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Whale Watching On The Big Island

Whale Watching On The Big Island
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Animal enthusiasts go off-shore on a whale watching cruise, from North Kona
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
48
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    48
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
As migratory animals, humpback whales travel nearly 3,000 miles each year to spend some time in the Hawaiian waters. Don't miss the chance to see these majestic animals on this seasonal whale watching cruise. Just hop aboard, sit back, and let your captain lead the way as you try to spot breaching whales. Enjoy listening to whales in real-time on a hydrophone, complete with fantastic views of the Big Island coastline.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn as you go, with included expert narration, and live whale songs
  • Stay comfortable on your cruise, with refreshments, and on-board bathroom
  • Get a great value—you're guaranteed to spot whales, or you get a free trip
What to expect
  • Your 2-hour journey begins aboard our 2014 modern 24 passenger luxury catamaran. It is designed for open oceans conditions that will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful Island of Hawaii while watching the humpback whales in their natural habitat. Drinks and snacks included. There is an available restroom onboard.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn as you go, with included expert narration, and live whale songs
  • Stay comfortable on your cruise, with refreshments, and on-board bathroom
  • Get a great value—you're guaranteed to spot whales, or you get a free trip
What to expect
  • Your 2-hour journey begins aboard our 2014 modern 24 passenger luxury catamaran. It is designed for open oceans conditions that will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful Island of Hawaii while watching the humpback whales in their natural habitat. Drinks and snacks included. There is an available restroom onboard.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8571P4
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 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.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 10 Dec 2020
A note from Whale Watching On The Big Island
If you feel sick, please stay home. Travelers to Hawaii require test for COVID-19 or self quarantine for 14 days after the arrival. Please, let us stay open and obey the rules. Mahalo!
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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4.5
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LINDSEY G
Penfield, NY54 contributions
What a great trip!! Staff was knowledgeable, attentive and funny. We saw a sea turtle before we even left the harbor. We saw two different types of dolphins, who engaged with the boat. I'm not certain how many different whales we saw. Two would breach at the three o'clock position, a couple more at eight, more at 11 much further out.

We saw two breach flips, lots of flapping and tails.

A great day!
Written 18 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Steven L
Syracuse, NY809 contributions
Jan 2022
From the moment we met Captain Simon to the moment we said goodbye at the end of the trip, my wife and I felt as if we were in the hands of professionals that would do everything possible to make this a memorable experience.
The captain was friendly and firm about safety rules and also cautioned us about the unpredictability of interacting with wildlife. He made it easy and fun for all of us to participate in the hunt for whales and passengers were very helpful finding things for others to enjoy.
We saw humpbacks , spinner dolphins and manta rays. The hours were enhanced by the crew sharing knowledge of the sea as well as personal interactions.
The ship was comfortable and snacks and beverages were readily available to further the experience.
We would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a marine experience.
Written 18 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jessica K
Baltimore, MD9 contributions
Jan 2022
Whale watching was one of our top priorities on this trip, and Hang Loose did not disappoint. We did quite a bit of research on Tripadvisor before booking with them, and Hang Loose happened to be the company among our top choices that had (limited) availability on the day we needed. It's slightly more affordable than some other tours for the same 3-hour booking, and put us on a larger boat than some of the tiny ones we saw, which helped limit our seasickness. (Dramamine is also a godsend.)

We had well over a dozen and probably closer to 20-25 whale sightings on the tour. Many of course were the same whale resurfacing; the captain would often motor us in the direction the whale was heading so we could keep watching them. For someone who is slightly obsessed with whales, it was honestly magical. At the end of the trip, we happened to be visited by a pod of spinner dolphins, who came to investigate the boat and kept leaping out of the water right next to us, much to everyone's delight.

The vibe of the tour was a bit party boat-y, as another reviewer has mentioned, but the captain interspersed music with facts about whales and responses to people's questions about them. He and his crew were also friendly and helpful, passing out snacks and drinks, taking care of everyone, and pointing out distant sightings to us. They were attentive to safety precautions as well.

