When is the best time of year to see whales in Hawaii? The answer is right now!

More than 10,000 Northern Pacific Humpback Whales migrate back to Hawaii every year from Alaska during the winter months to mate and give birth. They travel 3000 miles to the Hawaii islands which is the most remote island chain in the world. Although you can see whales around most of the Hawaii Islands, it's estimated that about 75% of the humpback whale population spends their winters on Maui, in the calm warm water of the Maui Nui Basin. 

Because the majority of the population resides in the Maui Nui Basin, this location along Maui’s west coast became a sanctuary for Humpback Whales in the 1990’s as a means to enact protection regulations to reduce threats and support the recovery of their population. In the last 50 years the humpback whale population has grown from an estimated 10,000 animals to over 80,000 animals at a rate of 3%-10% annually. 

With the population increasing, whale watching in Maui has become a bucket list activity. The best time of year to go whale watching in Maui are the winter months.

The best time for whale watching is December through April!

Because humpback whales migrate in a trickle migration pattern, there are some months of the year that are better for whale watching because more whales are in Hawaii during those months. The earliest we see humpback whales appear in Hawaii is October, but there are just a few animals that began their migration that early. By the end of November, around the Thanksgiving holiday, we have more regular whale sightings and guaranteed humpback whale sightings for tours starting December 1st every year. 

Although December is early in the migration season, we still see humpback whales on every tour and are looking for those with active surface behavior. It doesn't take many whales to have a great whale watching, just a couple of curious and friendly ones! 

Although the best time of year to see whales is December through April, the peak of the season is happening right now, January through March!

By the month of January, we are seeing more whale action than December, and by February we have what we call “whale soup”. Everywhere you look, you see humpback whales! By this time thousands of humpback whales are mating, giving birth and spending their winter vacation along Maui’s coast. March we still have lots of action packed whale encounters as the migration begins to wind down and is over by the middle of the month of April. 

Occasionally you will see a few straggler whales in May, but there are not enough whales for us to offer whale watching tours. During the summer months we snorkel and dolphin watch, and then prepare for another season of whale watching. Any month during winter you will see whales in Maui, but the best time to see whales is between Christmas and the end of March because there are more whales in Maui. Early December and middle of April you will still see whales, there will just be fewer. It doesn't take many whales for an awesome encounter, just one curious whale to make your whale watching tour magical. 

We answer “What time of day do we see whales”!

The best time of day for whale watching is any time of the day! Whales are active and resting 24 hours a day. They have intervals of activity and rest because they do not feed while they are in Hawaii, their behavior is related to mating and giving birth which happens at random during the day and night. Our captains do their best to find whales that are in their “active” mode, not resting mode. 

Some times of day are preferable for whale watching if you are taking professional photos. Not because of whale activity, but because of the lighting preferred for above or underwater photography. If you are planning to photograph humpback whales above water, the early morning and sunset tours offer the softest light for your backdrop. If you are hoping for underwater captures of humpback whales, mid day when the sun is highest will offer the best lighting for those shots taken with a go-pro, waterproof phone or cameras in waterproof housings.

You can choose any time of day for whale watching, sunrise to sunset (and yes they are even active in the dark, it's just a little harder to spot them!).

Whale behavior you may see on your Maui whale watching tour

Humpback whales will display active surface behavior which is also how they communicate! Their body language can tell other whales information related to mating and competing, or teaching their young important behaviors they will use when they are grown!
Some surface behaviors you may see are:

Pectoral Fin Slapping

Humpback whales have the largest of all pectoral fins of whales, measuring up to 16 feet each! Humpback whales will lay on their side and slap their large pec fins against the water, making a big splash and loud sound. We often observe female humpback whales displaying this behavior as a way to get the attention of male humpback whales during mating season.

Tail Slapping

Tail slapping is a way of communicating either an aggressive move to warn other whales to stay away or also to get the attention of a potential mate. Fun fact about whale tails (also called a fluke), has a unique pattern special to each whale like a fingerprint! Researchers use photos of flukes to track whale patterns and behavior and follow specific whales through their life. The website HappyWhale.com is a website and app where you can upload your own photos of flukes and learn about the whale you have sighted.

