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April 30, 2003
From journal Maui. Wowie.
May 14, 2001
Experts think that Humpback Whales come to Maui for the warm waters in order to give birth. The calves born have less blubber on them and the warm waters put less strain on the calves than colder waters would. The Humpbacks start arriving in late November and stay in the area until March. You can take a whale watch tour from one of many ships docked right in downtown Lahaina. We chose the Pacific Whale Foundation boat because they are a non-profit company that uses some of its funds for research and preservation of the magnificent creatures.
Once out in the boats it is really the luck of the draw as to what you are going to see. We came across a large female with her calf and the calf was very curious about our boat and came right up to the boat and looked at us with one eye out of the water. It was almost a religious experience as the two whales circled around our boat.
The views coming back into the harbor were fantastic and I would strongly urge you to take one of these tours when visiting Maui.
From journal Maui Wowie
Victoria, British Columbia
February 20, 2001
Choose a morning trip if you can. The water is calmest in the morning and it is easier to see the whales this way. Plus, if you tend to get sea sick this is a good option.
Sailboats vs. fast boats is a debatable topic. While fast boats tend to get you there faster giving you more time to see the whales, sailboats are quieter. For the more adventurous, you could try the rafts.
Expect to pay about $25-$40 dollars for a few hours worth of whale watching.
Bring binoculars if you have them!
From journal 3 Months on Maui