Winter in paradise: The best time to go whale watching on Maui
From big waves (up to 50 feet with some swells!) to even bigger surf competitions, winter is one of the most exciting times to visit Hawaii. And whale watching is another must to make a winter trip complete.
The island of Maui is one of the best destinations in the world for the majestic art of whale watching, with migrating whales basking in the island's warm and typically calm wintertime offshore waters.
Whale watching, Maui style
While much of the mainland is covered in snow and wintry skies, Maui's tropical climate calls. Beaches are pristine, and daytime temperatures range between 70-80°F January through March. From snorkeling the renowned, crystal-clear Kaanapali Beach to wandering the waterfalls along the famous Road to Hana, the warm waters of Maui make for the happiest of winter getaways.
This warm-water paradise draws non-humans, too: over 10,000 humpback whales migrate each season to Hawaii from their feeding grounds in the Gulf of Alaska, birthing their offspring before making the return trip home.
The best months for sightings
The humpback whale season typically lasts from December through April, with some sightings in the bridge months of November and May. But the busiest season for sightings is usually concentrated between January and March.
Some of the best sighting locations are the warm, shallow waters of the Auau Channel on the western coast of Maui between the sister islands of Molokai and Lanai.
You can see these stunning creatures from the shore, flying over on a small plane, sailing on a catamaran, paddling a canoe or even from a stand-up paddleboard. Whichever sighting mode you choose, make sure to follow the local safety restrictions and stay at least 100 yards from whales in the water.
Stay and play in a Maui condo
Maui is one of those places you want to stay for a bit, and spots like Honua Kai Resort & Spa let you enjoy your vacay in extended comfort. The resort is right on Kaanapali North Beach, where you can savor the water adventures or a little luxurious relaxing. A perfect jumping-off point for whale-watching trips, the resort's condos — from studios on up to three-bedroom suites — let you lounge in spacious style with full gourmet kitchens and large lanais that bring the outdoors in. Book a stay now and explore winter in paradise!
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