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Whale Watching On The Big Island

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Whale Watching On The Big Island

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Safety measures
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Hawaii’s Big Island is home to migrating pods of humpback whales, which often breach as they build up energy for their northward migration. This narrated tour brings you to some of the best viewing grounds via 24-person catamaran. You’re able to hear the whales singing through the provided hydrophones. The tour provider guarantees whale sightings or the next trip is free.
  • View humpback whales in prime breaching season
  • Enjoy expert narration and listen to whales singing through provided hydrophones
  • Take in Big Island views aboard a small catamaran
  • Bottled water, light refreshments, and snacks provided
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Bottled water
Snacks
Professional guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in advanced pregnancy
  • Supplier's cancellation policy is 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience for a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the start date of the experience will receive no refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching On The Big Island?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching On The Big Island.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching On The Big Island?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching On The Big Island.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Nice big boat compared to the others so less sea sickness." See review
  • "The trip was worth it and the kids had a great time." See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
126 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Fun, breathtaking, awesome
John_C
, May 2021
The boat workers were awesome. So helpful. Awesome experience. It's so nice to see the whales right in front of you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We actually went the last...
Paul_G
, Apr 2021
We actually went the last day of the season, but Simon, our Captain, Marta, and Adam our experience was still amazing! We seem what we figure was just one female, and possibly a baby. For us Emden seeing Flukes and the Spouts was Great.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great whale watching memory
Jeffrey_B
, Apr 2021
Captain Simon and crew were professional, engaging, and made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Very easy on and off boat. Saw several whales. Great memory and great value!
star-5
Top notch Whale Watch!
Scott_V
, Mar 2021
We had a blast.Simon,Kelly,and Magdalena were fun and informative.We saw whales and spinner dolphins on our trip. 5 stars!
star-5
Great time!
Kent_G
, Mar 2021
Great Captain and Crew. They were able to spot a couple whales pretty quickly and stay with them for a while while the jumped and splashed around. Bonus dolphins and turtles towards the end of the tour were nice too.
star-5
Great experience
Daniel_G
, Mar 2021
Great information friendly staff. The trip was worth it and the kids had a great time. Juat dont go on a full stomach 🙂
star-5
We didn't actually go on...
Shannon_R
, Mar 2021
We didn't actually go on the whale watching tour, I somehow got my days confused and missed it, they were kind enough to help find another adventure and booked us on the night Manta Ray snorkel. It was amazing. Thank you for accommodating my scheduling mishap! Simon, Spinner and Kelly were fun and knowledgeable, and most importantly as a mom made everyone feel safe.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Whale watching
Lvia_C
, Mar 2021
Great time with nice crew. Not too many whales because it was the end of the season, but great experience overall!
star-5
Great people !
Roger_W
, Mar 2021
End of season for whales but the crew found us some quickly and we very knowledgeable and efficient. Best group out of Kona!
star-5
Lifetime Experience
Kelly_M
, Mar 2021
This excursion was everything that my family could have expected and then some. The hospitality of this crew was superb. The vessel was amazing and made the ability for all passengers to be able to witness a “lifetime experience “. We were onto humpbacks within the first hour of our afternoon and stayed with these amazing creatures all afternoon. Highly recommend this trip when you are visiting Kona! Thank you to Captain and his mates, especially Kelly. Great people.

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