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Whale Watching Boat Tours

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Whale Watching Boat Tours

Has the water been rough/choppy? Many whale sightings?

I get very seasick! Thanks!

Kapaa, Hawaii
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1. Re: Whale Watching Boat Tours

As a lot of people now put it, It's whale soup out there!! February and March are the prime whale watching months. No problem finding whales anywhere around Maui. As far as conditions go, they change daily, no way of telling more than a day or 2 out how conditions will be when you go. If you do get sea sick, I can almost guarantee that will happen when you go on a whale watching tour. Just depends on whether you can handle that or not. Medications do help some people.

Angleton, Texas
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It's almost a day to day thing the last couple of weeks. We've seen quite a few whales on our outings, but I haven't been able to get any breaching pictures. On one trip on a PWF boat, there were about 5 people sitting below not having a good time. Couple of them were almost green. But the sea didn't affect my wife and me.

Walla Walla, WA
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Going out on Monday with Trilogy, my husband gets seasick, so I had his doctor get the motion sickens patch. Also have the psi bands. Going to the DR for our son tomorrow to see what he recommends for our son, who has been car sick once. Go see your DR and see what they recommend. I will post a Trip Report after we return sometime around March 5 and let you know how the patch worked.

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4. Re: Whale Watching Boat Tours

Saw lots of whales this morning from PWF raft trip. The water was pretty calm this morning. Will try and post some pics when I get home next week.

Maui, Hawaii
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5. Re: Whale Watching Boat Tours

Generally the calmest spot to depart from is lahaina Harbor. Less wind and less waves.

Some people are better on small inflatables and others are better on large duo hulled catamarans.

Going below deck generally makes you sicker. We used to tell the seasick people to look up at the clouds. They do not rock around. That generally helped.

Ponce Inlet, Florida
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I have tried about everything on the market for sea sickness. So far I have done best with Bonine. No drowsiness! The patch behind the ear definately works - but I had the worst cottonmouth all day - and the day following. Do not drink any alcohol when wearing them - it will only make it 10x worse. Definately do not go in the cabin - and at all cost stay away from the bow (front) of the boat. Hope there are calm seas for you!

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My fears of seasickness nearly kept us from going last month. What a mistake that would have been. We booked the 11:30 am cruise with PWF, and we ate nothing beforehand. NOTHING. Just water. Yes, I felt a little bit queasy but it was soon forgotten when the whales showed up. Enjoy!

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8. Re: Whale Watching Boat Tours

We opt for the earliest morning sail - as the waters may be calmer. DH swears by Ginger Ale.

Newberg, Oregon
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9. Re: Whale Watching Boat Tours

Ginger ale and patches work fine for me. On a whale tour last year we spotted about a dozen males vying for the attention of a lone female. The group literally swarmed around and under our boat for more than a half hour. Spectacular experience!

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10. Re: Whale Watching Boat Tours

It was very calm out of Lahaina this morning. We were in an inflatable (Ultimate Whale Watch). It didn't seem to have the rolling motion that would make someone seasick.