- 90 to 120 minutes (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
From late December through early May, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Catch a glimpse of the magnificent mammals on a whale-watching excursion from Waikiki. Venture out on the water with a small group of people to witness the humpback whales breach, play or feed around you.
Your guide guarantees sightings, and in the rare event that you don’t see any supersize stars, you get to do the tour again for free!
- Whale watching tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Waikiki hotels or Ko Olina hotels (depending on departure time)
Returns to original departure point
Depart from your Waikiki or Ko Olina hotel for a short ride to Kewalo Basin Harbor (Waikiki departure) or Waianae Harbor (Ko Olina departure). You can bring your own food along on this excursion, or enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. At the harbor, you board a catamaran or monohull for an adventure out to see humpback whales splash around in the bath-temperature waters.
The humpbacks, or kohola, arrive in Hawaii by late December after spending several colder months in Alaska. Learn more about whale migration and other facts as your guide takes you along the Oahu coastline for what’s likely to be a mighty show.
At any moment, you could see a whale perform a dramatic breach, communicate with the slap of the tail, or blow water from its spout. In the unlikely event that you don’t spot any whales on your trip, you get to choose another day for this whale-watching outing that is free of charge.
After your time on the water, return to the harbor for round-trip transport back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We got lucky and found whales just outside the harbor. The captain and crew were great, making sure we had drinks and snacks. They even offered to take pictures of us with Waikiki in the background. Had an absolutely fantastic time watching the whales and even some dolphins.
Justin Jason and third crew member were wonderful. No whales but saw flying fish and sea turtles.Voucher to do tour again, no charge. Really enjoyed this tour despite no whale sighting. Diane and mike, Alberta Canada
This was a last minute booking and I am glad I did, we barely saw the humpback whales they were in the distance, but being on the water was fun. The captain was great!
Many thanks to the crew that took us out , they were totally professional and very friendly. 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. We headed out to sea but didn't see any whales then as we headed back we saw 2 water spouts indicating that there were whales just below the surface, the skipper headed back out towards them and yes we saw 2 small young whales break surface , what an amazing experience it was, we enjoyed it so much. We recommend this tour to anyone and we will be back next year!! Thanks again.
We had an amazing experience watching a mother and baby humpback whales surfacing and jumping. The boat stopped and stayed its distance, but the whales came toward us and gave us quite a show. The staff was very friendly and professional. We recommend this outing.
This was my first time EVER being out on the ocean. Although it was the end if the season, we didn't see any whales, this trip was SO AMAZING! The crew was hospitable and friendly from the moment of pickup. They were all very attentive to everyone's needs throughout the entire trip. PERFECT
The boat and the people are FIVE STARS. We were at the end of whale season and the whales did seem to cooperate. The captain was so kind, I told him I had never been under sail power before. So you know what they did, he shut the motor off and hoisted the sails on the catamaran and fulfilled one of my bucket list items. The captain and crew were spectacular. They knew the sea and they gave me one of my life's dreams.
Had a great Time!!! No whales but enjoyed the cruise. Crew was friendly and boat was clean..
We went on a whale watching tour and even though it was the beginning of watching season, we saw four whales! The crew members were very friendly and informative. The tour was wonderful and I would highly recommend it!
Our driver was part of the crew and he was very friendly. The whole crew was friendly and helpful. The boat ride was refreshing and we had a great time even though we didn't see any whales. It was a bit late in the season so it was harder to find the whales. The captain saw some whales and tried to catch up to them but was unable to catch them. We were given a voucher for a return trip at out convenience. Overall a good time!
The boat captain and his crew were very nice. We were able to see some humpbacks which was pretty cool!
GREAT TIME DID NOT SEE ANY WHALES BUT THEY WILL GIVE YOU A VOUCHER TO COME AGAIN THE BOAT GUIDES WERE AWESOME
This activity was awesome. The crew could not be nicer or more helpful. I will do it again on my next visit to Hawaii. On a negative point, I was over charged for the trip and the time of the trip has changed. Viator needs to contact the company to get updated information.
Tour operators were great. Ship clean and comfortable. Only problem was we saw no whales which was not their fault, however, we did receive a voucher for another trip that is good for several years. Pickup and drop off at hotel was an added bonus. Would definitely do this again!!
Friendly staff, great Snacks and perfect whale watching - Thank you!
This was the highlight of our trip. Crew was great and very knowledgeable. Dave, Barry, and Shannon went out of there way to make our afternoon a memorable one. We saw lots of dolphins and about 10 whales. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
Great crew, a lot of fun on this tour. There were drinks available for purchase and the crew was very friendly and knowledgable. We saw several sightings of humpback whales. Overall a great time.
Great trip...crew knowledgeable and professional...saw many whales, turtles...comfortable boat.