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Whale Watching

Topeka, Kansas
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Whale Watching

Just wondering if the whales have arrived yet? Friends were there about 2 weeks ago and did not see whales. They were attempting to go out with Captain Steve.

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1. Re: Whale Watching

Yes, we have had whales since October-though they are still mostly a longer way out. Regular whale watches will start today.

Hawaii Ocean Project has been doing them from Lahaina Harbor for a few weeks and has had some good ones.

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2. Re: Whale Watching

Whale watching early in the season can be a hit or miss activity. I would certainly go now!!

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Will be there for Christmas

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Book fast if you want Captain Steve--their trips over the holidays are getting very full!

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Ultimate Whale Watch is another good company for whale watching. Are you staying up west? Boats leave from Mala Wharf as well as from the harbour in Lahaina.

If anyone in your group has a bad back, they should avoid going out on a raft.

Have a wonderful time, and Mele Kalikimaka!

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We went out with Captain Steve yesterday and had a great whale watch. Lots of sightings and about 7 breeches. We’ve been here a month and have noticed that the whales appear to be arriving in larger numbers and have seen them every day from our lanai for the last couple of weeks.

With that said, it isn’t even close to peak whale season and any given day is a roll of the dice on a whale watch.

I absolutely recommend Captain Steve and have been going out with them for a couple of years now. They are much faster and more maneuverable than the big cats so you can cover much more ground when searching for whales. They do use smaller zodiacs, so if motion sickness is an issue, you may want to stick with a bigger boat.

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FYI there are lots of whales out there already. I went today twice with Captain Steve- both the 7:30 and 9:45. Lots of whales, dolphins ...even eagle ray and mantarays were spotted today. We had a very active competition pod of 6 at one time with whales coming and going and a magnificent breach at the end. Whales are here :)

We also have been watching them from our lanai in Kapalua.

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Our whale watch was Saturday 12/9 with Hawaii ocean project. We had two 5-7 year old males under our boat for a long time. It was wonderful. They said it’s rare. 4 trips a day and they usually see it once a week.

We also saw several whales from shore. The first time it was as soon as we got to Kahekili beach around 8 am on 12/6.

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