Between November and March there are many opportunities for whale watching Kauai. A soft gaze along the ocean’s horizon at Poipu Beach will bring to light one the greatest aerial shows Kauai has to offer. Approximately 4,500 Humpback Whales visit the Hawaiian Islands each year to bask in the warm waters, breed and give birth before migrating back to their Alaskan feeding grounds.
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Humpback Whale Facts.
These giants of the sea utilize ocean currents, temperature changes, acoustic cues and the earth’s magnetic field to find their way here to the world’s most remote island chain. The duration of their stay is an average of 6 to 8 weeks, with some extending their Kauai vacation to late May or early June. Humpbacks return to the icy, food-rich waters of Alaska in late spring to feed and replenish in preparation for their next Hawaiian holiday.
Most of the whales display surface behavior such as head, tail and pectoral slapping which are related to courtship and mating. A rare treat is to bear witness to a full breach where the whale actually propels two thirds of its enormous body out of the water, often with a twisting motion. There is speculation that these aerial acrobatics could be a display of aggression or possibly a means of dislodging barnacles.
Tips for Whale Watching on Kauai.
1. Prime viewing for everyone is at Poipu Beach. Another option is to select homes from our South Shore Oceanfront Collection or oceanfront Kauai resorts like Poipu Kapili, Whalers Cove, Poipu Makai, Makahuena, and Poipu Palms.
The South Shore is a prime location for Kauai whale watching due to the deeper waters that are closer to the shoreline. Relax under a palm tree and cast your eyes towards the horizon for one of nature’s most magnificent shows.
2. Kauai Boat Tours from Holo Holo Charters.
Sail along the Na Pali Coast with popular whale watching tours leaving from Hanalei and Port Allen. Some Kauai boat tours feature snorkeling and other excursions leave mid-afternoon for Kauai sunset. See our exclusive Kauai deals for more information.
3. Watch our new Kauai Webcam.
If you can’t join us this winter, our new Kauai webcam makes it easy to view the spectacular Poipu Beach coastline from anywhere in the world. You may get a chance to see humpback whales in the distance by using the zoom feature.
Whether you live on island or are here for a Kauai vacation, be sure to enjoy our annual whale watching season. If you have any tips for the best places to view humpback whales on Kauai, we invite you to leave a comment.