Guests on Monday’s Wake up with the Whales Cruise saw two different pods of two Humpbacks pretty close to the boat. The second pod must have decided that we were totally worth investigating though, and since they were surfacing every 11 minutes, we put the boat in “idle” and waited and watched to see what would happen. After several surfacings about 100 yards from us, they finally got curious enough to surface right next to the boat — so close that when they spouted, we were covered in whale breath!
Guests on our Snorkel and Whale Watch Adventure Cruise got to see a pair of Humpbacks spout and sound about 500 yards away from us. And though they’re closely related to sharks, and not whales, it’s worth mentioning that we were also fortunate to watch some big Manta Rays cruising around our snorkel site at the place we call “6th Hole” near the Mauna Lani Resort.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: Where do the Humpbacks go when they migrate away from Hawaii? Most of them appear to migrate directly north, to feeding grounds off of northern British Columbia and southeastern Alaska waters. But they can migrate to just about any location round the Pacific Rim — at least one humpback satellite-tagged in Hawaii spent the summer in Russian waters.