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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Honolulu, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Go whale-watching off the coast of Oahu on this excursion from Waikiki or Ko Olina. During the months from December to May, pods of humpback whales migrate through Hawaii's warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. With a small group of people, watch the gentle giants swim, feed, breach and play around your boat. In the rare event that you don't see any whales, you will be allowed to do the tour again for free. Snacks are included.
  • Half-day whale-watching excursion from Waikiki
  • Board a catamaran or monohull for a 2-hour cruise to spot humpback whales
  • Bust out binoculars to see the mighty mammals swim, play or feed
  • Learn more about the migration pattern of humpback whales from your expert guide
  • Bring your own lunch to enjoy, or nibble on provided snacks

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The boat can fit 40+, but the tour is limited to 24 people—meaning there's plenty of room to wander around for unobstructed views.
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Whale watching tour
Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
Transportation. Meet at Kewalo Harbor Slip F28.

Departure Point

Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Bring along your own food on the excursion, or enjoy complimentary snacks and nonalcoholic beverages on board. This tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress accordingly.

Board a monohull boat or catamaran with your small tour group and meet your friendly captain and crew, who have thousands of hours of whale-spotting under their belts. Listen as they share their knowledge about this majestic species and feel free to ask any questions. The gentle giants arrive in Hawaii in December and spend time splashing, breaching, feeding and swimming in the warm Hawaiian water. Watch for tail slaps, breaches and water spouting from the whale's blowholes. 

In the unlikely event that you don't see any whales, you can return for a free ride trip and try again.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Nautical

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Don’t forget to bring cash for gratuities like I did!" See review
  • "It's only 1.5 hours, which is far too short to do a whale watch." See review
  • "We were given vouchers for a complementary sail which we may use later in the week if time allows." See review


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Enjoyed the boat ride.
, May 2021
Seeing a family pod of dolphins was the highlight. Enjoyed the boat ride. Friendly crew. Went on two tours in two days.
Saw whales, great crew, fun afternoon
, May 2021
This was a great event. Enjoyed being out on the water and had great views. The captain and crew were the best making the most of the event. We saw whales on the way back to shore. Extra bonus was the captain’s amazing playlist! Great way to spend a couple of hours!
Great time
, May 2021
The activity was fun even though no whales were sighted due the whales migrating. It was great fun, great drinks and great conversation with staff/vacationers.
, May 2021
The crew was wonderful. Super cool and friendly. We went out on the last day of whale watching for the season and we saw a mama and her baby. Was so exciting! Highly recommend this trip and this crew!
Beautiful sail
, Apr 2021
It was a nice boat and an absolutely stunning cruise along Honolulu and Diamond Head. Alas, no whales, but the crew was super nice. The only frustrating part was the beginning. The instructions tell you to arrive NO LATER (bolded) than 20 minutes early. The crew hadn’t even shown up by then. They finally checked us in maybe 5 minutes before time and said they didn’t know why everyone was instructed to come early.
, Apr 2021
It’s boring we didn’t get to see any whale plus the lady who works there is very rude she wasn’t careful and hit me with the rope in my face it was terrible 😞
Whale watching tour
, Apr 2021
We didn’t get to see any whales because it was so late in the season but still an amazing experience. The crew was awesome! We received a voucher to return for free since there were no whales and we will definitely be back
Poor service
, Apr 2021
After searching for 30 mins for parking and letting the attendant know we were very close the boat left without my party. I arrived 9 mins after the scheduled departure time and they had just pushed off. I will be canceling the charge on my credit card. Please make sure you know your way around the boat dock before booking as there are hundreds of boats and no clear signage. For people visiting from out of town it’s not user friendly.
Very pleasant experience even though the whales forgot to show
, Apr 2021
The crew was very pleasant and helpful. Always doing their best to make sure the passengers had a good time.
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A ride on the ocean
, Apr 2021
We didn’t get to see any whales but we knew it was the end of the season. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride on the boat. Each member of the crew walked around and spoke everyone making sure we were comfortable and had drinks and snacks. They answered all our questions and helped to locate turtles and dolphins explaining each time what we were seeing. My husband loved the fact they let him drive the boat🤪

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