Is it humpback whale season yet?
If you’re here, and it’s December through April, a Maui whale watching trip is definitely in order! There is nothing like being on the ocean in the presence of these gigantic animals. We offer several trips that will take you out to find the humpback whales. Flip through the descriptions below to decide which tour is right for you and your family, and whale see you on the boat!
Maui whale watching is most thrilling aboard the Malolo! This double deck, high speed catamaran leaves from Maalaea Harbor and can bring you to the whales quickly. All kinds of drinks are available for purchase, and there are restrooms on board. The humpback whales return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. The Malolo takes you out to see these amazing animals from December 15th – April 15th.
Because the boat has two decks, there is plenty of space to see the whales! Both decks have great lines of sight to the surface of the Pacific, which is where you’ll be looking for activity. While you are searching for and finding humpback whales, the captain and crew will tell you all about these magnificent mammals.
Depending on the whales’ behavior during your two hour whale watching trip, you may see any number of whale things happen. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with pectoral fins (their very long side fins), flukes (the tail), and the peduncle (the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body). And keep your fingers crossed for a breach. This is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again! Don’t forget your camera.
Besides a breach, all whale watchers wish for a spyhop – when a whale hangs vertically in the water and brings only her head out to take a look at you. The Quicksilver will give you a good chance to see a breach and a spyhop. The captain and crew of this 55 foot power cat are good at finding humpbacks!
Bring your camera and keep it pointed toward the sea, because you never know when something amazing will happen on a Maui whale watching tour. You’ll be comfortable waiting, though, because the Quicksilver has snacks, drinks, and restrooms on board.
While everyone looks, you’ll learn more to add to the whale facts already in your head. Your friendly and knowledgeable Quicksilver crew will narrate your two hour tour, letting you know everything that is going on out there. Humpbacks migrate from their Pacific Northwest feeding grounds to their Hawaiian breeding grounds every year. New mothers give birth after their successful mating the year before, and mothers-to-be choose mates. Humpbacks on average have a new calf every three years. Many mothers rest for a year after weaning their yearling before becoming pregnant again.
Whale watching on the Quicksilver is fun and an enormous whale of a time. Keep your flippers crossed for a breach!