Breaching

Breaching occurs when a humpback whale jumps out of the water. Humpback whales are moving at approximately 28km/hr to propel their 40 tons from under the surface of the water. Scientists believe whales breach for a few reasons, including making noise for attention, cleaning themselves and teaching their young.

Spy Hopping

When whales want to get a better view of surface activity they push their heads above the water, which is called spy hopping. When whales spy hop near our boats during the whale watch tour you can see the whale’s tubulars and the little hairs that grow out of them!

Whale watching is one of Maui’s best activities. If you are visiting Maui during the months of December through April, put whale watching on your Hawaii vacation bucket list! Book a whale watching tour at Hawaii Ocean Rafting. If you have any questions about whale watching in Hawaii, you can give us a call or send us a message!

Working on the ocean every day we become accustomed to the changing ocean conditions, the vessels, marine life, and navigating the variables. It’s easy for us to assume that everyone feels comfortable on the ocean, so we appreciate the chance to answer questions like “Is whale watching safe?” to help visitors feel more comfortable and understand that whale watching is a safe and fun activity to do while in Maui!

How do you know if whale watching is safe?

How we Analyze Whale Behavior

The first variable we evaluate to determine if whale watching is safe is humpback whale behavior. Our captains and marine naturalists have been working around humpback whales both in Maui and Alaska for many years, learning their behavior, habits and how they communicate. Humpback whales communicate with body language like pec fin slapping, tail slapping, head lunging, fin sailing, breaching and other surface moves, showing their intentions, attracting other whales and how they feel toward the vessels, etc. 

The best time of day for whale watching is anytime of day! Whales are active and resting 24 hours a day. They do not feed while they are in Hawaii, their behavior is related to mating and giving birth which happens at random intervals day and night. Our captains do their best to find whales that are in their “active” mode, not resting mode. You can choose any time of day for whale watching, sunrise to sunset (and yes they are even active in the dark, it's just a little harder to spot them!).

Humpback whales have been protected in the Maui Nui Basin since the 1990’s when the waters between Maui and Lanai were designated a sanctuary for them. Those protections include the approach law where we do not get closer than 100 yards to a humpback whale,  leaving room for the humpback whales to come to our vessel and continue their behavior as normal. Humpback whales are gentle by nature and we watch them interact with our vessels daily with so much body awareness.  We have never had an encounter where a humpback whale endangered the vessel or guests. 

The Importance of Trained Captains and Marine Naturalists

As we spot whales, our operators, (licensed captains and marine naturalists), assess their behavior and determine what it means. They are trained to analyze whale behavior and do their best to determine the activity level of that particular humpback whale. Like any animal observations, time and experience help the captains and naturalists spot active whales easier and know which behaviors you may see in each setting. Whales travel in pods, but in Maui can be seen alone, a mom and calf pair, a mom calf and escort trio or comp/ “competition” pods of male humpback whales fighting over the rights to mate with the present female humpback whale. Our captains and naturalists can often predict what kind of surface behavior we will observe based on the group of whales we encounter!

Our captains will always prioritize guest safety, so if there is an instance where they observe behavior that may indicate the animals are in distress (maybe entangled etc), we remove ourselves from the presence of the animal and contact the NOAA whale entanglement hotline. Their first responders (including our owner Peter Colombo) are trained and wear protective gear when interacting with humpback whales that are in distress. Using special vessels and equipment they will attempt to free the whale by cutting line or weighting the lines so they pull free themselves.  It is not that the animals are choosing to be aggressive toward the boat, but they are trying to free themselves from fishing line, hooks or other entanglement and their movement can endanger the observer. So never try to free a whale on your own, always call trained professionals!

Making the Call on Ocean Conditions

Although weather does not affect whale behavior, it can often inhibit our ability to see whales and determine their behavior and what kind of encounter we may have. Our captains will also be assessing weather conditions to ensure weather and swell are safe for whale watching. 

Our vessels can handle almost any weather but it doesn't mean it’s fun to be out in rain and wind. Our captains use special weather reports and years of experience to determine if the weather will make for a safe and enjoyable whale watching tour. It is typical to have light tropical rains, north swell and occasional wind during our winter months. We always err on the side of caution and will reschedule or refund guests if the weather is not cooperating for their scheduled whale watch tour, which would include severe rain, strong north winds or large swell. Because weather conditions changed quickly and frequently on the island, we typically make weather calls within an hour or two of the whale watching tours. Always bring a light jacket and waterproof bag for phones and valuables as whales occasionally splash the boat even when the sky is clear and there is no rain you can still get a little wet!

