Things to do in Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina, Maui sunset

Looking for things to do in Lahaina, Maui? “The west side is the best side”, that’s what we say here in historic Lahaina Town! Shopping, food, activities, the list goes on! We created a go-to guide so can make your most out of your vacation to Lahaina! Originally the capital of Hawaii from 1820-1845, historic Lahaina town was once a … Read More

Types of Whales in Hawaii

Snorkeling With Whales in Maui

Whale watching in Hawaii is one of the top rate activities. Every year thousands of humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from Alaska during winter months, making their stay in Hawaii seasonal. But there are other whales that grace the waters of Hawaii year-round! Humpback Whales Maui’s most popular whale residents are the humpback whales. As we mentioned, they are seasonal … Read More

How is Covid-19 Affecting Maui’s Whales, Dolphins and Turtles?

melon-headed whales sighting on tour in Maui

We know Covid-19 has affected all of us, but what about Maui’s marine life? Not only has there been stay-at-home recommendations for everyone on Maui during this time, but the 14-day quarantine for visitors has put a complete halt on tourism. We’re going to unpack the impact Covid-19 has had on Maui’s whales, dolphins and turtles! Humpback whales migrate 3000 … Read More

What is the Best Island to see Whales in Hawaii?

humpback whale tail sighting in Maui

Every year thousands of humpback whales make their way from Alaska to Hawaii, to find comfort in the warm tropical waters for breeding, birthing and raising their calves.  So, where do humpback whales spend their time when they are in Hawaii? More than 10,000 humpback whales migrate to Hawaii every year, they settle in the waters around Big Island, Kauai … Read More

Humpback Whale Fun Facts!

humpback whales in Maui

The last great animal migration of the humpback whales from Alaska to Maui, Hawaii every year is a magical experience. These gentle giants travel thousands of miles to the warm tropical waters of Maui where we are lucky enough to encounter them on our whale watching tours.

Do’s and Don’ts of Whale Watching Manners!

whale watching etiquette

The do’s and don’ts of whale watching manners! 1. Do show up on time and be ready to have fun on your 12 passenger or private boat! 2. Do communicate your needs to the crew! If your view is being blocked by standing guests or unhappy with your seat, tell the crew so they can help! 3. Do take photos! … Read More

What Makes Humpback Whales Sing

What Makes Humpback Whales Sing

Ever wonder what makes humpback whales sing? Researchers around the worlds have been asking this same question and looking for answers! Let’s talk about what we do know about humpback whale songs! Whale songs are only sung by bulls (male humpback whales). Although cows (female humpback whales) can make sounds, only the bulls produce the famous songs that we hear. … Read More

Whales and Hawaiian History

humpback whale sighting

Visitors and locals alike wait in anticipation for humpback whale migration every year, traveling hundreds of miles to make Hawaii their home during the winter months. Our fascination with these gentle giants started long before photographs, videos and whale watching tours and has been a part of the Native Hawaiian culture for centuries. In the Native Hawaiian creation chant, whales … Read More

Snorkeling With Whales in Maui

Snorkeling With Whales in Maui

Can We Snorkel With Whales? Is a frequent question we get asked here at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel.  Although snorkeling with whales is often seen on social media or portrayed in documentaries on the ocean and marine researchers, it is not permitted here in Lahaina, Maui. Maui was chosen to be a protected place for humpback whales because of … Read More

When are Whales in Hawaii?

when-are-whales-in-maui-hawaii

When should you plan your island trip to see the last great animal migration? Humpback whales are in Hawaii seasonally, traveling back and forth from colder, food abundant climates like Alaska, to warmer waters like Hawaii for mating and giving birth. If you are hoping to go whale watching in Hawaii, it’s important to plan around the humpback whales’ migration! … Read More