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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Afternoon Sail with the Whales (3:00 PM)
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Adult/Child (Age 13 & over)
USD 106.10
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Youth (Age 6-12)
USD 53.05
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Child (Age 0-5)
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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)
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
  • Schedule
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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
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Cruises departing from Kawaihae Harbor require a government issued photo ID.
Additional Note(s)
    • 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!
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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
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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.

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(4.76/5.00) 4.76 / 5
(17 reviews)
Pick-up Not available
Duration 2.5 hour(s)
Availability Tue, Thu


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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