The Whale-Watch Boat Tour official season is December 16 - May 14 only.
Six thousand humpback whales in winter congregate in the sheltered waters between the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Lanai and Molokai.
They make the long pilgrimage from Alaska to come to the warm waters of Hawaii to mate and give birth.
The first whales start to arrive in November (although sightings as early as October have been documented.)
The whales spend the winter in Maui’s shallow sea preparing their babies to make the long treacherous journey to Alaska, where they spend the summer months feeding.
Then they return to Maui in November to start the process all over again.
February is the height of the season. That is when the greatest numbers of humpback whales are near Maui. The whales stay around Maui as late as May, but the majority of them are gone by the end of April.
All winter it’s “whale soup” in the waters around Maui. Mamas and their babies can be spotted everywhere. Escort males accompany them in hopes of attracting the female. Competition with other males to become her suitor can often result in exciting behavior.
Zodiac rafts, speed boats, catamarans and large yachts go out on two hour trips searching the channel and watching for the Humpback Whales which populate the Maui waters.
A guided tour on one of the many whale-watch boats is the best way to get a closer look at these majestic gentle giants.
The whales surface to breathe every twenty minutes and are so numerous that whale-sightings are virtually guaranteed on the tours during the height of the season.
Many visitors to Maui choose to go out on several whale-watch tours during their stay.
Many people prefer whale-watching aboard speedy boats like rafts that can get to various spots where whales are sighted more quickly than slower types of boats.