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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Humpback Whale Watching in Waters Off Kauai During Peak Season

How often do you get the chance to watch a once nearly extinct animal frolic in the wild? Come to Kauai, Hawaii this winter for the thrilling experience of Humpback whale watching. These mysterious and majestic creatures migrate 6,000 miles annually from the icy Alaskan waters to mate and give birth in the warmer Hawaiian waters. Take advantage of a one-of-a-kind opportunity to glimpse them up close by vacationing on Kauai during the peak whale watching season that spans January to March. 
Photo Courtesy of Captain Andy's

Humpback Whale Watching in Kauai

Every winter, visitors to Kauai have a special opportunity. Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii’s warm sea to play, mate, give birth and nurture their young.

Called Kohola in Hawaiian, these whales occupy a special place in Hawaiian culture. We almost lost them forever when whaling brought Humpbacks to the brink of extinction. Their population plummeted below 1,000 in 1965. Strict moratoriums on hunting them in 1966 allowed the massive mammals to rebound to about 80,000 today. Pre-whaling, they numbered an estimated 125,000.

The U.S. Congress protected these endangered mammals even further in 1992. One of the designated areas important to the nearly 6,000 Humpbacks is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Few sights on Kauai rival viewing these mammoth creatures, which grow between 43 to 52 feet and tip the scales at as much as 79,000 pounds. You can spot them by their distinguishing features — long pectoral fins and bumpy heads.

Best Humpback Whale Watching on Ocean 

If you ask us, the best place for whale watching exists at sea level. We recommend Captain Andy’s whose captains are very knowledgeable about Humpbacks and keep track of all the whales’ hot spots off Kauai. Captain Andy’s, created in 1980, provides excursions on 65-foot yachts, catamarans and rafts.

Captain Andy’s 24-foot-rigid-hull inflatable rafts offer the best viewing. These fast rafts sit low on the water giving you what seems like a front-row seat to the whales.

Humpbacks are known to approach boats and even swim under them. However, Hawaii does have a “100-yard minimum” law to ensure boats steer clear of these endangered species.

In addition to Humpback whale watching, all of Captain Andy’s vessels allow for Humpback whale listening. Equipped with hydrophones, passengers can hear the whales’ songs that often last 20 minutes and carry 20 miles. Because males often end up wrestling, many now think these amazing sea animals are screaming threats, not singing love songs.

Book Your Humpback Whale Watching Vacation to Kauai Today! 

This special species of baleen whale only stay in the Kauai area six to eight weeks. Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one. Call us at Kauai Vacation Rentals and book your trip here today!

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