The map below tracks all dolphin and whale sightings in Maui logged by our official Whale & Dolphin Tracker app within the last 7 days. You can use the species and date filters to see changes throughout the year.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Whale & Dolphin Tracker app collects scientific data about marine wildlife in the four-island region of Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi.
Marine wildlife sightings have been recorded by our certified Marine Naturalists onboard PacWhale Eco-Adventures since 2001 and Whale & Dolphin Tracker is the latest iteration of this long-term monitoring program. We can now log GPS location, group dynamics, observed behaviours, and other data in real time which is uploaded instantly to our research database.
Members of the public can use Whale & Dolphin Tracker to participate in our research as citizen scientists by submitting marine wildlife sightings from any location around the world. Whale & Dolphin Tracker allows you to log sightings in real time, create a full GPS track, and upload photos from your mobile device. Your contributions will add to a global database that will help researchers track and monitor cetaceans, determine patterns of species distribution, and study marine animal interactions with their environment.
Whale sightings in Maui typically occur between November and May. The best months to see whales is usually between mid-January and March as this is considered peak whale watching season.
On occasion, we will have our first whale sighting as early as October or late September. That’s why we always tell guests to expect the unexpected and monitor our live whale tracker closely.
As our whale tracker illustrates, the ‘Au‘au Channel between Maui, Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi is one of the best spots on Island to see whales.
That said, whales can often be seen from all of the Hawaiian Islands, including places such as Lahaina, Maʻalaea and Honolua Bay.
Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.
The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.
How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?
-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th.
- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.
How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?
-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.
-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.
- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.