Big Island of Hawaii

Guaranteed Dolphin and Whale Watch Tour in Kona

Big Island of Hawaii, USA
2 5 Hour Whale Watching Experience in Kona
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Increase your chances of spotting the Kona coast’s most spectacular marine wildlife with this dolphin- and whale-watching excursion led by Big Island experts. Set off with a skipper and naturalist guides who know exactly where the best observation areas are. Marvel at more than a dozen species of whales and dolphins all year round. Take in views of the coastline and snap photos while you learn about the Kona ecosystem.
  • Admire a variety of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Naturalist guides on board to help spot and identify the local fauna
  • Comfortable boat with plenty of seating room and unobstructed views
  • Morning or afternoon tour times to fit your sightseeing schedule

What's Included

  • Cold Drinks – Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Professional Crew
  • Whales!

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 275 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

      We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your tour. All guests need to meet at our company sign on the south-central side of the marina, 20 minutes prior to departure.

    Start time

    08:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 46 travelers
    Operated by Hawaiian Adventures

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Great staff who were very professional, thoughtful and considerate. I would recommend this tour again.


    169 reviews
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    I will do this again
    Heather_K, Mar 2024
    Our guide was a marine biologist. It was exciting. They found whales and dolphins constantly. This was my first experience listening to the whale sounds underwater. It was incredible.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    It's always special when we get to listen through our hydrophone! Thank you for joining us!
    Fun with humpback whales
    Gail_K, Mar 2024
    We had a great time watching the Moms and baby humpback whales. Knowable and friendly naturalist guide and boat captain was greay
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    The season for baby humpbacks is here and we're loving every encounter! We're so happy you enjoyed the trip!
    Sandra_M, Mar 2024
    We had the best time. Captain Shane was very knowledgeable. We saw whales, dolphins, flying fish, and even a monk seal. I would do this tour with captain Shane over and over again
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We appreciate your praise of our awesome crew and are glad you had such a wildlife-rich day on the water with us!
    We had a blast!
    Mark_H, Mar 2024
    Hard place to find but so worth it!! Capt. Shane & Julie Ann we aweseome! Very accommodating and so much fun! Their guarantee to see whales and dolphins did not disappoint! The boat itself was fantstic and FAST! Very comfortable, too! We had a fantstic time and if we ever get back to Kona, we will definitely do it again!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thank you for coming out with us for a memorable day on the water. We would love to see you again in the future for another adventure!
    Best whale watch ever!
    Jack_T, Mar 2024
    The crew was very experienced and fun. We saw numerous whales and dolphins! The best whale watch we have been on.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Our passionate team is the heart of our adventures! We appreciate you coming out with us and are glad you enjoyed the experience!
    Love it
    livier_c, Mar 2024
    Wonderful experience it really worth it. And highly recommended for those who love to see the animals in their natural habitat
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We're so happy that you had a wonderful experience watching Kona's marine life with us! The best place to be is on the sea!
    Great experience!
    Sheryl_A, Mar 2024
    We saw a Monk seal, many dolphins and several whales including a Mom and her baby. The boat was very nice and the crew helpful and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    So much marine life in just a few hours on the water! Thank you for joining us on our adventure!
    Spectacular viewings of humpback whale and calf, and spinner dolphins
    Maja_F, Mar 2024
    We followed a humpback whale and her calf, and and escort whale for quite a while. Watching them "blow", dive, slap their pectoral fin, and even breach a couple times was absolutely breathtaking. I prayed we would see a whale in the wild. God answered way beyond my hopes!! The operators were extremely knowledgeable. I learned alot! The boat was so clean, it looked brand new.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thank you for coming out with us! We are so happy your dream came true and you had a memorable experience with us!
    donna_g, Mar 2024
    This was the highlight of our week in Hawaii. We were so thrilled to be able to do this on our anniversary and it was the absolute best!!! We saw several humpbacks and even saw four breaching and showing off. We saw about 70 bottlenose dolphins swimming together and that was quite a sight. The boat was nice and very comfortable. There were no bad seats on the boat and everyone got to see and watch every beautiful sight. It was fantastic start to finish.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    What a fantastic anniversary adventure! We're so glad you enjoyed the trip and all of the amazing wildlife encounters!
