Waikiki Whale Watch

‘Tis the season to sail with whales off the waters of Waikiki on your own private whale watch. A whale sail in winter months can be truly astonishing. Humpbacks are Hawaii’s most famous tourists, making their annual 3,500 mile trip from Alaska to the islands each December through April.  We’ll set sail and hope to find these gentle leviathans.

FACTS ABOUT HUMPBACK WHALES.

• The humpback whale is one of Hawaii’s most iconic creatures (it was once the state mammal) and can be found in the waters of all the main islands during winter season.  They come to Hawaiian to give birth.  That calf stays with mum for the next 12 months.

• The humpback whale is the fifth largest of the great whales.

• When preparing for a deep dive, humpbacks arch their back and raise their tail flukes above the water. The whale’s arched back appears above the water as it dives. It is this arching that has earned the humpback whale its common name.

• A humpback’s pectoral (side) fins can be up to 15 feet long, and are one third its body length.

• Adult female humpbacks can be up to 45 feet long. Males are generally 42 feet long.

• A mature humpback can weigh up to 45 tons (90,000 lbs).

• Baby humpbacks (calves) are generally 10 to 15 feet long and average 2,000 pounds at birth. They gain 100 pounds a day on their mothers rich milk.

• Humpbacks swim tremendous distances during their migrations: up to 7,000 miles round-trip between their summer feeding areas of the North Pacific and their winter breeding grounds in Hawaii.

• Humpback whales can live up to 95 years, eat anywhere from 2,000 to 9,000 pounds of fish and krill each day.  Have you ever seen the bumper sticker:  “SAVE THE KRILL”  :-).  

• While in Hawaiian waters humpbacks do not eat!  Can you imagine spending that much time and energy without so much as a snack?

• Most humpbacks remain in Hawaii for 6-8 weeks, with some extending their “vacation” to late May or early June.

• It’s not uncommon for curious humpback whales to come up alongside the boat, or even swim beneath it. Captains nicknamed these events “whale muggings” because legally they cannot move the boat until the whale has departed!

• Male Humpbacks have been witnessed using glancing rostrum blows, lateral fluke swipes, bubble streaming, head lunging, and various vocalizations during mating challenges. These competitions can range in size from three whales to two dozen and are an amazing sight to witness.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary supports management, research, education and long-term monitoring for the endangered humpback whale.  Check out their website for more facts and  ways you can contribute to whale welfare.

Give Sail Blue Hawaii a call today and sign up for your own private Waikiki whale watch

Flukes Away!!

Hawaii sailing lesson

Help set the sails, and take the helm if you like, as you learn the “ropes” of sailing. In your Hawaii sailing lesson, the first thing you learn: they are not ropes.  They are “lines.” Captain Gaelyn will assist you to build your skills and confidence. Your Hawaii sailing lesson is for all levels of sailing experience.

“DON’T DREAM YOUR LIFE, LIVE YOUR DREAM”

Sailing is clouded in romance. Many people dream of a life of sailing and the adventure of perhaps one day sailing to distant shores. The reality is often different than the dream and this is important to understand.

So, before you go buy that boat, come sailing with me and begin or continue learning the skills that will gain you confidence and give you a whole bunch of joy as you succeed. Your time “out there” will also give you a taste of what true blue-water sailing is all about.

You don’t have to have the dream of distant shores to sign up for a lesson…you can begin by taking up sailing as a day-hobby.

Do you have someone in your life who has always had an itch to try sailing but has never had the opportunity? Buy him/her a gift certificate for a private sailing lesson. It will be the best present they have ever had! It is a WOW!!

Whatever your goal is, the lesson will fit.

Even if you are the only one who wants to learn and you don’t wish to come alone, your friends/ family are welcome on board and can enjoy the sail while you learn.

So, whether your dream is to sail the Waikiki coast or beyond that horizon (a multi-day charter is perfect for introducing you to all aspects of sailing and living aboard), your personalized Hawaii sailing lesson is waiting for you!

Having fun!! Perhaps it doesn’t look like 25 knots but those on board know very well that it is.

Private Boat Tour in Waikiki

Private boat tours in Waikiki are available with Sail Blue Hawaii. Weekends and holidays fill quickly so plan ahead and book today. Most importantly, your experienced captain will ensure your safety and enjoyment. Overall, the cost of a private boat tour in Waikiki is affordable and highly desired. In addition, your private yacht is spacious featuring covered and open air seating as well as an onboard restroom.

Waikiki Sailing Charters Private Boat Tour

Kaikiwi is a 42 ft Beneteau

Private Waikiki boat tours with Sail Blue Hawaii are for both tourists and locals looking to rent a private boat. Sunset cruises, tradewind sailing, coastline sightseeing and Friday night fireworks are among the most popular tours in Waikiki. Birthday and life memorials are also very popular. We accommodate a wide range of special events aboard.

So, give Sail Blue Hawaii a call for your own private boat tour in Waikiki.