My wife and I stayed at stayed at Whalers Cove Condominiums in Po'ipu on the southern side of Kauai, during a recent visit to the island. Beautifully manicured.
Whale-watching in Kauai
In Kauai, the whaling ships used to put in at a little deep-water indentation on the southern coast that's still called Whalers Cove today. Adjacent to the tourist mecca of Poipu with its splendid luxury hotels, Whalers Cove still seems a world apart
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We saw our first whales from the plane. The island hopper had just taken off from Maui, bound for Kauai, and right below our window was the characteristic splashing of whales sporting on the surface — unmistakably distinct, from that vantage, amid the surrounding whitecaps. After all, whales are so plentiful here that sightings are practically a routine occurrence during a trip to Kauai. Humpback whales spend their entire lives engaged in three activities: feeding, breeding and migrating. Growing to about 40 tons, they travel about 16,000 miles a year at a leisurely 5 miles per hour. In the winter, they’re hanging out in the Hawaiian islands breeding and giving birth. So unless you’re already going in the next few weeks, now is a good time to plan for next season. The whale-watching industry here is huge. You can see the giant endangered cetaceans from sailboats, zodiacs, kayaks, even stand-up paddle boards and helicopters, many equipped with local guides who know the good places to look and will chase the whales down for you, like the Nantucket... In Kauai, the whaling ships used to put in at a little deep-water indentation on the southern coast that’s still called Whalers Cove today. Adjacent to the tourist mecca of Poipu with its splendid luxury hotels, Whalers Cove still seems a world apart. Single-family homes of every variety, ranging from opulent estates to plantation shacks, share the neighborhood with the Whalers Cove Resort, where 39 spacious, well-appointed condos all face the ocean. Just up the road is the quaint town of Koloa, Hawaii’s first sugar plantation town, now a picturesque strip of weathered red wooden buildings housing restaurants with charming patios, souvenir shops and a general store. We spotted our second group of whales from our lanai at the resort. They’re easy to spot if you do what the whalers did in the 19th century: look for the trail of water vapor curving away from their breathing spouts. The whalers would grab their harpoons and launch their chase boats, but today, the sighting is a cue to grab the binoculars provided by the resort and focus on where you saw the whale “blow. ” If you’re lucky, you might see a whale or two playing on the water’s surface. In 2011, a humpback mother swam into the cove, just yards from shore, and gave birth to a calf. “At first I thought she was sick and couldn’t get back to the open ocean,” Marianne Martin, the resort manager, told us. “But then I saw that second spout and I knew right away what was happening. ” (Marianne captured the excitement on videotape, which you can view on the resort’s website, www. com/kauai-videotour /video-tour. Rather than staying in one place hoping the whales will come to you, you can improve your chances of spotting them if you get out and take a walk. Whales are often sighted from the profusion of beaches in the Poipu area, and you can get an even better view from the easy hiking trails along the cliffs that rise up behind the beaches. A four-mile stroll north from the end of the golf course adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Resort will take you to a high bluff above Shipwreck Beach, where you might see a surfer fling his board off the cliff, then follow it into the water far below. The walk continues along several spectacular and increasingly deserted beaches to the cliffs at Maha’ulepu, where the humpbacks were congregating in large numbers when we were there. Another option on the opposite side of the island is to rent a bike in the bustling town of Kapa’a near where the Wailua River flows into the ocean from Kauai’s lush interior. Cyclists can follow an oceanside path for about 8 miles, stopping to watch every time they see the humpback’s telltale water spout. Just a few miles up the Kuhio Highway from Kapa’a is the Kilauea Lighthouse. It’s one place where you can almost always see whales in season, along with schools of playful, acrobatic spinner dolphins and a rich variety of native seabirds ranging from the Hawaiian state bird — the nene — a species of goose found only in...
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