What kinds of whales will I see?

What kind of whales will we see in the waters off the Big Island?


The most popular variety of whale you will see will be in the winter months when the great Humpback Whales come to visit. These will be by far the most numerous of the whales to be found. Year round however you might be lucky enough to see a Sperm Whale, Pilot Whale, Pygmy Killer Whale or a Melon Headed Whale. These varieties are not as prevalent however and there are not specific whale watches provided to take you to see them. These whales are most often seen year round from the Sportfishing fleet that cruises the coast and the open ocean off the Big Island.

what kind of whales will I see?

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The Hawaii whale watching season is the most anticipated time of year regarding activities in the islands. Whale watching is available for visitors to enjoy between December and May.


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