Vessels Made for Anything

Humpback whales are not considered dangerous to boats during Maui whale watching tours. Our vessels are 27 foot, aluminum hulls with inflatable pontoons. This style of rafting zodiac is modeled after coastguard rescue rafts, made to weather storms, and be highly maneuverable. This low to water raft makes for incredible whale encounters. If a humpback whale decides to swim up to the boat, you are sitting eye level with the gentle giant and can even put your go-pro in the water and capture underwater footage of the whales. We have never had an encounter where a humpback whale attempted to move our boat or put us in danger. Although our rafts are quick and maneuverable, we drive slower in winter time to give ourselves time to stop or move around whales that may surface quickly. As mentioned above, if we encounter a whale that is entangled, we will report it and do not attempt to free it as that may encourage aggressive behavior from the animal that is in pain. 

Whale watching in Maui is a fun and safe island activity you don’t want to miss. This is one of the last great animal migrations in the world and seeing more than 10,000 humpback whales come back to Hawaii every year is an experience that will stay with you a lifetime. 

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So you’ve booked Maui’s best whale watching tour! Check! .. And like any other adventure, it takes a little preparation for you to fully enjoy the experience!

What to wear whale watching is one of the top questions for many of our guests. If you know what to wear whale watching, it keeps you comfortable in all weather and ocean conditions.  

The right attire can make all the difference for your first whale watching encounter, so it’s best to do some homework! We put together some useful tips on how to dress for whale watching in the Maui Nui Basin on the island’s west coast:

Know It’s a Seasonal Affair

From December through April, humpback whales in the North Pacific migrate from Alaska to Hawaii. They spend all summer eating in Alaska and then return to Hawaii to mate and give birth. 

Most of the humpback whales that return to Hawaii reside in Maui, where the reef, water depth and temperature provide the optimal setting for mama whales raising their young. We operate our whale watching tours from the Lahaina Harbor in the Maui Nui Basin, the place of choice for these magnificent creatures to spend their winters with less threat from predators or weather variables. 

The waters in this area – and anywhere in Hawaii, for that matter – range from 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit all year.These warm waters allow humpback whales to spend their winters in Hawaii without eating, using their blubber (layers of fat) that keep them warm in Alaska’s cool waters, as food and energy when they are in Hawaii in the winter. 

Consider the Weather

Being a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Maui has a variety of climates that can change frequently and quickly. Although our temperatures are fairly consistent, wind, tropical rain and swell changes hourly and the temperature of the water mixes with the air temperature, creating its own weather conditions.

Lucky for us, the weather does not affect the whales! Humpback whales show active surface behavior in all weather, rain or shine. 

For whale watchers, the weather can have more of an effect, so it’s important to prepare for both sunshine and rain and wind, as tropical climate can vary on the ocean. There is even a chance you may get wet from rain or ocean spray on your whale watch, so layering your attire is key!

Understand the Different Vessel Sizes

 Our Zodiac small group rafts are one of the best options for whale watching. A better understanding of these vessels can help you decide what to wear for your whale watching tour.

At 27 feet long, our rafts can seat up to 24 guests. However, we do not seat more than 16 adults on a whale watching trip, keeping it comfortable for all passengers. Our vessels are also lower on the water, making encounters with whales at eye-level. These raft boats have a shade cover of about 60% as well. With these details in mind, expect the vessel to be open to the elements of sunshine, tropical rain and sea spray and dress appropriately.

Take Note of the Activities

While whale watching is mostly a viewing sport, you want to make sure you are dressed comfortably. The boat can be an adventurous ride and bringing a water resistant jacket can keep you comfortable if there is ocean spray on the low to water zodiac. 

You will be sitting and watching whales for the duration of the 2 hour tour. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are ideal accessories for this outdoor activity. Occasionally, you may lean over the side of the boat to put your GoPro in the water for some epic whale video footage. So be sure not to bring too many extras or carry anything that can get in the way if you plan to move around and take photos.

What to Wear Whale Watching in Hawaii

Now that you’re familiar with how the weather, vessel type and activity style can affect your experience, here are some ideas to get you started in choosing the right gear for whale watching!

