Humpback Whales are back in Maui Waters October 14, 2013

The earliest sighting in 13 years of Maui‘s largest tourist occurred last week on October 5th at 7:36 AM. Passengers and Crew of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s “Ocean Voyager” spotted the first Humpback Whale of the 2013 – 2014 season off the cost of Maui between Molokini and the beaches of Wailea.

Humpback Whale Maui

A Humpback whale completes a dive while visiting Maui.

“This first sighting is right on schedule,” commented Greg Kaufman, founder and
Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation.” Last year’s first sighting took place on October 15 and coincidentally was also by Ocean Voyager during a Molokini snorkel cruise. The majority of our other first sightings took place in October,” he noted. According to the Pacific Whale Foundation, the earliest sighting since 2000 took place on September 16, 2000 and the latest first sighting was on November 11, 2005.

One of the many activities you can do on Maui is Whale Watching. Can you imagine how large these mammals can grow? A full grown adult weighs nearly 50 Tons and is as long as a school bus! When one of these beautiful Humpbacks breach, imagine the force and power of their tail to shoot a 50 ton animal out of the water! It is amazing to experience!

Two of my favorite tours for Whale Watching on Maui are the Pacific Whale Foundation and Maui Adventure Cruises.

The Pacific Whale Foundation has tours that leave from both Lahaina and Ma’alaea Harbor. Due to the early sighting, the Foundation will begin their “Guaranteed Sightings” trips as of November 5th.

However, if you would like to try to get a little more intimate with a 50 ton mammal then you should try Maui Adventure Cruises. This group goes out on an “Explorer Raft” so you area only a few feet above the water. To see a Humpback Whale – larger than you boat – swim underneath and then come up and spray or break, is heart-stopping. It is one of my absolute favorites.

The Humpback Whale knows how to travel as they spend the winter months off the coast of Maui. I too think you should spend your winter months or holiday vacation on Maui. Watching these whales play in the water, is certainly one of many reasons to visit the Valley Isle.