Kailua-Kona
Whale Watching & Dolphin Tours

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Our most recommended Kailua-Kona Dolphin & Whale Watching

Big Island: Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook & Marine Life Tour

1. Big Island: Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook & Marine Life Tour

Experience a true Hawaiian adventure and observe Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins as they travel along the coast. Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and marvel at the range of corals and marine life.  Your modern, 24-passenger catamaran allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view of Kona’s coast while enjoying on board snacks and beverages. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the memory of this unique excursion.

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Kailua-Kona: Whale Watching Cruise

2. Kailua-Kona: Whale Watching Cruise

Hawaii is the only state in the United States where humpback whales mate, calve and nurse their young. Humpbacks may find Hawaii suitable because of the warm waters, the underwater visibility, the variety of ocean depths and the lack of natural predators. Mothers can be seen breaching alongside their calves and males can be seen competing with one another for females in fierce head-to-head battles. Join a 2.5-hour cruise as you follow these magnificent sea creatures and listen to their singing using the underwater hydrophones. Snacks and beverages will be available during your cruise providing a unique and memorable experience for the whole family.

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Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

3. Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

Set sail along the beautiful Kona coast on a 3-hour snorkeling trip. At historic Kealakekua Bay, you’ll see the Captain Cook Monument. Snorkel in pristine waters along the reef in the marine sanctuary. With your marine camera, take photos of the colorful fish, pods of spinner dolphins, and the landscaped ledges of ancient lava flows. Enjoy site briefings and snorkeling tips from the crew members. Life jackets, floatation noodles, viewfinder boards, masks, fins, and snorkels are all provided. The crew will help you enter and exit the water if needed and will provide fish identification cards. They will even take you on a guided snorkeling tour.

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Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkeling Expereince and BBQ

4. Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkeling Expereince and BBQ

You will need to arrive at 7:30 AM for your 8 AM departure and cruise through protected marine sanctuaries. Cruise ten miles down the Kona Coast to the snorkel destination, a protected marine sanctuary. Relax, you will have over two hours of water time to enjoy the marine life, underwater topography, and coral reef. Cruise in comfort! The boat’s main lower deck features a large shaded cabin with cushioned seating, tables, a premium bar, three restrooms, and freshwater showers. You won’t go hungry. Enjoy a light breakfast of tropical fruits, assorted pastries, bagels, juices, teas, and Kona coffee. While you're taking in the fun, the crew prepares lunch. After snorkeling, belly up to a full-service premium cash bar, featuring a large selection of liquors, mixes, and local brews. This boat hosts one of the only blenders on the Kona Coast. Your mask, fins, snorkel, and prescription masks will be provided to you. For beginners, a friendly “Snorkel 101 Class” is available from the lifeguard-trained crew. A host of flotation toys, including noodles, vests, inner tubes, and even “Sea View Boards” for those who don’t want to get their face wet. They even include the use of stand-up paddleboards and an array of other flotation devices at no additional cost. Kids of all ages love the 20’ waterslide and high dive platform. If you want to kick back and do nothing, check out the floating “relaxation station”, the crew will swim you out refreshments. More adventurous guests can rent a GoPro or wetsuit.

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Honokohau: Kona Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

5. Honokohau: Kona Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Take a trip to see humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean, with guaranteed sightings. Enjoy an up-close experience with these magnificent creatures. Head to Honokohau Harbor to board the 53-foot sailing catamaran and start your tour. Cruise along the Kona coastline as you admire the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the unique behavior of whales from your experienced captain and guides. Watch these gentle giants and they fluke, spy hop, and breach out of the water.

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Kona: 1.5-Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tour

6. Kona: 1.5-Hour Guaranteed Whale Watching Tour

See humpback whales play and splash in the deep blue Pacific waters as you zip along Waikoloa's amazing coastline. You will enjoy a fast-paced coastal whale watch on Kona’s newest powerboat, providing a wonderful vantage point to see humpback whales. Hawaii is known as one of the best places in the world to go whale watching, as the humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warm waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands to give birth. On this tour you will learn all about the whales' unique behavior, and just why their long journey is so important. You will learn all of this information whilst watching them fluke, spy hop, spout, and breach out of the water. After more than a hour out at sea learning about these fascinating mammals, you will be returned back to the pier, marking the end of your whale watching experience.

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Kailua Kona: Humpback Whale Watching Adventure Cruise

7. Kailua Kona: Humpback Whale Watching Adventure Cruise

See majestic humpback whales and listen to them sing on this whale watching cruise from Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Over 8,000 humpback whales journey over 3,500 miles to Hawaii every year. Between December and April, these incredible creatures gather to breed and raise their young. This 2.5-hour whale-watching experience in Kona offers you an incredible opportunity to view humpback whales up close in their natural habitats. Hear the whales sing with unique underwater hydrophones. Keep your eyes open for other marine creatures like spinner dolphins, pilot and sperm whales, manta rays, sea turtles, and more. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you can join the cruise again for free.

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Honokohau: Kona Snorkel and Sail with Drinks and Snacks

8. Honokohau: Kona Snorkel and Sail with Drinks and Snacks

Head to the meeting point and step aboard a stunning 53-foot catamaran. Be greeted by the friendly captain and crew, then set off along the scenic Kona coastline.  Soak up stunning views of the shore and the ocean, and look out for dolphins, green sea turtles, and seasonal whales (December to April). Enjoy a stop to cool off in the crystal clear water, and go snorkeling in search of colorful fish and fascinating coral reef. Back onboard, enjoy a refreshing alcoholic drink and some tasty snacks. 

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Big Island: Kohala Coast Wildlife Snorkel with Lunch

9. Big Island: Kohala Coast Wildlife Snorkel with Lunch

Relax with a trip on which you are guaranteed to see dolphins, turtles, or whales (when in-season December-April). If not, you can come back for free on same-value or lesser-value trips. Hop aboard this terrific snorkel power catamaran, with ample seating and shade. Enjoy the coastal sights and a refreshing swim and snorkel. In-water assistance from expert crew is included. A picnic lunch, soda, juice, and water will be served. Hawaii is known as one of the best places in the world to go whale watching, (when in-season December-April) as the humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warm waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands to give birth. Learn about the whales' unique behavior and why their long journey is so important as you watch them fluke, spy hop, spout, and breach out of the water. You should wear your swimsuit and bring a light jacket, sunscreen, towel, and camera.

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What people are saying about Kailua-Kona

Overall rating

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based on 1 reviews

Our whale watching tour was totally successful! We saw several whales in the distance, coming in and out of the water. The captain and mate were so kind and intent on giving us a great adventure. They were successful!

We throughly enjoyed our ride. It gave us a great taste of being on the ocean and looking for whales. Even got a peak at these great creatures!

Wonderful! Could have enjoyed an entire day of this activity with this crew. Felt very supported in safety and to have fun!

Beautiful new catamaran - excellent equipment - wonderful hosts

wonderful day! crew very nice. Captain Bob very nice