It is whale season in Kauai! Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii every year to give birth and raise their young. If you are interested in seeing whales during your stay in Kauai, the best time is from November to April. You can view them from several scenic outlooks on shore or enjoy a whale watching boat tour. With a little luck, you may also be able to see whales from the air on an Air Kauai Helicopter tour!
Humpback Whale Facts
- While humpback whales are still considered endangered, their numbers are increasing. There are about 80,000 humpback whales today.
- Humpback whales are the sixth largest whales growing to be as long as 52 feet, about half the length of the largest whale, the blue whale.
- One of the most distinguishing features of a humpback whale is its long flippers, which they often slap of the surface of the ocean.
- Humpback whales do not have teeth. They are baleen whales and eat small crustaceans and fish.
- Humpback whales migrate between Alaska and Hawaii each year, spending summers in Alaska where there is more food and winters in the warmer waters of Hawaii.
- Humpback whale babies nurse for about a year and continue to grow and mature for about 10 years after they are born.
- Humpback whales are known for their intricate “songs” which are made by males and consist of a large variety of hauntingly beautiful sounds.
- Humpback whales are very active and are often seen breaching the surface and slapping the surface of the water with their flippers and flukes.
- The humpback whale, or Kohola, is a part of Hawaii’s oral and written history.
See Whales from the Air!
If you are interested in seeing whales from the air, book a tour with Air Kauai during whale season! You are sure to see amazing waterfalls, canyons, valleys, and the Na Pali coast, and, if you are lucky, you might see whales from above! Try our doors-off tour for an even more scenic and unobstructed view.
We do everything we can to ensure that all of our guests have the experience of a lifetime. Here is what some of them have to say about their helicopter tour with Air Kauai:
“What an amazing experience. Our pilot, Kelby was great at explaining what we were seeing and some of the history. The Epic Tour got us everywhere - and the weather cooperated perfectly... What a beautiful island. Highly recommend this tour. Oh, all of the staff were very friendly. Great company. Thanks.” - pws62
“I am a pilot, and fly aerobatics as well as a helicopter. Kelby, the pilot was about as good as they come! If you or any of your group are concerned about motion sickness... forget it! Smooth, informed, and talented! It was a brilliant experience to see virtually all of the features of the island Kauai, and unlike many tour operators, who count your pre-flight briefing as part of the tour time, the actual flight actually lasted longer than the advertised time. NO RUSH, plenty of time to see the various locations, waterfalls, and beaches etc. I would go again just for the ride!” - Richard H
“Amazing way to see Kauai! The doors off tour was a great way to experience the island! Definitely great for thrill seekers, especially for those who sit on the sides! The staff was amazing and made it even better.” - Alexandra
“The staff and Kelby, our pilot, were awesome!! Kudos to Kelby on the choreographed music coming up to the Jurassic falls site! Definitely RECOMMEND them all day long.” - Cevdet Jeff B