Whale watching in Hawaii is much more than a sport – it’s a way of life. Seeing the majestic creatures jump out of our waters is not only a grandiose sight to see – it also serves as proof of the beauty and joyful spirit that makes up life in the tropical state.

The thrill of spotting the humpback whale is incomparable. Lucky for us, we’re right in the peak of whale watching season, which takes place every year during February and March.

The humpback whales, or Kohola as they’re often called, that are currently swimming along our shores range anywhere between 40 to 52 feet in length and can weigh up to 45 tons.

They begin arriving at the islands in November and head back to Alaska in May. Every year, the whales make their way to Hawaii’s warm, shallow waters to escape Alaska’s freezing temperatures. During their stay, they breed, calve and nurse their young all while enjoying the sunny skies and clear waters of our state.

The whales seem to enjoy their time in the Aloha State, frolicking along the shores with plumes of water rising in the air, splashing playfully and even performing acrobatic tricks.

If you want to get up close to the action, make sure to schedule a whale watching tour departing from various sites in Oahu. These tours depart throughout the day and are conducted by experienced guides who will explain the whale’s behaviors, their history, and their place in Native Hawaiian culture.

Popular tours in Oahu include Wild Side Specialty Tours, North Shore Catamaran, Dolphin Excursions Hawaii and Tradewind Charters.

If being on land is more your style, not to worry, these gentle giants can also be viewed from the high points of coastal areas with binoculars. The best place to spot these majestic creatures? The Makapuu Lighthouse, Ka’ena Point on the Leeward coast and along the seaside overlooks near Leahi (Diamond Head).

Make this an experience you will never forget!