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Whale Watching

Up-close look at magnificent humpback whales and their natural habitat

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Maui is a remarkable place for whale lovers. Here you can witness them in all their glory during their wintering in Hawaii. Locals assure sometimes it's even possible to spot the kohola, aka humpback whales, right from the shore.

The shallow and warm waters of the Auau Channel are an ideal place for whales to breed and feed their babies. Thousands of them migrate to Maui in December are leave in May. So the period between January and March is optimal in order to observe these water giants.

Most tours depart from Lahaina Harbor, a former whaling hunt center. Now, you can celebrate these beautiful creatures here and watch them from a safe distance. The guarantee to see whales here is so high, some companies even offer another free tour if you haven't seen a whale on the first try. The other great watching destinations are Ma'alaea Bay, Ka’anapali Beach, Makena, etc.

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