Big Island of Hawaii
Whale Watching On The Big Island

Whale Watching On The Big Island

Big Island of Hawaii, USA
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Hawaii’s Big Island is home to migrating pods of humpback whales, which often breach as they build up energy for their northward migration. This narrated tour brings you to some of the best viewing grounds via 24-person catamaran. You’re able to hear the whales singing through the provided hydrophones. The tour provider guarantees whale sightings or the next trip is free.
  • View humpback whales in prime breaching season
  • Enjoy expert narration and listen to whales singing through provided hydrophones
  • Take in Big Island views aboard a small catamaran
  • Bottled water, light refreshments, and snacks provided

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hang Loose Boat Tours
    74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

    After turning into the harbor, TAKE the very first road to the RIGHT. Follow the road, pass Gentry's Kona Marine and a small gas station -Sea Store and Deli on the left, then TURN LEFT. As you drive in, you will see a small brown roof building to the right (restrooms). Meet crew under the pavilion.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in advanced pregnancy
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

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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418 reviews
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Whale tale
Paul_S, Mar 2024
Crew made sure we found some whales and shared their knowledge about the whales as well. Also shared some Hawaiian folklore.
Whale watching
Karen_R, Mar 2024
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
Great time
Traci_H, Mar 2024
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 Time
Joshua_S, Mar 2024
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!
So awesome
Ashley_Y, Mar 2024
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.
Whale tail
Nancy_C, Mar 2024
Lovely boat ride. Great crew. Saw several whales. Captain was knowledgeable about whales which is always a plus.
The day spent well
Luba_K, Mar 2024
It was one of the gorgeous days with unforgettable moments!!!! We enjoyed whale sightings as well dolphins with a nice crew and guests on the water on the beautiful catamaran. Breathtaking experience, highly recommend.!!!
Best ever whale experience.
Kenneth_L, Mar 2024
When we seen 2 tales at once. The information that was given to us was absolutely awesome. Good freaking job!!
Perfect Whale Watching Experience
David_S, Mar 2024
Truly an amazing and unforgettable experience! Crew was first rate. Great knowledge of whales, ecosystem and a good sense of humor. As the pictures show the whales cooperated too.
Professional crew with a...
Alyssa_W, Mar 2024
Professional crew with a great sense of humor. They were committed to us having a wonderful time and some amazing whale watching.
Super trip
Walter_C, Mar 2024
Great everything! Convenient, safe, informative, safe, and fun. Staff were informative, funny, and skillful.
Sheryl_G, Mar 2024
Got to see baby whales breaching!!! Great crew. Very knowledgeable. Saw lots of whales. Nice boat ride
February is good whale-watching season.
Marlene_H, Feb 2024
We saw several whales. Two pairs of mother and baby to watch. The crew was experienced, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
Great experience whale watching!
Mary_J, Feb 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed our whale watching trip! The crew were friendly, funny, and informative and we won't forget the experience of seeing the whales as close as possible. Highly recommend.
I recommend it because it’s worth sailing and seeing it live
Anita_K, Feb 2024
I was really looking forward to this trip and I dreamed of seeing whales live all my life I’m very happy that I managed to do it thanks to this young captain who tried to show it to us
Great day
Ann_J, Feb 2024
Great day! The crew was excellent and we saw a lot of whales. Mama and a baby, a few pairs, a pod of about 8 and a school of dolphins. Can’t wait to do it again.
Absolutely recommend
Kristine_O, Feb 2024
We truly enjoyed our whale watching excursion! Our captain was Aiden, with mate Jonah; they were great!! Aiden shared lots of whale information. We saw several whales... moms with babys & nurses. Aiden was very happy to keep us as close as he is allowed and then got everyones approval before moving to a new spot. Thank you!
Great tour to see whales if don’t want party boat
Maude_B, Feb 2024
Everyone was searching together to see breaching whales. Very friendly. Owner had microphone and gave great info on whales. Crew helped with photos. Saw whales and dolphins. Fun day
Just amazing. Saw so many...
Kathleen_D, Feb 2024
Just amazing. Saw so many whales. Got to see a few breach. Super friendly and funny guides. Can not recommend this excursion enough!
Tammie_L, Feb 2024
All we can say is OMG!! A must on your bucket list! We are bringing our family back and will do this again

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