Lahaina has an intimate connection with whaling. It is one of the reasons why Whale Watching in Lahaina boomed. Lahaina used to be a whaling town. Whalers used to converge here and trade. They used to be hunted back when the whaling industry was at its peak. Back then, whales were essential for communities. Most of their parts were used for daily living. The fat or the blubber under their skin was used to make oil that was used as fuel for lamps and wax for candles. They were also used in the manufacturing of soap. The bones or Baleen was used for common implements in 19th-century households. The meat was also part of the diet of many people back then. Now they are revered and protected.

Whale Watching in Lahaina uses different boats. If you prefer a wilder and wetter experience then you could go for the smaller rafts. They will definitely get you closer to whales since it is closer to the water. Although it can get rough. As a precaution, pregnant women and people who have back problems are not allowed on any of these boats since it can cause some injuries and complications. If you want a dryer and more relaxing trip, go for the bigger catamarans. These are more stable than the smaller rafts. They also have hydrophones so you can listen to the whales’ songs.

Here is a list of the different options for Whale Watching tours in Lahaina.


Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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