The Humpback Whales that visit Maui every year brings in countless guests that want to see them. Since Wailea is known as the Resort Capital of Maui, the guests converge here. That’s why Whale Watching in Wailea is very busy during the winter months. The Humpback Whales have a long history in Hawaii. There is plenty of evidence that they have come here during ancient times. Ancient petroglyphs show these gentle giants in the ocean near Maui. 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 honorary members of the Hawaiian Ohana.

There are two kinds of Whale Watching in Wailea. If you want to get up close and personal with these giants then you can go for a kayak tour. These tours will be more exciting and wetter since you are closer to the water. However, please remember that these whales are protected species. So you shouldn’t kayak up to them or touch them. If you want a more stable and drier ride then you can go for the bigger boats. There are whale watches where you use a 65-foot sailing catamaran. There will also be a naturalist on board that will teach you about the whales and their importance in Hawaiian History.

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


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

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