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Humpback Whale Season in Maui

by Angelique Platas

Dec 23, 2019

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Destinations / North America

Winter in Maui may be just another day in paradise — warm sunshine, sandy beaches and incredibly lush foliage — but it also means peak whale season. With majestic humpback whales flocking to Maui’s shores Dec. 15–May 15, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea created a variety of ways for guests to get the most out of this fleeting natural occurrence.

Choose from private whale watching experiences with professional photographers, or enjoy well-timed watersports provided by the hotel. Speak with the concierge team to map out the best viewing experience for you or choose from this list of exclusive guest experiences.

Whale Watch Photo Excursion

Join the Cesere Brothers, expert underwater photographers and members of Keiki Kohola Project whale research team for an unforgettable experience viewing humpback whales in their natural habitat. Learn photography skills from the best in the business and walk away with stunning images and unbelievable memories. Experience nature at its finest with a full day on the ocean with this completely customizable tour.


For multitaskers looking to work up a sweat with a front-row seat for potential whale sightings, this one is for you. The resort’s stunning fitness studio boasts tropical views of the Pacific in an open-air setting — perfect for yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, fitness classes and seasonal whale sightings.

Ocean View Cabana

One of the resort’s newest vantage points for whale viewing is the Ocean View Cabanas. With 5-star services and amenities, like binoculars for whale viewing, this space offers a leisurely approach to whale watching.

Outrigger Canoe

With an on-site champion outrigger canoe team, learning the ins and outs of this traditional paddling sport is a great way to spend the day while vying for a chance to see humpback whales. Expect to see other marine life, too, including turtles and sea birds.

Oceanfront Suite

If you’d prefer a room with a view, it doesn’t get much better than a private balcony on your  luxury oceanfront suite. With seasonal packages available, your family can stay in style and take advantage of the complimentary $500 ocean activity credit. 

Kayak Whale Watch

Take a kayaking tour with the resort’s on-site ocean experts, Maui Undersea Adventures. With a chance to see whales in the wild, guests learn all about the delicate ecosystem while spotting humpback whales.

Classic Whale Watch

If all else fails, a classic whale watching expedition should do the trick. Hop on any one of the resort’s private trips or group tours. Discuss various times and vessel options with the concierge.


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