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Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watch Cruise

1. Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watch Cruise

Travel via high-speed catamaran from Lahaina Harbor to the Maui Channel to see the humpback whales, who return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Depending on the whales’ behavior during your 2-hour whale watching trip, you may see any number of whale things happen. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with their pectoral fins (their very long side fins), flukes (the tail), or peduncle (the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body). Keep your fingers crossed for a breach. This is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

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Lahaina, Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

2. Lahaina, Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Departing from Pier One in Lahaina Harbor, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a delicious Hawaiian meal, listen to island-style music and watch the sun go down while cruising the waves on a state-of-the-art catamaran. Once aboard, explore both decks and take your time to find just the right spot in sun or shade. After you’ve settled in, follow your nose to the delicious appetizers and pick up a tasty soda or tropical juice. Your dinner cruise includes two free drinks, once the catamaran has motored out of the harbor, you can order alcoholic beverages. For the main meal, depending on the option selected, enjoy a sumptuous selection of Hawaiian classics like mahi-mahi, a pan-seared white fish with fresh mango salsa, or prime rib dinner (prepared medium/medium-well done). Each is served with authentic side dishes traditional Hawaiian sweet rolls, and a chocolate brownie. Relax as the sun sets behind the distant Maui mountains, and keep an eye out for humpback whales while you enjoy your delicious dinner cruise.

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Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

3. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

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Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

4. Big Island: Captain Cook Historical Dinner Cruise

Step aboard and step back in time… Join for an enchanting Hawaiian history lesson from the experts on Kona’s one and only Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise. This 3-hour family adventure departing from the Kailua Pier is narrated by a local historian tour guide, who will reveal secrets, tell stories, and share legends related to the numerous landmarks along the 12 miles of magnificent Kona coastline. Unwind to Captain Cook’s Monument at Historical Kealakekua Bay (only accessible by boat or hiking) with a complimentary cocktail from a fully stocked, premium bar. Begin your delicious dinner starting with a Mauna Loa Big Island Macadamia Nuts (Vegan/GF) appetizer. Enjoy a salad starter of Kealaola Farm mixed salad greens, Waimea grape tomatoes, Japanese cucumber, and red onion (Vegan/GF), served with a papaya seed vinaigrette dressing (Vegan/GF). Choose your main course from a selection of Thai coconut curry with Hamakua sweet potatoes, Hawaiian breadfruit, carrots, and bell peppers (Vegan/GF), or steamed jasmine rice (Vegan/GF) with Kiawe mango barbecue pork short ribs served with a papaya salsa (GF) and island baked coconut dinner rolls served with butter (Vegetarian). Your dessert is a cheesecake with a local Lilikoi glaze (Vegetarian). Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and seasonal humpback whales throughout the evening. Enjoy live music from some of the Big Island's best entertainers performing slack key Hawaiian Style music. Catch the sunset on the water and make sure to look for the famous Green Flash, a fleeting glimmer of intense emerald light that appears on the horizon just after sunset. Other highlights include the Ahu’ena Heiau, the Holua Slide, and the famous Kuamo’o Battlefield, just to name a few.

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Kailua-Kona: Whale Watching Cruise

5. Kailua-Kona: Whale Watching Cruise

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.

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Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

6. Maui: Sunset Dinner Cruise from Ma'alaea Harbor

Depart from the Ma’alaea Harbor and set off into the waves on a deluxe, 3-story catamaran. After exiting the harbor, enjoy a complimentary drink before the dinner service kicks off. Explore the alcoves of the boat, gaze out over the ocean, and snap photos. While soaking up the tropical views, listen to island-style music. For dinner, chef Keoni will serve the succulent Hawaiian prime rib, Mahi Mahi, teriyaki chicken, ribs, steamed vegetables, white rice with soy sauce, and more. As you dine, take in views of Kaho’olawe and Lanai in the distance, as well as the top snorkeling location, Molokini Crater. Gaze out at the Kahalawai Mountains of Maui extending toward the sky. You are likely to see humpback whales visiting the islands from Alaska along with other marine mammals.

