The first whale this season was spotted off the west coast of Kauai on September 16, 2014.
Whales have begun migrating all the way from their homes in Alaska down to the warm coastal waters of Hawaii. The official start of the whale season begins in late December and lasts till about May, with the peak season being from January to March. Around 7,000 humpback whales come to the Hawaiian islands every year to mate and give birth to their newborns.
Many tour companies will be offering trips out into the open waters to see these massive creatures in their natural habitat. Maui is the island known to have the most whale activities with the Maui Whale Festival sponsored by the Pacific Whale Foundation. They’ll have a marathon run for the whales in January, the Parade of Whales in February, along with many other activities.
Back on our own island of Oahu, there’s many places from the shore you’ll be able to spot the humpback whales:
- Ka’ena Point
- Halona Blowhole Lookout
- Hanauma Bay
- Shark’s Cove
- Makapu’u Lighthouse
- Turtle Bay Resort
If you see any, feel free to reply back here. It would be great to get some feedback on potential places to see whales this season.