One reason my husband and I like to visit Hawaii in January/February is for whale sightings. Whales! They are magnificent! Every morning, we watched whales breaching while we had breakfast on our lanai. My understanding is that Maui is probably better for spotting whales, but we saw plenty during our time on Kauai.
Our Whale Watching Excursion
One evening we took a two-hour excursion that was called Poipu Sunset Cruise and Seasonal Whale Watch by Blue Dolphin Charters. Basically, it was a couple of hours on the water looking for whales, while being served cocktails and appetizers. The crew and captain were all top-notch and we had a great time. The captain would look for the whales to breach or spout and head that way but they are required by law to stay 100 feet away. Now, if the whales come up to the boat, that’s totally okay! Our experience was that when they heard us coming, they’d go deep and hold their breath until we went another direction. So while I do have a couple of far-away shots, I was lucky to get those.
On our previous trip to Kauai during whale season, we saw no whales AT ALL until it was time to turn around. Then, as if on cue, this big, beautiful whale breached all the way out of the water about 20 feet off the bow of the boat. As if to say, “Now, you can go!” Just stunning.