Kona Whale Watching Tours

Kona whale watching tours run from December to April, as the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii.

Kona Whale Watching Tour Details

3.5 Hours

Kona whale watching tours go searching for humpback whales as they visit Hawaii in the winter.

Educational

Our crew will provide educational information about humpback whales and their Hawaii migration.

Refreshments

Enjoy complimentary nonalcoholic refreshments, including water and Hawaiian juices.

$135 Per Person

Our US Coast Guard certified vessel delivers a small group experience with a maximum of 12 passengers.

Availability

FAQ

We see humpback whales roughly 90% of the time. While we expect to see whales every morning, they are wild animals, and we do not see them roughly 10% of the time.

If you do not see at least 1 whale, we will offer you a free trip on any tour with availability. Our tours typically sell out several days in advance, so we recommend booking your whale watching tour at the beginning of your stay on Hawaii Island.

No, we do not enter the water on this tour. We stay on the boat the entire time.

We meet our guests near the boat ramp at the Keauhou Harbor, located at 78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

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Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time of departure. We will check you in, and bring you to the boat at the time of departure.

Daytime tours: we recommend you bring a towel, reef safe sunscreen (applied before entering the boat), and sunglasses.

Evening tours: we recommend you bring a towel and light coverup or jacket for the boat ride back to the harbor.

We have a minimum age of 3. Children 3 and older are welcome on the tour if they can comfortably swim 25 yards in the ocean.

Every person on the boat needs a ticket, regardless of age or size. Our boat is certified by the US Coast Guard for 12 passengers, and we can not exceed this limit.

Yes, you may purchase a ticket and ride along.

Every person on the boat needs a ticket, regardless of whether they are getting in the water. Our boat is certified by the US Coast Guard for 12 passengers, and we can not exceed this limit.

If you can comfortably swim 25 yards in the ocean, you will be able to safely enjoy our snorkel tours.

For safety purposes, if you can not comfortably swim 25 yards in the ocean, we ask that you purchase a ticket to ride along on the boat, but not enter the water.

You may cancel your trip up until 48 hours before your departure time, for a full refund.

Additional Information

Check In

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

When you arrive at Keauhou Harbor, look for the boat ramp where boats are trailered in and out of the water. Our boat will arrive at the ramp, and our boat crew will check you in. If you do not see us, please call 808-326-2682.

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Humpback whale watching in Kona on The Big Island of Hawaii

Kona Whale Watching Tours

Kona whale watching tours look for humpback whales along the Kona coast. Humpbacks are in Hawaiian waters during the winter months to give birth to their calves and to mate. Observing these gentle giants taking care of their newborn calves is nothing short of amazing!

Calves surface to breathe three times as often as their adult counterparts. An adult humpback whale typically surfaces approximately every 10 to 15 minutes.

To witness the humpback whales breaching out of the water is spectacular!

During the whale watching season in Hawaii, whale sightings are nearly a sure thing, with a roughly 90% success rate.

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