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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Honolulu, United States
Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Go whale-watching off the coast of Oahu on this excursion from Waikiki or Ko Olina. During the months from December to May, pods of humpback whales migrate through Hawaii's warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. With a small group of people, watch the gentle giants swim, feed, breach and play around your boat. In the rare event that you don't see any whales, you will be allowed to do the tour again for free. Snacks are included.
  • Half-day whale-watching excursion from Waikiki
  • Board a catamaran or monohull for a 2-hour cruise to spot humpback whales
  • Bust out binoculars to see the mighty mammals swim, play or feed
  • Learn more about the migration pattern of humpback whales from your expert guide
  • Bring your own lunch to enjoy, or nibble on provided snacks

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The boat can fit 40+, but the tour is limited to 24 people—meaning there's plenty of room to wander around for unobstructed views.
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Whale watching tour
Snacks
Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Lunch
Transportation. Meet at Kewalo Harbor Slip F28.

Departure Point

Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

Kewalo Basin Harbor, Slip F28 - Hawaii Nautical - Honi Olani

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Bring along your own food on the excursion, or enjoy complimentary snacks and nonalcoholic beverages on board. This tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress accordingly.

Board a monohull boat or catamaran with your small tour group and meet your friendly captain and crew, who have thousands of hours of whale-spotting under their belts. Listen as they share their knowledge about this majestic species and feel free to ask any questions. The gentle giants arrive in Hawaii in December and spend time splashing, breaching, feeding and swimming in the warm Hawaiian water. Watch for tail slaps, breaches and water spouting from the whale's blowholes. 

In the unlikely event that you don't see any whales, you can return for a free ride trip and try again.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Nautical
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don’t forget to bring cash for gratuities like I did!" See review
  • "It's only 1.5 hours, which is far too short to do a whale watch." See review
  • "We were given vouchers for a complementary sail which we may use later in the week if time allows." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Not ideal for senior citizens
Mark_R
, Jan 2022
Seeing the humpbacks in their native environment was wonderful! However, this particular excursion was more targeted at the younger crowd than we senior citizens. They blasted loud music throughout the tour, they asked everyone to remove their shoes, and nearly everyone was drinking alcohol.
star-5
Great experience.. highly recommend!
Alan_S
, Jan 2022
Lots of whales sighted. Fun boat ride…. Beautiful weather and great hosts! Would not hesitate to do it again snd refer friends.
star-3
Good experience but a little crowded
Stacy_T
, Jan 2022
We saw whales at a distance and then one close up. That was very cool. Definitely had lots of people on board, so quite a bit more crowded than anticipated. Everyone was nice and the drinks were good.
star-5
Whale Watching
Jaclyn_H
, Jan 2022
The crew were amazing! We had such a great time a got to see a few whales while enjoying the view of the island. I highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Fun tour!
Liz_W
, Jan 2022
Fun and educational! The captain was very good at spotting whales, but it was too hard to get any good pictures due to being too far away. We did certainly see whales though, and drinks were readily available!
star-5
Great experience, saw a...
Yesenia_H
, Jan 2022
Great experience, saw a lot of whales. The crew was amazing and very experienced. Thanks Lisa, Clay and Nicole!
star-3
Just ok
Allison_Z
, Jan 2022
Great time on the boat. Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales. We did get a voucher to go on a future trip that they say doesn’t expire. Most likely will not be able to use it as unsure if we will return to Oahu. The staff was nice but often not available for drinks. The website said they are only allowing 24 people on board and it holds 48. There was definitely over 24 people on board. If that COVID rule is not being followed it needs to be taken off the website.
star-4
Nice boat ride
Becky_B
, Jan 2022
Great crew, very good about serving drinks, we saw a few whales and catamaran was smooth sailing. Kinda pricey tho for 1.5 hours.
star-5
Our Whale of an Adventure
Michael_G
, Jan 2022
Calm waters, amazing crew, outstanding hospitality by our crew and poignant memories shared with my husband of 42 years!
star-5
A great day for Whale Watching
Malesia_W
, Jan 2022
It was an awesome morning to be on the water. The crew was great. Very friendly and did an awesome job taking care of the passengers. We were very fortunate to see a couple of whales surface.

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