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Whale season in Kona, Hawaii is a romantic time of year when thousands of humpback whales come to the warm waters for mating, giving birth, and caring for their young. The season typically runs from December through May, with peak viewing times between January and April. If you're planning a trip to Kona during this time, you'll want to make sure you don't miss out on the chance to see these magnificent creatures up close.
Where can I see Humpbacks?
Humpback whales are massive marine mammals that can weigh up to 40 tons and grow up to 50 feet long. They're famous for their acrobatics, such as breaching, tail slapping, and fin slapping, and for their unique vocalizations - songs that can last up to 20 minutes and are thought to serve as communication and mating calls.
Snorkeling or diving trips are a great way to experience whale season up close. These trips take you to different areas of the coast of Kona, many times passing where whales congregate. Humpback whales are protected here in the Hawaiian Waters – so we watch from an appropriate distance. Learn more here about the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (noaa.gov)
Our crew has had such an active season of Humpback whale sightings! Check out a couple of our close encounters with whale songs we captured underwater:
You can also observe the whales from shore at locations such as Kahaluu Beach Park, Kailua Bay, and Magic Sands Beach. These spots offer stunning views of the whales and the beautiful Kona shorelines.
The whale season in Kona is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed. Whether you go on a tour, snorkel, dive, or simply watch from shore, you're in for a treat. With the help of a guide, you'll have the chance to learn about their behavior and habits. Book your trip today and make your Valentine's Day extra special along with the wonders of the whale season in Kona!