Humpback Whales in Maui

Every year, thousands of Humpback Whales migrate 3,000 – 4,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to the Hawaiian Islands to mate and birth their calves. Their annual visit occurs during the months of October – April, with the prime viewing season reported to be late January to early March.

In Maui, one of the best places to spot the whales is in the shallow channel (500 – 600 feet) between Maui, Lanai and Molokai where locals report that at times you can look out from your hotel room and see dozens of whales frolicking and breaching!

We are headed to Lanai next and will be taking the ferry over. Although it’s early in the season, we have our fingers crossed that we will get to experience on of the beautiful creatures while making the journey. There are also several tour companies that will take you out on the water where you might get a closer glimpse and some even guarantee a whale sighting (during certain months) during your excursion!


For now, the only humpback whales that we have experienced (in Hawaii) are the ones depicted in some of the stunning artwork found on island. Our favorite so far – the incredible blown glass sculptures created at the Makai Glass Maui in Makawao – which also happens to be right next door to the Hali’imaile Distilling Company where Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum is made.

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