Waikoloa Whale Watch Cruise in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii NauticalAnaehoomalu BayWaikoloa, HI 96738
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Offered by Hawaii Nautical, the Kona-Koahala Whale Watch Cruise lets guests enjoy a scenic powerboat adventure at sea, departing from the Honokohau Harbor. The cruise includes chips, mixed nuts, Chex Mix, non-alcoholic beverages and picturesque views of majestic humpback whales during winter and early spring. Passengers who don’t see whales on these voyages can come back again for a free re-ride!


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This powerboat cruise and whale-watching safari is a wildlife-watching expedition with the unique vantage-point of being out at sea near the majestic humpback whales that visit Hawaii every winter and early spring. If you don't see whales on any of our "WHALE WATCH"-specific trips, come back again 1 more time for free! (Rerides only, no refunds).

Menu: Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages (soda, juice & water).

Departure: Anaehoomau Bay
Morning Check-in: 9:25 am at Hawaii Nautical dock
Morning Departure: 9:45 am to 11:15 am

Afternoon Check-in: 1:25 pm at Hawaii Nautical dock
Afternoon Departure: 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm

Tripster Customer Reviews

Austin Dolan
1 Review
"Comfortable, fun, and highly passionate guides"
January 2020
We booked a 9:45 am whale watch and could not have been happier with the experience. Our ride out was comfy, and we saw several pods of whales off the shoreline. Additionally, our two guides (Dan and someone else) were so fun, helpful, and incredibly passionate about spotting the whales, excited to share their passions and knowledge of the whales, and truly cemented an unforgettable experience.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
"Amazing time!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2020
First, before writing a review, we want to thank the owner(s) and the people that work for Hawaii Nautical from the bottom of our hearts for the Mahalo Tour, which was free for first responders/essential workers and $25 for guests (but limited amounts of people due to COVID). I found out about this limited-time promo through Dolphin Excursions (thanks, Jenna!) It was all of our first times with this company and we were super impressed (more later). In hard times like these, this kind of generosity does not go unnoticed! We did tip generously, though, and I suggest to whoever is taking the Mahalo Tour do the same. Return like for like and spread the aloha! We had a choice of times and a choice of where to sail from, so we chose Waianae Boat Harbor for the 4 PM sailing (avoid Waianae-bound traffic during rush hour and leave early). Jesse was our captain and there were two other wonderful men with him but I forgot their names, sorry! We met at Gate C 15-minutes before our sail time of 1600. Our boat was a gorgeous Ko Nau Lani catamaran, which included toilets (downstairs), a bar and seating area out of the sun, and the front of the boat which had netted areas you could lay on while you watch the deep blue waters glide under you. We were helped onto the boat and given a briefing of where life vests/boats/toilets were. There were complimentary ice cold drinks. The music was wonderful and the sail was smooth as could be. If you are prone to sea sickness, fear not, this boat did not make me a bit sick at all, and I'm the type of person who can't even read a book or a map in a moving car! The waters were super blue (see my photos). The kids wanted to swim so Jesse anchored off shore and the kids had a great time. We didn't bring masks so they loaned us some of theirs. The water was so clear you could see the reef from above without having to get into the water! For the swimmers, you could either jump off the side of the boat or go down the stairs in the back of the boat, which was submerged into the water. I was really sad to go back to land, as the time on the boat was just magical (75 minutes went by fast!). The crew made it memorable as well; they were super friendly, entertaining, helpful, caring and all-around good-guys. I'm glad we got to have a slice of heaven in our daily, routine lives. I'm coming back to Hawaii Nautical in the future, COVID or not, to get another slice of paradise.
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Lowell, Massachusetts
"Worst Adventure Ever Booked"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2020
While in Hawaii we booked the West Oahu, sailing catamaran. As advertised in Hawaii Nautical Brochure. Without being told at time of booking or before getting in their bus, we ended up on a Scuba diving boat full of tanks so you couldn't get to the side to view the whale. Had to remove our shoes before boarding (even with the coronavirus lurking over us). The snacks were chex mix and goldfish in bowls for everyone to put their hands in. This was the WORST excursion I have ever been on. I will be going back to Hawaii but will never book through these people again.
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"Catamaran Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 04, 2020
Excellent time on the Catamaran. Entertaining guides with knowledge and friendly service. We saw many beautiful fish, whales and green sea turtles in the beautiful clear ocean. Will certainly use Hawaii Nautical tours again. Mahalo & A Hui Hou!
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Oakdale, New York
"Great boat, great crew"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 25, 2020
if your looking to get a great boat and crew you are looking at the right one! they were really great- we saw whales!!! whole process was terrific, would highly recommend.
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Evansville, Indiana
"Great staff, nice trip with open bar & snacks, but whales hit or miss."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2020
Briefly saw 2 whales surface for about 60 and 15 seconds respectively so no coupon for free return trip. But the boat ride and north leeward shore were great. I thank the crew for being great hosts who kept pouring drinks.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kona Whales

What time should I check-in?
They suggest you check-in no later than 11:15am at the Hawaii Nautical Dock.

How long is the tour?
The whale watching cruise is 2 hours.