Humpbacks! The Whales Return

Humpback Whales off Hawaii
Humpback Whales off Hawaii
© HVCB / Kirk Aeder
Every December, an amazing thing happens in the waters between Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Thousands of majestic Pacific Humpback whales come home to their favourite winter haven to breed and give birth. With major whale preservation organisations headquartered on Maui, working in close harmony with a vigorous whale-watching industry, Maui is recognised as the very model of environmentally sensitive self-regulation when it comes to its precious whales and sea life.

Whale watching off Maui
Whale watching off Maui
© MAUI VISITORS BUREAU / Ron Dahlquist
A good thing too because the whales, while having made a wondrous comeback from near extinction to a population now estimated to be near 3,000 in the Pacific region, are still an endangered species. These awe-inspiring giants celebrate their six-month stay in Maui's clear, temperate waters with breathtaking leaps of pure joy, and witnessing their exuberance from shore or aboard a sightseeing boat will touch you in ways hard to describe.

But this much is certain: once you experience Maui's whales, you'll become one of the millions who know we must do everything possible to protect them.