    Amazing experience and crew
    RebeccaLinnea_J, Mar 2024
    The captain and the women who were telling about the whales and dolphins! They did a very good job! It was easy to find and figure out how to meet up. The only thing which could have been better was the payment, because we had troubles paying and had to call to get help. But I actually don't think it was their fault. So overall it was a amazing experience and something I will never forget
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We're glad you enjoyed the trip and our awesome crew! We hope those memories from our adventure last a lifetime!
    One With Nature
    Susan_N, Mar 2024
    It’s a must experience life adventure to view humpback whales. Captain Andrew and Olivia were fantastic!!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We agree! The humpback season is a special time and a must-do when visiting the island. We're thrilled you had a great time with us on our adventure!
    Nice staff, wasn’t 3.5 hours though
    LaPrice_S, Mar 2024
    The staff is very friendly. Wasn’t a 3.5 hour trip as paid for. It was 2.50-2.45 in time. A bit misleading
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We appreciate your kind words about our staff! From Dec 15- March 23 our humpback-focused whale watching tours are 2.5- 3 hours long. During the rest of the year, we run our 3-4-hour long tours! We hope you enjoyed the trip and we appreciate you coming out with us.
    Great Experience
    Cody_H, Mar 2024
    It was a fun tour! So lucky to see a whale breaching and take a video!! The meeting point was easy to find, and the crew were very friendly!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Breaching whales are always a spectacular sight! We're glad you had fun and thank you for coming out with us!
    Best whale watching tour of my life!
    Laura_B, Mar 2024
    This was one of the best whale watching tours I have ever been on! We got to see 3 hump back calves with their mammas, a male hump back, bottle nose dolphins and spinner dolphins! Olivia and Andrew were awesome - extremely knowledgeable about the sea life and very warm, welcoming and approachable! The catamaran was very comfortable and the floor was a cool foam material. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thank you for coming out with us! Our awesome crew appreciates your review and we're happy you enjoyed the comfort of our boat Artemis!
    Jeffrey_S, Mar 2024
    The state of the art boat was amazing. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and fun. Although a boat built for 50 people, we did not feel packed in. Whales, spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins, sea turtles were all seen!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    We appreciate your review and are glad you enjoyed our new boat! Mahalo for joining our wildlife adventure!
    Awesome trip
    Cathy_K, Feb 2024
    Knowledgeable staff who knew right where to go! Amazing trip. Captain Carl, Amy and Josh had a wealth of information.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Our crew thanks you! We appreciate your review and are thrilled you enjoyed our adventure!
    Outstanding day!
    Vicky_B, Feb 2024
    We saw marine life from the time we left the marine til the time we came back. Amazing day ❤️ spinner dolphins, bottle nose dolphins, lots and lots of breaches. A adult breached at least 5 times right next to the boat. Mama and calf playing, the calf breached a dozen or more times. Hundreds of spinner dolphins. Carl and Jason are very good at their jobs. Would highly recommend 👌
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    The wildlife search begins before we even leave the harbor! Thank you for joining our whale-watching adventure and we are so glad you had a memorable trip!
    Fantastic experience!
    Naomi_T, Feb 2024
    Captain Carl and crew were very knowledgeable, engaging and passionate and marine life. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience. The boat was big and very clean and offered many different vantage points to see the animals.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Our awesome crew thanks you! We love what we do and it's a fantastic time to go whale watching in Kona. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the experience on our new boat Artemis! Mahalo!
    Larry_F, Feb 2024
    Great crew amazing sights. Saw the whales breathe the water. Saw calf’s with their mothers. It was well worth it!!
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    We are happy to hear you had a great trip! Thank you for choosing us for your adventure!
    Great day at sea
    Colleen_Z, Feb 2024
    Captain & crew did a great job. Very knowledgeable. The weather was perfect. We saw turtles, bottlenose & spinner dolphins and, of course, humpback whales. Highly recommend this tour!
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Mahalo! It was a great day on the water and we appreciate you joining us!
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