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brittany21 Jul 1st, 2005 08:07 AM

Maui, Whale watch...
Im a planning to go on a whale watch in Maui, in late Feb, what are the chances of seeing some really nice pods of whales? Id love to see mother and calf, but any groups would be great especially if they are actively coming out of the water. Does anyone recomend any specific company to go through, Ive heard something like Pacific Whale Watch is really good. Thanks!!

JohnD Jul 1st, 2005 08:11 AM

We have seen whales from whale watch, interisland ferries, catamaran to Molokini, as well as from land in late Feb., so I think you will no problem seeing them.:S-

brittany21 Jul 1st, 2005 09:04 AM

Oh, that is great news.. i am so excited...

MinnieNo1 Jul 1st, 2005 09:12 AM

We've been on several whale watches and have always used Pacific Whale. They use their profits from their stores to directly benefit the marine animals. February is a perfect time to see whales. You don't have to take a tour to see them, but if you're lucky they'll come right up to your boat. We'll be going again this Feb. Have a great time.

JohnD Jul 1st, 2005 09:18 AM

On our last visit while we were snorkeling in the Wailea area, we could "hear" the whale((8))songs underwater!:-"

Whale watches are probably your best viewing option of course, because they pause when they encounter whales, use hydrophones, and narration, etc. Maui Revealed Guidebook has more comparative info. <font color="blue"></font>

here_today_gone2Maui Jul 1st, 2005 10:14 AM

Humpbacks don't really form strong social bonds, other than mother-calf during the first year, so you won't see any pods. But you will see mothers with their calves, sometimes accompanied by an escort male and male competition groups. The majority of calves are born by late January. By late Feb the calves are old enough that the they start their education to prepare them for their trip back to Alaskan waters, so you will see a lot of slapping and breaching. The mother teaches the calf how to communicate on the long journey back, and you will see mother-calf pairings just cruising along tail and pec slapping as they go. Male competition groups are even more spectacular as they vie to outdo each other to impress a female, and can get violent.

You'll see whales from you cruise ship, no doubt. But if you want a closer look there are many whale watches that set out from both Ma`alaea and Lahaina. I've always found Pacific Whale Foundation to be the most informative. They have well-trained naturalists on every cruise, and use bio fuels and take other steps to protect the ocean.

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