Once within a comfortable range of the whales we cut the engines to listen. Realizing we were ill prepared for serious whale watching we were equipped only with a cell phone, the couple shots we attempted were a blur, while our whale photos were not impressive the intimate whale show that followed was. After about five minutes of sitting still in the tranquil waters of the Kona- Kohala Coast watching as the pair exhaled spouting into the tropical air, we decided to deploy our hydrophone to test out the newly installed surround sound speaker system. Oh boy you could hear and feel the whale songs as they echoed throughout the boat. And then as if she heard us the larger of the 2 whales spy hopped propelling 1/3 of her body out of the water as if she was checking us out, a magical whale experience like seeing a loved one of the first time in monthes. As we looked at her eye to eye although just a moment it seemed an eternity. Shortly after both whales took a final breathe and showed us the signature whale watch goodbye tail wave.While NOAA ship Hiialakai and Captian Andy’s Sailing Adventures spotted the first Humpback back on September 29th, 2015, off the island of Niihau, October 29th is awfully early for Humpbacks to visit the Kona-Kohala Coast.
Our dedicated Whale Watch Cruises while begin on friday November 20, 2015 departing at 10AM from Hawaii’s newest boating facility Kawaihae South. This brand new harbor offers a great place to go whale watching from as its located within the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary waters and offers modern guest friendly docks. While Hawaii Whale Watch Season is most previlant December 15-March we think that these early season visitors are looking to have a whale of a time! Time to clean your lenses and get the camera gear together Whale season is upon us.
Captain Shane Turpin
Be one of the first to see the 2015/2016 Humpback Whales.