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Maui Whale Watching on the Maui Magic
Seasonal Whale Watching Tours
(Annually, from December 20th until April 20th.)
Why just do a Whale Watch when you can do it all aboard Maui Magic? We combine the best of both types of tours in our regularly scheduled Dolphin Discovery Tour. Snorkel at two different spectacular sites AND enjoy the Humpback Whale show! This kind of combo tour just can't be beat!
We see more than just Dolphins aboard the Maui Magic! On a daily basis we see amazingly beautiful tropical fish, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and, from LATE DECEMBER UNTIL MID APRIL, we get to enjoy and watch the awesome display of Humpback Whales – Maui's most consistent return visitor.
It’s way more fun to combine a Snorkeling Excursion and Whale Watch! And we get to see the whales just as up close as those just strictly Whale Watch Tours. The Protected Endangered Species Act insures that all boats must stay a minimum distance of 100 yards from the whales, once they’ve been spotted. Luckily for us, the whales don't know the rules and regulations, and so they will often come right up to the boat. They seem to like checking us out too, and we’ve had these whales come so close that you can count the barnacles on them!
You get to snorkel, enjoy the splendor of Maui's coral reefs, swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, plus you get the added bonus of the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Humpback Whales in action! Our captain and crew will be pointing out where to spot the whales and interpreting what their breaches, tail slaps and other acrobatics indicate.
Marine Naturalists Onboard
All of our captains and many of our crew members on both the Maui Magic are Certified Naturalists. They will be able to share many fascinating facts about the ocean life you will experience on any of our boat tours. They are very well versed on the Humpback Whales and will be able to explain some of the behavior you will see on any of our whale watches or snorkeling tours to Molokini or Coral Gardens.
Maui's Annual Humpback Whale Migration
Year after year, many of our guests tell us how much more fun our Dolphin Discovery Snorkel, Whale Watching Adventure Tour is, rather than just taking the standard Whale Watching Trip. In fact we've had passengers cancel their reservations for their already pre-booked whale watch tour after coming out with us. They saw whales aplenty aboard the Maui Magic and got to enjoy all the amenities of a helpful, fun crew, a hot barbeque lunch with icy cold beverages and some incredible snorkeling.
Each year, from late December through mid April, Humpback Whales migrate, from the arctic waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii. They come here to calve, mate and rear their young. The shallow waters surrounding Maui are known as the "cradle of the Humpback" due to the fact that a large number of Humpbacks are raised in this area. This is the reason that whale watching in Maui is like no other place in the world! There are literally thousands of these Humpback Whales within this unique area.
Traditional Hawaiian folklore has suggested that Humpback Whales may be attracted to this area because of the nearby island of Kahoolawe's unique profile. When you look at Kahoolawe, from many angles, it does resemble the profile of a huge Humpback partially submerged. That's actually what these whales look like when they are sleeping near the surface of the water. Whatever the exact reason, the Humpback Whales simply love coming to Maui every year! Who knows? They may have been Maui's very first winter tourists before the island was ever inhabited by humans.
Adult whales can reach 45 feet in length and weigh up to 40 tons! Their calves are born weighing-in at around 3000 pounds and grow at a rate of 200 pounds a day during the first few weeks of life. Now that's a big baby!
Fortunately, Humpback Whales have enjoyed protection, in U.S. waters, since 1966. There is still so much we do not know about these gentle giants and researchers continue to learn more and more about them. That is why education is our most effective tool to save this species from extinction.
Just like the oceanographic researchers, you too can observe these awesome creatures. From aboard the Maui Magic, you'll witness the behavior of the Humpback Whale up-close for yourself! It is undoubtedly the one of the most incredible way one can experience, study and appreciate their magnificence and splendor.
Listen While You Snorkel and SNUBA
One of the coolest things to do, while snorkeling or SNUBA diving, during whale season, is to dive just under the surface of the water and hear the sounds of whales singing underwater! Because sound travels for many miles under the water, and there are so many whales within Maui's waters, it is a common occurrence to be able to hear the whale's song when you dive down to about 3-5 feet. Many times you can hear more than one of these creatures singing. It is simply amazing!