Maui Whale Watching & Snorkel Combo
Maui Whale Watching Season
December – March
From December through March, you can join us on our daily tours Snorkeling and Whale Watching. Experience the Humpback Whales in their natural habitat during their annual migration to Maui’s coastal waters as they come here to calve, mate, and rear their young.
With the large pods of Humpback Whales concentrated in the Maui waters you can see them up close for yourself! Over the years, we have had some amazing experiences and encounters with these beautiful creatures.
View the whales in action in all their graceful aerobatics, breaches, tail slaps, spy hopping, and more!
Plenty to do without getting wet!
For those who don’t wish to get into the water, there’s still plenty to do on board the Four Winds II. Explore the glass bottom viewing room, relax on the spacious decks, let our informative helpful crew guide you on all the surroundings and marine life. You can eat and drink at your own leisure, and enjoy the beautiful scenery above water that Maui’s coastlines offer.
Marine Naturalists On-board
The Four Winds II Marine Naturalists and crew are fun and engaging, they explain and educate you on these protected creatures. Hear interesting facts and view behaviors of these gentle giants in the wild.
Hear The Sounds of Whales
If the opportunity presents, the captain will lower a hydro-phone (a large microphone) into the water, so you can listen to the underwater songs of the Humpback whales LIVE on board. While under water when you snorkel or Snuba you can also hear them.
Humpback Whale Fun Facts
Whales don’t eat while in Maui waters; they live off their body fat. The humpback whales hunt and feed during the summer months in cold waters of Alaska shore before they migrate toward Hawaii to give birth and mate.
Whales often travel in pods. In most cases a pod may consist of a mother whale and her child, escort, or friends who have formed a bond and help protect the young calf while migrating.
The Humpbacks majestic whale songs are often heard during mating season when groups of males (only) sing in order to attract a female to mate. These complex songs can be heard for miles and can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours!
A female whale can bear offspring once every 2-3 years and average duration of gestations for the calf is 12 months. Even if a female is not carrying a calf or mating, she will still make the annual trip from the cold Alaskan waters to Maui.
Adult whales can reach 45-feet in length and weigh up to 40 tons!
One of the largest ever recorded humpback whales measured in at 89 ft. long
Calves are born weighing-in at around 3000 pounds and grow at a rate of 200 pounds a day during the first few weeks of life. The calves drink as much as 600 liters of milk per day to help prepare them for the trip towards colder waters.
Humpback whales can hunt in cooperative groups of 15 or more when searching for food in Alaska.
Since 1966 Humpback whales have been protected and continue to remain on our endangered species list. It is estimated that as much as 90% of the humpback whales population was eliminated during the whaling era.
The lifespan of a whale is said to average 50 years.