The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is getting ready for whale season with the resort spa's signature Wai-Vari water treatment therapy, where specialized massage therapists treat guests in the warm water in front of the resort. In whale season, it is possibly to hear the whales singing underwater while experiencing the treatment, the resort says.
Humpback whales, now off the coast of Southern California, are beginning their annual migration to Hawaii. While the official season runs from December through April, it is not uncommon to have the first sightings in October and November, the resort says. Thousands of whales make the migratory trip to Maui's tropical shores each winter.
"Every year we get to welcome these much beloved whales to our shores," says Four Seasons Resort Maui's General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel. "Our guests look forward to experiencing the show mother nature's creatures put on for them. Our guests tell us that the memory of the experience is something they cherish for a lifetime, and something they love to share with family and friends."
Four Seasons Resort Maui can customize a whale watching program to help guests enjoy watching these gentle giants of the sea. Possible itineraries include:
Kayak Tour: Join the Resort's onsite water experts, Maui Undersea Adventures, who educate tour guests on the ocean's ecosystem, taking in the spectacular vistas of the Wailea coastline while on the hunt for close encounters with the migratory whales.
Outrigger Experience: Learn the history and the how-to of this Hawaiian paddling sport. This experience is complimentary. While keeping eyes and camera ready for whale sightings, be sure to look over the side of the boat to see the abundance of sea life—reef fish, sea turtles, manta rays and many other species.
Catamaran Sail: Step aboard the Alii Nui catamaran for a two-hour whale watching trip in Maui. This first-class excursion will include round trip transportation to the harbor, full bar and beverage service, an array of pupus, and the whale watching is guaranteed or guests will be treated to another trip.
Helicopter Tour: From the sky, explore two islands and the whales in between on Sunshine Helicopter's Molokai tour. See the highlights of West Maui, then cross the Pailolo Channel to discover Hawaii's tallest waterfalls and the magnificent sea cliffs on Molokai's remote North Shore.
Resort Sightings: Nuzzle up with your loved one in a Naupaka Casabella or lean against the edge of the Serenity Pool, watching the whales put on Maui’s greatest show right in front of the Resort. It is another memorable and complimentary feature of a Four Seasons Resort Maui vacation.
In addition, the Resort has collaborated with the Cesere Brothers, a photography duo who are "artists in residence" and among the few with the authority to swim with and capture the whales' marine moments through their underwater lens. The brothers volunteer their time in the winters to the Keiki Kohola Project and each week they showcase their images at the Resort.