Along the Waikiki Trolley’s Green Line and Blue Line you can gaze out over the glimmering blue Pacific Ocean and spot whales. Whale season in Hawaii is from December to April. It is also an amazing time to visit Hawaii. The weather on Oahu in whale season is usually 75 – 85 degrees.
During whale season in Hawaii the primary kind of whales that can be spotted are Humpback Whales. Whale migration patterns are very similar to retirees going to south in the winter time; whales from Alaska go south to Hawaii to enjoy the warm water. They migrate 3,000 miles each year to come to Hawaii to have their babies (calfs) and nurse.
Humpback whales are no longer an endangered species. They were one of the first animals to protected under Endangered Species Conservation Act in 1970. With conservation efforts and the commercial whaling industry ending in the late 1960s humpback whales are now not considered endangered. There are around 21,000 humpback whales in the world and about 10,000 come to winter in Hawaii. They migrate 3,000 miles each year.
The Blue Line: Panoramic Coastline Tour is the best tour to view whales. The line travels along the southeast side of Oahu. Humpback whales are most visible from Hawaii Kai to Sea Life Park on this tour. Sea Life Park is an aquarium where you and your family can experience a variety of unique animals specific to Hawaii. There are several special interactive opportunities for kids and adults.
From the Diamond Head Lookout on the Green Line: Scenic Diamond Head Sightseeing Tour you can see humpback whales. They are a little farther out than on The Blue Line but still definitely out there. If you love animals the Waikiki Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are both stops on the line. If you consider people watching enjoying animals you can stop by Kahala Mall. The Green Line stops conveniently every 35 minutes.
To learn more about humpback whales in Hawaii read our blog: Whale Behaviors in Hawaii. Click here.