As humpback whales start to make their spring migration, native Hawaiians are lining up to marvel at these peaceful giants. After spending their summer feeding in the coastal waters of Alaska, the humpbacks migrate to Hawaii to mate and give birth during the winter and spring months (November to May), making February and March the peak time for whale sightings. According to the natives, the coastal waters off of Kauai Island are the whales’ favorite spot to set up their nursery.
Less than a 20 minute drive from Koloa Landing® Resort, the tranquil warm waters off the coast of the quiet, historical town of Waimea come alive with water spouts from humpback whales. Visitors can make a marine life trip to enjoy this throwback to Hawaiian culture in Waimea, while relaxing and whale-watching season during the prime winter months. Since these large creatures are quite timid and quick to retreat, watching from the beach can be a less intrusive option. While there are many oceanfront options for the best whale-watching, visitors agree that the best beaches are Mahaulepu Beach and the channel between the west shore of Kauai and the Island of Niihau, near Waimea. Beach watching also allows visitors to relax under the shade of a palm tree and take in the views.
For those who aren’t interested in leaving the scenic Kauai beach resort, Koloa guests can see humpback whales breaching from their lanai’s in the guest villas. Visitors may also hop on one of the island’s boat tours for a more intimate view of the humpbacks or take a helicopter ride for an aerial glimpse.
During the mating season, humpbacks are more restless, resulting in more surface activity and more opportunities to get a peek at these gentle creatures. For the economical whale enthusiast, visiting great lookout hot spots like Kilauea Point Lighthouse, Spouting Horn Park, or Kealia Lookout can give a wonderful vantage point to see a breaching whale or catch a tail slap.
Make it a Memorable Experience With Whale Watching Tours in Hawaii
Whale-watching trips are not new to Hawaiian culture and have become a popular pastime for vacationers due to its calming effects. Guests slow down, sit, wait, and relax while looking for the peaceful humpback as it makes its annual pilgrimage from the cold waters of Alaska. These peak months offer Kauai visitors a once in a lifetime experience.
For more information about whale watching tours offered around Kauai, talk to the Koloa Landing® Concierge.