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Big Island of Hawaii Whale Watching tours

Big Island of Hawaii Whale Watching Tours

One of the most popular and fun things to do on the Big Island in the winter months (December through April) is whale watching. This is when thousands of Pacific humpback whales make the journey from the waters off Alaska to Hawaii’s warm waters to breed and give birth to their young. During Hawaii’s whale season you can go on a whale watching cruise along the Big Island’s Kona or Kohala Coast. There are so many whales in Hawaii during peak whale season that locals refer to the ocean as "whale soup." Marine mammal specialists estimate that up to 10,000 of these magnificent giants vacation in Hawaii’s warm waters during the winter months.
 
Even though it is possible to spot the whales from shore using binoculars, a whale watch cruise gets you closer to these majestic mammals. By law, the boats must stop 100 yards away from a whale, but these incredibly curious animals often swim by closer than that. They may even treat your senses to the scent of whale breath and their amazing whale songs. Many vessels are equipped with a special hydrophone system so that you can listen to the unique underwater songs of the whales. 

Humpback whales are not the only whales in Hawaii’s waters.  Other whales that make the island waters their home year-round include sperm whales, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and the rare beaked whales. These whales, called cetacean whales, are toothed whales and are generally found a bit further off shore.

Hawaii Discount offers the best Big Island whale watching tours at discounted prices. Reserve your tickets today!


Popular Big Island Whale Watching Tours


Captain Zodiac - Whale Watch
From: $70.00
You save: $14.00
Duration: 3 hours


This Big Island whale watch tour combines whale watching with rafting. Come aboard Captain Zodiac's raft for a fun cruise up the Kona Coast and watch humpback whales up close!

Hawaii Oceanic - Humpback Whale Watch Tour
From: $99.00
You save: $13.65
Duration: 2 hours


Departing from the Honokohau Harbor, this Kona whale watching tour is a fun adventure for the whole family. Hop on board the Pueo Kai (Ocean Owl) and watch whales off the Big sland's Kona Coast.

Neptune Charlies - Big Island Whale Watch Adventure
From: $71.87
You save: $13.87
Duration: 3 hours


See Pacific humpback whales in their natural habitat on this exciting Big Island whale watching tour. Listen to the whales communicate with each other using the on board hydrophone.

Body Glove - Afternoon Whale Watching Tour
From: $82.50
You save: $11.81
Duration: 2.5 hours


Come aboard Body Glove's 65-foot catamaran and enjoy a whale watching cruise along the Big Island's ona Coast. A certified marine naturalist is on board who will share interesting facts about these majestic mammals.

Ocean Sports - Signature Whale Watch
From: $90.00
You save: $9.00
Duration: 2 hours


Ocean Sports offers a Big Island whale watch tour along the Kohala Coast. Delicious snacks and soft drinks are included.

Ocean Sports - Whales & Cocktails
From: $105.00
You save: $14.00
Duration: 2 hours


Enjoy an afternoon whale watching cruise along the Kohala Coast. This tour includes snacks and an open bar.

Ocean Sports - Breakfast with the Whales
From: $105.00
You save: $14.00
Duration: 2 hours


Enjoy a continental breakfast at sea and do some whale watching in the same time. This is truly a unique way to start your day!

Ocean Encounters - Whale Watch Tour
From: $75.00
You save: $10.73
Duration: 2.5 hours


Come see the humpback whales as they frolic in the Hawaiian waters, just off the Big Island's Kona Coast.

Blue Sea Cruises - Whale Watch Cruise
From: $80.50
You save: $14.52
Duration: 2.5 hours


The Hawaiian Islands host the largest seasonal population of humpback whale activity in the world. Join the crew of Blue Sea Cruises and watch whales up close. Plenty of great photo opportunities!