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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Honolulu, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Go whale-watching off the coast of Oahu on this excursion from Waikiki or Ko Olina. During the months from December to May, pods of humpback whales migrate through Hawaii's warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. With a small group of people, watch the gentle giants swim, feed, breach and play around your boat. In the rare event that you don't see any whales, you will be allowed to do the tour again for free. Snacks are included.
  • Half-day whale-watching excursion from Waikiki
  • Board a catamaran or monohull for a 2-hour cruise to spot humpback whales
  • Bust out binoculars to see the mighty mammals swim, play or feed
  • Learn more about the migration pattern of humpback whales from your expert guide
  • Bring your own lunch to enjoy, or nibble on provided snacks

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The boat can fit 40+, but the tour is limited to 24 people—meaning there's plenty of room to wander around for unobstructed views.
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Snacks
Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Lunch

Departure Point

Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Bring along your own food on the excursion, or enjoy complimentary snacks and nonalcoholic beverages on board. This tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress accordingly.

Board a monohull boat or catamaran with your small tour group and meet your friendly captain and crew, who have thousands of hours of whale-spotting under their belts. Listen as they share their knowledge about this majestic species and feel free to ask any questions. The gentle giants arrive in Hawaii in December and spend time splashing, breaching, feeding and swimming in the warm Hawaiian water. Watch for tail slaps, breaches and water spouting from the whale's blowholes. 

In the unlikely event that you don't see any whales, you can return for a free ride trip and try again.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Nautical

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion.

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  • "The catermaran was well suited and equipped with a bar and snacks ,it was not crowded so there was plenty of room and we were allowed to move about above and below deck." See review

Reviews

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Great experience
Hyeonjin_K
, Jan 2021
Great experience! The captain & guides are all very kind & professional. But the information related to the transportation service part should be updated. They do not have transportation for our tours. From the Ala-Moana area to the bay - the uber costs about $50 (round trip for $100).
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Whales
John_M
, Jan 2021
Able to see whales ,the crew was awesome , and was well stocked My only problem was the time on the water was very short it wasn’t as long as advertised
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Whale watching
Lynn_H
, Jan 2021
We were told this was a two hour experience. It was barely a 1.5 hour excursion. The employees said the afternoon is only 1.5 hours because their boat had another excursion at 5pm. While we did see for whales, it was brief and we had hoped for more time on the boat. The employees on the boat were great...
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Just ok but would try again
Mo_R
, Jan 2021
We did not see any whales however four stars because they do give a voucher for a return trip. The crew was nice. The boat was unlike any we had been on before, you can sit on a mesh-like cargo net and dolphins did swim under the boat where you could see them. Refreshments were limited To soda, beer and Doritos due to Covid. There is also no hotel pick up despite what it may say when you booked.
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Great!
Bethany_B
, Jan 2021
We didn’t see any whales but the crew was very friendly and entertaining. I will use my return ticket. We were told we can use our free return to do another of their excursions if desired.
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Had a good time!
Nblak
, Jan 2021
The staff was really friendly/informative and I had a great time on the boat despite not seeing many whales. They were kind enough to offer vouchers for us to come back and try again. I’d definitely recommend touring with this crew. Don’t forget to bring cash for gratuities like I did!
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Whale Watching with Hawai Nautical
Milton_S
, Jan 2021
Crew was fantastic, beautiful day and I saw my first Humpback...well, at least a tail fin and the hump. Captain felt so bad that we didn't see more whales he gave everyone a new set of tickets to come back again. But I was totally content. Highly recommend Hawai Nautical.
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Great experience!
Lindsey_J
, Dec 2020
The crew were wonderful, great personalities. We got to see both whales and dolphins, a very neat experience. I got a little seasick, and they all took great care of me which we really appreciated!!!! Highly recommend this boat excursion.
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Kyle_M
, Dec 2020
Absolutely incredible experience. My two young daughters and I had the time of our lives. The gentlemen hosting the trip were the kindest most wonderful hosts we have encountered. We would definitely recommend this trip if you are visiting or live in Oahu.
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Ocean Awesomeness
Lisa_M
, Dec 2020
The staff on the boat were AWESOME. We didn't see any whales, but did get to see some dolphins which was cool. They gave us a voucher for another excursion since we didn't see the whales. It was a fun morning.
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