Humpback whales are being sighted on a daily basis off the coast of Maui, reports the whale researchers and vessel captains from Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF). During these final weeks of whale watch season, many people on Maui are describing "absolutely fantastic" whale watch conditions.
PWF is guaranteeing whale sightings on its whale watches through May 15. If you don't see whales, you'll receive a "Just a Fluke" coupon to go again at no charge. The coupon can be used anytime within the next 12 months, including at the peak of next year's whale watch season.
"This is the time when the whales have moved further offshore," said John Gaskins, customer care general manager at PWF. "The males that are here are often seen in competition pods, vying with each other to have the opportunity to mate with any available females that are here in the breeding grounds.
Whales continue to delight whale watchers off Maui’s coast. But if you don’t see whales through May 15, PWF will provide a “Just a Fluke” coupon to go again at no charge.
"Our vessels may have to travel a few more miles to see them, but it's absolutely worthwhile, as these groups are very active at the surface and provide some thrilling whale watching," Gaskins noted.
"Calves are also larger and stronger, and are spending their time practicing breaches, tail slaps and other surface behaviors," said Gaskins. "They're just so much fun to watch."
PWF is also offering special whale watch rates for Hawai'i residents from now through May 15. The special kama'aina discount tickets are $20. Children ages 7 to 12 are $10. Keiki ages 6 and under go free, with one free child per paying adult. Raft whale watch tickets are also available for $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 7 to 12.
These prices are also good on PWF's Aloha to the Whales cruise on May 15, which is their last whale watch cruise of the season. As with all of PWF's whalewatch cruises leading up to this event, sightings are guaranteed or guests go again free.
PWF is also offering kama'aina 50 percent-off discounts (with valid Hawai'i I.D.) on all of its other cruises, including its Molokini and Lana'i snorkel cruises, dolphin watch cruises, sunset dinner cruises and its popular Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise with local reggae entertainer Marty Dread.
Reservations must be made directly with Pacific Whale Foundation by phone.
To book a cruise at the special kama'aina rate, call (808) 249-8811, ext. 1, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.