November 23, 2010 | By Collette Peck
As you drift off the coast of Oahu in your tour boat you see it: a 45-ton whale breaches the sea. It’s a perfect moment that will leave you breathless. Every year, from late November to early May, humpback whales migrate back to the warm waters of Hawaii. Still an endangered species, whale numbers have miraculously been on the rise. And although you can whale watch throughout Hawaii, the channel between Maui, Lanai and Molokai may be one of the best places in the world to spot whales. The historic whaling town of Lahaina is the ideal place to cast off during the peak viewing months between January and early April.