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Humpback Whales in Hawaii

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Whale Watching in Hawaii: A Guide to Humpback Whales and Whale Watching Tours

Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales. Every winter, from December to April, thousands of humpback whales migrate to Hawaii’s warm waters to give birth and raise their calves. This is a great time to go whale watching and see these amazing creatures up close.

About Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are one of the largest species of baleen whale. They can grow over 50 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons. Humpback whales are known for their acrobatic surface behavior, such as breaching (jumping out of the water) and lobtailing (slapping their tails on the water) which makes them fun to watch. They are also known for their beautiful songs, which they use to communicate with each other.

Whale Watching Tours in Hawaii

There are many different whale watching tours available in Hawaii. They vary by the type and size of the boat. Tours typically run for two to three hours and cost around $50-$150 per person. While it’s possible see whales from large, crowded boats, the best way to see them is from a smaller and faster boat.

On a whale watching tour, you will have the opportunity to see humpback whales up close. You may see them breaching, lobtailing, and even feeding their calves. They are wild animals in their natural environment, so how active they may be or if they are even in the area is totally up to them and impossible to predict. Your guide will also provide you with information about humpback whales and their behavior.

Tips for Whale Watching in Hawaii

Here are a few tips for whale watching in Hawaii:

  • Go during the winter months, from December to April. This is when the humpback whales are most active in Hawaii. February and March are the peak of the season, and you’ll have the best chances of spotting whales during those months.
  • Choose the right tour. A smaller boat is less bothersome to the whales, and a fast boat can cover a lot more area to search for the whales. This will give you the best chance of finding some.
  • Bring binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens. This will help you get a better view of the whales.
  • Be respectful of the whales. Do not get too close to them or make any loud noises. Experienced crews will be able to find whales and provide the best view possible while maintaining a safe, legal, and respectful distance from these amazing animals.

Whale watching in Hawaii is a great way to see these amazing creatures up close. It is also a great way to learn about their behavior and conservation. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii during the winter, be sure to book a whale watching tour. You won’t be disappointed!

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