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Mid-Morning Whale Watch

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Spot humpback whales in their natural habitat on this whale-watching tour from Kawaihae Harbor. Hop on a catamaran, and learn all about humpback whales from an onboard naturalist. Enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks throughout your cruise, as your group tries to see the big mammals swimming through the nearby waters. As well as getting great photo opportunities, you’ll also be able to hear the whales’ songs by using an underwater hydrophone.
  • Whale-watching tour from Kawaihae Harbor
  • Enjoy cruising along on a catamaran with complimentary beverages and snacks
  • Spot humpback whales in the water and snap pictures as you sail
  • Learn about the whales’ behaviors from an onboard naturalist
  • Listen to the songs of the whales using an underwater hydrophone
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Complimentary Soft Drinks, Beers and Wines
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Departure Point

61-3655 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your whale-watching tour departs from Kawaihae Harbor. Check in a little before the departure time at the Whale Center, which is located about five minutes north of the harbor.

From the Whale Center, hop on a shuttle bus for a short ride over to the harbor. Adults going on this tour should make sure to bring their government-issued ID with them.

At the harbor, board the catamaran, and find a seat. You can decide to sit inside the cabin or outside on the deck. Complimentary beverages, such as soda and juice, as well as snacks, are served throughout the cruise time.

As your boat takes off into the water towards the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Waters, your USCG-certified captain gives you a short safety orientation before the naturalist tells your group about humpback whales. He or she goes on to tell you how humpback whales communicate and lets you ask all the questions you’d like. If the weather permits, your captain stops your catamaran and lets you listen to the songs of the whales using an underwater hydrophone.

Sit and relax as your captain sails along to give you some of the best views of the whales. After your time is up on the ship, cruise toward the harbor as your crew docks your boat. Once you get to the dock, hop back on the shuttle bus for the quick ride to the Whale Center.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Sports

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 Mid-Morning Whale Watch ?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Mid-Morning Whale Watch .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mid-Morning Whale Watch ?
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 Mid-Morning Whale Watch .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mid-Morning Whale Watch ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Mid-Morning Whale Watch .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mid-Morning Whale Watch ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Mid-Morning Whale Watch .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mid-Morning Whale Watch ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mid-Morning Whale Watch .

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, Jan 2021
Very knowledgeable, great captaining, didn’t see a ton of whales up close but you can’t control that, still an enjoyable experience :)
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Aloha, Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about your Mid-Morning Whale Watch Cruise. We're so happy to read that despite the number of whales you saw close-up, you enjoyed the cruise. We know that with the current global situation, choosing an activity requires trust, and we're honored you chose to spend a morning with us at sea. We look forward to sharing more adventures with you the next time you're in "our neighborhood". Mahalo and a hui hou!
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Whales, whales, and whales oh my!
Tamera_C
, Feb 2020
We were on the morning tour. The experience was wonderful. The entire staff were warm and hospitable. Captain Jeff was very knowledgeable and informative. Our other two captains were also very accommodating; keeping the sun to our backs so we could get great photos and making sure we had plenty of liquids to keep us hydrated. Best part, we saw whales! Calf, mother and escort whales. Highly recommended Ocean Sports!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Aloha, Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about your Whale Watch Cruise. We're so happy to read that you enjoyed the trip, the information and service provided by Captain Jeff and the other crew aboard, and most importantly, got to see those Humpbacks! As a locally owned and operated company on the Big Island, we rely heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations, and we're honored to have earned yours. Mahalo and A Hui Hou Kakou
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See the whales up close!
jenkins2dm
, Jan 2020
Great time, great staff. Nice boat and services of snacks and drinks provided! Even great weather while we were out on the water.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Aloha, Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about your Whale Watch Cruise. We're so happy to read you enjoyed the trip, the on-board amenities, and your interactions with our crew! We hope we'll get to share more adventures with you the next time you're in our neck of the woods! Mahalo
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Trip was amazing. Great time of year...
klmetz
, Feb 2018
Trip was amazing. Great time of year (feb). We saw lots of whales, spinner dolphins and a hammerhead shark. My daughter loves it! Crew was top notch.
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