Big Island Whale-Watching
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Big Island Whale-Watching

From November until early May, immense humpback whales visit the Big Island's western coastline. These dark-gray giants can reach 18 meters (59 feet) and 36,000 kilograms (40 tons), but that doesn't deter them from spectacular aerial displays of breaching and slapping the surface with their heads, fins or tails. Around 11,000 humpbacks—a quarter to a third of the global population—visit Hawaii each winter. Boat tours remain popular, but you can also spot these whales from picnics at Holoholokai Beach Park and from campgrounds in Waipio or Pololu valleys.

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