4 seems to be the magic number for our Wednesday Whale Watch cruises, with both cruises reporting sitings of 4 different whales. On the 10:00 Whale Watch on Alala from Kawaihae, guests saw 4 breaches on the horizon, but the highlight of that trip was definitely the close encounter! By law, we need to keep our boats at least 100 yards from any of the Humpbacks we see, but if one of them decides to come a little closer to check us out, it’s certainly ok with us!
Join Ocean Sports on an adventure to see the whales. We offer 3 different trips daily departing from two different locations within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Waters. Call us at 886-6666 ext. 103, or visit hawaiioceansports.com for more information and reservations.
Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: Humpback Whales received protected status from the International Whaling Commission in 1966, banning most nations from hunting them. In the U.S., the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and the Endangered Species Act of 1973 provide additional protection to the whales. In fact, unless operating under a federal research permit, approaching humpback whales within 100 yards (300 feet) or within 1,000 feet from aircraft is prohibited by federal regulations.