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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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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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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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74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy , 74-425 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.

12:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • 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.
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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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  • "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

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star-1
Since When Is “Maintenance” Scheduled at Midnight Before a 12:30 PM Departure?
Arden_O
, Mar 2022
The trip was canceled by Hang Loose six hours before departure. Please send our money back. I don’t believe we couldn’t have been given more warning.
star-1
There were mechanical...
chacea_s
, Mar 2022
There were mechanical problems for the boat we left because we had already waited 30 min and didn’t know when they would ho
star-4
Great trip. Just the...
Jacqueline_G
, Mar 2022
Great trip. Just the right size and liked leaving from the beach. The fact that we saw whales was a plus. A little more interpretation by the captains would have been appreciated.
star-2
I was disappointed as the...
Virginia
, Mar 2022
I was disappointed as the captsin was full of indipid comments. It was overpriced and not up to viator standards
star-1
Last minute trip was canceled
Stephen_J
, Mar 2022
4 hours before the tour, we got a message that the trip was canceled. Fortunately, we were able to with a competitor at a slightly lower price. Shop around.
star-5
This whale tour is a relaxing, refreshing and mesmerizing adventure
Judy_C
, Mar 2022
Being on a boat on such a beautiful day, with a great speedy view on deck and seeing a few of the humpbacks for a couple hours, plus sightings of spinners and manta rays.
star-5
Best whale watching ever!
KristinaHouse
, Mar 2022
This whale watching tour was THE BEST. The captain was hilarious and so fun. There was never a rush to get back to the marina, I’m pretty sure he would’ve stayed out all night with us to see a whale. Luckily he found them within 20 minutes and we saw tons and he got us close to them. On the way back in he stopped and took his time to show us some dolphins. Such an amazing experience and I couldn’t recommend Hang Loose more.
star-5
It was towards the end of...
Mikel_H
, Mar 2022
It was towards the end of whale season but we were able to see dolphins and a whale we followed for a while. It was a nice trip
star-5
Unfortunately carnival...
thomas_a
, Feb 2022
Unfortunately carnival disembarked their excursions 1st so we missed it they did try to wait an extra 15 min for us but we could not convince carnival to release us early enough
star-5
Great experience
Christine_F
, Feb 2022
Friendly crew. Captain had a pleasant sense of humor. All the crew were knowledgeable. Moved around for best sightings and we were not disappointed. Captain reminded everyone we were not in a zoo and we would all have to be observant. We had a great time.
star-5
beautiful day, fun experience
Carly_M
, Feb 2022
awesome experience! captain was funny, crew was helpful and informative. saw one breech and a lot of tails! very cool. captain and crew stayed a little past time even to try and find more whales. they give you chips and juice, water, or soda.
star-5
Momma & baby humpbacks did not disappoint
Richard_C
, Feb 2022
Hang Looses’s crew was friendly, fun & professional. The snacks, water, juice & soda were plentiful. It was a plus the boat had a restroom, the seats were cushioned underneath shade, & there were many places onboard to view the ocean, whales, dolphins, & a tiger shark in the harbor. Thank you Hang Loose for a great afternoon & tip about turtle viewing very close to the harbor!
star-5
I was very impressed with...
Jeffrey_R
, Feb 2022
I was very impressed with this whale watching trip. The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. We saw several whales up close. We had the option for shade or sun. Snacks and non alcoholic drinks were provided. It was a great experience.
star-5
Exciting experience
DebraL_F
, Feb 2022
This was an exciting experience the crew and captain made it a memorable day. Unfortunately any pictures are on our 35 mm camera so I don’t have any to upload to this review. Take this excursion you won’t regret it
star-5
We came as a group of 4...
Jordann_W
, Feb 2022
We came as a group of 4 (two couples) and we all had a great time. We did this on our first full day in Kona, and it was a great into to being able to see how large the island is, and how many whales and dolphins truly are around you at all times. The water was a bit rough on the day we were out there, but the crew was extremely knowledgable and funny and made for it to be a fun day. Still can't believe we had such big whales so close to us!
star-5
February Whale Watching
Cheyenne_F
, Feb 2022
This was a fantastic experience! There were so many whales out and about. We even got lucky and found a mom and baby group! It was so amazing to see. On our way back we stopped briefly to see two manta rays swim under us. Definitely worth going during the season. The crew was great. Just remember to stay hydrated maybe bring extra snacks, for those who get sea sick, medicate. You don’t want to miss this! Camera worthy!
star-4
We had a good time on...
Craig_O
, Feb 2022
We had a good time on Whale watching tour. I also feel it was a incredible value!!! We got on a pod of three whales , two females and one new born. They put on quite a show for us! However the captain stayed on that pod of whales the entire trip only to save fuel cost as whales were jumping Continuously in the distance! We did get to see whales and that what we paid for, but it could have been better! We have been on at least 5 or 6 whale excursions in Hawaii and Alaska! And that’s how I make my comparisons!
star-5
Worth Every Penny
delwin_e
, Feb 2022
Our time in the whale-watching excursion was wonderful. Simon and his crew were knowledgeable, funny and kind. To add to that, we saw several whales, dolphins and sea turtles. It was e perfect way to start off our vacation on the Big Island.
star-5
Great trip😎
Christy_K
, Feb 2022
We saw several whales breach. Many right in front of us. The crew was excellent. Very good vibe on the trip!
star-5
Great experience!
Donald_V
, Feb 2022
Great experience! Captain Simon and crew were great. We saw whales, manta rays, dolphins, and turtles.

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