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Whale and dolphin watching in Hawaii

Today I want to talk about the great marine mammals around Hawaii report.

The former whaling decimated the population of marine mammals. Nowadays, fortunately, the whales are protected and are considered "endangered species Act". The whale sanctuary is located around all the main islands of Hawaii from the coast to a depth of 180 meters. Hunting and disturbing the marine mammals is strictly prohibited.
In 1992 the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was founded. This organization takes care of education, does public relations and has a large research department, all around and for the protection of the largest mammals in the world.

Humpback whale Big Island
A giant in Pacific waters | Image: © Konrad Mosert - shutterstock.com

Most of the whales that can be observed from Hawaii are Humpback whales. They cover about three thousand kilometers from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in four months. These humpback whales come to Hawaii because you also like the warm, shallow water and they can give birth and raise their calves here at pleasant water temperatures. The male whales love to sing, so my tip to you is to prick up your ears, because you can often hear the song up to 19 kilometers away. 🙂

The best time to observe the giants is from December till May. Recommended are Whale watching tourswhich are offered by every island of Hawaii: One goes with a boat on the sea and approaches the whales, but out of respect may approach the animals only on ninety meters. But believe me, that's close enough when you consider that an adult male weighs about 45 tons and is about 12 -16 meters long 😉.

And beware: the fountains he can spray can fill entire 3 - 6 meters high. Madness! But even if you don't feel like boating, you can also make great whale observations from land. From land, however, you should definitely think of binoculars

But also recommended is the Auau Channel, in the west of Maui: Between Lahaina and Kaanapau you can see many humpback whales with their calves, even from the Beach off! Also Lanai and Molokai are ideal for whale watching. If you are not sure, write me - I will be happy to help you!

If you belong rather to the dolphin friends, then I can calm you down. You will find over eight (!) different dolphin species off Hawaii. The two most common species are the Spinner and the Bottle nose dolphins. These species grow to weigh between 200 - 300 kg and can reach a speed of 5 - 11 km/h. However, over a short distance they can also reach up to 45 km/h swim fast.

On O'ahu and also on Big Island you can participate in dolphin tours, where you can watch and visit dolphins. There are even tours on which you can swim with dolphins in the wild. A great experience!

The dolphin is protected and is a "Marine Mammal Protection Act". Also these mammals may not be approached without restriction, the limit is 45 meters in the wild. Please do not swim after them or touch them if you are close to them. As dolphins are very curious it can happen that they like to approach you. So please let the dolphins decide if they want to get close to you or if they prefer to remain undisturbed 🙂

Spinner dolphins cavort off Hawaii
Spinner dolphins cavorting off Hawaii | Image: © Serge Vero - shutterstock.

On O'ahu you can see dolphins in the Sealife Park marvel. There you have the opportunity to swim with them and even hug them. At Kahala Resort and Spa on O'ahu there is the Marine Research and Learning Center Dolphin Quest. Really a great place to learn a lot about dolphins and also go into the water with them. The famous dolphin show takes place every day at 3 pm. Here you have to go and enjoy when the swimming main actors perform their tricks.

To experience dolphins up close I recommend Big Island. The bay to Captain Cook is a popular destination for dolphins. My tip is: Rent a canoe and go after 1 pm - when the tour boats are gone. And if you are lucky, the dolphins will approach you on the way to the bay up to 10 meters.

Do you know any other great spots in Hawaii? Then I look forward to your comment 🙂

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  1. Hello Jessi,
    can you please give us a tip where we can best see humpback whales in Hawaii. I am planning our trip right now.
    Aloha, warm greetings, Beate

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