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2013/02/16by Donna Hull


Waving from the ocean on a Maui whale watching excursion

On a Maui whale watching adventure with Seabourn Odyssey, Alan learned, once again, just how hard it is to photograph whales from a moving boat. The cruise excursion began when Alan and I tendered from the ship over to the pier in Lahina, where we boarded the Trilogy catamaran for a morning of whale watching. We were in luck that our arrival happened to be in February, which is prime time for watching humpback whales in Maui before the behemoths migrate back to Alaska in early summer.

Trilogoy naturalists described the whale’s habits to us as we moved from one side of the catamaran to the other looking for spouts, fin slaps and the most magnificent site of all—a breach. With so much going on, it was hard for Alan to decide where to aim the camera next. There were many, “oh, you just missed it” moments.

When photographing whales, Alan recommends setting your camera to burst mode and hoping for the best.

Have you heard a whale sing? The Trilogy captain lowered a sonar listening device into the water so that we could hear the males create their complex sound referred to as singing. Scientists aren’t sure why the male humpbacks sing but think it is part of the mating ritual. Here’s more information about humpback whales from National Geographic.

Of course you don’t have to be on a cruise to experience Maui whale watching. Anyone visiting the island can book a tour with Trilogy.

Have you been whale watching in Maui? Were you on a cruise excursion or a land trip to Maui? Post a comment to share your experience. I wonder if this is the same whale that showed his fluke to Alan when we went whale watching in Frederick Sound with American Safari?

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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The Blonde February 20, 2013 at 8:24 am

Wow what a picture! Did Alan take it? We saw a lot of whales in South Africa and it was fascinating but none performed to this level of expertise!

One time I went on a whale watching trip out of Gloucester, MA. I went in to the snack bar to buy a Reese’s Cup while a whale jumped out of the water and basically tap danced and sang The Star Spangled Banner while I bought candy. I never saw a whale the whole day! Obviously the point is to not buy Reese’s Cups on whale watching outings!
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Lee February 27, 2013 at 3:06 am

Hi Donna
Great read brings back fond memories. We managed to get to Maui a couple of years ago. What a place the person we stayed with worked on one of the catamarans that go whale watching and he gave us a free trip and we got up close and personal not to close as he said he had to stay so many metres away. As you know watching these great animals is just amazing. I love windsurfing as well so was a dream trip for me. Then there is so much more to Maui the rainbow trees banyan trees waterfalls just writing about it makes me want to go back right now.

Loved it thanks lee
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March 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

What a really cool picture! I agree with Alan’s photography tip. With wildlife, it’s almost as if you have to be mind readers anticipating their movements. That is a great photo capture and it sounds like you had an awesome time in Maui!
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March 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Great picture! We recently saw all kinds of whales in Los Cabos, from the comfort of our hotel balcony. I wish I had though to set my camera to burst, if I can find that setting. Fun blog, I’ll have to check in more often.
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December 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Whale watching in Maui is by far one of my favorite travel memories to date. Simply Amazing! Great photos!
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Donna Hull
December 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Glad you enjoyed the photos, Lina and thanks for commenting. We love whale watching anytime and anywhere.


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