Whale Watching Cruise off the Kohala Coast

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


UPDATE: The 2021 whale season is over and this activity won't be bookable again until the fall.


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 either 8 am or 9:30 am (more limited). The earlier time departs from either Waikoloa Beach or Kawaihae Harbor (Tue & Th), and the later time from Kawaihae only. 

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

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
Also rated on:

March 2020

Kimberly S wrote:

Great whale watching experience! We had our first whale sighting in 10 minutes. This trip was unique and we had a whale follow the boat for 30 minutes going right under the boat at one point. The crew was excited and the trip was memorable! Highly recommend this tour!

February 2020

Brian B wrote:

Excellent excursion with a great crew!

February 2020

Brian P wrote:

Shane was a fantastic guide. Captain got us up and spotting whales 15 minutes outside of Waikoloa. A nice vessel previously owned by James Arnes in GunSmoke. Wished it would have been under sail for part of the trip, but it did not deter from the experience. Saw a lot of whales.

Guidebook Reviews

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Ocean Sports is well run

Option 1
8-9:30 AM
Option 2
9:30-11 AM
Location Waikoloa Beach or Kawaihae Harbor (Tue & Th) Kawaihae Harbor
Boarding If Waikoloa, then 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