Whale Watching on the Big Island

Sponsored Content: Kona Village Resort's Hospitality Specialist Kanani Suzuki gives tips for whale watching in the Hawaiian Islands

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Kona Village Hospitality Specialist Kanani Suzuki // (c) 2011 Kona Village Resort
This Hawaii Insider Tip was provided by Kanani Suzuki, Hospitality Specialist at Kona Village Resort.

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Every year between December and April, the whales make their annual visit to Hawaii.  While you will most likely see whales in all of those months, the peak viewing months are February and March.  On many days during those months you can see multiple whales at one time and often right from the coastline. For many visitors the morning tours are the most enjoyable due to changing surf conditions throughout the day.  The great humpback whales are the most spectacular of our visitors and it is estimated that more than half of the humpback whales in the Pacific North make the 4500 mile trip to Hawaii.

When planning a whale-watching trip there are some rules for visitors to remember. They may not approach them by boat or by swimming within 100 yards of a whale.  However, there is no rule that keeps the whales from approaching people.  Experienced leaders of Hawaii whale watching tours know how to gently approach the whales and encourage them to take a closer look.  Humpback whales are naturally curious about their surroundings so it is not uncommon for them to take an interest in your boat.

The main islands for whale watching are the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.  Each island offers great viewing experiences and something that visitors will be talking about long after they return home from their Hawaiian holiday.