Whale Watching and Lavender

There are many relaxing and adventurous activities and places to do and see in Maui. Tuesday afternoon I knew I would need a relaxing activity after the getting up at the crack of dawn to see the sunrise over Haleakala Volcano Crater in Haleakala National Park. It is whale watching season in Maui, as the humpback whales migrate here in the winter from Alaska to mate and to give birth.

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I just happen to be in Maui during one of the most whale-sighting times. Is it strange that in all my travels, I’ve really never seen a whale in the wild? Today was the day! My group hopped on a catamaran- it was a wet dock (we got soaked getting on). And of course the sun went behind the clouds the minute we boarded.

For about 10 minutes we saw nothing and then the blowhole spouts started appearing on the ocean surface.


At one point we saw 4 bottle-nosed dolphins playing with 2 humpback whales. It was awesome.

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The bad part is it is very hard to photograph these guys. I have many random photos of nothing.

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Whale watching was awesome and I’m so glad I did it. If you find yourself in Maui between December and March, sign up for a whale watching boat excursion!

Another relaxing activity on Maui is visiting a lavender farm. Yes, I know, how dull does that sound. But it was on the hill with lovely views (had I gotten there before the clouds rolled in, they would have been even better).

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At Ali’I Kula Lavender farm I had myself a lavender tea and a lavender scone drenched with lavender honey and lavender lilikoi jelly. Best snack ever!

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I wandered around the farm, smelling the lovely lavender smells. I arrived about 45 minutes before closing, which was fine. You don’t need a ton of time here unless you are a horticulture buff or a slow walker.

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Both whale watching and visiting the lavender farm are worth excursions on Maui- the lavender farm is especially a good choice if your sunburned skin needs a break from the sun!

Reader Question: Do you like the smell or taste of lavender? Have you seen whales in the wild?

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