Every year from December through March the North Pacific Humpback Whales migrate to the warm tropical waters of Hawaii. The coastal waters of Maui by far, enjoys the largest concentration of these amazing animals. Whale Watching in Maui is some of the best in the world and as good as it gets. Whale Watching aboard our flagship “Pride of Maui” is even better. No other vessel compares to the space, stability and 360 degree panoramic viewing from her sprawling upper deck. The superior stability and additional space aboard our larger power cat makes all the difference in the world, when choosing the right whale watching vessel. The Pride is spacious and stable, with unsurpassed amenities and comforts, including more deck space per passenger and perimeter seating for ease of movement throughout. This provides ample opportunity to view and photograph a variety of exciting whale behaviors.
The male humpback whales are driven to mate with the females and pro-create. It is common during the heat of the Maui whale watching season to find large competitive groups (pods) of male humpback whales jousting for the opportunity to mate with a single female. Watching them is an exciting experience, as they wrestle with each other for the position to mate.
The female humpback whales with new born calves are particularly vulnerable to the advances of the males during the Maui whale watching season. Sometimes during our whale watch we are mugged (an affectionate term), by the female and her calf as she uses our large yacht to hide under in an attempt to ditch the hopeful males. Other times curiosity causes them to come closer to us. Being mugged on a whale watch in Maui by humpback whales is the ultimate whale watching experience where photo opportunities create cherished memories.
Data compiled and sponsored by The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, National Marine Sanctuaries (Hawaiian Islands), and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Whale watching in Maui is as good as it gets, with the opportunity on any given trip to see numerous animals displaying a variety of interesting and memorable behaviors.
Newborn calves in addition to being adorable are curious and often bring mom close to the boat for a close encounter. As a protected animal, it is unlawful to approach closer than 100 yards from these majestic animals during a Maui whale watch, and we adhere strictly to these regulations.
During the Maui whale watching tour, you might see a young calf swimming beside its mother. The newborn calves are about 14 feet long. When you see them, you have definitely experienced some of the best whale watching.
They are not small, even when newborn. The mother stays with her offspring for about one year, feeding it with up to 100 gallons of milk every day. There are 2 maturity levels discussed by researchers. Sexual maturity and physical.
Females are said to reach sexual maturity at about 5 years/males 7. Physical maturity is after 10 years, according to some researchers. Life span has been discussed and not agreed upon by most researchers. No one knows how long humpbacks live, but bowhead whales (a cousin) have been proven to live well beyond 200 years!
To make your whale watch cruise in Maui even better, we’re going to take you on a snorkel adventure where you will enjoy snorkeling at one of Maui’s beautiful coral reefs. Whale Watching and snorkeling on the same cruise is the perfect pairing of the two most popular ocean adventures on Maui.
You can relax and take it easy on board the spacious Pride of Maui. Enjoy the view any where on the sprawling upper deck, or downstairs in the large main cabin. With your comfort in mind, the Pride of Maui is an exquisite passenger vessel, with more than enough room for you to comfortably enjoy your afternoon Maui snorkeling and whale watching fun.
You are in for very personalized service on the afternoon whale watching and snorkeling tour. This is because many visitors start their day early, joining us on the Morning Molokini snorkel tour. As such, the afternoon adventure always cruises with fewer passengers.