Yesterday we posted a picture of a whale (see above.) It’s our picture, but I have to be honest with you, it wasn’t taken in Alaska.
This particular picture was taken in Kauai, last January. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii 12 times over the last 20 years. We typically go for our anniversary in the fall, but have also been several times in the winter when the whales are visiting.
Our first winter trip to see the whales was in 2010. We traded our Disney Vacation Points (DVC) for a week at the Ka’anapali Beach Club in Maui. Not a bad trade and we were very happy with the hotel/condo.
We could see the whales tails and white poofs of mist along the highway to get to our hotel, and we occasionally would see a puff while sitting out on our lanai. We took a snorkel tour with Trilogy where we lucked out and got to snorkel at Honolua Bay. We saw several whales in the distance, but didn’t get that many great shots. The crew was so great, we ended up going out with them just for whale watching later in the week. This experience was better, but I felt a little lit down as I was just expecting more.
After traveling over 5,000 miles to see some whales, that summer, we drove 70 miles to Gloucester, MA to do a whale watch and had incredible sightings! We saw a ton of whales and one even dove directly under our boat – awesome, but slightly scary experience!
In 2016 we celebrated Danny’s 50th birthday with a trip to our favorite resort, the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa on Kauai. We took a sunset cruise with Captain Andy’s and that is where we got the shot of the whale breaching maybe 30 feet away from us – what a thrill!
In 2017 we once again traded our DVC points and took our friends with us to the Wyndham Shearwater, in Princeville, Kauai. We saw some whales out at the Kilauea Lighthouse and occasionally from our lanai. Unfortunately, high seas cancelled our Valentine’s Day Dinner cruise with Captain Andy and we were unable to book later that week. We did find a spot on a sunset cruise with Blue Dolphin. We did get to see a bunch of tale slapping but no breaches.
So whether your dream is to go North to Alaska to see the whales, or south to Hawaii to see them in a warmer climate, we are here to help get you there!
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