Fun Watching In Hawaii: Beaches? Surfing? Mountains? Bikinis? Whales?

Let’s go with whales. No, they’re not as pretty as those wearing bikinis but there’s enough of that to go around anyway. Whales and dinosaurs are where’s it at these days. Here’s why:

Dinosaurs had their own series of high tech movies, what with Jurassic Park and all. Whales, on the other hand, actually live today. They swim, they breathe, they propagate (another word for “reproduce”; which sounded rather risqué this being a family site), and you can watch them.

Hawaii is the place to watch whales. Particularly the humpback whale. Sometime in November around 1,500 to 2,000 humpbacks begin arriving in Hawaiian waters. They come from all over. San Diego. London. Chicago. Tokyo.

No. Wait. That’s tourists.

Whales come from their Arctic feeding grounds. Except, it’s really not “grounds”, as in you can walk on it. They’re ocean going creatures so we’re using the term “grounds” to mean an area.

Whales in Hawaii

Interestingly, whales come to Hawaii for the same reasons that folks from San Diego, Chicago, Tokyo come to Hawaii. No, not bikinis.

Whales come to Hawaii for rest, recreation, and romance. Now, let’s take a moment to erase those visions of whales playing beach volleyball, soaring above the waves to munch on a hapless surfer, or cuddling amid whale grunts and groans.

It’s not like that at all.

Whales rest in Hawaii. The feeding is easy and the waters calm and pleasant. It’s a perfect breeding ground AND feeding ground.

Hawaii is a great place to see whales because they’re visible from every island. No, the whales aren’t that big. But they love Hawaii. They leap. They splash. They twist and turn. They have fun. It’s better than a disco with Chubby Checker.

Whales in Hawaii get up to about 60 feet long and can weigh over 100,000 pounds. Think of an animal bigger than your house and weighing as much as 50 Honda Accords.

Humpback whales are the largest mammals on earth. They breath air (something most mammals are akin to do) and they nurse their young. We recommend you buy the video tape rather than wait on the dinner ship’s deck until they begin to nurse. You won’t see it.

Do whales wear bras?

Whales in Hawaii

Other facts you didn’t know and may not have room to store: whales can sing. They make a very distinct sound that swimmers in the water can hear. It’s a hauntingly strange cry or moan. Each winter the whales compose a new song. Everyone in the pod (a whale family) sings the same song. As the season progresses, they modify the song ever so slightly.

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. Enough to keep from getting bored as they swim and frolic through the water while chasing tourist boats and scaring surfers into a change of suits.

Look but don’t touch. Humpback whales are the third most endangered species of whale with fewer than 10,000 left in the world.

Want to see a humpback whale up close? Hawaii is the place to be. Just like Canadians, they flock here every winter.