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Humpback Whales Return to Hawaii

Hawaiian winters don’t differ too much from the summer months when it comes to the weather, though there are a few differences. The temperatures cool a little, bringing some very crisp nights, and the rain increases all over the islands. It is common to have a few consecutive days of rain, which helps to bring a beautiful green landscape to typically dry areas like Oahu’s South Shore. But one thing that the winter months do bring are the Humpback Whales, who return to Hawaii’s waters to give birth and raise their calves in the warm waters of the Pacific.

With their return, one of the most incredible activities becomes available, and is something that is great for all ages – Whale Watching in Hawaii! Each island offers trips out to sea to look for these giants, and spotting a breeching whale is a memorable moment that will remain for years to come. Just the site of a whale fin or tail is staggering, and we are sure that the entire family will love their time at sea.

After spending all winter in Alaska, the gentle giants make the long swim back to Hawaii, and they are welcomed with open arms. Many groups are committed to keep watch and an accurate count of the number of whales seen in Hawaiian waters, helping to ensure that their population is healthy and that their voyage to return to the islands each year continues.

We are often asked the question “why do the whales come to Hawaii?” The answer is simple: they return to the warm waters to breed, nurse, and raise their young. The islands are a place that whales have frequented for many years, and their influence throughout Hawaii is very important. In fact, sites on each island are known lookout points, including Diamond Head lookout points on Oahu, and Puukohola Heiau Historic Site on Big Island, which is translated to mean “hill of the whale.” Additionally, the channel between Maui and Molokai is regarded as a top whale-watching destination in the world.

Their time here is limited to just a few months each year, with the first of the whales arriving in November, and continuing through April. January and February provide the best months for whale watching, when the populations are at its peak and the chance to spot one is the highest. Whale watching in Hawaii is great for all ages and is something that everyone can appreciate. Seeing a breeching whale from the ocean is remarkable, and something that you do not want to miss.

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