One of the most popular travel destinations in the world is Hawaii and for a good reason. It has something to offer for everyone, from learning about a different culture to seeing rare wildlife — one of the best things you can do while in Hawaii is visiting Maui and whale watching. To plan your trip, make sure to go during whale season, which generally goes from December to May.
If you’re having trouble putting together your whale watching itinerary, don’t worry! Check out the following itinerary and either follow it as is or change it around to suit your needs.
Your first day in Maui is the perfect day to take it easy and do some whale watching from the shore. That’s why you’re going to head over to the Maui Ocean Center. You can visit the Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere, where, with the help of cutting-edge technology, you will be wholly immersed in a whale’s natural habitat. There’s also an entire accompanying exhibit where you can learn all about humpback whales.
The center also has an outdoor restaurant and outdoor exhibits, from where you can actually sometimes see whales! You may get lucky and be sipping on a mai tai on the outdoor deck while the sun is setting, only to see a whale breach.
On day two, it’s time to jump right in. Because today you’re going to do some traditional whale watching in its most popular form: on a boat. There are a plethora of companies that offer fantastic whale watching boat tours, with double-decker and luxury options, so that you can whale watch on Maui in style.
When whale watching on a boat tour, you’re almost guaranteed to see whales up close and personal.
It’s day three, and it’s time to get some exercise. That’s why you’re going kayaking! Don’t worry; you’re also going whale watching. You’ll do both at the same time. There are some great kayak tours offered that solely focus on whale watching. Make sure to go during the winter season, when thousands of humpbacks travel to Maui to mate and give birth in the shallow waters right off the coast.
On day four, it’s time to take your level of excitement up a little and whale watch from the sky. That’s right! It’s helicopter time. Book a helicopter tour on Maui, and not only will you enjoy a unique bird’s eye view of these magnificent creatures, but you’ll also get to take in the extraordinary landscapes that Maui has to offer. It’s not a sure thing that you’ll see whales from a helicopter, but it does happen, and what could be cooler?
Today you’re taking the plunge and whale watching while scuba diving. Most people who have seen whales while scuba diving on Maui will say it’s a completely life-changing experience. Make sure to plan your trip during the whale season. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll see whales while scuba diving, but it’s very possible and worth it to try. And even if you can’t see any, you’ll definitely be able to hear them, which some say is even better, for humpbacks are well known for their other-worldly songs. Once you’re in the water, make sure to swim down from the surface, and you’ll be able to hear whales singing.
Day six will be a favorite of the athletic types because it’s time to go paddleboarding. This activity is a great whale watching option because since you will be standing on the board, you’ll have a higher vantage point and will be able to see out farther and down into the water around you. Just don’t get spooked and fall over if you see a whale passing by!
It’s your last day on Maui, so make this day about reflection and growth. Head back to the Maui Ocean Center. This place is highly recommended, as you’ll have experienced whales in a whole new way than you had before your first trip to the Center. You’ll be able to reinforce the things you learned, and eat a relaxing meal with the chance of seeing one last humpback before you leave.
You’re sure to have an unforgettable experience in Maui no matter what you’re doing. That said, whale watching in Maui is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Hopefully, this itinerary will help you plan your trip and remember you can always change it around as suits you. And make sure you go during the breeding season so that you can hear their original songs!