Honestly - most visitors to Kauai, Hawaii during winter completely under-anticipate any up-close Hawaiian Humpback Whale encounter. Most are here envisioning sitting under a pristine coconut-tree- lined beach, possibly drinking a mai tai with an umbrella in it, or for honeymooners, maybe a hiking trek interlude to a secluded romantic waterfall. And that is all great, but were they to experience an encounter with a great Hawaiian Humpback Whale, they would be hooked, or call it to be whale addicted. There is no cure for this addiction. We see the same visitors year after year coming back for just these whales. One couple did five days straight of whale watching on my raft. I told them they would have to sign up for whale cancellation class before they can come back next year. They laughed, but were not deterred. Whale season really starts about December-May. Most visiting whales stay an average of 2-3 months, and moms and new calves longer. A great whale show may be the best day of your vacation and possibly one of the best days of your life. It is hard to put into words the experience or feeling seeing a 50 ton creature that is 50 feet long floating right next to a puny 30 foot Zodiac raft, but I will give it my best shot here. First thing that comes to mind is they are similar in size to dinosaurs, so the size of these mostly gentle creatures is intimidating and kind of staggering to the mind. A modern whale watch raft trip to see them is about as close as you will get to a real Jurassic Park experience. The great news is that Humpbacks do not eat people, rather they eat the abundant krill and herring up in the northern Pacific Ocean
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