Outrigger has front-row seats for whale sightings

It’s not too late for a front row seat to one of the biggest shows in Hawaii. Whale watching season runs through May, so there’s still time to catch the breaching and pec-slapping of these behemoth visitors to Hawaii, and guests staying at the beachfront Outrigger Royal Kahana or Outrigger Napili Shores on Napili Bay can witness these magnificent sights, just offshore. Each year, as many as 10,000 humpback whales are said to make their annual 3,000-mile-long journey from the North Pacific to warm Hawaiian seas to give birth and mate. While visiting the islands, these majestic creatures, some weighing up to 45 tons, are often seen in spectacular acrobatic displays. These playful behemoths favour the calm waters along the West Maui coast, which provide spectators lots of opportunities to spot whales slapping and rolling close to shore. “If you’re considering a trip to Hawaii, or have always wanted to see endangered humpback whales in their natural habitat, now is the time to book a stay at Outrigger Royal Kahana or Outrigger Napili Shores,”says Teri Orton, vice-president, condominium resort marketing for Outrigger’s Condominium Collection. “For families, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, our oceanfront Maui condos provide unbeatable settings to view whales breaching, diving, and occasionally cavorting with their young calves. It’s simply amazing.”At Outrigger Royal Kahana, guests can get a front-row seat on the beach or a spectacular high-rise view from an oceanfront or ocean view unit. At Outrigger Napili Shores, guests can see whales from the resort’s lookout at the ocean’s edge. It’s a tradition to ring the “whale bell”when sighting a “spouter!”Outrigger Royal Kahana is a high-rise West Maui condo right on the beach, featuring vacation apartments with outdoor balconies that allow guests to savour views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai. Nearly every unit offers an ocean view, and come furnished with a full kitchen and washer/dryer. The hotel is only a few minutes drive to shopping and nightlife in Lahaina and Kaanapali, and the acclaimed golf courses at Kapalua Resort. Outrigger Napili Shores is located on Napili Bay, where the West Maui coast is in full view. Guests who prefer a more intimate, low-rise atmosphere will find this Maui condo’s central lawn, two swimming pools, and shoreline walking path to the beach, all perfect amenities for a relaxing getaway. Recently remodelled studios and suites offer full kitchens and free Internet access. (www.outrigger.com)