3 hrs
Minimum Age
Big Island

Kona Whale Watching Tour

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Make your experience of the Big Island one you’ll never remember for a lifetime with a Kona whale-watching tour!


Encountering the humpback whales on 24-foot Zodiac boats is an amazing experience and especially so at sunset! Enjoy these majestic animals during one of our lovely tropical sunsets. Your naturalist captain will explain the whale’s behaviors and get as close to them as possible (we adhere to Federal MMPA viewing regulations). We also have hydrophones on board to listen to the beautiful whale song.

Zodiac rafts are known worldwide as the perfect vessel to observe marine life. Our fast-moving Zodiacs get into viewing position quickly and provide an exhilarating and fun ride. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour. The rafts are only a few feet off the water and everyone has a front-row seat on our 16-passenger Zodiac.

We frequently sight dolphins and other marine life during our expeditions and as time allows we can take you up close to see the sea caves, lava tubes, and rugged coastline.

Due to the bouncy nature of our ride, however, we do not allow any persons with back or neck problems or pregnant ladies.

Kona Whale Watching Tour
Ages 4 – 12

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 48 hours notice of cancellation. For parties of 6 or more, we have a 72-hour cancellation policy. If any circumstance due to COVID-19 will prevent you from joining us, please let us know as soon as possible. As long as we know before your tour date, you will not be charged. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

What’s the difference between the 4-hour & 5-hour adventure?

They are virtually the same great tour, but the 5-hour is a little longer and lunch is included. We do leave a little later on the 5-hour so we get to Kealakekua Bay when there are fewer people.

Will I get seasick?

These small, fast-moving boats have a tendency to cause less seasickness than other types of boats. However, as a precautionary measure, motion sickness medicine taken the night before the adventure solves all worries.

Is snorkeling better in the morning than in the afternoon?

Because Kona has some of the calmest waters in the state year-round, the waters are beautiful all day. What we typically see in the morning, we also see in the afternoon. The mornings do typically have more blue skies than in the afternoon, but sometimes the clouds are welcomed extra protection from sunburn.

I’m pregnant. Can I go on the tours? I’ve had back and neck problems in the past. Can I go?

Due to the sometimes bouncy nature of our ride, people with bad backs, older people who are frail, and children under 5 years old are not to take our tour. Also, we do not allow pregnant women on our tours.

Are the boats covered?

No, because that takes away from the “raft” experience! Wear sunscreen and a hat and you will be loving it! We also are able to get under the sea caves BECAUSE we do not have a covered raft! (We now have one boat that has a small cover on it.  Please us know if that is your preference.)

Big Island Whale Watching