Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea announces this season’s first sightings of the majestic, acrobatic humpback whales singing their amazing songs in the warm, deep blue Pacific Ocean visible from the Hawaiian luxury resort’s beach.
Maui’s most beloved marine mammal visitors know that every migratory trip must include appearances at the Forbes Five-Star property in Maui at Wailea, returning by the thousands each winter season to these tropical shores.
“The sights and sounds of these impressive 50-foot (15 metre) mammals takes the vacation experience to an entirely new level,” says Thomas Steinhauer, Four Seasons Resort Maui general manager and regional vice president. “Every season, our guests tell us that the memory of this experience lasts far longer than the pictures they take. It is an experience they can share with family and friends - and one that becomes a lifetime memory told and retold.”
This year, guests at Resort will have many whale watching opportunities to take part in, and see these majestic North Pacific humpback whales put on their spectacular show - close up, from the sky and right from the Resort situated on Maui’s finest stretch of beach.
Whatever the level of adventure, Four Seasons Resort Maui can customize a whale watching program to help Resort guests enjoy watching these gentle giants of the sea. Here are five different and unique whale watching encounters in Maui, and Resort guests can enjoy one or more or take advantage of all five opportunities. Several are complimentary:
Kayak Tour: Join the Resort’s onsite water experts, Maui Undersea Adventures, who educate tour guests on the ocean’s ecosystem, taking in the spectacular vistas of the Wailea coastline while on the hunt for close encounters with the migratory whales;
Outrigger Experience: Learn the history and how-tos of this Hawaiian paddling sport. This experience is complimentary. While keeping eyes and camera ready for whale sightings, be sure to look over the side of the boat to see the abundance of sea life - reef fish, sea turtles, manta rays and many other species.
Catamaran Sail: Step aboard the Alii Nui catamaran for a two-hour whale watching trip in Maui. This first-class excursion will include round trip transportation to the harbour, full bar and beverage service, an array of pupus, and the whale watching is guaranteed or guests will be treated to another trip.
Helicopter Tour: From the sky, explore two islands and the whales in between on Sunshine Helicopter’s Molokai tour. See the highlights of West Maui, then cross the Pailolo Channel to discover Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls and the magnificent sea cliffs on Molokai’s remote North Shore.
Resort Sightings: Nuzzle up with a loved one in a naupaka casabella or lean against the edge of the Serenity Pool, watching the whales put on Maui’s greatest show right in front of the Resort. It is another memorable and complimentary feature of a Four Seasons Resort Maui vacation.