The whales are here from roughly Christmas to Easter and they are spectacular to watch
|Whale Watching Tours on Hawaii|
|Adventure X Rafting - Raft Whale Watching|
|Blue Sea Cruises - 46' or 70' Power Catamaran|
|Body Glove Cruises - 51' Trimaran|
|Capt. Zodiac - 23' Inflatable Zodiac Rafts|
|Kamanu Charters - 36' Custom Sailing Catamaran|
|Kona Sea Sports - Shogun a Cabo 35' boat|
|Kona Sunrise Charters - 55' teknicraft catamaran|
|Manta Ray Dives-Neptune Charlies - 28' Orca Twin Diesel Power Boat|
|Mauna Lani Sea Adventures - 50' Sailing Catamaran|
|Ocean Encounters - 46' Delta|
|Sea Quest Rafting - Rigid Hull Inflatable Raft|
|Sea Wolf Charters on Hawaii - 33' Raft - RIGID With Shade Canopy|
|Splashers Ocean Adventures - 30' RIGID Hull Inflatable Raft|
Big Island of Hawaii Whale Watching Tours
Whale watching off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most popular activities on the Big Island.
Unlike other locations in Hawaii, the Big Island is not only the seasonal home for the famous Humpback whales but is also home year round to a selection of Sperm whales, Pilot whales, Pygmy Killer whales, the Melon Headed whales and the rare beaked whales. There are about 78 species of whales in the Order Cetacea. Cetaceans are classified into two subgroups, Mysticeti or "baleen whales", and Odontoceti or "toothed whales". Generally the toothed whales are found further off shore and can be often seen on one of the famous Kona coast fishing charters that ply the deep waters off the Big Island of Hawaii.
No other whale however matches the glitz and pizzazz of the active Humpback Whales which show up from roughly December through April. Big Island of Hawaii whale watching trips abound through this period with Kona whale watching trips being the most prominent. These beautiful animals make their annual journey from the waters off Alaska to the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Here they mate, cavort and give birth to their young. You can often see babies which were just born traveling with their mothers and learning how to dive, slap their fins or flukes and breach high into the air. One interesting fact about these new born calves is that they grow at the incredible rate of about 100 lbs a day strictly from the milk they receive from their mothers.
Speaking of food, another amazing fact about these annual visits is that the whales, while they are in Hawaiian waters, actually do no eating whatsoever. They just live off the bounty of stored fat they accumulated while feasting on plankton, krill shrimp and other crustaceans in the Pacific waters of North America. And while we’re discussing unusual facts, lets also mention that the lung capacity of full grown Humpback is approximately the volume that would be taken up by a Volkswagen bug. No wonder they can stay submerged for as long as an hour at a time.
There are a very large variety of whale watching trips. Big Island of Hawaii whale watches generally leave both mornings and afternoons.
Tom's Tips - Big Island of Hawaii Whale Watching Tours
- Morning is usually the best time for whale watching. The ocean is flat, making the whales easier to spot.
- Zodiac rafts are extremely exciting but not recommended for pregnant women or those with bad backs.
- Children love whale watching! The price for kids is usually half of the adult fare. Larger boats provide them with room to run around.
Adventure X Rafting specializes in whale watching and searching for wild dolphins! During our whale watching tours we will be collecting data via GPS, sonar, video, photos and underwater sound. We have dual hydrophones so we can listen and record whale songs in stereo over an eight speaker dual subwoofer entertainment system. Lot's of seating, about 60% under shade.
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Don't miss the big excitement of seeing the whales off the Kona Coastline of the Big Island of Hawaii with Blue Sea Cruises. Blue Sea Cruises offers whale watches on the "Makai" which is a forty-six foot double deck power catamaran which holds as many as ninety passengers. These exciting whale watch cruises offered by Blue Sea Cruises are three hours in length which is about an hour longer than the traditional whale watch in most Hawaiian waters.
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Whale watching is a very big activity on the Big Island of Hawaii in the winter months and an ideal boat to see the whales from is the Kanoa ll used by Body Glove Cruises. These tours take about two-and-a-half hours and the whale sightings are guaranteed or you will be allowed to go again for free. Body glove will provide a certified naturalist on board each cruise and there will also be underwater hydrophones so that you can actually hear the whales sing.
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Whale watching tours offered aboard zodiac style boats are among the very most exciting and Captain Zodiac on the Big Island of Hawaii provides plenty of excitement. Because Captain Zodiac generally carries only about sixteen people they are very personalized and you can easily ask questions of the on-board naturalists about the whales. Being close to the surface of the water provides additional thrills as you often find yourself very close to these large animals and the on-board hydrophones provide a glimpse of the communication between whales as they "sing" to each other.
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During the winter month, usually from December to mid-March but often as late as May, the Kamanu will be privileged to be in the presence of the migratory Humpback Whales. These whales spend their spring, summer and autumn in the waters of Alaska and Canada and migrate down to Hawaii for the winter to mate and to birth their young. This is a most exciting time of year aboard the Kamanu as you will see these whales in the vicinity of the boat with great regularity.
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Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii operated by Neptune Charlies Ocean Safaris has made a living by taking divers out to visit the Manta Rays. This is not to say that this is the only dive or snorkel they have on their menu. They also offer an amazing Dolphin adventure and whale watching during the winter months.
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The winter months in Hawaii are cause for celebration as the magnificent Humpback Whale show up along the coastline on their yearly excursions to visit Hawaii from their home in Alaska when they come to mate and to give birth to their young. Wonderful whale watch tours are offered by the Mauna Lani Sea Adventures to sail out and observe these multi-ton visitors on their beautiful fifty-foot sailing catamaran, "Winona". Tours last approximately one-and-one-half hours.
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Ocean Encounters features a 46 foot Delta boat ideal for families and groups to go out and swim with dolphins, snorkel with manta rays or go whale watching in the winter months. The Delta boats are famously stable, strong and seaworthy.
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Some people like the additional excitement of being in a smaller boat with less people when viewing the whales when they come in the winter months and if that fits the bill for you, you might enjoy a whale watch with Sea Quest Rafting. Sea Quest uses heavy duty twenty-six foot rafts that carry a maximum of twelve passengers on their three-hour whale watch off the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Tours depart from the Keauhou Pier.
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Looking for a short whale watch cruise on the Big Island of Hawaii? Sea Wolf Charters offers whale watches departing out of Honokohau Small Boat Harbor. These one-and-one-half hour tours are available during the winter months generally December through April. The whales are spectacular to see at any time but their immensity can best be understood when viewing them from a boat that is on the surface of the water like the Rigid Hulled Inflatables are used by the Sea Wolf Charters.
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From December to early May the humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 3,000 miles of ocean in less than two-months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the islands' warm and shallow waters. Weighing up to 45 tons, these whales can be graceful acrobats. Seeing a humpback whale "breach" the ocean by propelling its 45-foot long body out of the sea is a spectacular event. Their mysterious whale song is yet another intriguing trait of male humpback whales. These complex songs can be heard underwater from up to twelve miles away.
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Big Island of Hawai Whale Watching Tours - It is one of the largest animals in the world! It swims to Hawaii from the waters off Alaska, spends the whole winter here, then swims back, and during that whole time it never eats! Its lung capacity is the size of a Volkswagen bug! Its babies, who are born in Hawaii, grow at a rate of 100 lbs. a day! Is there nothing that can be said about the Humpback Whale that doesn’t beg to be described in the superlative? The Humpbacks visit our waters every winter and our whale watch season runs from Dec. 15 to May 15.