Hawaii’s official whale season starts mid-December, but apparently, at least one whale didn’t get that memo. The first whale sighting of the season happened off the coast of Kauai on Sept. 16, igniting an early buzz and hopes that more aren’t too far behind.
While many whale watching tours begin Dec. 15, you can still hop aboard for a chance to spot Hawaii’s favorite winter visitor. Pacific Whale Foundation is currently offering daily tours from Maʻalaea and Lahaina harbors. Here’s the best part: If you don’t see a whale during your trip, you’ll receive a “Just a Fluke” pass for another whale watch tour, free of charge. Passes are good for one year.
If you’re visiting Maui before Dec. 15, I’d highly recommend taking a tour with Pacific Whale Foundation. Cross your fingers, cash in some karma points and wish upon a star that you’ll spot these incredible animals.
That said, if you’re a local resident and not pressed for time, I’d wait until peak season. (During a tour last March, I lost count trying to keep track of the whales!)
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COST: $25.95 per adult ($23.35 when booked online); PWF members get a 20 percent discount; local residents receive a whopping 40 percent off! (45 percent for local PWF members)
RESERVATIONS: Visit www.pacificwhale.org or call 808.249.8811, ext. 1 between 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.