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Whale Watching On The Big Island

4.8 (417)
Kailua-Kona, US

Whale Watching On The Big Island

4.8 (417)
Kailua-Kona, US
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Experience the thrill of whale watching on the Big Island with this incredible activity. Hop aboard our fast powered catamaran, equipped with shade and a bathroom, and cruise along the coast in search of majestic humpback whales. From December to mid-April, these magnificent creatures migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see them up close. Our modern passenger catamaran is designed for open ocean conditions, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey as you take in breathtaking views of the island. Sit back, relax, and let our professional guide lead you to the best spots for whale sightings. Drinks and snacks are included, and there is a restroom onboard for your convenience. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience - book your seat now and get ready for an adventure like no other.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Big Island while embarking on an unforgettable journey of whale watching. Allow yourself to be captivated by the magnificent creatures of the sea as you sail along the coast on our fast-powered catamaran. With shade and an onboard bathroom for your convenience, we ensure your comfort throughout the experience. Join us between December and mid-April, when the humpback whales make their way to Hawaii's warm waters, and witness their majestic presence up close. We even offer a guarantee - if you don't see any whales, you can come back for free!

What to expect?

Embark on a 2.5-hour journey aboard our modern passenger catamaran, specially designed to handle open ocean conditions while providing a smooth and enjoyable ride. Allow yourself to relax and soak in the breathtaking views of Hawaii's stunning landscapes while keeping an eye out for the magnificent humpback whales in their natural habitat. Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks during the trip, and for your convenience, there is a restroom onboard.

Who is this for?

This whale watching experience is for nature enthusiasts, animal lovers, and anyone seeking a unique and mesmerizing adventure. Whether you're a solo traveler, couple, or a family, this excursion promises an incredible opportunity to witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. It's an experience that appeals to both first-time visitors to Hawaii and those who have been enchanted by its beauty before.

Why book this?

Embarking on this whale watching tour offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the wonders of nature in its purest form. The experience of sighting humpback whales against the backdrop of Hawaii's scenic coast is truly unforgettable. Our modern catamaran ensures your comfort and safety as you cruise the open ocean, providing ample space to relax and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. With the guarantee of spotting whales or a free return trip, this adventure is an absolute must on your Hawaiian itinerary.

Good to know

Before your trip, make your way to the Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor. Follow the directions provided, and you'll find our crew waiting for you under the pavilion. It's recommended to arrive early to ensure a smooth departure. While onboard, drinks and snacks are included for your enjoyment. The catamaran is equipped with a restroom to ensure your comfort throughout the journey. So sit back, relax, and get ready for an incredible encounter with these magnificent creatures.


Previous participants of our whale watching tour have expressed their sheer joy and amazement at witnessing the humpback whales up close. Many have marveled at the beauty of the Big Island's coastline and appreciated the modern amenities and comfortable experience provided on the catamaran. The guarantee of seeing whales or a free return trip has left our customers satisfied and eager to recommend this experience to others. Don't miss out on this opportunity to create unforgettable memories and gain a deeper appreciation for the incredible marine life found in Hawaii's waters.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Honokohau Small Boat Harbor


Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor

Hang Loose Boat Tours



4.8 (417)


Our captain and crew were wonderful! We got to see several whales. Breeches, flukes, and blowholes! Our son's 24 birthday was very memorable. They offered a good variety of snacks and drinks. We also saw spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks that hangout at the entrance to the Marina. The music was also very good and bonus fun.


Crew made sure we found some whales and shared their knowledge about the whales as well. Also shared some Hawaiian folklore.


Family of three - had a really fun time. The crew was attentive, snacks and cold drinks included. We were very happy to spot 2 whales. Didn’t get to see come out of the water but did see tails

Karen R

Really fun, we spotted 2 whales and got to follow for a while. Good crew, provided snacks and cold drinks. Overall good experience


The trip left as scheduled but it quickly became clear the experience was not going to be great. The waves were hitting the boat hard and we had to turn around. We got so wet on the way back that it felt like we were having a bucket of water tossed directly at us every minute or two. But. Weather and conditions are not the fault of Hang Loose Boat Tours. The crew (Aiden and Jonah) took very good care of us and kept us safe. They were very apologetic about not giving us the experience we expected. While they can't control the weather, they can control how they respond to it. And they did well. We were unable to reschedule due to our constraints and received a full refund with no hassle.


The crew was super friendly and great! The boat was very comfortable. We spotted the three whales and tracked them. The boat captain knew a lot and was able to answer your questions. Good snacks and they kept making sure you had a drink and got some snacks.


Great experience! The Captain (Bryce) and Jonah (forgot the other crew member’s name) did a great job. Funny, knowledgeable and enjoyable all around. Highly recommend.


Great trip! We saw several whales and the guide an crew were awesome. Very comfortable boat with shade and seating. They provided sandwiches and drinks. Enjoyed it!


The water was rough! We were headed to a certain spot that had lots of whales the day before. Halfway there we had to turn around because the wind was up to 50mph. We ended up going to the south end and saw a mama and baby. It was so amazing!! The little baby was having a great time and breeched so many times. A couple of people were sea sick and I even felt a little sick but it was worth the experience.


It was a great experience and we would do it again. The tour before ours got to see some big whale breaching, however we did not, luck of the draw. However, we did see several whales and was still very happy with our experience.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-12 20:57