February is the best month to see Humpback Whales off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, and this year is certainly no exception.
Thousands of Humpback Whales are in the warm, calm water just off the triangle of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. The female whales are here to give birth and to, possibly, mate with a male Humpback Whale that she meticulously chooses from many that are actively vying for her attention.
Numerous whale watching excursions go out of Lahaina Harbor and Ma'alaea Harbor each morning, and all have guaranteed whale sightings or your money is applied to another Humpback Whale tour.
I recommend Pacific Whale Foundation http://www.pacificwhale.org for a large, two-deck boat that has restrooms and offers drinks and snacks. For the more adventuresome, I highly recommend Captain Steve's Tour http://www.captainsteves.com . His small, rubber zodiac does not have a restroom and no drinks or snacks are served.
Jelly Fish & Sea Creatures - Enjoy multi-media artist Elizabeth Hoskinson's amazing underwater pictures of jelly fish and other ocean creatures - http://elizabeth-hoskinson.fineartamerica.com
Here's a list of some of the whale watch operators:
Pacific Whale Foundation - http://www.pacificwhale.org
Trilogy - https://www.sailtrilogy.com/whale
Pride of Maui - http://www.prideofmaui.com/Whales
Four Winds Maui - http://www.fourwindsmaui.com
Ultimate Whale Watch - http://www.ultimatewhalewatch.com
Captain Steve's Whale Watch Tours - http://www.captainsteves.com
Safari Boat Excursions - http://www.safariboatexcursions.com/whale
Suggestion: Also consider a whale watch tour out of the Ma'alaea Harbor. A common and popular tour is a snorkel trip to the crescent-shaped island of Molokini, but you'll also see a lot of Humpback Whales as you make the 30-45 minute trip to the island.
Remember! Humpback Whale watching season starts on December 1st and runs through the end of April of each year.
Lahaina Harbor Information: To reach Lahaina Harbor on the west side of Maui, take Hwy. 30 and turn toward the ocean and Front Street on either Dickenson Street or Prison Street. Dickenson Street has ample paid parking. If leaving early in the morning, look for vacant parallel parking spots along Front Street.
While in Lahaina Town, stop by Lahaina Fudge Company http://www.lahainafudgecompany.com for some great fudge and chocolate. Also try the salt water taffy at Big Wave Taffy, which is located in the same store http://www.bigwavetaffy.com
Maui Information - http://www.maui-tourist.com
Lahaina Information - http://www.lahaina-tourist.com
Oahu Information - http://www.oahu-tourist.com
Waikiki Information - http://www.waikiki-tourist.com
Gift Baskets of Hawaii - http://www.giftbasketsofhawaii.com
Big Island Information - http://www.bigisland-tourist.com
Lanai Information - http://www.lanai-tourist.com