Maui is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque resort areas in the world. The natural beauty attracts visitors year round but there is so much more to do and experience on our stunning island. If you are looking for some things to do in Maui during your stay, the whale watching is some of the best in the US. The fall starts the humpback whale season as they migrate from Alaska to Hawaii during the colder months. More than 12,000 whales move into the tropical waters, most arriving in Maui. Whale watching in Maui is an experience of a lifetime.
The Whalers Village Museum showcases the lives of the whalers through tools and artifacts, pictures and one of the largest collections of scrimshaw in the country. Maui, and specifically Ka’anapali, has a rich history of whaling. In the early to late 1800’s, the surrounding area was populated with young boys and men living on schooners throughout the migration. These sailors crafted intricate relics carved from the ivory and bone of the hunted whales.
The museum, located in the Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants, is one of the most popular attractions to visit in Maui. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Whale Talks, Marine Walking Tours and Free Movies that the museum offers to its visitors. Better yet, walk out to the Whalers Museum’s bridge and witness for yourself the majesty as the whales breach the surface, frolic and flap their tails. For a closer encounter and more intimate experience there are plenty of local companies that operate guided whale watching tours in Maui.
In 1992, Congress named this area of the Pacific a National Marine Sanctuary to ensure that the humpback whales could continue to safely mate, calve and nurse their young. Presently, the museum works in concert with local groups to protect and preserve the whale population.