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Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure

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Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Humpback whales migrate along the coast of Kauai from December through May. Maximize your chances of seeing these gentle giants, as well as dolphins, with this whale-watching tour. Unlike many similar tours, the Zodiac boat takes no more than 14 passengers, ensuring that you will enjoy excellent views and photo opportunities.
  • Whale-watching tour in Kauai: Maximize your chances of seeing whales
  • Learn all about whales and their behavior from your guides
  • Small-group tour (maximum 14): A more personal experience
  • Get great views and photo opportunities from an uncrowded Zodiac boat
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Kukuiʻula Harbor Beach , Kukuiʻula Harbor Beach, Koloa, HI 96756, USA

Please refer to the detailed confirmation email that WE will send you once you provide all of the necessary details to finalize your reservation. **WE CANNOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION, PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO GETTING TO ISLAND**

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All passengers must be 5 years of age or older
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is an ADVENTURE and not a leisure cruise.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Z Tourz
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
See all safety measures taken by Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure.
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure.
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What is the social distancing policy during Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Kauai's Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Zodiac Boat Adventure.

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star-4
It was amazing to see the...
Patricia_S
, Mar. 2022
It was amazing to see the whales and share that experience with my friend!!!! Especially the calf jumping into the water 😊
star-4
Great Tour!
Kim_L
, Mar. 2022
We had a great time! We saw whales, sea turtles and even a monk seal. Our guides were fun and informative. Highly recommend!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect Best Day EVER!
Nichole_W
, Mar. 2022
The guides were amazing teaching us so many things about Hawaii and the ocean! We saw multiple whales and dolphins. They talked about how whales come to this area and when they leave, how the babies drink the mamas milk, how they find a mate etc! It was fascinating! I am so glad we chose this type of boat instead of a big boat as we were so close to the water and it was so peaceful! Excellent adventure! I was shocked at how calm the ocean is away from shore!
star-5
Great trip with great tour guides
Eric_C
, Feb. 2022
Our family had a great time. Whales were not very cooperative at first but gave us quite a show at the end of the trip. Will and Laura were very friendly and shared a lot of information on the whales.
star-3
Seat is important on the boat
John
, Feb. 2022
The guides were nice and informative. Because the boat was a motorized raft and we were sitting in back, we could not see the whales that were in front of the boat. Somewhat disappointing.
star-4
Close to whales, but consider which options are best for you
Chris_L
, Feb. 2022
This was a fun trip, especially if you like speed boating over ocean waves. However, as a whale watching adventure, it has its plusses and minuses. If/when you discover a whale, it is best if the captain turns the boat sideways so all have a better chance to see the whales surface. If he/she keeps the boat pointed toward the direction of the spout (for easier navigation closer to the whales) those in the back of the boat are less likely to see them surface. We sat middle side of the boat, so we were able to see the whales we encountered, but our friends in the back had less visibility. Being in a Zodiac, you have the ability to get really close to a whale, but that is a game of chance. I think the better experience would be in a catamaran, where you can move about the boat more easily to be where the whale is, vs relying on the captain to maneuver into a position where 1 individual is better able to see.
star-5
Amazing experience
Becky_S
, Feb. 2022
It was an awesome experience. First time on a zodiac. Great crew and the captain was very informative about the whales and the area. He made sure we would see something.
star-5
Whale seeing
Margaret_L
, Feb. 2022
We did see whales. No dolphins. Beautiful scenery. Good information by captain. Provided cups and a drink. Small group which is nice
star-5
Good Times!
Leland_W
, Jan. 2022
Had a great time with a bunch of great people, lots of whales, some dolphins too! Great views of Kauai as well, very nice trip, Thanks!
star-3
The crew was amazing and...
Cynthia_F
, Jan. 2022
The crew was amazing and informative and helpful! Will and Elijah did a great job and tried hard to find the elusive whales. It was a pretty windy rough day and was uncomfortable for us older adults - so a 3 star rating for our group. On a calm day for a younger group it would be much better.
star-5
Tou never know what you'll get
Mickey
, Jan. 2022
Will and Isaiah were great! Insightful and personable. Unfortunately the wildlife was not as agreeable, but that's the chance you take. We still enjoyed the water, ride and views.
star-1
It was canceled. We...
Bob_M
, Jan. 2022
It was canceled. We arrived at the dock; waited 30 mins for the captain to retrieve a part; he returned & canceled it. Part didn’t fit; wasn’t the right one; not sure.
star-5
Incredible experience
Victoria_G
, Jan. 2022
This whale watching was incredible! We saw a whale jump out of the water! Such a beautiful experience to share with my husband, our tour guides Elijah and Will had so much knowledge about the whales and the history of Kauai. It was unforgettable. Everyone was also so friendly and so fun to be around 😊
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Must visit!
Nathan_L
, Jan. 2022
It was an amazing experience. The captain and crew were amazing. The captain was also a marine biologist and shared a ton of interesting details about whales. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great whale watching experience
Laurent_S
, Jan. 2022
Great tour on the Zodiac with a great crew. We were able to cruise along the Kauai shore, watching whales cruising and jumping out of the water. With a wonderful sunset. Great experience
star-5
Words Can not Describe
Denise_B
, Jan. 2022
We were fortunate to have a Capt who took that Zodiac boat to every blow sighting and stayed on it. We saw about 6 breach’s one full breach, tail fins close by and countless female fin waves. Chased down those male show offs & we got a breathtaking show. Thank you Capt Tera & Laura for your determination & love of these awe inspiring creatures!
star-5
Do it!
Mara_L
, Jan. 2022
Was very worried about size of boat and seasickness but it was just a lot of fun! You do get some sea spray but not totally soaked.
star-4
The 10- person boat...
Richard_N
, Jan. 2022
The 10- person boat wasn't a " luxury cruise," but lots of whales and knowledgeable and friendly crew.
star-4
Blessing and thankful
Donavon_H
, Dec. 2021
The weather was a normal Kauai weather, rainy then sunny then rainy then sunny. Mindy was super nice and the captain was great, feel bad I can’t remember. We had our family of 5, twin sons 8 and daughter 5, already to go. We were on with a couple and and another family of 4. Super great people, all of them! You’ll see why. We boarded and headed out to sea. Within in 10 minutes of getting out, we saw a spout!!!!! We’re going to see one! We headed toward the sighting, when we got to where we thought we saw the spout we dropped in the sonograph to see if we could hear anything. Nope, nothing. We waited for about 10 minutes to see if the whale would come up. This is when the trip took a turn. My wife was with my daughter in the middle and she started to not feel well. Not sea sick, but her hands started to numb. She began to lose felling in her hands and her arms started to constrict. Her muscles were starting to flex and she couldn’t move. I instantly grabbed her. The lady next to me was a nurse and she stepped into action. Her daughter was a school teacher and immediately watched over the kids. I held onto my wife as the nurse began to evaluate. Mindy called 911 and the captain instantly turned the boat around and headed to shore. Thanks to the nurse, the daughter, Mindy and the captain my wife is okay. Mixed with dehydration and some hyperventilation she was okay. I can’t thank the people enough who helped us. My heart is full and God had them on the boat for a reason. We apologize for cutting the trip 45 minutes short, but you helped my family and I thank you for that. May God bless you and pay it forward to you for your heroics and patience.
star-5
Songs of the whales
koolhof
, Dec. 2021
We saw dolphins, turtles and whales. The best part was when they dropped a microphone into water to hear the songs of the whales, just magical

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