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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 were 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.
Enjoy an extreme two hour whale watch along the Kohala coast, a well known calving and nursing ground and the Big Island's only designated National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Close encounters
See whales, dolphins, turtles and more! There is a certified naturalist on board and an underwater hydrophone so you can hear the whale song. Our certified marine naturalist will wow you with facts and
From December to early May, the humpback whales call Hawai'i home. Orca, the Splashers Ocean Adventures boat, is ideal for whale watching tours. It is fast, has a low draft, is open air with a shade
Come aboard for 3 hours of whale watching during humpback whale season, from the middle of December to May. Enjoy a shared tour or a private charter for just you and your group of up to 6 family and friends.
Each tour is led by owner-operator Captain Tom Bottrell a professionally trained marine ecologist. Humpback whales are the focus of our attention from December thru May when they are here in abundant numbers.
Experience the stunning hues of the Kawaihae sunset as it sinks into the deep blue Pacific Ocean, and casts its magical glow on the surrounding mountains of Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai all
Located inside the protected National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary is Hawaii's newest harbor - Kawaihae Harbor South. The Kohala coast offers the best whale watching on Hawaii Island and annually records
Get out on the ocean for a two hour whale watching cruise, including snacks and beverages. This tour is seasonal and generally from December through April.
Enjoy this three hour snorkel and whale watching expedition that takes you along the Kohala Coast, the Big Island's only designated National Marine Humpback Whale Sanctuary and well known calving
Witness one of the largest animals on the planet. Every winter, our humpback whales make the 3000 mile journey from Alaska to Hawaii to mate and give birth in our warm tranquil waters. Our vessel, the
Humpbacks are in Hawaiian waters during the winter months to calve and mate. Because Pueo Kai takes only 6 guests out on each ocean adventure, you have all the room and space you need to enjoy these magnificent
Come aboard Winona's spacious 50 foot deck to relax and enjoy the humpback whales, an endangered species that travel to Hawai'i from the North Pacific waters of Alaska each winter to breed. The
Hawaii's warm tropical waters become the winter home of the Pacific humpback whales from December through March. The migration of these majestic whales allows us to get close enough for incredible