Humpback whale season in Hawaii generally runs from November through May, although whales may be encountered in limited numbers during other months. As many as 12,000 humpback whales will enter Hawaiian waters to spend their winters each year.
It seems that this year Humpback Whale season is starting early, as the first confirmed sighting this season of a humpback whale in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was made Monday off Hawaii island, this according to federal officials.
“It’s important for everyone to be extra vigilant during whale season, for their own safety and the protection of these magnificent animals,” Paul Wong, operations coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, said in a news release.
There are a number of great places to go to try and see some of the Humpback Whales that enter Hawaiian waters during these months. You can check out the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, where the top of the trail is one of the best areas on the island for Humpback Whale viewing. The west side of the island also has some excellent whale watching tours.
If you have the chance, get out and about and try checking out one of the coolest spectacles around. Good Luck.