Big Island of Hawaii Whale Watching
If you are going to be in Hawaii during Whale Watch Season (December through April) we highly recommend a Big Island Whale Watching tour. You need to make time for this amazing experience – you will not be disappointed!
One of the ocean’s most incredible creatures is the Humpback Whale. Humpback Whales visit Hawaii from December through April. These whales spend the summer in the Alaskan waters and migrate to Hawaii’s warm tropical waters in the winter to mate and give birth. There are several Whale Watching trips in Big Island during this whale watching season. Whale Watching trips from Kona are the most prominent. There is a large variety of whale watching trips. Hawaii Whale Watch tours provide both morning and afternoon tours. These adventures provide an amazing up close experience of incredible Humpback Whales off the coast of the Big Island.
Each year these majestic animals travel from the waters off Alaska to the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Here they mate, cavort and give birth to their young. While in Hawaii, adult whales rely on stored energy and do not eat. The new born calves receive milk from their mothers and grow at the amazing rate of about 100 lbs a day. Calves weigh an average of 3,000 pounds when born and range from 10-16 feet in length. Adult humpback whales weigh 25 to 40 tons.
Humpback Whales are not the only whales in Hawaii’s waters. The waters are also home to a substantial population of other whales that make the island waters their home year round such as Sperm whales, Pygmy Killer whales, Pilot whales, the Melon Headed whales and the rare beaked whales. These whales, called cetacean whales, are toothed whales. These whales are generally found further off shore and can often be seen on Kona fishing charters.
You do not have to go on a boat to see whales. During Big Island Whale Watch season it is very common to be able to see the majestic humpback whales from the shore. You will often see people overlooking the ocean and watching for these creatures through binoculars. But these sightings are usually pretty far away and the sight is not even close to the experience you will get close up on a Big Island Whale Watch Cruise. On Hawaii Discount’s whale watch tours you will not just see Big Island Humpback Whales, you will experience them. You can imagine the thrill of looking over the edge of the boat and seeing these gentle creatures swim below. The sight of these amazing whales up close is breathtaking.
By law, the boats must stop 100 yards away from a whale but these incredibly curious animals often approach much closer than that. They may even treat your senses to the scent of whale breath and the sound of a spouting whale. Speaking of sounds, many tours are equipped with a special hydrophone system so that you are able to listen to the unique underwater songs of the whales. Humpback whales sing as a way of communicating with each other. You may also learn about the ancient Hawaiian connection to the gentle underwater giants in their kumulipo (creation chants).
The Humpback Whales begin to arrive in November, and most of them have arrived by the beginning of January. There are so many whales in Hawaii during peak season that locals refer to the ocean as "whale soup." Marine mammal specialists estimate that up to 10,000 of these magnificent giants vacation in Hawaii’s warm waters during the winter months, between November and May.
Hawaii Discount offers two memorable Hawaii Whale Watch Tours. Blue Sea Cruises has an exciting two and a half hour whale watching tour with live narration from an on board naturalist who will enlighten you on the many species of marine life. Enjoy a 360 degree view from the 70’ double power catamaran, the Spirit of Kona. This vessel also offers two large glass bottom wells for views of underwater marine life. The Body Glove Afternoon Whale Watch is a three hour tour on a 51' Trimaran "KANOA" that can accommodate up to 90 passengers. Both cruises offer a chance to get up close to these amazing animals. Be sure to bring your camera to document this memorable experience.
Whale watching is an awe inspiring experience. You will be talking about your Hawaiian Whale Watching adventure for years to come. These majestic creatures have a way of making quite an impact on people who are lucky enough to see them up close and personal. Hawaii Discount can make this experience a reality for you. Hawaii Discount offers the best Big Island Whale Watching tours. Due to the fact that Whale Watch season is only about four months long and Whale Watching is a very popular activity - tours tend to fill up quickly. Reserve your tour with Hawaii Discount today.