Whether youre aboard a raft or a catamaran, kauai sea tours can provide you with an especially unique whale watching experience at one of the most remote areas of hawaii along the na pali coastline, accessible only to those who carry permits. A kauai kayaking tour consisting of whale watching, snorkeling, and bodysurfing on the coastline of poipu and koloa in kauai. One of the giants was reportedly seen breaching multiple times. Explore whale watching hawaiian islands humpback whale. Na pali riders raft tours whale watching highlights from. Share the beauty of kauais south shore with some of the worlds largest and most peaceful creatures. Each year, the great humpback whales migrate some 4,500 miles, from summer feeding grounds in alaska, to mate in the warm waters of hawaii.
Our magazine includes beautiful photos, humpback whale behavior guides, kauai maps, and more. Kauai hawaii s fourth largest island is called the garden island. Plus, you can enjoy watching other native species like seabirds as they dance above your head. The first humpback whale of hawaiis 2019 winter season is spotted off kauai the giant annual visitors have returned to the hawaiian islands. We are expecting a great whale watching season this year. In your research, you may have seen different timeframes defining humpback whale season in hawaii. For more information, call our reservation team at 8003255701 to plan your kauai. These mysterious and majestic creatures migrate 6,000 miles annually from the icy alaskan waters to mate and give birth in the warmer hawaiian waters. Enjoy a whale watching cruise along kauais scenic south shore. Whale watching cruises are some of the most popular things to do in hawaiis whale season, which runs from december through april. But even if you dont, youre sure to see the sunken ship, carthaginian, and cool sea critters.
If you are visiting kona during whale season, the chance of seeing whales is pretty good. Hawaii s humpback whale season underway ocean users reminded to maintain safe distance. Join us for a fun adventure as we go whale watching along kauai s south shore to find the gentle giants of the sea. This popular humpback whale watching tour is featured during the height of hawaii s whale season january march, it is a favorite among wildlife enthusiasts. Oct 08, 2015 first humpback whales of season spotted in hawaii. Join us for a fun adventure as we go whale watching along kauais south shore to find the gentle giants of the sea. There are fabulous whale watching tours on kauai, the island of oahu, and off the shores of big island. According to hawaii wildlife fund s website, beginning in mid to late november, mother whales nursing their calves arrive first in mid to late november followed by juveniles and newly weaned yearlings. Kauai whale watching discounts kauai vacation tours. As such, it only fits that creatures as grand as the humpback whale visit this tropical paradise every year to mate and birth their young. We offer an exclusive discount on hawaiian airlines when you book online from our hawaii airfare sale page. As maui gears up for whale season, experts are mulling the reasons behind.
May 30, 2018 kauai whale watch issue 1, 20152016 read digital edition kauai whale watch magazine is the ultimate kauai guidebook for information and about the hawaiian humpback whales, which visit the hawaiian islands from november through march of each year. Hawaii is a popular destination for whale watching because, during mating season, humpback whales are more active resulting in elevated surface activity. During the winter months and the peak of the whale watching season on kauai, all of our tours are whale watching tours and you are bound to see the magnificent humpback whale along any of our na pali coast, south shore or niihau adventures. Barely any whale watching tours start from the other. Kauai, hawaii hawaiinewsnow whale season in hawaii doesnt officially start for another month, but the first humpback sighting has already been reported. Humpback whales visit hawaiian waters each year from november to may with the peak of the season being from january to march. A humpback whale was spotted in western hawaii on thursday, aug.
In kauai, the first sightings of these annual guests typically take place in late september or october while the peak of whale watching season is february and march. This popular humpback whale watching tour is featured during the height of hawaiis whale season january march, it is a favorite among wildlife enthusiasts. First humpback whale of the season spotted off kauai. Maybe you cant exactly swim with the whales but, there is a possibility that, if you decide to go on the atlantis submarine adventure while on maui, during the whale watching season, you just might luck out and see something like this. This tour is a mustdo for all wildlife enthusiasts. The sea stretches for miles in front of you on this craggy peninsula where theres a good chance youll see a whale or two. Schedule a tour or charter a boat to spot these magnificent creatures. Jan 02, 2016 december usually marks the start of humpback whale season in hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year. Humpback whale spotted off kauai a month ahead of official. Holo holo charters, kauai whale watching tours are the first to observe a. When is the best time to see humpback whales in hawaii. If you are on the pride of america and overnighting in kauai, you can do an afternoon tour or you might also consider a sunset tour of the na pali on the afternoon evening of day one in port.
