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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure provided by Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
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Last updated: 1 Feb 2021
A note from Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
Due to current travel restrictions, all guests must show proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your plane. If no test, show evidence of your arrival to Hawaii Island at least 14 days prior to the day of your tour.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
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
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.
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3196WHALE
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Rafting expedition • Beverages (sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) and snacks • Local taxes
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop off
Duration
3h
Departure details
74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Inclusions
Rafting expedition • Beverages (sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) and snacks • Local taxes
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop off
Departure details
74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Minimum age is 4 years
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Popular mentions

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Noah M
1 contribution
Don't go anywhere else
Mar 2021
We went in late March. Ashley took us far out along the coastline and we managed to see 7 whales (one amazing close breach) and tons of dolphins! She was an amazing captain and we had an absolute blast!
Written 23 March 2021
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Captain Z
Whale season is short but it is so much fun to have these giant creature around!! Come out with us again on a whale watch or any snorkeling tour!!!
Written 24 March 2021
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kmk12
Golden, CO8 contributions
Best Whale Watching Experience!
Feb 2021
We went on the 3-hour whale watching tour from Kona and had the most amazing experience with Captain Chuck and Amanda! First off, they were just very cool people, but more than that, they truly care about their guests' experience. I mentioned I hoped to also see dolphins and Chuck made sure we went to an area where dolphins were playing! Amanda was very knowledgeable and shared many facts about humpback whales during the excursion, which added to the experience. We listened to whale sounds and saw so many whales -- it was incredible! The boat ride was really fun too! I have been whale watching before, but this was by far my best experience ever and I would highly recommend Captain Zodiac!
Written 11 March 2021
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Captain Z
Thank you for this. We love to get feedback and our captains love to hear that people appreciate the tour and any knowledge we can pass along. We think they are pretty cool too. Hope to see you again!
Written 24 March 2021
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KikiSue
World1 contribution
A Whale of a Tale
Mar 2021
Due to the pandemic, our family hadn't been together for more than a year, so we splurged for a private charter. What an exciting part of our reunion. Captain Rick was wonderful, patient, and knowledgeable, while observing pandemic guidelines, as we did. Our top priority was whale watching and were delighted to see several pods of spinner dolphins, several whales, heard live whale songs, both with and without a speaker, and snorkeled. We highly recommend Captain Zodiac.
Written 11 March 2021
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Captain Z
The pandemic has been hard for all of us especially with families not able to see each other for a year. We are very happy that we could accommodate you guys and add to the family time. That is also why we have a big discount on our private charters right now. Even for us being close 7 months we want to do what we can to keep people safe during this time. Hope you all are doing well and that we can see you again!
Written 24 March 2021
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Quinn1231
Oregon125 contributions
Basically the best boat tour
So happy to see an entirely female crew, Ashley and McKenzie were amazing!
We saw lots of wildlife including 50+manta rays,a friendly black footed Albatross, turtle, spinner dolphins and of course-Whales. Like Natgeo, but in real life.
We will be back for sure.
Written 10 March 2021
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Captain Z
:) We do like supporting our sometimes all female crew as much as we can! Women in Science is important! That sounds like a lot to see in one 3 hour tour but I remember how excited Ashley was when she got back and could not stop talking about the mantas!! Its so nice when a Captain can be just as excited about things just like our guest. We definitely don't take any days for granted out here. Come back next time and do a snorkel tour since we already showed you everything else out there!
Written 24 March 2021
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Kyle
Scottsdale, AZ2 contributions
Great experience and professional and friendly staff
Mar 2021
I booked the whale watching tour with my adult family and had a wonderful experience. Chuck and Amanda were very professional and friendly and made our excursion fun. We were fortunate enough to see both whales and dolphins on multiple occasions and the boat ride itself was really fun too!
Written 7 March 2021
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Captain Z
You never know what we are able to find on just a whale watch, we are always looking for more to show our guests. Chuck and Amanda are a great part of our Zodiac Ohana. Please come back and see us again.
Written 24 March 2021
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kkleinrn
Pleasant Grove, UT306 contributions
So Many Whales
Feb 2021
Excellent driver and boat host - Captain Dre! It's quite a distance across along the coast to get to the prime whale watching area but worth the drive - saw so may whales spouting and was able to get fairly close to several. We spent about an hour following a whale family of three with a young whale. We aware you sit very low and level to the water, so I wondered if a boat sitting higher up would have a better view point - but nevertheless an excellent experience! Loved the small group - that was great! I highly recommend a zoom lens and binoculars for the best views!
