Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Oahu Whale Watching Excursion

From $81.53

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Whale watching tour
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Transportation. Meet at Kewalo Harbor Slip F28.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kewalo Basin
    Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

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

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

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 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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Great crew. Very friendly and accommodating. The scenery was beautiful. I will definitely tour with this company again.


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Great trip
Amy_R, Apr 2023
The boat was great, music was good, all the staff and captain were wonderful. Enjoyed the ride and saw some whales. The boat ride was good in itself and the bonus of seeing whales also. Just wish it was longer tour as the day was so great.
No whales this time but had a blast!
Lauren_J, Apr 2023
I decided to go on a whale watching tour for my birthday, because I love humpback whales. I thought for sure, that I would see a few at least. Sadly, there were no whales. The crew of this vessel were out of this world. They were so hospitable and joyous, that you could almost forget that you were on a whale watching tour, more like you were hanging out with friends. They had great music playing, they offered us snacks and drinks. The weather was beautiful and the ocean was calm. Even though I didn’t get to see any whales, I would honestly recommend this whale watching tour to everyone looking to have a great trip with a knowledgeable team in Oahu!
A fun experience!
Claire_T, Mar 2023
The staff was really lovely and friendly and the boat was clean and well kept. It was really enjoyable just being out on the water! They also provide two free alcoholic beverages per person which I didn't realize before our trip so that was a nice surprise. The only disappointing part was that we didn't see any whales during our excursion. They did give us a free re-ride voucher to try again before we left Hawaii, which we did but we also didn't see whales on that ride either. That was obviously out of the staff's control so I don't blame them, it was just a bummer.
Fun Activity!
Kerstin_W, Mar 2023
Well worth the money. Fun ride on a catamaran and saw a mother and baby whale. They also served snacks and free drinks on the boat.
Agnieszka_R, Mar 2023
Saw a tail of a whale as it dove down - checked off that bucket list item. The tour has a nice chill vibe and the crew was super friendly.
Few whales but great boat ride.
Trevor_D, Mar 2023
It is always great to see whales and this was our third such excursion. This time we didn't see many whales although it was the time of year they would be there. Just how it goes with wild animals sometimes. The team did their best to make the trip memorable with some fast cruising in the boat.
This experience is worth...
Nicole_W, Mar 2023
This experience is worth coming to Hawaii. Me and the rest of the people on the boat were all in awe with the entire experience. The crew was awesome and I would definitely do this again if I ever come back!
Whale Watching
DebbieHills_G, Mar 2023
Great couple of hours spent Whale Watching we see three through perserverance of the crew great time had by all two free drinks thoroughly enjoyed myself Mothers Day (today in u.k) trip for today from my daughters the crew were very professional hot on health and saftey a good thing boat was spotless and in good condition would highly recommend
saw whales
McClellan_D, Mar 2023
We did see whales and the crew were knowledgeable and contentious of the passengers. They wanted us to see whales as badly as we wanted it and were very cool
This was wonderful
Diana_M, Mar 2023
Love it this was an amazing experience the drink were perfect wonder way to relax we got the chance to see a whale and her calf.
Saw whales
Devendra_S, Mar 2023
Saw a couple of whales for 3-4 times on the catamaran. Fun ride and you get drinks and snacks. The staff were informative and funny.
Whales galore!
Cornelia_J, Mar 2023
It was a great whale watching day! The crew were knowledgeable and fun. We travelled side by side with three whales.
Great time with friends!
Debbie_B, Mar 2023
While we didn't see a big breach, we had multiple whale sightings. The crew was friendly and the atmosphere was so much fun!
Very friendly staff,nice...
PILAN_L, Mar 2023
Very friendly staff,nice experience! We saw whales and dolphins,very lucky. Definitely recommend it!
The crew was well...
Peter_P, Mar 2023
The crew was well informed and friendly. Make sure you sunscreen up it gets bright on the water. Last be prepared. We saw whales within the first five minutes out of the dock.
More whale sightings than your camera can handle!!!
AliGowher, Mar 2023
Whales breaching the surface just a few minutes into the tour. The vessel was clean, the staff were friendly and very accommodating. I would highly recommend this knowledgeable crew especially if you have family with young kids.
We saw several pods of...
Lori_T, Mar 2023
We saw several pods of whales. Beautiful day. Crew was knowledgeable and pointed out the pods and made it enjoyable.
Lovely time on the water
Christine_T, Mar 2023
The cruise was great and we saw two mama humpbacks and their calves! We were lucky the wind had died down and it was relatively calm.
W watch
Marites_P, Mar 2023
It was a short hour and a half whale watching event nevertheless my special grandchild still got sea sick.. over all we had a great time. We saw some whale spouts and tail… very exciting.
Kelsey_M, Mar 2023
The crew was friendly and attentive, and we saw a few whales! Overall, it was a fun, relaxing experience.

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