Photo by Nick Loewnstine
Whale Watching on Oahu
Around 11,000 humpbacks—a quarter to a third of the global population—visit Hawaii from November until early May. They migrate here to mate and give birth: Intensely focused on procreation, these marine mammals don't eat and can lose up to a third of their body weight while frisking in the warm waters. Scan the seas from Makapuu Lighthouse, Hanauma Bay and overlooks near Diamond Head. Hawaii Adventure Diving often encounters whales on their trips to snorkel with sharks (hawaiiadventurediving.com). Not ready to enter the water—and thus the food chain—as the joke goes? Take a spin with North Shore Catamaran Charters: when the Ho‘o Nanea is under sail, no motor noises disturb the clicking, moaning, and even singing of the whales, audible through a hydrophone! (sailingcat.com)
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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