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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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
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Whale watching tour
Snacks
Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Lunch
Transportation. Meet at Kewalo Harbor Slip F28.
Kewalo Basin , Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

Kewalo Basin Harbor, Slip F28 - Hawaii Nautical - Honi Olani

This activity will end right where it started.
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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Nautical
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 travellers 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 sanitisation during Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion?
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 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.

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Traveller Tips


  • "Don’t forget to bring cash for gratuities like I did!" See review
  • "It's only 1.5 hours, which is far too short to do a whale watch." See review
  • "We were given vouchers for a complementary sail which we may use later in the week if time allows." See review

Reviews

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star-4
No whales today
Laura_N
, May 2022
Everyone was nice and the process was easy. Had a lovely trip, but no whales 😧 Last trip of the season, so expectations were low, all in all a nice ride on a catamaran!
star-5
Fantastic experience.
Krystyna_G
, Apr. 2022
Seeing a whale. Fantastic. The crew had great attitude and were very helpful. Just a fantastic experience.
star-5
A beautiful day out on the water!
Cherie_I
, Apr. 2022
We had a wonderful afternoon out on the Honu Lani. The crew was exceptional and it was a beautiful day out on the water.. We did not sea any whales as it is very late in the season, but we had a great time and enjoyed the ride.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
A lot of people told me...
Diana_G
, Apr. 2022
A lot of people told me whale season Was over but we managed to see a baby whale!! It was awesome!! The boat ride alone was fun.
star-5
Saw a baby whale and had a great time!
Stephanie_G
, Apr. 2022
Keep your eyes out for whales and communicate with the crew so they can get closer. We were able to see a baby whale! The drinks were great and the atmosphere on the boat was fun
star-5
Loved this
Theresa_S
, Apr. 2022
Getting out on the ocean and enjoying the ride. Didn’t see any whales but still had fun. Would do it again.
star-4
Fun trip despite no whales
Chris_B
, Apr. 2022
The trip was on a catamaran, which I did not realize when signing up. That was no detraction from the trip, just not something I knew ahead of time. The crew were all very friendly, nice, and great at answering questions. The only disappointing part was that we saw no signs if whales, though this is never guaranteed and we did get a voucher for a credit on any future excursion with the company. Overall it was fun and the crew did a good job of keeping everyone happy despite no whales.
star-5
The crew was so inviting...
Jason_S
, Apr. 2022
The crew was so inviting and helpful ❤️ I would Recommend this to everyone who’s looking for a great whale watching cruise
star-5
Will remember forever!
Natasha_B
, Apr. 2022
It was soo good! We saw so many whale up close and far away. One ahead of others was breaching for the other group, he was keep on waiving with his tale. It was amazing! We also saw turtles up close. The crew was nice, helpful, knowledgeable, attentive and offered drinks with snacks. It was our second try because we didn’t see any whale a day before we went out. We completely satisfied and happy!
star-2
First the tour guides had...
Melissa_S
, Apr. 2022
First the tour guides had us all take off our shoes and stand on the scalding pavement, then the ramp to get on the boat was very unstable and difficult for elderly guests, then the tour was only a little over an hour long. We did not see any whales or even dolphins. They do give you a free voucher to come back, but it is only a paper voucher (unlikely that many people will hang onto it), and they know perfectly well that most people are tourists and will not be back in Hawaii for a long time if ever. Definitely not worth the money, I would not recommend.

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