SOURCE: Hawaiian Beach Rentals

January 20, 2008 23:16 ET

Hawaiian Beach Rentals Acquires New Maui Vacation Rental Properties for Whale Watchers Seeking the Gentle Giant

MAUI, HI--(Marketwire - January 20, 2008) - Because a rarely seen whale shark visited Maui's south coast last week, whale watchers from around the globe are planning Hawaii vacations. Hawaiian Beach Rentals, leaders in the Hawaii vacation rental industry, have sourced additional waterfront Maui vacation rentals to accommodate the nature enthusiasts scheduling Hawaiian vacations to try to spot the gentle giant.

Every winter, humpback whales swim for 3,000 miles from Alaska to bask in Maui's warm, summery shallows. Between December and January, around 1,500 to 3,000 humpback whales appear in Hawaiian waters annually. Thousands of whale watchers rent Maui condos every year to try to spot these huge, majestic creatures, which are officially an endangered species.

However, a whale shark is an unusual spotting and its appearance took some Kihei residents by surprise. One visitor was out on his 26-foot fishing boat with friends and stated, "It was a little bigger than my boat. We were coming from Molokini and saw several other boats stopped and went to take a look, and there it was just circling around. Many of us got in the water... he was beautiful, just gracefully swimming around us, a gentle giant." Whale sharks, despite the fact they are the largest living fish species, are non-aggressive and feed on small schools of fish and plankton in the open ocean.

Whale watchers from around the globe are looking for waterfront Maui vacation homes to try to spot whales right from the shore. Whenever the sea looks calm and glassy, observers may be able to see a whale from any waterfront location. Hawaiian Beach Rentals is ready to accommodate the increasing number of international whale watchers with a selection of new Maui beach rental options. Jeff Berzolla of Hawaiian Beach Rentals says, "We are known for outstanding customer service and superior local knowledge. We have traditionally specialized in providing our customers with alternative trips to Hawaii, allowing them to stay in unique places and helping them coordinate the details of their dream vacation. Also, most of our staff are local to Hawaii. Time off is often spent visiting homes we rent to our customers to better understand the Islands and the beautiful paradise we share with the world so we can show our customers what Aloha is all about."

For more details about magnificent Maui rentals, visit www.hawaiianbeachrentals.com.

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