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North Shore Winter Whale Watch Sailing (from Haleiwa)


Head out on an intimate whale watch from Oahu's remote North Shore and sail in search of the majestic and elusive Hawaii winter visitors, the Humpback Whales.

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Join the friendly crew of the Ho'o Nanea as you sail along the North Shore looking for Humpback Whales. The North Shore has more whale sightings than any other location on Oahu, and cruising along the coastline provides panoramic views of the famous surfing spots and picturesque mountains. As the captain shares the history of the island, the underwater hydrophone lets you hear singing and clicking between the groups of humpbacks.
Please Note! This activity only operates in the winter. Please book the North Shore Sea Turtle Swim & Sail (from Haleiwa Harbor) or North Shore Catamaran Waimea Bay Summer Snorkel Sail (from Haleiwa Harbor) during the summer and fall months.
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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. North Shore Catamaran cannot accept responsibility for damage to personal belongings.
Are you required to wear a life jacket?
  • Life jackets are not required to be worn by adults but they are mandatory for children under the age of 12. Life jackets are available throughout the boat in case of emergency.
Will you get wet on this activity?
  • There's a slight possibility of getting wet when making turns, but the captain will always try to warn the group.
Are we allowed to bring alcohol on the boat?
  • Yes, there is a huge cooler stocked with bottled water and soda on board. You are welcome to BYOB and snacks, but please do not bring your own cooler. Cups and bottle openers are provided. If you bring alcohol, please bring your ID to show the captain.
What kind of boat will be used?
  • The Ho'o Nanea is a 40-foot sailing catamaran designed to cut through the water effortlessly, providing a stable and comfortable ride. The boat has a maximum capacity of 19 passengers, but sometimes sails with less, offering an intimate experience for each visitor. Ho'o Nanea means "to pass the time in peace and comfort," reflecting its smooth handling and relaxing ride on the North Shore!
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.


(4.56/5.00) 4.56 / 5
(39 reviews)
Pick-up Not available
Duration 2.5 - 3 hour(s)
Availability Daily


by: Dave
Everything was great. The crew was very informative and answered all the questions we had. And since they new what to look for, we were able to see some whales off in the distance.
by: Alice
This by far was one of the most exciting excursion of the vacation. We saw a ton of whales. We would definitely do this again.
We went out w Capt and Sammy and had such a fun day whale watching. It was an awesome experience and they really made us feel at ease. Mahalo!
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