Whale Watching

Overview & Activity Comparison

Every December through April, about 5,000 humpback whales make the journey thousands of miles from the icy waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii where they mate and nurture their young. Get up close and observe them in their natural habitat as these magnificent creatures blow, tail slap, breach, and dive in the clear waters off the Kona and Kohala Coasts. With a cruise, you will be able to navigate quickly to the nearest spotting, as well as learn all about these fascinating mammals from an onboard marine naturalist.
Guidebook Reviews

Fodor's Guidebook:

The sight of their massive bodies, glistening as they move through the water, or the occasional perfect fluke cutting through the surface, is a matchless experience.

Activity Comparison

The below table outlines the key differences between our two whale watching cruises. Both include an onboard marine naturalist narrating the cruise and a sighting guarantee (in the unlikely event no whales are spotted, you can go again for free). Please visit the individual pages for all the details and to book.
Activity 1
Off the Kona Coast
Activity 2
Off the Kohala Coast
Location Kailua Pier in downtown Kona
45 min from Waikoloa
Waikoloa Marriott Beach or Kawaihae Harbor
30-45 min from Kona
Days Daily except Mon & Wed
Dec 15 - March 31
Dec 21 - April 15
Check-in 30 min prior
1-3:30 pm 8-9:30 am or 9:30-11 am
Boat Double-decker 65' catamaran with 3 restrooms and a full bar 50-65’ catamarans with a restroom & indoor galley
Price Age 18+: $98
Age 6-17: $78
Age 5 & under: Free
Age 13+: $99.59
Age 6-12: $49.99
Age 5 & under: Free
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