Whale Watching Cruise off the Kona Coast

Body Glove Cruises
December to March
Whale Jumping


  • Cruise to observe humpbacks & other whales, spinner dolphins, sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles
  • Marine naturalist wows with info about these gentle giants & other species
  • Spacious 2-story boat with non-alcoholic drinks included & full service cash bar
  • Sighting guarantee or come again for free
$98 per adult
  • Departs 1:00pm
  • Duration 2.5 hours

Pricing & Availability


Update: This cruise is no longer operating due to the whale season coming to a close.


Get close to the gentle giants of the sea as a whale expert educates and entertains you. Also keep an eye out for other types of whales, dolphins, and the diverse marine life that populate the clear waters off of the Kona Coast.

The spacious 2-story, 65' catamaran includes 3 restrooms, plenty of comfortable seating and shade, and snacks, island juice, sodas, Kona coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, along with a premium cash bar. In the unlikely event no whales are seen, you can go again for free!

Doesn't fit your schedule or prefer something closer to Waikoloa? Check out our morning whale watching cruise off the Kohala Coast (that runs through mid-April), which you can compare with this cruise here.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Spacious and comfortable boat with multiple amenities
  • Plentiful complimentary snacks and drinks
  • Abundant comfortable shaded & non-shaded seating, including upper deck
  • Sound system for narration and music
  • Whale sighting guarantee or go again for free
  • Hydrophone onboard to hear whales sing underwater (if right conditions)
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.7 out of 5 stars
Also rated on:

March 2020

Outstanding. The crew did a great job of taking care of the guests onboard, the boat was very clean, and they took in consideration the coronavirus. We saw whales just 15 minutes into the tour and followed them for at least 2 hour. It was a great experience.

March 2020

Michael G wrote:

Mom and calf. Lots of surfacing, sound dives, breaches, and fin slaps. Awesome.

March 2020

Wonderful morning outing, with whales and dolphins. Naturalist was very knowledgeable, the boat was very comfortable. I wanted to stay longer. Recommend!

Guidebook Reviews

Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

Good boats, crew, and location make this a good deal, and we recommend it wholeheartedly

Frommer's Guidebook:

Very Highly Recommended

An adventurous cruise at a reasonable price


  • Kona
Departure Point
Kailua Pier in downtown Kona

Driving Distances
45 min from Waikoloa
1 hr 30 min from Hilo
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Carefully follows federal law that protects whales and dolphins by not purposefully approaching whales closer than 100 yards and dolphins 50 yards (although sometimes they come closer on their own)
  • Sustainable Tourism Certified by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association
  • Solar panels on boat
  • Have signed on to adopt the West Hawaii Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism (WHVS)
  • A portion of all proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations for the preservation, restoration, and education of Hawaiian culture and history, its coral reefs, and coral reefs around the world
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds after 48 hours prior to activity time
Tax added at checkout
  • 8.10811% for Hawaii sales tax (GET) and Harbor Tax