The Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail Might Just Be The Best Place To See Humpback Whales In Hawaii
By Megan Shute|Published January 15, 2021
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
Each year, from December through April, majestic humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii to mate, give birth, and care for their newborn calves. In fact, the Hawaiian Islands are considered to be one of the best destinations in the world for spotting these giant creatures, and each winter, you’ll find an onslaught of advertisements for whale watching cruises departing from harbors across the state. Not everyone realizes, however, that you don’t need to pay for an expensive boat tour to see whales. All you need to do is lace up your hiking boots and head to Oahu’s popular Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail!
Have you seen whales on the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail before? The gates to the trailhead open daily at 7 a.m. and close at 6:45 p.m. For the most rewarding experience, visit in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. Bring plenty of water, and wear sunscreen. Oh, and don’t forget your camera!
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