The warm shallow waters surrounding Hawai‘i are a favorite destination of the humpback whales. From approximately December thru May, the whales are here to calve and nurse their young. They come from Alaska, over 3,000 miles away, in less then two months. They can be seen from shore breaching out of the waters, and slapping their fins or tails on the surface. Their songs can be heard underwater up to 12 miles away.
Today, Humpback whales are protected by the Endangered Species Act which protects them from hunting, harm and disturbances. All watercraft must maintain a distance of at least 100 yards from the whales.