Every year from approximately December 15th to May 15th, Maui’s waters see an influx of humpback wales. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 of these giant marine mammals congregate around Maui during this time making for some amazing whale watching.
It is possible to see whales from shore — particularly if you have an elevated vantage point. People often see 40-foot long Humpbacks from their cars while driving Maui’s coastal roads — with the unfortunate side effect of sudden braking by an excited whale spotter leading to a fender bender with another car!
The Prince Kuhio Wale Watch is a great way to get a little closer to these majestic creatures without putting your auto insurance to the test. The two-hour cruise is included as part of a Go Maui Card and each trip is accompanied by a naturalist who provides commentary and can answer questions about the whales.