Posted on: May 10, 2012

Annual "Aloha to the Whales" Cruise on Tuesday, May 15

To mark the end of whalewatch season on Maui and the conclusion of the 2011-2012 Maui Whale Festival, Pacific Whale Foundation will be holding its annual "Aloha to the Whales" cruise on Tuesday, May 15. The cruise will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 pm from Lahaina Harbor. 

This special whalewatch will include a brief ceremony plus narration about the whales and highlights of the season by an onboard naturalist. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you will get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch that can be used anytime before May 15, 2013. All guests will receive a free whale poster and free color whalewatch guide. 
“We have been seeing whales during these past few weeks, and we expect to see them again on May 15,” says Greg Kaufman, President and Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation. “All in all, it's been a wonderful whalewatch season, with many great whale sightings and a very full and busy calendar for the Maui Whale Festival." 
“This special cruise and ceremony at sea is always very moving,” notes Kaufman. “We miss the whales when they leave, but we also recognize that their migration, one of the longest in the animal kingdom, is something of a miracle.”
“Summer is the time for the whales to focus on feeding and regaining the weight they lost during the winter breeding season in Hawaii,” says Kaufman. “We wish for them a productive and healthy summer, so that they may return strong and well-nourished next winter.”
Adult tickets for the Welcome Home the Whales cruise are $24.95. Children ages 7-12 are $17. Children ages 6 and under are free, one free child per paying adult. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
To learn more or to arrange for reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Photo: May 2012 whalewatch
Photo credit: Herb Hartmann