WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO WHALE WATCHING
Cuvée has curated luxury whale watching excursions for your trip to Hawaii or Los Cabos. You don’t have to be a naturalist to enjoy the awe-inspiring power and beauty of one of the ocean’s most magnificent creatures: whales. Check whale watching off your bucket list this winter with a curated Cuvée experience to watch their spectacular mating displays, or catch a sweet glimpse of mothers nurturing their calves.
Every year, humpback whales travel thousands of miles from their chilly Alaskan homes to the warm waters near the equator. They come to dance, breed and to relax in the shallows with their calves. Although humpbacks can be spotted throughout the world, two of the best spots for whale watching are Hawaii and Los Cabos, where the waters are more shallow and there is plenty for the whales to eat.
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE IN HAWAII
In Hawaii, you can find humpbacks in almost every direction, but one of the best viewing spots is the Auau Channel, a shallow place between West Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. Get close enough to feel the spray of Humpbacks, Pygmy Whales, Melon-headed Whales, False Killer Whales, and the more rare Orcas and Beaked Whales. Over 18 species of whales inhabit Hawaiian waters, and your guide will help you identify as many of them as possible. You’ll likely see several species of dolphin as well, including the Rough-Tooth, Pilot, Spinner, Bottlenose, and Spotted dolphins.
SPOTTING WHALES IN LOS CABOS
Near Los Cabos, the Sea of Cortez acts as a whale sanctuary. Gray whales are the easiest to find, as they prefer the shallow lagoons and protected coves along the coast, which give relative protection to their nursing calves. Other whales you might encounter on your experience are Humpbacks, Blue, Sperm, Bryde’s, Sei, Fin and perhaps even Orcas (Killer Whales). Marine mammals of the region also include Pacific Bottlenose, Spinner and Spotted dolphins, and whole fleets of Sea Lions.
THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO GO WHALE WATCHING
The best whale watching occurs in Hawaii from mid-November through April. If you prefer Los Cabos, plan a tour between December and March. In either place, visit early in the season to watch the leaping, graceful arcs of these leviathans as they perform miraculous feats of speed, agility, and power in their efforts to impress potential mates. In March and April, see the results of those efforts in the sweet scenes of mothers and calves swimming and playing together before their migration northward.
Our Cuvée whale watching experiences starts as a quiet and peaceful ride through the waves as the captain guides the boat to prime spotting locations. Once a pod has been scouted, though, you’re in for a treat as spouts of water shoot many feet up into the air, and whales breach the surface of the water in their attempts to outmaneuver each other and express themselves. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet, as you never know how close the whale spouts will come to your boat.
For long-distance views, you’ll want a pair of binoculars with you, and definitely bring a camera (or phone) with a waterproof case for capturing the most moving scenes. You may also get the chance to listen to the whales sing to each other through a pair of headphone provided by the boat’s crew. Every whale-watching experience is unique and unforgettable, whether you’re an experienced scientist, or just beginning to fall in love with these amazing creatures of the deep.