Orca are known to feed on both fish and marine mammals here in hawaii. Whale watching on kauai from december to may, you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale, off kauais shorelines. Captain andys has years of whale watching experience having been exploring the na pali since 1980. Boat tours and whale watching cruises have become increasingly popular. Our captains and crew have been educated with the story of these humpback whales and will be sharing about the strenuous journey they go through every year. Mar 28, 2014 the season runs from december to april. Kauai deals have started for humpback whale season. Hawaiian islands humpback whale explore whale watching. Kauai whale watching season archives na pali riders. Many people ask when is maui whale watching season. The first humpback whale of hawaii s 2019 winter season was spotted yesterday off the coast of kee beach, on kauai s north side, by a holo holo charters boat. What is the best hawaiian island for whale watching. However, peak hawaii whale watching season occurs during february and march.
Well generally between mid december and mid march, when the water is cold they go on vacation to hawaii. Whale watching kauai returns the parrish collection kauai. Poipu whale watching november to march blue dolphin charters. They are truly the highlight of kauai s winter season. Free whale watching in hawaii 2020 season underway. Whale watching cruises are some of the most popular things to do in hawaii s whale season, which runs from december through april. Kauai whale watching whale watching kauai tom barefoot. There is nothing like seeing a humpback whale up close and will be something that you remember forever. Oct 03, 2019 humpback whales have returned and free whale watching in hawaii is really possible. The garden island of kauai and its breathtaking napali coast is, arguably, home to some of the most majestic coastline in the entire world. Whale watching on kauai every year, kauai is graced by the presence of one of the oceans most majestic beings, the hawaiian humpback whale.
Humpback whale season on the hawaiian islands is between november and early may, but some. The whale watching season in kauai runs from november through march. While whales can be frequently spotted during any of the winter months, if you are looking for the best months to see whales in kauai january and february are the peak of the whale watching season. Start your morning early and head out for a full day on the water to include whale watching, amazing views of the napali coastline, and snorkeling, with food and beverages included for a five or seven hour excursion. Blue dolphin charters poipu whale watching hawaii discount. For a more intimate and highly educational experience, captain tom bottrell, a professional marine ecologist, offers excellent kona whale watching tours of no more than six people. This tour gives guests the opportunity to experience the whale season in kauai on a smaller vessel, creating an extraordinary perspective of the size of these magnificent ancient creatures. Kauai whale watching tours are a must see in hawaii, this always leaves families with a lifetime of memories and children are always left with a whale of a story for all to hear when they return home. Join kauai sea tours for a fun seasonal two hour adventure and go whale watching along kauai s south shore to find the gentle giants of the sea.
View photos, artists renderings and videos of aulani and beautiful ko olina, hawaii. Humpback whale season is december march for the island of kauai. Noaas hawaiian islands humpback whale national marine sanctuary reminds the public that hawaii s humpback whale season is underway. Experience kona whale watching kona district, hawaii. Start looking for them in november with the season peaking between january and march every year. On the island of hawaii, whales are often seen along the shores of the kohala. The first humpback whale of hawaiis 2019 winter season is.
Kauai whale watching tours archives na pali riders. Whale season typically runs from november through may. As a kauai beachfront hotel, experience the exciting outdoor activities around koa kea hotel and resort. Humpback whales are born in hawaiian waters, making them kamaaina. They are more frequent in the deep water of our niihau boat tours than on our napali coast boat tours, although they are seen on both. Whale watching kauai is the popular activity during the months of dec and runs until the end of march. Kauai offers a range of whaleviewing opportunities, including poipu beach on the. Although most hawaii guidebooks state that whale watching season runs from november to april, the peak time for whales in kona is from midjanuary through early march. Where to watch humpback whales from shore across hawaii. Kauai 1 humpback whale watching on kauai kauai s humpback whales or kohala come to hawaii every year to mate and birth their young in the warm, tropical waters.
Whale sharks of niihau pictures holo holo charters. Oct 07, 2016 have you seen a humpback whale in hawaii. One treasured locale is the kilauea lighthouse and wildlife refuge on the north shore. Sightings are extremely rare with an estimate of only 400 individuals in the entire hawaiian archipelago baird et al. During december thru may, the hawaiian humpback whales visit hawaii from alaska, and they are especially active on kauai. Hawaii the best tips for whale watching in hawaii whaletrips. The kauai whale watching morning tours do not work for cruise ship passengers. Although the number may vary from year to year, scientists estimate that as many as 12,000 humpback whales migrate from their feeding grounds off alaska to. While humpback whales visit the islands every year, the peak season is in january and february. If you are lucky enough to be on kauai during these months you will have the added bonus of experiencing the waters off kauai come alive with whale spouts, slapping flukes and full body breaching. Kauai 1 humpback whale watching on kauai kauais humpback whales or kohala come to hawaii every year to mate and birth their young in the warm, tropical waters.