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Big Island: 3 Hour Waikoloa Snorkeling & Sailing Adventure

7. Big Island: 3 Hour Waikoloa Snorkeling & Sailing Adventure

The iconic Spirit of Aloha provides the ultimate in sailing comfort and snorkeling fun. Choose from morning or afternoon excursions, where you are likely to see dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life unique to the warm waters of Hawaii. Explore parts of the Big Island Kona coast on the Waikoloa and Kohala-Kona coastline aboard a 54-foot sailing catamaran. Dolphins, green sea turtles and seasonal whales are some of the creatures that can be seen. Board from Anaehoomalu Bay to snorkel, sail, enjoy and relax. The custom-designed sunset-orange and maile lei sail is a stunning contrast to the azure Pacific as it sails along the blue Pacific ocean. Itineraries include morning and afternoon snorkel sails, and sunset cruises. The beautiful 53-foot (16-m), custom-built catamaran offers a smooth, comfortable, and relaxing ride. There is onboard bar, plenty of shade, 2 restrooms, ample seating both indoors and outside, fresh-water shower rinse, and a sound system. Lifeguard-certified, in-water guides are there for your service and comfort. During whale season December through April, majestic humpbacks are likely to be spotted. Snacks and beverages served aboard.

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Big Island: Captain Cook Sightseeing & Snorkel Expedition

8. Big Island: Captain Cook Sightseeing & Snorkel Expedition

Discover the natural beauty and history of Kealakekua Bay on this eco-friendly snorkeling adventure. This stunning 315-acre marine sanctuary boasts protected waters, making it the best place in Hawaii for snorkelers of all levels of experience. Jump in the turquoise waters and marvel at the tropical fish, colorful coral, and marine life. Keep your eyes peeled—you might even catch a glimpse of playful Hawaiian spinner dolphins. After a full hour of snorkeling, let your friendly captain and crew transport you and your small group to the historic Captain Cook's Monument. Hear about the dramatic history of this location as you gaze toward the cove where the white stone monument stands.  On your way back, enjoy snacks and beverages while you ride up the coast learning about local legends and history.   Maneuver into the sea caves at the base of Hualalai, hugging the coast and detailing the culturally significant and geologically fascinating features along the way. Watch for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and even herds of thousands of goats. Afterwards, you’ll head back to the dock, having seen some of the most stunning natural beauty that Hawaii has to offer.

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Maui Maalaea Harbor 2-Hour Whale Watching Cruise

9. Maui Maalaea Harbor 2-Hour Whale Watching Cruise

Depart from Maalaea Harbor, easily located off the highway with ample parking. This high-speed catamaran is located at Slip 87 near Coast Guard Station. While on board, enjoy complimentary juices and sodas, and a variety of alcoholic beverages. The optimal whale watching season starts in December and goes through April, during which thousands of humpback whales return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Depending on the whales’ behavior during your two-hour whale watching trip, you may see any number of whale activity happening, from tail flapping to full body breaching. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with pectoral fins (their very long side fins), flukes (the tail), and the peduncle (the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body). Keep your fingers crossed for a breach - this is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. And most importantly, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture a picture of these amazing animals.

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West Maui: Self-Guided E-Bike, Hiking & Snorkeling Excursion

10. West Maui: Self-Guided E-Bike, Hiking & Snorkeling Excursion

Combine electric biking, hiking and snorkeling on this Maui adventure. After an easy ride along the coastline, snorkel in Kapalua Bay and spot tropical fish, coral reefs, and green sea turtles. Shape your time as you like without keeping up with or waiting for a tour group. Check out different ways to customize your experience: • Bike/Snorkel: Ride along the West Maui coastline to Wahikuli Beach Park, Black Rock (Pu‘u Keka‘a), Kahekili Beach Park, or all the way up to Kapalua Bay for a snorkeling experience with tropical fish, Hawaiian Sea Turtles, and vast ocean wildlife. • Bike/Hike: Start the day cruising on an E-Bike down the Lahaina coastline and then up into the iconic West Maui mountains. Enjoy a relatively easy hike up the Launiupoko Valley Trail. • Bike/Sightseeing: Journey effortlessly through Lahaina Town and up the coastal bike path to Ka’anapali—no pedaling necessary. Check out the shopping, food locations, beaches, and history of West Maui. The most popular route takes you along the Lahaina coast with amazing panoramic views leading up to Kapalua Bay. Here, experience the beautiful Kapalua Coastal Trail and snorkel at Kahekili Beach.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 479 reviews

Lindsay and Jill were amazing very intelligent handled the boat like a boss had a great time and learned a lot about the island Would definitely recommend this trip for anybody leave a big tip the girls are great!!!the Osowskis from Minnesota

The two hour whale watching tour on the quicksilver was fantastic. The all-female crew was very knowledgeable and entertaining. They got us close to a number of different whale groups. Great value.

Fantastic experience. The tour guide/captain and cemetery were very knowledgeable and engaging. We saw several whales and learned a bunch. This tour greatly exceeded our expectations.

Great trip! The crew were all amazing and did a great job. The boat was comfortable and provided room for all aboard.

Wow, it was absolutely amazing, thank you very much Ray!