The whales come to Kauai in the winter months, roughly between Christmas and Easter.
|Whale Watching Tours on Kauai|
|Blue Dolphin Charters - 63' Catamaran|
|Catamaran Kahanu - 36' double hull Hawaiian Catamaran|
|Holo-Holo Charters - 38' Raft Tour|
|Kauai Sea Tours - Rafting Whale Watches|
|Kauai Z Tourz - 24 foot Zodiac Inflatable Raft|
|Lahela Sport and Bottom Fishing - 33' Bertram interior seating is for 5|
|Na Pali Explorer - Zodiac Raft Tour|
Kauai Whale Watching Tours and Humpback Whales
Kauai Whale Watching tours operate roughly from Christmas time till Easter.
If you are visiting Kauai in the winter time you will want to take a Kauai whale watch cruise. The Kauai sea coast could by no means be considered dull or uneventful during any time of year but when the whales come in the winter months the Kauai waters become alive with an extra pulse of energy. Although these enormous animals can often be seen from the shoreline the very best way to view them would be from the deck of one of Kauai's whale watch tour vessels. If the dolphins along Kauai's coast could be considered the court-jesters of this sea kingdom with all their jumping, spinning and gymnastic antics, the whales in this environment would be likened to the kings and the queens of the realm. The majesty of these magnificent and regal animals is second to none. The whales swim in these waters with an attitude suggesting they were viewing the boundaries of their own private sanctuary, and in many ways it could be said that they are. The whales visiting Kauai at this time are the confident masters of their ocean and it is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to observe them here. A Kauai whale watch tour should definitely be an activity you should plan for if you are visiting Kauai in the winter.
These enormous Humpback Whales are spectacular to watch. They travel in pods and are often spotted initially, not by eye, but by the sound of their tremendous blow when they first reach the surface. This is often followed by the visual sighting of others whales in the pod.
Once on surface off Kauai's coastline it is not unusual for whales to remain for ten or fifteen minutes playing with each other, slapping their flukes on the water and launching themselves high in the air in what is referred to as a "breach". Soon thereafter there will be the familiar flip of the tail as the whales "sound" or dive deep to the oceans depths.
Each step of the whale watching process will be narrated or interpreted by your whale watch boat's captain or a whale watching specialist who is there for the purpose of providing information and answering your questions. There is so much to know and learn about these fascinating animals that you may not satiate your appetite for knowledge in one two-hour whale watch and it's not a bad idea to go on a couple different trips during your holiday.
We have many different boats on Kauai that go out to whale watch.
- Some people prefer the sense of stability of the larger boats we have. It's not a bad idea to find one that has two decks as you get a better vantage point from the upper level.
- Others of you may prefer the more adventurous rafting boats or "Zodiacs" that zip across the ocean surface at great speed. These vessels carry small groups of people, are more intimate, and allow you to ask more questions.
- Some would prefer a totally private whale watch for only six or less, and we can provide those whale tours as well.
Regardless of the type of whale watch you choose you will become mesmerized by these fantastic animals.
Tom's Tips - Kauai Whale Watching
- The morning is usually the best time for whale watching as the ocean is flat and the whales are easier to spot.
- The zodiac boats are extremely exciting for whale watching but are not advisable for those with a bad back as it will tend to aggravate the condition.
- Bring your camera and keep it at the ready. You never know when that next big "whale breach" will happen.
- Kauai whale watching is a great educational experience and should be experienced by your children. Kids are usually half price and under four years of age are free. The larger boats provide them with a bit of room to run around
If you want to whale watch off the coast of Kauai you'll want to visit the island during the winter months (roughly Christmas through Easter) and a wonderful company to go out with to view the whales is, Blue Dolphin Charters. Though the Blue Dolphins Charter's namesake may be its smaller marine mammal cousin, the mighty Humpback Whale takes up a huge portion of the viewing from Blue Dolphin Charters vessels when the whales make their annual pilgrimage to Kauai from the coasts of Alaska and Canada.
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Whale watching tours are offered on the Catamaran Kahanu during the whale watch season which is roughly considered to be just before Christmas to about Easter. These two-hour excursions are among the most exciting tours offered the year round. The Humpback Whales seen by the Catamaran Kahanu are yearly visitors who have traveled all the way from the shores of Alaska and Canada to Kauai with the intention of giving birth to their calves in the warm Hawaiian waters or mating.
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As you probably know, Winter time is when the waters surrounding the island of Kauai are filled with whales visiting from Alaska and Canada. One of the most exciting ways to view these gentle giants from the ocean is on a rigid hulled inflatable (think Jacque Cousteau) such as offered by Kauai Sea Tours. Kauai Sea Tours has a fleet of these swift and versatile vessels which ply the waters off Kauai's coast and often provide some of the best views of these incredible animals. The fact that these inflatables are so close to the ocean surface makes the discovery of whales even more impressive because when you see them up-close from this vantage point you really get the full picture of how immense and how spectacular they really are.
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Kauai Z Tours (zodiac tours) specializes in tours that visit the south shores of Kauai in and around the sunny Poipu area. This Hawaiian owned and operated rafting adventure provides an excellent opportunity to view hundreds of species of fish as well as dolphins and whales in season. These tours are educational, interesting and adventurous. Guests are given a marine as well as a cultural narration. These rafts are also available for charter on a private basis.
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The Lahella is a fishing boat in her normal life but during whale season in the winter months can double as a whale watching boat for private parties of up to six passengers. The boat is obviously fast, being a sport fishing boat, which makes it ideal for traveling between whale sightings when they 'sound' or dive. If you like the idea of just taking out a boat for only your own group, this would be a great choice
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The comforts of Napali Explorer's adventure rafts are second to none and the Explorer I a 26' for 18 passenger Hurricane Zodiac and their 48' Explorer II can accommodate up to 36 passerngers is the largest boat of its type in the United States. These boats are great for whale watching, setting lower on the water and their speed gets you where the action is.
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Kauai 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.