Looking for an interesting destination for whale watching? Visit Hawaii. If you are an HSW or whale lover, you will find plenty of places to view these magnificent mammals.
There are a number of different destinations for whale watching in Hawaii. These include first-aid kayak tours, whale-watching cruises and sightseeing tours. Depending on which method you choose, you will get a unique view of these beautiful creatures.
Sometimes you can just sit on the beach and enjoy the ocean. But, if you are not lucky, you can also try your hand at arts and crafts. There are also day cruises that you can take on a ship.
If you would rather sit and watch the whales, there are also tours planned that will take you out in the open. These tours are usually just a short walk from the ocean and include food and beverage.
There are also whale watching cruises that will take you to different spots around the archipelago of Hawaii. There are also close-up tours where you will be able to see the whales swim closer to the vessel. These tours are commonly referred to as “mechanical” or “nex” trips. You can easily find really great activities.
Whale watching in Hawaii can be an incredible experience. Admission prices are about $25 and range to about $125 per person. The price really depends on the tour you choose and the slot on which you would like to sail. The length of the trip is another factor; it depends on the tour package, where you sail and for how long.
The weather is another consideration; while daytime temperatures can be oppressive and exhausting, night temperatures are usually not extreme. Temperatures can easily drop below freezing especially during winter months. You will find that kayaking is a better option during the winter and early spring months when temperatures are not as extreme as during the summer.
If you don’t want to endure the cold temperatures of winter, then it isideal to bring a small windsurf board, in case you get caught in a headwind. It will be far less preferable to be caught in a high-speed windthrow while being pushed by the wind at your back!
To enjoy your whale watch cruise, it is a good idea to ask an operator ahead of time whether your boat will be included in the tour, and if it will be a matchstick tour. Ask as many questions as you think you can about the process of whale watching.
There are also tours that are not for adults. For example, there are some companies that offer trips in which you will get very wet! Such tours are not for the faint of heart, and you might want to consider having a guide to ensure that you are ok with this, as well as all the other, normal rafting excursions they offer.
Whale watching is a lot of fun, as long as you are prepared for the possible outcomes. By prepared, I mean that you should dress for the occasion by wearing a ski-beanie and gloves, and by a full-length waterproof poncho. I also suggest you bring sunglasses, sunscreens and, most importantly, a medical alert tag to carry mini glaciers (gold or silver paint-buckets) if you should be involved in an accident.
Make sure you have all your supplies ready and packed-there simply is no reason to arrive at the river-front show opener and then run into a wall of humans when you are just trying to get oriented. River tribute tours are a fun way to go and will keep your eyes (and hands) free until your scheduled bus-home. However, you will not have a chance to stop and stretch your legs nor will you have a chance to admire the show until you board your bus. Therefore, it is best to arrive early and ask to beforehand whether it is first priority. Even then, just getting on the boat is not a priority.
The most important aspect of the trip is to enjoy your whale watching ride. This should be the last thought on your mind as you set out on the water. Hold tight to this thought as water will travel up the wall to greet you without your knowing it.