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Captain Zodiac - Whale Watch

Watching whales from a Zodiac boat is an amazing experience! Zodiac rafts are known as the perfect vessel to observe marine life. You are much closer to marine life, only a few feet off the water, and can watch them from basically an eye level position. Plus, everyone gets a front row seat! Zodiac rafts can also move faster and get into the perfect viewing position quickly.

Every winter, humpback whales migrate to the Hawaiian Islands to mate and give birth. Your naturalist Captain will explain the whales’ behaviors and get as close to them as possible and allowed (adhering to Federal MMPA viewing regulations). You’ll also get to listen to hydrophones relaying the whales’ communication with one another.

Tour Highlights:

  • Watch humpback whales along the Big Island's Kona Coast
  • Chance to see other marine life, including turtles and dolphins
  • See lava tubes, sea caves, blowholes and archways along the rugged shoreline
  • Small group atmosphere allows for a personal and intimate tour
Please note: In Captain Zodiac's efforts to minimizing human impact on Hawaii's environment, does not provide plastic bottles of water on the trip.  They encourage guests to use reusable water bottles and guests are welcome to bring their own or purchase available ones at check in.  There are fill-up stations available at the office and on the boat.
 big island whale watchCaptain Zodiac Whale Watch
Special Instructions
Where and When:
Check in at 7:45 am. Departs at 8:00 am and returns at 11:00 am.

Check in at Honokohau Harbor View Map
Driving directions: Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor is located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport (fourth traffic light) and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona (third traffic light). The harbor entrance (Kealakehe Parkway) can be found by looking for a sign on the highway marked HONOKOHAU MARINA between mile markers 97 & 98. After turning onto Kealakehe Parkway make your first right and look for a mall with a blue tile roof. Our office is the first on the right in the mall.
Children must be at least 4 years old to participate.
Due to the bouncy nature of the ride, pregnant women or people with back or neck problems may not participate.
Special Notes:
This tour might not be available if a cruise ship is visiting Kona on the day of your requested tour day.
Operation Days:
Daily except Wednesdays from January through mid-March
3 hours
Captain Zodiac
Big Island
16 passengers
Tour is on a 24-foot Zodiac raft that is U.S. Coast Guard certified and inspected yearly by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Total : $0.00


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