Posted by: kauaikolea2 | February 1, 2012

Whale Watching on Kauai — Best Places and Some Helpful Hints


The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is reporting a huge number of whales this year!  Remember, for the past 40 or so years, humpback whales have been on the endangered species list and have been afforded great protection in our Hawaiian waters.  It has paid off!  The whales are back!  December to May is the given timeframe for whales to frolic in our warm shallow waters, but the best viewing is probably February, March, and early April.

The Marine Sanctuary has posted the top 10 the best whale watching areas for the Hawaiian Islands, and 2 of  the sites are on Kaua’i and within minutes of our condo hotels.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

You can volunteer to be a whale counter!  Arrive at the gated entrance by 7:15 AM and a site leader will allow you in and get you settled.  Very often, and it is highly unpredictable because whales are wild animals and Kaua’i is not a theme park, the best sitings are early morning. Gates open to the public at 10 AM.  Whether a volunteer counter or just an excited vacationer, this is the spot for you, 180 feet above sea level.  As it is a wildlife refuge, no pets and no food are allowed.

Kapaa Overlook

Pull off the Kuhio Highway between Kapa’a town and Kealia Beach.  The elevation is just 40 feet above sea level.  Be forewarned that there are no facilities (water or bathrooms) here, unlike Kilauea Point.  But the whale spotting is excellent and is a good place to take photos of breaching, flipper slapping, tail-waving whales and the Kapa’a reef.

Make a reservation at one of our affordable luxury condohotels, pack your bags, and come on over to Kaua’i!  You can check out our whale-watching condos at www.hulanow.com or 1 855 HULA NOW.

 

If you have never seen whales before, you must!  And if you have gone whale watching, you know the majesty and awe in watching these huge animals leap out of the water and twirl about.  This is what Kaua’i is all about!

Wishing you warm Aloha!

PS — how do whale watchers distinguish one whale from another?  Look at the photo up top — each whale has very specific markings and ridges on the tail and that is one way to distinguish them.

Stay with Hula Now!  You can book on of our affordable luxury Kauai vacation rentals safely on line at our website:  www.hulanow.com

Islander on the Beach

Unit 111: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 170: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 222: Almost Ocean Front – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

Unit 361: Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kauai Beach Resort

Unit 1317: Lagoon/Partial Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kapaa Sands

Unit 7: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 9: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

 

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