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This Kona whale watch departs from the slips of Honokohau Marina, which is just north of Kailua-Kona in the direction of Waikoloa. As you scour the coastline in search of a spout, your captain will discuss everything from Hawaiian history to the island’s unique geology, all while scanning the cobalt horizon for signs of a breach or a splash. 

In winter, humpback whales travel here to these waters to mate and give birth to their young. The captain also serves as a naturalist and has a wealth of info on the whales, and also carries a hydrophone on board so you can hear the haunting and eerie song of whales singing underwater. In addition to pods of humpback whales, there’s also the chance you could see turtles, dolphins, manta rays or other marine life, and the Kona coast is also home to some lesser-known species of whales.

Depending on where the whales are spotted, you’ll also have the chance to see coastal sea caves and small, volcanic lava tubes, and hear some tales about how the island is still continuing to grow. 

Since the boat only holds up to 16 passengers you’re guaranteed a personalized experience. Although the smaller Zodiac raft can be bouncy, and isn’t recommended for anyone pregnant or with back or neck problems, it's able to cut through the water without the stomach-churning rock. Many say it navigates the waters of the Kona coast better than any other style of boat.
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Overview
Winter is the most exciting time to be out on the water in Hawaii, as it’s the time of year when thousands of migrating humpback whales visit the islands. On this exciting Big Island whale watching tour, experience the thrill of traveling aboard a high-speed raft, and then seeing a whale swimming just in front of the boat. Though the boat will obey the federal laws and not approach within 100 feet (30 meters), it isn’t uncommon for the whale to decide to swim up under the boat!
Highlights
  • Whale watching adventure off the coast of Hawaii
  • Travel along Kona coast with spectacular views
  • Look out for spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays and humpback whales
  • Explore the geology of Hawaii through lava tubes and sea caves
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile
Amazing tour - amazing people

Captain Dave and first mate Jennifer led a great tour of humpback whale and spinner dolphin watching. After getting is to them, the whales swam within 20 feet of the boat. Have also done snorkeling tour with them and they do not disappoint.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018
Awesome Whale Watching!!

I went out two weeks ago with Captain Drea and Shannon on an awesome whale watch. We saw many whales displaying all sorts of interesting behavior. We got as close as possible to humpbacks breaching, doing pectoral slaps, and slapping their tails over and over...More

1  Thank kelseyskaggs
Reviewed 27 January 2018
Well planned, flexible

Very informative, fun riding on the raft (beware, it's bumpy). Crew Dave and Davante able to answer our questions; we went on one of the rare rainy days; Dave kept and eye on weather radar, and with the first raindrops brought out a bag of...More

Thank Greenwell3
Reviewed 22 January 2018
Great experience!

We loved this adventure. I wouldn’t want to whale watch any other way then from a zodiac, gets u up close and personal. Zach was great at anticipating where the humpbacks were going to be and got u there. On the way back we stopped...More

1  Thank seahorsesrock
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile
Wonderful Tour

We loved this tour! Fun, guides were terrific with so much information and great sense of humor. We were lucky and saw 4 whales and lots of dolphins. Highly recommended! Great company. On time, clean raft, great guides!

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