Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

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Kailua-Kona, US
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Kailua-Kona, US
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Experience the thrill of a lifetime on the Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure! Get up close and personal with the majestic humpback whales as they migrate to the Hawaiian Marine Park. From the comfort of a 24-foot Zodiac raft, you'll witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Following marine park regulations, you'll stay at least 100 yards away from the whales, but don't be surprised if they come right under the boat! Your knowledgeable captain will provide a fascinating narrative about the humpback whales as you scan the horizon for their blows and flukes. Bring your camera to capture breathtaking photographs from a safe distance. With beverages and snacks included, this three-hour tour is action-packed from start to finish. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure!

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
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Close up look at migrating humpback whales
  • Informative narrative about the Humpback whales
  • Breath taking photographs from 100 yards away
  • Action-packed three-hour tour
  • Beverages and snacks included
  • Beverages (sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) and snacks
  • Rafting expedition
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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Experience the thrill of a lifetime with the Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure! Get up close and personal with the awe-inspiring humpback whales in the beautiful Hawaiian Marine Park. This unforgettable tour takes place on a 24-foot Zodiac raft, allowing you to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Adhering to marine park laws, you'll stay at least 100 yards away from the whales, but that won't stop them from coming right under the boat and captivating you with their curiosity.

What to Expect?

Join this adventure and immerse yourself in the seasonal homecoming of humpback whales as they calve and mate in the warm Hawaiian waters. With twin-powered Zodiac boats, your experienced captain will navigate the vast ocean, scanning for any signs of these majestic beauties. As you marvel at their blows, splashes, and flukes, your captain will provide fascinating insights into the humpback whales' behavior and habitat. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture breathtaking photographs from a safe distance of 100 yards. Throughout the three-hour tour, every moment will be filled with excitement and action.

Who is this for?

This adventure is perfect for anyone seeking an extraordinary wildlife encounter. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a family looking for a memorable experience, or a couple seeking a romantic getaway, the Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure is sure to leave you in awe of the wonders of the ocean. This tour is suitable for all ages and no prior boating experience is required. So, gather your loved ones and embark on a thrilling expedition that will create lasting memories for everyone.

Why Book This?

The Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure offers a unique and exhilarating opportunity to witness humpback whales in their natural habitat. Unlike larger tour boats, the Zodiac raft allows for a more intimate and personal experience, bringing you closer to these majestic creatures. The knowledgeable captain will provide an informative narrative, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of the humpback whales. With the ability to cover vast distances, you'll have a greater chance of encountering these incredible animals. Additionally, the tour includes beverages and snacks, ensuring you stay refreshed throughout the adventure. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with a newfound respect for the beauty and power of nature.

Good to Know

During the tour, there will be a short snack break, so make sure to relax and recharge before the next thrilling encounter with the whales. The Zodiac raft follows strict marine park laws, ensuring the safety and well-being of both the whales and passengers. The tour departs from Captain Zodiac's office located at the Honokohau Marina, conveniently situated just a short distance from Kona Airport and Kailua-Kona. Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure as you embark on this incredible journey.


Customers have raved about their experiences on the Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure. They were amazed by the close encounters with the humpback whales and the captain's informative narration. Many expressed that the tour exceeded their expectations and was a highlight of their trip to Hawaii. Passengers were thrilled to capture incredible photographs of the whales and appreciated the small group size, allowing for a more personalized experience. Overall, customers were highly satisfied with the tour and would recommend it to anyone seeking an unforgettable wildlife adventure.

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This was a great trip! Marco & Devonte were so informative & entertaining! Saw a whole family of whales & several others breaching!


This was an awesome trip! Marco & Devonte gave us so much great information while also being super entertaining. We saw multiple whales breaching all the way out of the water & saw a full whale family- mom, baby, & escort. It was a day of decent size waves but Marvo's driving kept it a pretty calm ride. By kids ages 10 & 14 loved it!


Has a great day on the water. Was a bit bumpy, but Captain Marco. DeVante and Sandy made it a ton of fun. The shoreline is absolutely beautiful and we got to see a brand new baby calf with mom and chaperone which is extremely rare at the end of the season! Highly recommend this excursion and would do it again 😊


My family enjoyed themselves. We did see whales and even saw a baby whale. We had a great time and would recommend doing this when you visit the island.


Captain Marco and Devonte made the trip so fun! They both are so knowledgeable about marine life and Hawaii. We saw many breaches and even got to see a baby whale. It was an amazing tour, highly recommend!


Our 3-hour zodiac experience was exceptionally good. Had a great time and were lucky to have many encounters with a pod of whales on our 50th wedding anniversary. This experience in this beautiful part of the ocean in this beautiful part of the world was the highlight of our trip. Ashley and Shannon were expert and exceptional guides, knew where to look for beautiful marine life, and were very knowledgeable and friendly. The hydraphone was an added bonus and we were able to listen to them communicate with each other. Our safety and having a very positive experience was their number one priority. Riding the zodiac in the ocean is unique and puts you up close and personal during your whale watching tour. I highly recommend this company and this tour during whale season. Can't say enough positive things about our experience which we'll cherish for many years to come.


Our captain and crew were amazing! They made us comfortable from the start. We saw whales within 20 minutes and dolphins and even a sea turtle. It was super fun flying across the waves on the raft. we loved hearing the whales’ songs when the microphone was dropped in the water.


What an amazing trip late in the whale watching season. CPT Ashley put in the spot to see 10+ breaches and listened to some amazing whale song. Would higjly recommend and lok forward to.another great ride.


So I will not knock the staff at all as they made the trip what it was. We had captain Marco and Deonte as co-captain. They were awesome the boat is wonderful and super fun however the whales were lackluster at best. These are the navy seal type boats and they are fast and bumpy and that makes it soooo much more fun in my opinion. I get seasick on catamarans and larger boats but never on these little rockets so that is a plus! I was super disappointed that we went south this day instead north up to the Kohala coast which you absolutely see the most whales. Each time going north to Kohala coast, you can see whales playing and breaching etc even from shore. We spent the day going south past kona and down past Captain Cook monument and saw zilch. Captain Marco did his best to entertain and we saw cool things down the coast and he even let those that had bathing suits on take a dip in the captain cook monument area which has amazing snorkeling in that area. However only after getting enough radio chatter did we spot a mama and baby just swimming along on our way back to port (boring!). Ive been on enough whale watching expeditions to know this was a lackluster one in terms of viewing them, but the boat was super fun and the crew made up for it so that is why Im giving it a 4. Marco could have just gave up but he didn't so for that I say thank you with a 4stars. We were out from 11:45-3ish. I would highly suggest beginning of day or end of day instead of this middle of day adventure. Ive done them all and this is the second time Ive been basically skunked on the middle of day trek.


Amazing experience. Saw many Humpback whales and their babies. The boat ride was authentic, awesome crew, way exceeded our expectations.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-24 23:01