Find the Best Hats for on the Water

As mentioned earlier, the boat will provide some shade but the shade moves as the boat travels. Wearing a hat can help provide more shade for you during the tour!

Wearing a hat with a chin strap may be your best option for keeping your hat on when the boat is underway or if there is wind! Waterproof material and brimmed hats are great choices.

Bring Sunglasses for Protection

With Maui's tropical weather, there can be a sunny glare on the water's surface. Wearing sunglasses can add sun protection and may help you see the humpback whales better! Are there specific types of sunnies to wear? Yes! We recommend sunglasses with uv protection and polarized lenses. Maui Jims are one of our favorite local sunglass brands and have a shop right in Lahaina town!

Wear Proper Clothing

The basics: A shirt with a light jacket is recommended, paired with shorts or pants. Sometimes there can be tropical rain or ocean spray so having a rain jacket or a poncho can be helpful!

Life jackets are not required by the Coast Guard to be worn on the boat because the water is warm in Hawaii, but they're available on the boat and will be distributed to guests in case of an emergency. 

Don't Worry About Shoes

Our whale watching tours are barefoot charters, so wear shoes you can easily kick off and store at the harbor slip. If you have a medical condition that requires you to wear shoes, we can accommodate that as well.

Choose Reef-Safe Sunscreen 

If you need sunscreen, please bring reef-safe only. This would be a sunscreen without the chemicals oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, octisalate, homosalate and octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate). We also provide reef safe sunscreen complimentary, in case you forget your zinc or mineral based product. 

Enjoy Watching Humpbacks

Now that you know what to wear whale watching in Hawaii, there's just one more thing left to do: Show up on the day of your booking in your well-prepared attire, and look forward to some unforgettable whale sightings!

If you still have questions about what to wear for whale watching in Hawaii, you can give us a call or send us a message!

Get the most out of your Maui whale watch

Get the most out of your Maui whale watch!

All Whale Watches are Not the Same

As soon as you start shopping around for your whale watching tour you will probably be surprised bt the variety out there. Tour size is one if the main differences among the various tours out there. Some of the large vessel tours out there can take upwards of 60 passengers at once. While these larger vessels are right for some folks, many find them a little stressful. Large vessels have numerous restrooms and even a gift shop. You can find yourself jockeying for a view or even having to move from one side of the vessel to the other just to catch a glimpse of the whales. These large vessels are often pretty slow moving and you may spend more time traveling than actual whale watching. A smaller tour is usually aboard a smaller vessel and takes far fewer passengers. Our smaller raft style vessels are low profile and allow you to get an eye level view from each seat on the boat.  Our rafts are fast and allow us to spend less time travelling and more time whale watching. If you like a little bit of adventure and prefer to avoid the crowds a small group tour is for you.

 

Ask Questions

Our Captains and crew didn't just stumble into positions aboard whale watching boats in Maui. They love where they live and the ocean and it's inhabitants as well. One of our Captains actually runs whale watching tours year round. He follows the whales between Maui and Alaska each season. As you watch these gentle giants you may have all kinds of questions pop into your head, please ask! We love to share knowledge and increase awareness about these wonderful creatures!

Take Advantage of Freebies

It can't hurt to ask about any freebies included with your tour. We can't speak for other tours but here are a few things you can expect on our tours. Each of our vessels is equipped with a fully stocked icy cold cooler full of free sodas, waters, and fruit juices. Feel free to help yourself or request a beverage at any time during the tour. Our crew are often using the gopro camera to capture underwater footage, just ask and they will send the footage directly to you. If you are quick to catch a chill or the weather is a bit stormy we offer complimentary wetsuits to wear on the tour. just ask before the boat leaves the dock!

Maui snorkeling and whale watching. Should you whale watch?  maui snorkeling and whale watching

Should you snorkel or should you whale watch?

