World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.5 (170 votes)

Whale Watching in Hawaii

Listed under Whale Watching in Hawaii, United States.

Photo of Whale Watching in Hawaii
Photo by flickr user integralawakening
Pin It

The coast off the North Shore near Haleiwa is less crowed with tourist charters than many of the other spots and is a good place to see Humpbacks who spend their winters here breeding after coming down from Alaska where they feed in the summer. The quieter the better, if you’re the only boat on the water you’re not competing for whales and have a better chance of getting right up close to them. The last time I went out in these waters our boat was bumped by a juvenile and later by his mum who had come to make sure we were playing nicely. There are rules about how close boats are allowed to approach the whales, but no rules saying the whales can’t approach you. Hydrophones and onboard biologists will add to your experience and give you a better understanding of why the whales are behaving the way they are. The most dramatic kinds of behaviours occur in the breeding season when the males are competing to get the attention of females and will breach, charge each other with their heads and engage in lots of flipper flapping. The males are also keen serenaders during the breeding season. Hearing the strange themes and sequences of whale song maybe one of the highlights of your experience. You’ll see calves but the births occur while the whales are in Alaska. The Auau Channel, Maui is a busier spot for whale watchers with more charter companies operating in the area, but you can also watch Humpbacks from the shore here, better for small children and the queasy. Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai is also a well known shore watching spot.

Written by  terry.fielding.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

Nearby Experiences

  • Deep water fishing Oahu

    Marlin are the prize catch in the deep waters of Oahu but sailfish, tuna, mahi mahi and wahoo are also prominent. These Hawa…

  • Sharks Cove Snorkeling

    On Oahu’s surf-tastic north shore, this protected cove has long been a famous shore diving spot but is now probably better for …

  • Surf Pipeline

    Pipeline is a famous north shore left reef break. It's a very hollow wave. You can go right (backdoor) when in a smaller swel…

Related links

Contribute to this page