Very few moments will impact your life, touch your emotions and adjust your perspective like a whale encounter. From aboard our 14-foot kayak, the sight of an approaching 50-foot humpback whale will surely make you gasp in a moment of exhilaration. It is difficult to concentrate on making photos during such moments. This is when my guidance will be valuable to you.
As many as 10,000 Humpback Whales visit the nearshore Hawaiian waters each year. The peak months for viewing are January through March. Join me in my tandem kayak.
This is a dynamic photography lesson that goes with the flow. I take only one person with me, this is a private photo adventure, and you will receive my one-on-one experience and hands-on tutorials and commentary. Together, as photographers, we will position ourselves in our kayaks within legal range to photograph some of the unique above-water tendencies of these massive Maui visitors. My Hobie Mirage kayaks are powered by foot-pedals and so we are free to hold our regular camera gear. We shoot as usual while cruising through calm waters where the humpback whales tend to congregate. Sometimes I refer to this side of Maui as “whale soup” because there are so many whales surrounding us.
Note that federal law prohibits approaching whales (by any means) within 100 yards when on or in the water. We do not chase, closely approach, surround, swim with, or attempt to touch humpback whales.
○ Time and Dates: January, February, March – 7am-10am plus extra hours if desired.
○ Location: Mauiʻs south shore, depending on weather conditions
○ Cost: $425. for three+ hours on water. $95 for additional hours on same day.