Whale Watching

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Island of Hawaii Whale Watching

From December to May, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola (humpback whale) off the island of Hawaii's shorelines. These gentle giants come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves. Seeing one of these 40-ton, 40-foot long giants breach the water is an unforgettable sight.

Schedule a tour or charter a boat to spot these magnificent creatures. Treat yourself to scenic ocean views as guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine mammals.

You can also spot whales from the island of Hawaii’s beautiful beaches along the Kohala coast. The Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site is an excellent site to see whales, with sweeping, elevated views near Kawaihae Harbor. In fact, Puukohola literally means “hill of the whale” in Hawaiian. On the east side, Hilo Bay is another place popular for whale sightings. Other species of whales are attracted to Hawaii’s warm, shallow waters year round, so wherever you travel on the island of Hawaii, keep your eyes open for these marine visitors.

Whale Watching on the Island of Hawaii

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Wahine Charters

Wahine Charters is the number one snorkel tour company in Kona. We specialize in small groups of 14 or less. It is our goal to find Hawaii's magnificent wild dolphins, Humpback Whales & Manta Rays. Our guest comfortably cruise on our 29' US Coast Guard Certified vessel. Family owned & operated.

Ali'i Ocean Tours

At Ali'i Ocean Tours we offer the highest level of service aboard our beautiful 38' cruiser "Hoku Elima". Whether it's an amazing experience with spinner dolphins, snorkeling the famous Kealakekua Bay or customizing your own private charter you'll forever remember it as a highlight of your vacation!

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