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Whale Watch Cruise on Glass Bottom Boat (from Kailua-Kona Pier)


Experience the majesty of the Humpback Whales from a glass bottom boat with two decks, and see whales, dolphins, tropical fish and other marine life.

Set sail aboard the glass bottom Spirit of Kona to watch Humpback Whales and everything beneath the boat. Enjoy live narration from an on-board naturalist who will share all about the variety of marine life residing in the warm Kona waters. During the excursion, hear the songs of these great mammals as they are piped through the sound system from an underwater hydrophone. A unique way to view ocean life, don't miss Hawaii's favorite winter visitors to the Big Island!
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Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 11:30 Pick-up from Hotels & Check-in at Kailua-Kona Pier
  • 12:00 Whale Watch Cruise (2.5 hrs)
  • 14:30 Check-out & Drop-off
    • Participants must be able to walk across a ten foot long ramp to main deck with little or no assistance.
    • No wheel chair access due to the unpredictable nature of the ocean conditions, however; wheelchair can be secured on the pier until the boat returns (Note: The pier is not protected from the ocean swell and wind conditions that may prevent safe boarding or disembarkation of wheelchair confined guests.)
    • Ramp is approximately 10 foot in length, one step up to enter ramp, one step down to exit ramp. Access to upper deck is 15 steps.
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • A valid government issued photo I.D. is required to consume any alcoholic beverages.
Additional Note(s)
    • A minimum of 10 passengers is required for the boat to operate. If the minimum requirement is not met, the tour will be cancelled or you'll be rescheduled.
    • A minimum of two passengers is required in order to book transportation.
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
    • Large luggage (skis, surfboards, non-collapsible wheelchairs, golf bags, etc.) are allowed for an additional fee
Activity provider
Blue Sea Cruises, Inc.
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Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?
  • No, you are not allowed to bring food or drinks.
How close will the boat get to the whales?
  • Hawaii state law mandates that all whale watching cruises keep a distance of at least 100 yards away from a single whale and 200 yards away if it is a mother and her calf. Your captain may shut off the engines to allow whales to approach the boat on their own.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
  • We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Is giving a tip (gratuity) required?
  • Gratuity is never required, but if you enjoyed your experience a tip is always greatly appreciated!
What kind of boat will be used?
  • The "Spirit of Kona" is a custom-built 70-foot double decker power catamaran with seating capacity for 150. Kona's only boat designed for viewing of marine life above and below the surface, it features 360? topside viewing and two giant glass bottom viewing wells.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 11:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.


(4.67/5.00) 4.67 / 5
(6 reviews)
Pick-up Not available
Duration 3 hour(s)
Meal Appetizers


We saw a mother whale and her new calf. The baby was so new that the mother had to hold it up with her fin for it to get some air. We also saw some bottle nose dolphins that escorted us back to the pi...more
What a wonderful experience. We got to see whales and dolphins just a couple miles off shore. Whales breaching the surface constantly for 2 hours. We had one breach the water within 100 feet of the...more
by: Dirk
This was an excellent activity! We were able to see eight whales and two were extremely close to the boat. Captain Dave and his crew did a wonderful job of hosting us and describing all that we were...more
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