One of the best places to observe whales is in the calm, shallow seas surrounding the Hawaiian Islands – the only known breeding and calving ground for humpback whales in the United States. The same sheltering conditions that attract humpbacks here each winter make Hawaii’s waters an incomparable living laboratory in which to study whales.
Indeed, much of the research Whale Trust Maui supports can be done nowhere else on earth.
So it is here, in Maui, Hawaii, that Whale Trust Maui makes it home.
Maui: One of the Best Places to Whale Watch
Off the coast of Maui, researchers and whale watchers alike find one of the best spots on the planet to observe whales. The relatively calm, clear, protected waters off the coast of Maui combined with one of the largest aggregations of humpback whales in the State of Hawaii, make it an ideal location to watch whales. Whales can regularly be seen off Maui between the months of December and May.
A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales
The survival of any species is dependent upon successful reproduction, and as such, in 1997, the waters around most of the main Hawaiian Islands officially became a National Marine Sanctuary, specifically designated for humpback whales. Whale Trust Maui’s research focuses on the reproductive behavior and natural communication patterns of humpback whales within the Sanctuary’s boundaries.