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What whales will I see in Hawaii?

Whale watching in Hawaii is a breathtaking experience, and at Kai Kanani, our whale-watching tours are the perfect way to take a peek into the marine world. Whether you choose a private tour or join a group whale-watching event, we’re excited for you to experience the natural beauty of the whales of the Pacific.

Let’s take a look at some of the whales you’re most likely to see while you’re whale watching in Hawaii.

Humpback Whales

Weighing up to 44 tons and growing up to 56 feet long, the humpback whale is truly a sight to behold. Humpbacks frequently breach (shoot their bodies out of the water before splashing down on their backs). These playful giants are also known for slapping the surface of the water with their tails and flippers, putting on a show for onlookers.

False Killer Whales

Named for their similarity to orca whales, false killer whales are black or dark gray with a sickle-shaped dorsal fin and short, pointed flippers. The false killer whale is a toothed whale that can echolocate to find and attack prey.

Beluga Whales

The bright-white skin of a beluga whale is impossible to miss! Between October and May, belugas leave the chilly waters of Alaska to give birth in the warm waters of Hawaii. Their yearly return is marked by an island-wide celebration.

Whale Watching in Hawaii

While you can often see whales from the shore in Hawaii, there’s nothing like seeing their grace, power, and beauty up close. At Kai Kanani, we’re excited to provide you with private and group whale-watching catamaran experiences. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you make the most of your time in Maui.


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