Kohala Coast Whale Watch Cruise: Morning, Afternoon & Sunset (from Waikoloa)

Ocean Whale Watch

Get acquainted with the magnificent Humpbacks!

Set a course along the Kohala Coast for a chance to see migrating whales! Choose from morning trips, cocktail cruises and afternoon sailing. Great for all ages.

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Each winter, majestic humpback whales migrate south from the cold waters of the northern Pacific to bask in the warmth of the Hawaiian seas.Witness these incredible creatures emerge from the depths below in stunning displays of grace and power. With three daily cruises, there is always a trip perfect for your schedule, and an on-board naturalist is always ready to answer your questions. All ages are welcome, making this a great choice for families. Afternoon trips even let you experience authentic sailing, and the later departures are back-dropped by the Hawaiian sunset.
Please Note! This activity only operates from December through mid-April during whale season. From mid-April through November, please book the Snorkel Adventure Cruise & Ocean Picnic (from Waikoloa & Kawaihae) instead.
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Price
Wake Up With Whales (8:00 AM)
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2 Select the amount (participants, hours, vehicles, etc.)
Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
USD 106.10
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
USD 53.05
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
Instant ConfirmationUSD 0.00USD 0.00
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Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
USD 106.10
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
USD 53.05
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
GE Tax 4.166% and Harbor Fee 3% included
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    Spend an unforgettable day at sea.
Wake up bright and early to venture out over the calm morning waters. Start your morning with the first whale sightings of the day!
Guaranteed: This package offers a guaranteed humpback whale sighting. If you do not see a humpback whale during the tour, you can ride again for free!
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up:
    You can choose either Pick-up (additional fee) or Check-in (free).
    • From Kohala & Waikoloa Only free x per person
      From Kohala & Waikoloa Only free x per person
  • Inclusion: Soft drinks / Juice / Coffee / Cruise fee / Snacks / Guide / Granola Bar Snacks
  • Schedule
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  • 06:30-07:30 Pick-up from Select Waikoloa & Kohala Hotels & Check-in
  • 08:00 Morning Whale Watch Sail (2 hrs)
  • Check-out & Drop-off
Package detail / Schedule
Signature Whale Watch (10:00 AM)
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2 Select the amount (participants, hours, vehicles, etc.)
Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
USD 106.10
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
USD 53.05
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
Instant ConfirmationUSD 0.00USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
USD 106.10
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
USD 53.05
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
GE Tax 4.166% and Harbor Fee 3% included
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    Spot Humpback Whales in season (winter)!
Encounter playful and majestic humpback whales on this mid-morning trip through the Big Island's National Marine Sanctuary, one of the best breeding grounds for humpback whales in Hawaii.
Guaranteed: This package offers a guaranteed humpback whale sighting. If you do not see a humpback whale during the tour, you can ride again for free!
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up:
    You can choose either Pick-up (additional fee) or Check-in (free).
    • From Kohala & Waikoloa Only free x per person
      From Kohala & Waikoloa Only free x per person
  • Inclusion: Soft drinks / Juice / Cruise fee / Snacks / Guide
  • Schedule
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  • Pick-up/Check-in
    Time & Location
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  • Drop-off/Check-out
    Time & Location
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  • 09:30 Pick-up from Select Waikoloa & Kohala Hotels & Check-in
  • 10:00 Signature Whale Sail (2 hrs)
  • Check-out & Drop-off
Package detail / Schedule
Afternoon Sail with the Whales (3:00 PM)
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2 Select the amount (participants, hours, vehicles, etc.)
Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
USD 106.10
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
USD 53.05
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
Instant ConfirmationUSD 0.00USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
USD 106.10
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
USD 53.05
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
GE Tax 4.166% and Harbor Fee 3% included
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This late afternoon whale watch sail includes an open-bar serving a variety of local beers, tropical juices, soft drinks and tasty snacks. Although whale sightings are not guaranteed, they often make an appearance during the winter months.
Not Guaranteed: Although it is likely that you will see a humpback whale during the tour, this package does not offer a guaranteed humpback whale sighting.
  • Duration: 2.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Tue, Thu
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Soft drinks / Juice / Open bar (all-you-can-drink) / Cruise fee / Snacks / Guide
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  • Check-in
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  • Drop-off
    Time & Location
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  • 14:30 Pick-up from Waikoloa / Kohala Hotels & Check-in
  • 15:00 Sail with the Whales (2 hrs)
  • 17:00 Check-out & Drop-off
Package detail / Schedule
Whales & Cocktails at Sunset
1 Select a date
2 Select the amount (participants, hours, vehicles, etc.)
Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 138.25
USD 138.25
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 69.12
USD 69.12
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
Instant ConfirmationUSD 0.00USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 138.25
USD 138.25
Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 69.12
USD 69.12
Child (Age 0-5)
free
free
GE Tax 4.166% and Harbor Fee 3% included
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    A gorgeous view of the Big Island sunset!
This sunset whale watch cruise includes a delicious "pupu" (appetizer) buffet and an open bar serving a variety of beverages, such as local beers on tap, tropical cocktails (including Kay's Cosmo), and a selection of wines, soft drinks and refreshing tropical juices. Although whale sightings are not guaranteed, they often make an appearance during the winter months.
Appetizer Buffet Menu: Spicy chicken wings, homemade BBQ meatballs, slider buns, vegetable crudité, and chips & salsa.