Whale watching season in hawaii is always a special time, and will be a great part of your trip. All our tours during this time of year have a good chance of seeing whales, but these tours listed below are dedicated to finding whales. Share the beauty of kauai s south shore with some of the worlds largest and most peaceful creatures. According to national oceanic and atmospheric administration noaa officials, the boat was heading toward the napali coast on a tour when its captains spotted the whale breaching. To reserve your tour for november, call 808 3355309 or book through their website. Experts wonder how warmer oceans will further impact whale. Most visitors dont come to kauai when the weathers best in the islands. Noaas hawaiian islands humpback whale national marine sanctuary reminds the public that hawaiis humpback whale season is underway. We recommend heading out on whale watching tour to get the best views possible, and to experience the beauty of the ocean.
A hawaii whale watching cruise allows you to see humpback whales up close. First humpback whales of season spotted in hawaii cbs news. This is when most of the calving takes place, so be sure to keep your eye out for juvenile whales that are just learning to play. These magnificent creatures can be seen from november through may, but peak season is during the winter months of january and february when most of the calving occurs.
Kauai offers a range of whale viewing opportunities, including poipu beach on the south shore, kilauea lighthouse on the north shore and kapaa overlook on the islands coconut coast. Poipu whale watching november to march blue dolphin kauai. See the entire week we spent on kauai hawaii kauai hawaii s. November, december and january are frequently listed as the start of the season with april and may usually designated as the end of the season. You can also spot whales from kauais many beautiful beaches, including poipu beach. Come to kauai, hawaii this winter for the thrilling experience of humpback whale watching. Whale watching highlights from kauai best of the season. That while their season in hawaii isnt normally set to get underway for about a month. On kauai most tours start at port allen, on oahu at honolulu both rather focusing on dolphins than whales. Join kauai sea tours for a fun seasonal two hour adventure and go whale watching along kauais south shore to find the gentle giants of the sea.
Thus, the high season when prices are up and resorts are booked to capacity generally runs middecember through march or midapril. They come to the warm safe waters of hawaii to have their babies. On kauai, sightings have been extremely frequent this year. These cruises are offered on the four main hawaiian islands of oahu, maui, kauai and the big island. Hawaiis humpback whale season underway ocean users reminded to maintain safe distance. Hawaii is their winter home, a place to play, to give birth and to start new generations. Kauai offers a range of whaleviewing opportunities, including poipu beach on the south shore, kilauea lighthouse on the north shore and kapaa overlook on the islands coconut coast. What can i expect to see on a kauai whale watching tour. Join us on a 3 hour kauai whale watching raft tour. This popular humpback whale watching tour is featured during the height of hawaii s whale season january march. Sanctuary ocean count hawaiian islands humpback whale. Also see specially marked kauai vacation rentals in the promo collection. Kauai whale watch issue 1, 20152016 read digital edition kauai whale watch magazine is the ultimate kauai guidebook for information and about the hawaiian humpback whales, which visit the hawaiian islands from november through march of each year.
Both tours are truly dedicated to the oahu whale watching experience, and expert naturalists share insightful information and educational commentary on the humpback whales behavior and biology. Score one of our hawaii deals and take part in this annual migration. On the island of hawaii, whales are often seen along the shores of the kohala coast, as well as hilo bay on the east side of the island. Maui, kauai and the big island are the most popular islands for hawaii whale watching, so plan to visit one of these islands on your vacation. Kauai whale watching tours whale watching kauai capt andys. Humpback whale watching season starts early in hawaii live. Our property features an exclusive saltwater pool and hot tub, as well as a convenient location near favorite poipu, kauai activities, surf spots, snorkeling, scuba sites, and more. Whale watching novapr archives kauai vacation tours. So if you have not made your travel arrangements yet, shoot for these months.
As such, it only fits that creatures as grand as the humpback whale visit this tropical paradise every year. From december to may, you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale, off kauai s shorelines. The kauai sea coast could by no means be considered dull or uneventful during any time of year, but when the whales arrive in the winter months the kauai waters become absolutely alive. The calves that were born last winter will be coming back to wean and the whole wonderful process will 808. Although the number may vary from year to year, scientists estimate that as many as 12,000 humpback whales migrate from. As i write this in the middle of january, the kauai whale watching season is in full swing. Feb 09, 2014 hawaii incredible breached whale kauai. Whale sharks rhincodon typus are a rare and special sight on our tours.
Poipu whale watching and sea kayak tour with outfitters kauai. Other great islands for whale watching are maui and kauai. Our kauai whale watching tour is a must do for all wildlife enthusiasts, allow you to cruise the calm south shore waters of kauai on one of our spacious 65. Every year, more than 4,500 humpback whales make their way from the cool alaskan waters to their warm breeding and birthing grounds in the islands of hawaii. This is when most of the calving takes place, so be sure to keep. Jan 18, 2017 hawaii is a favorite wintering spot for na kohola humpback whales and has one of the largest seasonal populations of north pacific humpbacks in the world.103 897 217 1481 1444 38 1188 1122 1360 1357 1214 112 1138 1172 209 1282 531 1136 1235 188 600 495 822 323 762 1165 142 1524 1108 1196 1436 828 85 332 11 909 1299 700 861 731 135 634 540 346