By GlobeTrotter | November 30, 2011
Do you want to go for a vacation to a place that has been less explored? Well, if you do wish to do so, then you should pack your bags for Maui. Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii and you can be rest assured that the virgin beauty of this place will take your breath away! Maui is all about unexploited scenic beauty and God’s creation at its best. The blue waters, the sun kissed beaches and the soothing air of Maui will appeal to your sense and sensibilities and you would want to go back there as many times as you can. There are a plethora of things that you can do in Maui, but one thing that you absolutely cannot miss is whale watching.
From mid December to mid May, Maui plays home to humpback whales that come to the island to breed. These whales swim a distance of 3,500 miles, down from the waters of Alaska and come to Maui for the birth of their calves. These beautiful whales make a wonderful sight and the thrill that you will get from watching these beautiful creatures will be one of your best vacation memories ever. So, do you want to know how you can go about watching whales in Maui? Read on.
One of the best ways of whale watching in Maui is to take one of the many whale watching cruises from the Maalaea Harbor of Maui. On these cruises you can watch the whales play in the blue waters from the time of sunrise to the setting of the sun. All you have to do is find out about each of these cruises, when they leave the seaport and how much they charge. Though the law states that the boats have to stop at least 100 yards away from the whales they however actually swim towards the boats. So, if you want, you can actually touch and caress the humpback whales.
If you want to watch the whales up close, you can get in touch with the Institute of Maui, Island Marine. If the institute is sending out a research team, then seek permission to join their team. You will be glad to know that getting permission is not that difficult. And once you are a part of the research team, you can watch the whales do what they do best to your heart’s content. If you want to especially watch the baby whales then you can go to the Maalaea Bay which is in the Maalaea Harbor. However, this place is a specified calving area and you have to stop your boat 300 yards away from the whales.
If you are in Maui with your friends and want to go whale watching on your own and not on a cruise, you can paddle a kayak and see the whales playing around from a distance. However, if you are not too keen of going into the water but want to watch the whales you can drive a car along the Pali Highway. This highway has great overlooking areas and you can watch whales from there. You can also watch the humpback whales from the nearby hillsides.