It’s that sad time of year when the North Pacific Humpback Whales depart Hawaii. At the time of this writing, the whales are still abundant, but we are definitely seeing fewer than we saw earlier this month. So, if you happen to be on Maui through the end of April, you may still have time to book a whale watch.

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Where do the whales go when they leave Hawaii?

They travel roughly 3,000 miles back to their summer feeding grounds in Alaska. The trip will take the whales about 6-to-8 weeks. While they’re in Alaska, they feed all summer and store their food so they can turn around and make the long journey back to Hawaii around October, arriving typically in late November/early December. While here in Hawaii they don’t feed, so finding abundant food in Alaska is key to their survival.

We were fortunate to have another wonderful season with the whales. They arrived a little later this year than last, but they are also sticking around a little longer, which is fortunate for all of you late spring breakers!

Maui whale behavior

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We’re already looking forward to the 2022-2023 whale season and we hope to see you then. Make sure to bookmark our site and prepare to book your trip with us for the next Maui whale season!

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