Whale Watching Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii
Whale-watching is one of the most popular winter activities in Hawaii, and for good reason; it's estimated that around two thirds of the world's North Pacific whales come to Hawaii to breed and give birth. See below for how and when to see whales in the wild.
When to Go
The North Pacific humpback whales, known as koholai, arrive in Hawaii as early as November and can be spotted as late as May. Your chances for spotting the migratory mammals are at their highest from January through March.
What You'll See
Though most whale-watching expeditions focus on spotting humpback whales, plenty of other species call the waters surrounding Hawaii home. These include short-finned pilot whales, dwarf sperm whales, and all sorts of dolphins, including bottlenose and spinner varieties.
How to Go
There's no shortage of whale-watching excursions leaving from the shores of the Big Island, with plenty of group expeditions and private options available. Most offer morning and afternoon departures, but there are also late afternoon cruises with cocktails served on board. See below for your options.
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