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One of the most unique and amazing things you may see when you come to visit Maui is whale watching. If you come at the right time of the year, you may see some very active whales that are unlike anything you have ever seen. If you have never seen a whale in action, schedule your trip to Maui to make that dream come true. Gemini Sailing Tours is here to talk about whales and some of the action you may see when you visit Maui.
Humpback Whale Surface Action You May See While Whale Watching
In the North Pacific, you will see surface action from the Humpback Whale. There are several ways they let you know they are there. Here are some of the surface actions explained:
• Blow– When you see water spray from the surface of the ocean, it is a Humpback breathing. Adults come up about every 10-15 minutes to catch their breath, while their young come to the surface between 3 and 5 minutes.
• Spy Hop– When a whale breaches the surface but doesn’t jump from the water, this is known as a spy hop. They peek their head from the water as if to say Aloha!
• Tail Slap– Believed to be a warning to other whales, you may see them slap their tail against the surface of the water.
• Pectoral Slap– Their flippers are known as pectoral fins and they slap these against the surface to communicate with other whales.
• Penduncle Arch– This is sometimes called a round out, and happens when the rounded part of the whale’s back breaches the surface in preparation for a dive.
• Fluke Up Dive– When the whale is in an upside down, upward arch, they slowly roll to dive deep into the ocean.
• Breach– We hope you get to witness a breach! You will see the entire whale launch from the ocean and slap onto its surface in dramatic fashion.
Shoreline Whale Sightings
Maui is one of the best places to witness whale activity. In fact, you can see it from the shoreline often. Whether you are looking from your resort or from your favorite beach, you can spot whales easily at the right time of the year. On Highway 30 between Ma’alaea and Lahaina, many whales are spotted and you should always pull off to the side of the road if you catch yourself distracted by these magnificent creatures to avoid an accident.
Whale Watching Boat Tours & More in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
If you are looking for one of the best ways to see whales in action, a boat tour is the way to go. Whether you are looking for a romantic whale watching tour at sunset, or a snorkel whale watching tour during the day, the captains of Gemini Sailing Tours know the best places to go in order to catch a show put on by Humpback Whales. If you’re lucky, you may even the chance to hear the famous songs that only whales make. Call us today to schedule your whale watching boat tour.