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Whale Watching Cruise off the Kohala Coast

Ocean Sports
North Kohala, Waikoloa
December to April
Transportation Available
Whale spy hop


  • Observe humpback whales and other marine life in the National Marine Sanctuary off the Kohala Coast
  • Learn about these magnificent creatures of the sea from an onboard marine naturalist
  • Stable and spacious catamarans with drinks, snacks, and other amenities
  • Whale sighting guarantee
$99 per adult
  • Morning
  • Duration 1.5 hours

Pricing & Availability


Embark on a journey off the Kohala Coast in search of magnificent humpback whales! With an expert marine naturalist onboard telling you all about these fascinating creatures that can reach over 50 feet long and a full crew dedicated to spotting them and best positioning the boat, you’ll be primed for a whale adventure you’ll never forget. Relax on one of 3 spacious 50’ - 65’ catamarans, whether on the comfortable netting perched above the water, the sitting areas around the deck, or in the indoor cabin. Choose from 2 convenient locations, Waikoloa Beach (departing 8 am) or Kawaihae Harbor (departing 9:30 am), with pick-up service available for both about 1 hour prior at no extra cost. [UPDATE: The 9:30 am departure (Option 2) will temporarily be leaving from Waikoloa Beach for the foreseeable future; this message will be removed when it reverts to Kawaihae]

COVID-19 UPDATE: The transport service is temporarily suspended. Also, total passenger capacity of the boat has been cut in half. Enhanced sanitation procedures have been implemented. Per local regulations, face coverings are expected to be worn except when eating or drinking.

Booking Tip

  • If it is within 24 hours and you cannot do another day showing availability, there may still be limited seats available for tomorrow, even if it is not showing in our booking calendar. Please contact us to inquire.
  • Looking for today or prefer an afternoon cruise? Check out our 1 pm whale watch out of Kona.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Convenient location only 5-15 min from Kohala Resorts with free pickups, versus driving 40-60 min to Kona
  • Onboard marine naturalist provides in-depth briefing on whales
  • Well-regarded business that has been a mainstay of the Kohala Coast for over 35 years and is still run by the original founders
  • Whale sighting guarantee or go again for free
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Guidebook Reviews

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Ocean Sports is well run

Option 1
Waikoloa Departure
Option 2
Kawaihae Departure
Depart Time 8:00 am 9:30 am
Return Time 9:30 am 11:00 am
Location Anaeho’omalu Bay / Waikoloa Beach Marriott Kawaihae Harbor
Boarding From beach (feet, and possibly up to knee, may get wet) From pier (better for those with mobility issues)
Refreshments Included Kona coffee, juices, soft drinks, complimentary tropical bar, and granola snacks Juices, soft drinks, complimentary tropical bar, and granola snacks
Other Considerations Usually calmest conditions Boat has most shade
Price Age 13+: $99.59
Age 6-12: $49.99
Age 5 & under: Free
Age 13+: $99.59
Age 6-12: $49.99
Age 5 & under: Free
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  • North Kohala, Waikoloa
  • Waikoloa
Departure Points
Waikoloa Marriott Resort beach
or Kawaihae Harbor

Available at most Waikoloa/Kohala hotels about 1 hour prior
Check-in for those driving is 30 minutes prior
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Follows federal laws that protect whales by not approaching them aggressively, although these animals may approach the boat quite close on their own
  • Has adopted the West Hawaii Voluntary Standards for Marine Tourism (WHVS)
  • Involved in efforts to reduce the aquarium trade which depletes fish populations enjoyed by tourists
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds within 24 hours of activity time
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.712% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • 3% Harbor Tax