Though I have been to Hawaii several times, this was my first trip to Maui. I was struck by the beauty of the island. From the spectacular lush green mountains to the royal blue waters surrounding it, Maui is quite a welcome sight for the weary traveler. But, it is not just the physical beauty of the island that is the draw. Every year, from December until April, Maui’s favorite wintertime visitors are in residence. The Humpback Whales, thousands of them, migrate from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to the warm and sheltered waters of the Hawaiian Islands. I was skeptical as I scanned the calm water but after a just a few minutes of diligent observation, I was rewarded with the splash of a Whale's tail in the distance. How cool is that!?
On the rest of the drive I had four more whale sightings and I was hooked. I always thought you had to go out really far on boats to see any whales but here on Maui, all you have to do is look out at the water from the beach, your hotel room, your car, wherever. They are literally everywhere.