This time of year Maui snorkeling and whale watching are both readily available. We have had quite a few inquiries about whether you would be able to see the whales aboard our snorkeling tours. The answer is that yes you will most likely see some whales on your snorkeling tour, especially from January to March. Our snorkeling tours specialize in the island of Lana'i which is a short journey across the smooth shallow channel between the two islands. The relatively shallow waters between these two islands is a favorite spot for the visiting humpbacks and their newborn calves. Our snorkeling tours do however focus on snorkeling and spending some time with the dolphins of Lanai. Many people find that they could use a bit more time devoted exclusevely to whale watching and choose to book one of our two hour whale watching tours which leave 4 times throughout the day. Maui snorkeling and whale watching isn't always an either or proposition, it's all about how you want to devote your time. Whale watching tours can fill up pretty fast during the Winter months and it can be pretty frustrating to know they are out there and not be able to get out there.  Our whale watching trips are only $33.41 per person when you book online. We suggest it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to snorkeling and whale watching, why not book both in advance?!

Should you whale watch?

Do black Friday and cyber Monday got ya down?

Have black Friday and cyber Monday got you down?

The Problem

Sometimes you may emerge from the Thanksgiving holiday feeling a bit disjointed. We spend Thursday relaxing and focusing on our gratitude for all that we have. Family and friends come from near and far to eat, drink, and be merry. Then all of the sudden the very next day we are told to get out there and buy all this new stuff that we don't have already. The crowds can be stressful and so can the feelings of being under some kind of a deadline. We all need to save a few bucks where we can, even if it isn't the most relaxing way to spend Thanksgiving weekend.

 

The Antedote

There is nothing like spending a few hours out on the water to wipe away any worries you may have. The waves and sea breeze are a natural destressor for most people. All you have to do is hop on board our ocean raft and let us wisk you away from it all. We take small groups that ensure a more intimate whale watching experience. Our speedy rafts also allow us to escape the crowds of slower and larger vessels that tend to all circle sround the first whales they see. Just sit back and relax. We will scan the horizon for the majestic humpbacks. When we see the whales we will head in their direction and shut down our engines when we are within 100 yards or so. The silence is nice for us and the whales. It is not uncommon for a whale to swim right up and check us out, even swim below the raft and surface with a powerful breath on the other side of the raft. To top  it all off we will drop our hydrophone in the water and broadcast the whale songs from the depths below for your listening pleasure.

The Solution

If you still have some shopping left in you and look forward to some real relaxation in the near future, now is the time to Book your whale watch. Our whale watching tours are available beginning this December 15th and continue throughout the year until May. Our big sale lasts for about another two weeks, not to much pressure. If you book you tours before Dec 15 you will lock in 2016 prices throughout the 2017 season. Even if you aren't sure of your dates, you can book now and change them later on. Even if your Maui vacation is closer to Easter than Christmas, you can relax in knowing that you have one more think marked off the list.

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Maui Snorkeling and Whale Watching, our small group tours can't be beat.

Maui Snorkeling

We offer Maui snorkeling tours throughout the year and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. The volcanic formations below allow for a kind of visual drama found nowhere else on earth.

Lana'i Snorkeling Gems

One of our favorite  spots is just along the coast of the neighbor island of Lana'i. As we approach this spot it appears to be an impossible snorkeling spot because we are in nearly 60 feet of water. There is a secret pinnacle here that reaches from the sea floor to just mere feet below the surface. You can snorkel right over the top or venture down along the sides. As you venture down the sides of the pinnacle you will see how the reef inhabitants change with the decrease in sunlight. As if this weren't amazing enough, listen close and you will probably hear the clicks and whistles of the dolphins that greet us upon our arrival to magical Lanai. Maui snorkeling is also a way to see the Hawaiian green sea turtles from a different perspective. While it is never alright to touch a sea turtle, you can get pretty close. Join us, snorkeling is a magical way to spend the day.

Maui Whale Watching

For those folks visiting between December and May there is an added bonus. We offer excusive whale watching tours during these Winter months, if you book before the new Year you will lock in out already low 2016 prices. Something most folks don't realize is that our snorkeling tours all become part whale watch this time of yea Come join us aboard our 30ft. hard-bottom inflatable raft. Enjoy comfortable seating for up to 16 passengers and spectacular views of Maui's gentle giants from the best seats in town. Choose from a Per Person outing or a 2 Hour Private Whale Watch. The Best Seats In Town! Avoid the crowds on a Maui rafting trip aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting's 30ft. hard-bottom inflatable raft. Enjoy comfortable seating for up to 16 passengers. Unlike larger vessels our raft allows you to get that up close and eye level photo you wish for.

