5_Hawaii_Whale_Watching_Tips_For_An_Unforgettable_Adventure by marcusjames

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5 Hawaii Whale Watching Tips For An Unforgettable Adventure

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Each year, the Humpback Whales migrate around 4,000 miles, from summer
feeding grounds in Alaska, to mate in Hawaii's warm waters.

During mating season, Humpback Whales are more active resulting in
elevated surface activity which makes Hawaii a popular destination for
whale watching. This exciting surface behavior, such as breaching and
tail slaps, make for exciting whale watching in Hawaii.

As a Hawaii local and avid waterman, I have 5 simple tips that will help
you ge...


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Hawaii, Kauai, Na Pali Coast, whale watching, boat tour, sailing, travel,
vacation


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Each year, the Humpback Whales migrate around 4,000 miles, from summer
feeding grounds in Alaska, to mate in Hawaii's warm waters.

During mating season, Humpback Whales are more active resulting in
elevated surface activity which makes Hawaii a popular destination for
whale watching. This exciting surface behavior, such as breaching and
tail slaps, make for exciting whale watching in Hawaii.

As a Hawaii local and avid waterman, I have 5 simple tips that will help
you get the most out of your Hawaii whale watching adventure. So before
planning your next Hawaii vacation, follow these tips and you might just
have an unforgettable whale encounter!

1. Plan Your Trip During Peak Months

Humpback Whales begin arriving in Hawaii in November and head back to
Alaska in late May. If you have planned a Hawaii vacation during this
time, you should have no problem spotting whales. However, peak Hawaii
whale watching season occurs during February and March. So if you have
not made your travel arrangements yet, shoot for these months.

2. Visit Islands Known For Whale Watching

Maui, Kauai and the Big Island are the most popular islands for Hawaii
whale watching, so plan to visit one of these islands on your vacation.
If you are visiting Oahu, you can see whales there too, they just won't
be as abundant.

3. Plan A Boat Tour
Hawaii whale watching tours are ideal for seeing these spectacular
animals in their natural habitat. Not only will you be in the whale's
environment, but because humpback whales are curious about their
surrounding, they will sometimes approach your boat. Plan a Hawaii boat
tour to truly get the most out of your whale watching adventure.

Boat tours are available departing from Lahaina Harbor many times
throughout the day during whale season. On the Big Island and the island
of Kauai, whale-watching opportunities abound with a full schedule of
tours provided by seasoned, knowledgeable guides.

Humpback whales may also be observed from land if you prefer solid ground
to the deck of a boat. On Kauai the Kilauea Lighthouse, Kealia Lookout
and various high-points of land in coastal areas are good places to
start. Once you're in the right place, spotting the whales is easy: just
look for the majestic plumes of water ("blows") rising in the air and the
playful splashes made by these gigantic creatures.

4. Respect their space

In Hawaii, whale watching is an avid activity, and like with most
outdoors activities, there are rules. Observers may not approach by
vessel or by swimming within 100 yards of a whale (known as the 100-yard
minimum rule). However, there is no rule that keeps whales from
approaching people. Experienced leaders of Hawaii whale watching tours
know how to gently approach these animals and encourage them to come
closer.

5. Preserve the Humpback Whale

The humpback whale almost came to extinction in 1966 after mass
commercial whaling during the early 20th century. Today there are
approximately 30,000 to 40,000 humpbacks worldwide. Federal laws protect
them, but there are things we can all do to help preserve this amazing
animal for future whale watching generation.

*   Keep beaches and waters clean and debris-free
*   Participate only in responsible whale watching activities
*   Support efforts to stop illegal whaling
*   Support legislation, research and preservation programs
*   Patronize eco-friendly companies and organizations

You can read books about whales, but with so many opportunities to see
them up-close and personal, there's no reason why you shouldn't start
thinking now about your next Hawaii whale watching tour. It's fun, it's
easy and it's a great experience for the whole family.

								
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