Hawaii humpback whale watching season runs from January to March. Visitors can book snorkel and whale watching tours through Ko Olina Marina (2 minute drive from Ko Olina Beach Villas) or a whale-guarantee watching cruise from Waikiki. Whale watching tours bring an opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, near the islands where they breed, give birth, and raise their young calves in safety.
Humpback whales can also be seen from the shore. The top four O‘ahu shorelines from which to see whales are Makapu‘u Lighthouse, Hālona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay, and Diamond Head.
There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific and more than 10,000 come to Hawaii in the winter to breed. Though they only travel three to seven miles per hour, humpbacks rarely stop, traveling as far as 3,000 miles during the spring and summer feeding seasons. Despite the fact adult humpbacks can remain underwater for up to 45 minutes, they usually come up to breathe every 10 or 15 minutes. Calves come up every three to five minutes.
For more information about tours and prices, visit https://www.koolinamarina.com/activities/ocean or https://starofhonolulu.com/whale-watching-cruises-oahu-hawaii.
Bay and Diamond Head Scenic Lookout.