The countdown is on for Maui whale weatching season

There are a few things to keep in mind while planning your vacation during Maui's Winter months. The countdown is on for the Maui whale watching season!

Maui's whale watching season is officially between December and May

The whales have been known to show up as early as the end of October. What a treat for those lucky witnesses. While there are often a few whales around throughout November, we begin our tours on December 15th. We choose this start time because we feel confident that we can garrantee a spectacular whale watching experience.

There is a lot of variety out there when it comes to whale watching excursions

Wow, it can be pretty overwhelming to choose the best tour for you and your family. Once you decide what type of excursion you want Tripadvisor is a really great place to start. We strongly suggest that you cross the large group tours off you list right away. The intimacy and magic that is often had while experiencing these gentle giants is diminished by watching from within a large group of people. Some of the large group/vessel tours have gift shops and restaraunts on board. We like to keep it simple, just you and the whales. Our small vessels take small groups far from the beaten path. Our vessels are fast which means that we can avoid the crowds of slower moving vessels.

Depending on your exact dates, tours can sell out pretty fast

It just so happens that the Holiday season falls right smack in the middle of whale season. You will find that airline tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars creep up in price as you approach school breaks and popular vacation dates. We will never jack up our rates, but we can't prevent our tours from selling out. If you are travelling during these historically busy months we highly reccomend that you purchase your whale watching trip in advance. As always we offer a 24 hour cancellation policy. Many folks go on one whale watch and decide that they want to go out again. If you think this may be you, book a couple tours.

Sometimes the lowest price does not equal the best value

There are a few companies out there that offer some pretty low prices. Before you get sucked in by the sticker price, there are a few things to keep in mind. Many of these operations have vessels that carry 60 to 80 people. When you cram them on like cattle, you can still make a buck and charge 19.99. Many tours that have super low prices are often associated with time share sales agents, watch out for this too. If you are looking for a time share, Great, if not, big waste of valuable time. We are a small local family business and we pride ourselves on offering a good value. Our tours average 16 people per tour and are often smaller. You will also save an automatic %15 when you book directly online.

Come join us aboard our 30ft. hard-bottom inflatable raft. Enjoy comfortable seating for up to 16 passengers and spectacular views of Maui's gentle giants from the best seats in town. Choose from a Per Person outing or a 2 Hour Private Whale Watch. The Best Seats In Town! Avoid the crowds on a Maui rafting trip aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting's 30ft. hard-bottom inflatable raft. Enjoy comfortable seating for up to 16 passengers. Unlike larger vessels our raft allows you to get that up close and eye level photo you wish for.

When is the best time for maui whale watching

When is the best time for Maui Whale watching?

It depends on exactly what you are looking for.

Maui really does have something to offer throughout the year. For those that are all about snorkeling you are pretty good throughout the year. If it is possible for you to schedule your trip during off peak times you may want to think about it. Pretty much everything will be a bit less crowded and you will probably save on flights and hotel stays. For those that want to make sure to see some humpback whales, the times are a bit more limited. The humpback whale season here on Maui oficially begins in December and finishes up in May. That said, the whale sightings can be sparse closer to the beginning and end of each season. We often wait until the middle to end of December to begin our whale watching tours. This ensures a full whale watching experience.

Do you have children?

There are always a few extra considerations for those travelling with a family. You will quickly find that a lot of the school holidays around the country happen within days and weeks of each other. This means that there are quite  few people trying to travel at the same times, resulting in high seasons. The closer to the beginning or end of these holiday seasons that you can book your travel the better. Travelling on an actual holiday is also recomended to avoid crowds and save a buck. When traveling during high seasons it is imperative that you book your tours in advance. Whale watching season can sell out fast during peak season which coinsides with the Thanksgiving through New Years holidays. Another option is taking the kids out of school for a week. Many teachers will help to put together some homework and asign a report about the vacation. Sometimes an experience can teach more than they can ever find in a book.

How is your Budget?

Most of us are on sime kind of a budget, and who doesn't like to save a buck or two? First either prepare to book a hotel far in advance or be flexible enough to book the night before on a site like Priceline. Hotel prices vary greatly here on Maui, if you can travel outside of the high seasons you will save big. Flights also vary greatly, try using an app like Hopper to see if you are getting a good deal or if you should wait for the price to drop. Finally you can save an automatic %15 on all of our tours when you book directly online.