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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.
Pride of America Cruise Ship: The following Whale Watching Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii do not pick up directly at the cruise ship but may be reached in some cases via a short walk, via a taxi cab or by a rental car that can be arranged by Tom Barefoot's Tours that will pick you up at the dock with a shuttle. These Whale Watching Tours are generally available to you on the Wednesday of your cruise itinerary while docking in the port of Kona.
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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
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
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
This is an educational eco wildlife adventure with snorkeling at Hawaii's best reef, Cook's Monument, Kealakekua Bay. View and learn about Hawaii's sea birds, sea life, marine mammals, and more from your
This Whalewatch Adventure is an exclusive trip to find the seasonal Humpback Whales (Dec.-March) and/or the year round Pilot Whales, Beaked-Whales, Melon-headed whales, and other species that can be found
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.
Get out on the ocean for a two hour whale watching cruise, including snacks and beverages.
Whale season starts in December and lasts until mid April. Whales arrive yearly in the Hawaiian Islands after a 3,000 mile journey. If you are visiting Hawaii during this time, don't miss out and reserve
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
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
Every winter, the humpback whales migrate to Hawai'i to mate and give birth. They arrive in December and depart in April. Tours are offered at 8:00am in the morning and on Tuesday we offer an afternoon
During the winter months between December and early April, the magnificent humpback whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to Kona, Hawai'i. This is your opportunity to go for a 2.5 hour