Approximately 10,000 members of the Central North Pacific Humpback Whale population make the long swim from the Alaskan waters to Hawaiian Islands each year in order to mate, give birth and nurse their young in the warm, shallow waters surrounding Hawaii.
The shallow Au'au Channel, located between West Maui and neighbor islands of Kaho'olawe and Lana'i, is one of the most popular hangouts for the whales while in Hawaii, allowing us to enjoy the perfect vantage point for excellent whale watching during winter months.
During your next trip to Maui, make sure to join a whale watching tour to see these amazing animals up close and personal. Whale season allows for them to be seen in many different ways, including from a boat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and even a helicopter, or simply standing on the nearest beach!
Some of the most common whale behaviors include blowing, fluke diving, spyhopping, lobtailing, pec slapping, tail slapping, head lunging, peduncle throws, and the crowd favorite, breaching, during which whales use their peduncle muscle to propel themselves out of the water, crashing down with a large splash on the ocean's surface.
For more information about whale watching on Maui, please visit Maui Whale Watching