Water activity

Kailua-Kona: Whale Watching Cruise

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Kailua-Kona: Whale Watching Cruise

From $94.10 per person

Whale season starts in December and lasts until mid-April. Whales arrive yearly in the Hawaiian Islands after a 3,000 mile journey. If you are visiting Hawaii during this time, don't miss out and reserve your seat to see these magnificent creatures.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Hear the humpback whales singing using a hydrophone
  • See mothers and calves swimming together
  • Admire these magnificent creatures up-close
Full description
Hawaii is the only state in the United States where humpback whales mate, calve and nurse their young. Humpbacks may find Hawaii suitable because of the warm waters, the underwater visibility, the variety of ocean depths and the lack of natural predators. Mothers can be seen breaching alongside their calves and males can be seen competing with one another for females in fierce head-to-head battles. Join a 2.5-hour cruise as you follow these magnificent sea creatures and listen to their singing using the underwater hydrophones. Snacks and beverages will be available during your cruise providing a unique and memorable experience for the whole family.
Includes
  • 2.5-hour cruise
  • Snacks (chips, granola bars, rice krispies and fruit snacks)
  • Beverages (water, juice and ginger ale)
  • Hydrophone speaker
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with heart problems
    • People with back problems
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Honokohau Harbor, located 4.5 miles south of the Kona Airport and 3.5 miles north of Kailua-Kona. After turning into the Honokohau Harbor, make your first right. Follow the road which veers to the left until it ends at a large parking lot. When you get to the large parking lot, drive to your left towards the boat ramps. Check-in next to the public restrooms at the Red Ford f 450.

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    Know before you go

    • Please bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long-sleeve jacket or sweatshirt and motion sickness medicine (most effective taken the night before and the day of the tour at least 1-hour before the scheduled tour)
    • Tours cancelled within 48-hours of departure are non-refundable
    • If whales are not spotted on your tour, you will receive another cruise for free (no refunds)
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 11 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.9/5

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    Very nice, relaxed and funny crew. Although we did only see water blowing and one tail of a whale, the team really did their best to find more and we stayed on the ocean for longer than the booked time. After all, they are free animals and if they don't want to be found, there's nothing one can do :-) In the end we were rewarded at least with lots of dolphins the team knew where to find :-) Drinks and snacks were included, boat has a toilet.

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    January 6, 2020

    Great time from start to finish! Handsome captain, smart and informative assistants. They did everything to make sure we all had a wonderful time! 1,000,000 mahalos!

    February 17, 2021

    Awesome tour - we saw so many whales! They were breaching, slapping their tails, waving their pectoral fins and more! Incredible!

    February 17, 2021

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