What to Expect
Honoapiilani Highway, West Maui
McGregor Point Lookout near Ma'alaea is a great vantage point for seeing humpback whales from land. The lighthouse on McGregor Point is actually a light beacon warning ships of the rocky coastline and reefs in the area. From this vantage point you have a sweeping view of the ocean.
Scan the horizon and watch for a spray of water that rises 10-20 feet above the ocean. The spray is water vapor exhaled from the blowhole of a whale. Humpback whales arrive in Hawaii over a six-month period. The best viewing months are from mid-December through mid-April. Female whales conceive and birth their young in the warm waters here. The baby calf is about 12 feet long and weighs two tons!
McGregor Point is located off Honoapiilani Highway (Highway 30), just west of Ma'alaea on the way to Lahaina between Mile Markers #7 and 8. McGregor Point Lookout is located just past Mile Marker #8.
Many whale watching tours are available on Maui from December 15 - April 15
Early morning and evening are the best times for viewing whales from this lookout
Unimproved road access leads out to the point