Makena Whale Watches
Whale Watches are one of the most popular tours in Maui. Joining the Makena Whale Watches will show you why that is. These seasonal visitors attract many guests who visit Maui during the winter months to catch a glimpse of them. The whales that visit Hawaii every year are North Pacific Humpback Whales. The whales leave their subarctic homes for the warmer Hawaiian waters during the winter months. They have been visiting Hawaii as far back as the Ancient Polynesian era, 1-600 AD. The North Pacific Humpback Whales have three groups or populations. These are called stocks. The whales that visit Hawaii are part of the Central North Pacific stock that migrate between Alaska and Hawaii yearly.
You can choose how you want to do the Makena Whale Watches. You can do it on land or on the water. If you want to do it on land then you can just find an elevated position and a pair of binoculars. You can then see these gentle giants playing just off the coast. You can spot them by looking for the spouts that they create when they blow out air through their blowholes or when they breach over the water. If you want to get closer, then you can join the Makena Whale Watches.
These tours will take you over the water and have you as close as possible to the whales. Most of these tours also have onboard marine biologists or cetologists who will lecture you about the whales and their habits. The Makena Whale Watches are done in different ways. Some of them use big catamarans. These are big boats that can fit around 100 people. However, they will only a smaller number of people so guests aren’t too cramped. Some use smaller rafts and zodiacs. These ones are smaller and the ride is wetter. Anyone with back, neck or are pregnant is not adviced to go on this one since it can get bumpy.