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 on morning trips
$99 per adult
  • Morning, Afternoon
  • Duration 1.5 - 2 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 3 convenient options as described in the table below.

Booking Tip

If it is within 24 hours and you cannot do another day showing availability, there may still be limited seats available for today or tomorrow. Please contact us to inquire.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • 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 (Options 1 & 2 only)
  • Sailing option (Option 3)


  • 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
Guidebook Reviews

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Ocean Sports is well run

Option 1
Early Morning
Option 2
Option 3
Afternoon Sail
Time 8 - 9:30 am 9:30 am - 11 pm 3 - 5 pm
Days* Daily Daily Tuesdays & Thursdays
Best For Usually calmest conditions Boat has most shade Sailing**
Departure Location Anaeho’omalu Bay / Waikoloa Beach Marriott Kawaihae Harbor Anaeho’omalu Bay / Waikoloa Beach Marriott
Sailing No No Yes
Boarding From beach (feet, and possibly up to knee, may get wet) From pier (better for those with mobility issues) From beach (feet, and possibly up to knee, may get wet)
Transport IncludedOptional (Waikoloa) Yes Yes No
Whale Guarantee Yes Yes No
Refreshments Included Kona coffee, juices, soft drinks, and granola bars Juices, soft drinks, and snacks Tropical cocktails, local beers on tap, juices, soft drinks, and snacks
Price Age 13+: $99
Age 6-12: $49.50
Age 5 & under: Free
Age 13+: $99
Age 6-12: $49.50
Age 5 & under: Free
Age 13+: $99
Age 6-12: $49.50
Age 5 & under: Free
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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
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • 3% Harbor Tax