Whale Watching Experience in Waikiki

Honolulu, United States
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Set sail on the Pacific—and see if you can spot whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life—on this family-friendly catamaran cruise. In the morning, head to the Honolulu waterfront, hop aboard your vessel, and set sail along the Waikiki shore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views over the water, all while your guide looks out for migratory humpback whales.
  • See a new perspective on the Waikiki coast on this catamaran tour
  • Look out for humpback whales, plus dolphins, sea turtles, and more
  • Enjoy a comfortable and tranquil way to explore
  • Spot landmarks like the Koʻolau Range and Diamond Head as you go

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Restroom on board
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kewalo Basin Harbor
    1125 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

    The Moana Catamaran is located on the south end of Kewalo Harbor, at slip D 108.we recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to departure time. Boarding begins 15 min prior to departure time. Best parking is located on the north and east and south ends of the harbor.

Start time

08:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Operated by Moana Sailing Co.

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
Heart skipping excitement upon the beautiful waters of Waikiki, as we kept a watchful eye out for the unbelievable whales. The crew was friendly and patience and taught us to be the same.Lol! Finally, we saw the awesome creatures in the water! Well worth the wait!


48 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Couldn't go but the company was very helpful and kind!! Full refund!
Leslie_C, Jan 2023
Unfortunately, there was a maintenance issue with the boat so we were notified by phone the night prior to our tour. We had an option for a full refund or rescheduling for the next day. Since we wanted to go pretty badly, we said we would like to go the next day. But the maintenance guy couldn't get it fixed in time and it had to be cancelled. The company was in touch the entire time and they ended up giving us the full refund due to our time constraints. I was impressed they were so helpful and absolutely apologetic for an issue that they really couldn't control. I've owned boats for over 20 years at home, so I understood that some stuff just happens! Can't wait to come back to Hawaii and get to utilize their service in the future!!!
Kamaʻaina . Loved the Hawaiian music and crew.
Clyde_K, Jan 2023
We are from here and have been on MANY whale watches.. It was great to have Hawaiian music and a wonderful crew. Wish we had seen more whales!!!! Aloha!
1 st experience of the new year
Deborah_W, Jan 2023
Beautiful voyage! Shared the experience with family, 9 of us and three were children ages 10 and two 6 year olds. Saw whales, dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays. Would definitely recommend
Great whale-watching tour
Kerry_C, Jan 2023
Great company, great excursion! The catamaran is well-maintained and comfortable. Having two restrooms onboard, as well as beverages is a huge plus (water is free, non-alcoholic drinks are three dollars and alcoholic beverages are six dollars each as of late 2022). The crew is capable, friendly and kind. We had a great time (family of four including two teens) and would recommend this company to anyone! And yes, we saw whales!
Whales didn’t cooperate,...
Liz_H, Dec 2022
Whales didn’t cooperate, but it was a very relaxing, enjoyable excursion. The crew was top-notch. Would definitely recommend the catamaran.
Whale Watching On A Catamaran
John_M, June 2022
Heart skipping excitement upon the beautiful waters of Waikiki, as we kept a watchful eye out for the unbelievable whales. The crew was friendly and patience and taught us to be the same.Lol! Finally, we saw the awesome creatures in the water! Well worth the wait!
Awesome. The crew knew...
Charlotte_A, Mar 2022
Awesome. The crew knew right where the whales were. We saw about 20 whales consistently for about an hour! It was such a great experience. The catamaran was clean and comfy!
It’s a catamaran boat...
Robin_T, Mar 2022
It’s a catamaran boat which was nice. You should wear a bathing suit. Put on lots of sunscreen. Only negative when we did see whales felt the boat should have gone closer to where they were seen. The boat kept its distance.
One of those lifetime experiences highly recommended
Darren_H, Mar 2022
Great experience. Very friendly captain and crew. We ran on engines to the end of Duamond Head, where we found some whales, then drifted back with the engines cut using the wind to push the catamaran along, following the whales. We weren't lucky enough to see a whale fully jump out of the water, but we did see a boat a dozen whales, three or four tails out of the water, and a 40 footer swam right alongside the boat at one point. Highly recommended.
Whale watching
Bruce_M, Mar 2022
Friendly and efficient crew. An enjoyable time even though the whale sightings were minimal. Crew was very helpful with carrying my things for me.
Fantastic Whale Watching in Oahu
Mariclaire_J, Mar 2022
We had a wonderful whale watching experience. The catamaran was so comfortable and fun and Captain Johnny and his crew were great spotters and very informative. We definitely recommend this experience!
Whale of a trip!
Sheila_A, Mar 2022
We saw so many whales! Our trip was March 3rd! Even a few breaching! Our captain and crew where very knowledgeable and fun! Great trip! We saw whales within the first 10 mins!
Saw multiple moms and...
Stephanie_S, Mar 2022
Saw multiple moms and babies playing. Very personal and comfortable experience! Mahalo Johnny and crew!
Whales everywhere!!!
Steven_R, Feb 2022
Saw so many whales in a short time and did not have to go very far!! Crew was great and the ocean was calm!! Great trip!!
This was such a cool...
Marisa_B, Feb 2022
This was such a cool experience! We saw a couple of whales, and were able to follow along with them for quite a while! We watched those whales breach surface many times and a sea turtle as well. The crew was great, very helpful and fun in spotting sealife. It was one of our favorite experiences in Hawaii!
Fabulous day, fabulous experience!
Kyra_D, Feb 2022
The crew really went out of their way to ensure we saw whales and other sea creatures...and we did!!
Lovely Day to Sail
Willa_B, Feb 2022
We did not see whales or dolphins, just a lonely little turtle. But the crew was so kind and helpful. I have some mobility issues, so always appreciate a little extra help. The sails were up, the music was good and the water was lovely. I just wish we had known more ahead of time that we could bring adult beverages on board.
Beautiful day on the water.
Dolores_J, Feb 2022
We had a lovely time. We saw lots of whales and two turtles. The crew was very nice. This was not a party cruise. Just a lovely 3 ours on the water enjoying the peace and beauty. My husband has mobility issues and the crew were very kind and helpful. That being said the dock is long, narrow and does not have a railing. My husband's wheel chair did not fit. With the help of the captain and a fellow passenger that was a nurse and very strong We walked him on and off the boat. If mobility is an issue this may not be the cruise for you.
Great scenic cruise,...
Elton_J, Feb 2022
Great scenic cruise, fantastic crew, good fellow passengers and visit. Saw multiple whales toward end of cruise.
Fun Sail !
Diane_W, Jan 2022
We appreciated the captain and staff giving us an opportunity to have sails raised ; it was a highlight for us to sail in the beautiful Hawaiian waters with the views on land.

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