Waikiki Whale Watching Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Nautical1125 Ala Moana BoulevardHonolulu, HI 96814
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See humpback whales in the warm waters of Hawaii aboard a sailing catamaran! This whale watching Honolulu cruise will take you on an eco-friendly excursion to experience these majestic mammals as well as panoramic views of Honolulu and Diamond Head. Tours embark from Kewalo Basin Harbor with optional shuttle service from select Waikiki hotels.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Whale 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. Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to tour.
  • 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 Whale Watch Waikiki
Every December through March, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along see catch these beautiful mammals at their best on this exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursion.

This is a two-hour tour aboard a double-hulled sailing catamaran departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor. Whales guaranteed or come again free! Departs 8 a.m. for a 2-hour sail, and 3 p.m. for a 1.5-hour sail. Optional shuttle from Waikiki hotels is available about a half hour before each trip. Sodas, chips, and cookies aboard.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Whale Watch Waikiki

Where does the cruise depart from?

The cruise departs from the Kewalo Basin Harbor located at 1125 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814. You should arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your selected cruise time to allow plenty of time to find parking if you opted out of the shuttle service. Please call the phone number on your E-ticket at least 24 hours prior to the tour to confirm the check-in details.

How long is the tour?

The morning tour is about 2 hours, and the afternoon tour is about an 1.5 hours long.

Is hotel transportation available?

Yes, hotel pick-up and drop off is available from Waikiki hotels only if you select the tickets that include transportation. If you are staying in Ko Olina, you will need to provide your own transportation. Please note, the shuttle is only provided if choosing the tickets with shuttle pricing included above per person.

What happens if we don’t see a whale?

If you don't see whales on your trip, Hawaii Nautical will allow you to come back again one more time for free! (Re-rides only, no refunds).

Is this cruise appropriate for children?

Absolutely. Children love spotting the whales out in the ocean. Kids 3 years old and under can come on board for free!

What do I bring?

Guests may not bring their own food or beverage aboard, except for infants and toddlers. No alcohol may be brought aboard.

Are there any safety regulations to note of?

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.