Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Nautical Big Island HawaiiAnaehoomalu BayWaikoloa, HI 96738
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Enjoy a scenic adventure at sea aboard a whale watching Big Island cruise from Waikoloa. Sightsee along the Kohala coast with a fast and fun powerboat ride in the morning, or a more leisurely sailing catamaran in the afternoon. The trip includes non-alcoholic beverages and guaranteed wildlife sightings or come back again for a free re-ride.

up to 1.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waikoloa Travel Experts
  • Enjoy a fast and fun powerboat ride in the morning, or a more leisurely sailing catamaran in the afternoon.
  • Tour duration is approximately 90 minutes. Arrive at least 20-40 minutes prior to tour to look for parking.
  • Sea life sightings guaranteed, or re-ride one more time for free if you don't see any.
  • Tour is approx. 1.5-2 hours long depending on the schedule.
  • View the whales right along their migration routes! (seasonal December - March)
  • Bring anti-seasickness medication if easily nauseated.
  • Bring a camera, sunglasses, and a light jacket.
  • All guests must submit a health-screening form prior to boarding, online no more than 24 hours prior and no less than 6 hours prior.


from Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise
Join Hawaii Nautical on a 90-minute Big Island whale watching tour along the stunning Kohala coastline. Choose a morning or afternoon excursion to see humpback whales in the wild.

Every December through March, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along and catch these beautiful mammals at their best on our exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursions.

The morning trip sets off aboard the Holona, a fast and nimble powerboat with plenty of sea-spray likely.

Afternoon trips are most often on the Spirit of Aloha sailing catamaran, which is not as fast as Holona but does provide more areas out of the sea-spray.

Tours depart from Waikoloa's Anaeho'omalu Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Morning 9:45am -11:15am on open powerboat Holona
Afternoon 1:45pm-3:15pm on sailing catamaran

Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise Reviews

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Austin Dolan
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"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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Frequently Asked Questions about Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise

Where does the cruise embark?

The Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise departs from Anaehoomalu Bay at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, 69-1081 Ku'uali'i Place, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738. Check in 20 minutes prior to each trip at the Hawaii Nautical flag on the beach at A-Bay. Please call the phone number on your E-ticket at least 24 hours prior to the tour to confirm check-in details.

When should I arrive?

Check-in is 20 minutes prior to your trip. You should arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your selected cruise time to allow plenty of time to find parking.

How long is the Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise?

The cruise is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from December to March.

What is included in the Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise?

Cruises include soda, juice and water.

Is this tour appropriate for children?

Yes, the cruise and large vessel is safe for all ages. Children 3 years old and under are admitted free of charge.

What should I bring?

Sunscreen, anti-nausea medication, E-ticket, easy-to-remove shoes, and a photo ID along with cash if you wish to purchase additional alcoholic drinks. There is plenty of covered space to place bags, belongings, towels and clothing that will stay dry.

What should I wear?

Come in shoes that you don't mind getting sandy, and are easy-to-remove for beach-ramp boarding. Casual clothing is recommended for all trips. Clothing that you don't mind getting wet is recommended for whale-watch on the Holona powerboat.

Is transportation available?

An optional shuttle is available from limited Waikiki pick-up locations for an additional fee. Check the ticket types in the section above to see which package suits your group!

What will I see on the Waikoloa Whale Watching Cruise?

See marine wildlife such as dolphins and turtles year round, or whales during whale season December through March.

What happens if I don’t see any animals?

If you don't see marine wildlife, come back again 1 more time for free!

Are there any COVID-19 safety precautions in place?

To help keep you and their staff healthy, and maintain Hawaii as the safest U.S. state for visitors and locals alike, Hawaii Nautical adheres to every possible precaution against the transmission of COVID-19, including: - All guests must submit a health-screening form prior to boarding. Check your e-ticket once you book for full details. - Buy or bring your snorkel and mask, or sanitized re-usable sets are available as a backup. - Any trips that include food are prepackaged & single-serve. Guests may not bring their own food or beverage aboard, except for infants & toddlers. No alcohol may be brought aboard. - Hawaii Nautical maintains a strict no-work-while-sick policy.