Written 28 February 2021
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Captain Z
Thank you for dropping a review for us! We are glad you had a great time! If you do try a bigger boat let us know how the view looks from up there but we would love to have you again any time you are back in Kona.
Written 24 March 2021
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donaldc245
Kent, WA2 contributions
Very memorable excursion
What an awesome trip! Captain Rick and out guide Devante (who is hilarious) took us on a very memorable trip to see humpbacks and also saw a pod of dolphins. The views are just breathtaking. I would post pictures but they wouldn’t do justice to the experience. The crew was very knowledgeable and they were great hosts. I would not recommend this trip if you have back pain issues. You are on what looks like a Navy Seal boat and if the water is choppy you probably won’t enjoy yourself.
Written 27 February 2021
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Captain Z
Devante and his pirate jokes again. Oh man, we are glad you survived! The whale water tour does allow for you to see all the views of our volcanoes and even Maui on a clear day! It really adds to the adventure as a backdrop to the whale show. You are right too choppy water does add a bit of bounce! Hope you are able to visit again in the future!
Written 24 March 2021
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LoriR0102
4 contributions
Amazing whale watching experience
Feb 2021 • Couples
Captain Ashley was the best. She did a fabulous job of taking us to a whale hotspot where we got to see multiple whale breachings. It was an amazing experience. Highly recommend.
Written 21 February 2021
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Captain Z
Oh gosh, she is great isn't she. Happy that you enjoyed the whale watch with our company while you were in Kona on your vacation!!
Written 24 March 2021
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Bill C
Reno, NV112 contributions
Quite the morning adventure!
This is a bit of a tough call for me, the number of stars to give Captain Zodiac for their whale-watching tour, in which my wife, brother and I participated yesterday. On the very positive side, our boat captain was Captain Chuck and our adventure guide was Amanda, and they both did a fantastic job and ensured that all eight individuals on the tour we took had an enjoyable and informative time. Our zodiac was about 25’ long and was equipped with two, 150-hp Yamaha motors, more than enough to really power us through the ocean to where the whales are typically lounging about. We only had eight passengers, 50% of the standard load, due to Covid restrictions. Chuck has been around forever as a boat captain and Amanda was a walking encyclopedia of whale and marine mammal knowledge. However, I have two personal reservations about this experience. The first is that whale boat tour operators are, understandably, not allowed to get within 100 yards of the whales due to State/Federal regulations. So, while we saw whales breaching and slapping their pectoral fins on the water, it was always from quite a distance. (I’ve been in other parts of the world where the whale experience is in closer proximity to the whales.) The second issue is that we went quite a distance from the dock to the whale sighting points selected by Captain Chuck; the passengers were sitting on the pontoons and holding on wherever they could while the zodiac headed out-and-back. For me, and I’m admittedly a relatively old guy, the ride was long, jarring and uncomfortable. BUT, Captain Chuck and Amanda were both great, and we did see a number of whales, so the excursion met our basic expectations.
Written 19 February 2021
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Captain Z
It does seem like parts of the world are behind on the importance of giving these endangered marine mammals a respectable distance. The fact that the Hawaiian islands are a designated Humpback whale sanctuary with Federal rules strictly enforced allows for us to have less of an impact on the well being of these creatures while they are here giving birth and raising their young. We are very happy to hear that our Captain maintained the appropriate distance and didn't disturb the animals. Mahalo from the CZ team
Written 24 March 2021
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Candy C
Naalehu, HI53 contributions
Totally amazing experience, up close and personal
Feb 2021
Wonderful experience! I have been on many whale watching trips, but the experience from a zodiac is unique. Ashley was an amazing Captain, she really knew her "stuff". I would highly recommend Captain Zodiac's tour. Of course, the whales has a little bit to do with it, while we were sitting with our engines off, a calf went right in front of our bow, and then mommy went under the zodiac and gently "blew" (her body was still under the boat, she knew exactly what she was doing). We will definitely take visitors on Captain Zodiac in the future!
Written 19 February 2021
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Captain Z
Nice peaceful humpback whale encounter!! We are happy that the whales accented Ashley's amazing personality. Please come back and see us the next time you are in Hawaii for any of our tours!
Written 24 March 2021
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