Humpback Whales, or Koholā as they are called in Hawaiian, make their way back to the Hawaiian Islands each year to mate and give birth. The waters off of Maui’s South (Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Maalaea) and West (Lahaina, Olowalu, Kaanapali, Kapalua, Napili, Kahana) Shores are the most populated in the world for Humpback Whales during our winter months.
At one time the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe were one land mass known as “Maui Nui.” Over hundreds of thousands of years, the island has sunk back into the ocean and the water has risen creating the four distinct islands we have today.
However, the channels between the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe are relatively shallow, about 1,600 feet deep, in comparison to the deeper waters around the Big Island (Hawaii) which drop off over 18,000 feet! These shallow waters stay warmer and create the ideal habitat for Humpback Whales since most of their predators prefer deeper, colder waters. The warm waters also allow the Humpback Whales to stay for a longer period of time since they don’t have to convert their stored fat into energy to stay warm. This is extremely important because Humpback Whales do not eat while in Hawaii, as there is no food source for them. With a limited amount of energy, it’s vitally important that the Humpback Whales aren’t harassed or chased while in Hawaii as it could lead to them being too weak for the long swim back to Alaska.
Kayaking in Maui is a low impact alternative to Whale Watching in Maui from a LARGE Whale Watching boat. On Maui Kayak Tours there is no engine noise to disturb the whales–or you–while whale watching. The serenity and peacefulness of being out in the ocean on a kayak and hearing the whales surface to breathe are one of the top ten things that our guests say make whale watching from a kayak better than a whale watching boat. No Crowds, No Diesel Fumes, No Engine Noise…. just you the humpback whales and your Whale Watching Kayak Tour Guide.
Snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles and tropical reefs while kayaking in Maui is on the top of many Top 10 Things to do in Maui lists.
Snorkeling on a Kayak Tour is a great alternative to the LARGE snorkel boats or going alone from the shore. Avoid the crowds of Molokini Crater, Olowalu and Turtle Town where these snorkel boats go and let our professional Maui Kayak Tour Guides show you their favorite reefs. There are over a dozen places to snorkel in Turtle Town and on a kayak tour, we can decide where to snorkel based on where the large boats aren’t.
Our guides are certified marine naturalists who will point out a variety of tropical fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling side-by-side with you.