We did get lucky as far as both sightings and the weather, none of which the crew can of course control, but I would recommend this tour either way. The captain went out of his way to try to find and get as close as possible to the whales (while seeming to mind the whales' safety and comfort), and we learned quite a bit about these beautiful creatures along the way.
Written 14 January 2022
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Pkin208
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Loved being out in the water. We saw a humpback surface who then hung out under our boat so the whale calls came through the boats hull. Hearing whales sing is amazing. We also ran across a pod of bottle nose dolphins swimming in our wake. The water was choppy and we all felt the impact afterwards. Jacob was informative. I would have preferred a boat with an upper deck for best viewing and unfortunately this didn’t provide the best viewing, but my family enjoyed this activity.
Written 9 January 2022
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Jennifer W
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We saw several whales, including a mother and calf - really wonderful. We also saw spinner dolphins. The captain seemed knowledgeable and skilled. I personally would have preferred if there had been less “banter” and silly singing and more facts about the whales or the area, but I know some people like that party boat vibe.
The boat felt sturdy and safe. I appreciated the shade of the lower deck with fresh air. Most everyone on our tour got seasick. It was a 3 hour tour. Would still recommend. We did this tour on New Year’s Eve.
Written 1 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Have you been?
Richmond, VA72 contributions
Arrived at meeting place at required time and checked in early but got left behind by boat. Different group tours have same meeting area at almost same departure time so it’s easy to miss announcement made by tour guide for your particular tour. One of the operators rebooked us immediately on the spot few days later. 24 hours before the tour, we received a text saying cruise is canceled. Advised to contact trip advisor and will receive refund. Cancellation was due to no whales sighting previous days.
Written 23 December 2021
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Elyce W
3 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Absolutely great crew, super friendly and fun. We came at the end of whale watching season and they did everything to ensure we found the few whales still hanging loose in warm waters before heading back to colder (and food friendly) climes. It’s thrilling to see a breach and tail display and we saw 6. If you come earlier in the season I’m sure you will see tons more. Informative, thrilling and relaxing at times too.
Written 1 April 2021
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Tera W
1 contribution
Mar 2021 • Couples
Awesome experience! Highly recommend! Got to see whales! Ended with seeing the coast line and the crew took pictures of the groups.
Written 23 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

island c
Detroit, MI8 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Medium size boat which we liked. Choppy seas on our day but Captain did a great job and we saw mama and baby whales. Friendly crew, fun trip.
Written 19 March 2021
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kpfarr
2 contributions
Mar 2021
The staff was friendly, kind and knowledgeable. They had snacks and drinks provided as well. I even got seasick and they were very kind and helpful.
Written 6 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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10/10
Beyond imagination!!!! Perfect. The captain took us out at the perfect time, and the whole crew was super nice. Our
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This activity was so much more than I expected. The manta rays are massive and they swim so close underneath you, t
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Great day on the water
Crew, service, food, and really everything was fantastic. We booked a Captain Cook tour in advance, changed our gro
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Amazing snorkeling!
Very well organized, fun, the crew cared about your safety and that everyone had a good time. Snorkeling was amazin
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Amazing experience
The boat crew was very knowledgable and shared a lot of fun information about mantas with us. The ride out wasn't t
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Great morning with Simon and the crew
We spent a wonderful morning with Simon and the crew. The trip was on a nice boat with 2 levels. The top level was
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Wonderful experience
Amazing trip! Snorkeled with all types of fish. Then saw bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins and manta rays as th
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Mantas Are The Stars
Mantas we’re great. Our board was a little too crowded which took away from the awesome Manta show. The captain a
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Incredible encounter
I had a great time on this tour, but if you aren't comfortable in the water this might be a little intense. The boa
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Fun and exciting!
The boat crew made it easy and entertaining during the tour. The manta rays were a real treat and being in the wat
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Don’t miss this one! Once in a lifetime experience!
Amazing! Absolutely worth doing if you are on the big island. Our tour guide was so helpful and very knowledgeable.
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Great Adventure
We had a fabulous time on our cruise to see the whales. The crew was knowledgeable and really made the experience f
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Once in a lifetime, must do!
This was a once in a lifetime experience! The Manta even touched my son he loved it! Our guide worked so hard pull
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Weak swimmers beware
My husband and i excitedly booked this tour. We have had some snorkeling experience and we both admitted we were no
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Snorkeling tour
Crew was very friendly and helpful. Boat ride was beautiful and we saw humpback whales on the way to the snorkeling
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