Not Guaranteed: Although it is likely that you will see a humpback whale during the tour, this package does not offer a guaranteed humpback whale sighting.
  • Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Pick-up:
    You can choose either Pick-up (additional fee) or Check-in (free).
    • From Kohala & Waikoloa Only free x per person
      From Kohala & Waikoloa Only free x per person
  • Inclusion: Soft drinks / Juice / Open bar (all-you-can-drink) / Appetizers / Cruise fee / Guide
  • Schedule
  •  
  • Pick-up/Check-in
    Time & Location
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  • Drop-off/Check-out
    Time & Location
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  • 15:00-15:30 Pick-up from Select Waikoloa & Kohala Hotels
  • 15:30 Check-in at Ocean Sports Kamaaina Korner (Kawaihae Harbor)
  • 16:00 Whales and Cocktails at Sunset (2 hrs)
    153649 Cruise along Kohala Coats, watch the beautiful sunset, enjoy delicious hot and cold pupus (appetizers) and tropical cocktails!
  • Check-out
Add-ons:
Vow Renewal + USD 40.00
Vow Renewal + USD 40.00
Renew your Vows at Sea! Includes a romantic ceremony for you and your love, Two (2) Fresh Flower Leis, Champagne Toast for the couple, and a commemorative certificate. Advance reservations required.
Package detail / Schedule
Notes
Restriction(s)
  • All Packages
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • All Packages
    • Cruises departing from Kawaihae Harbor require a government issued photo ID.
Additional Note(s)
  • All Packages
    • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
    • Large luggage (skis, surfboards, non-collapsible wheelchairs, golf bags, etc.) are allowed for an additional fee
    • Cruises departing from Anaeho’malu Bay (“A’bay”) are “wet boardings”. Depending on tide heights you may need to walk thru knee-deep water to board!
Activity provider
FAQ
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Can I go into the water on this tour?
  • No, this is strictly a whale watch sail adventure that doesn't include swimming.
Will you get wet on this activity?
  • You shouldn't get wet, unless you decide to sit at the front of the Catamaran on the netting. A whale might splash you but it's doubtful.
Are photo or video services available?
  • No, professional photo or video services are not available, but you are welcome to bring your own camera, just make sure it's strapped on.
What kind of boat will be used?
  • Sea Smoke [Departs from Anaeho'omalu Bay]: The Sea Smoke has won several awards, including accolades for voyages across the Pacific ocean. Incredible sailing experiences and ample deck space (58 feet long by 28 feet wide) make the Sea Smoke a favorite choice for excursions of all types.

    Alala [Departs from Kawaihae Harbor]: The Alala perfectly combines the best of a snorkel adventure vessel with the smooth comfort ideal for relaxing sunset cruises and oceanside soirees. At 65 feet long by 30 feet wide, this full-service catamaran can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 75 people. The vessel also includes functional restrooms, cabin space and other premium amenities.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
From USD 106.10
From USD 106.10

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(4.76/5.00) 4.76 / 5
(17 reviews)
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LATEST 5-STAR REVIEWS

Good excursion. Nice boat, pleasant staff, good refreshments and we saw whales!
by: Susan
We couldn't have asked for a better experience. The crew and marine naturalist were great. We were fortunate enough to see a lot of activity. Would definitely recommend.
We had an awesome time and saw more tails and fins than we had hoped for. We loved the running commentary on whales and learned lots. Thanks to the entire crew for a wonderful cruise, even though the ...more
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