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Oahu Whale Watching

By Viator, February 2015

4.5 155 Reviews | Add your review

Some visitors to Hawaii see nothing more than the airport, the hotel and the beach (and perhaps a souvenir shop or two), completely ignoring the fascinating volcanic interior and the magnificent sea creatures patrolling just off land.

If you can bear to leave the white sands of Waikiki, follow the coastline round until you come to the volcanic crater of Diamond Head, Oahu’s southernmost point. From here you can head out on a specially-designed vessel to some of the best whale-watching sites in the world.

Experts on board will describe the behavior of these amazing mammals. Whether you’re out on the spacious deck or watching from the air-conditioned cabin, you’re guaranteed a sighting. And while you’re waiting, there’s some local color to enjoy: your trip also includes demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian culture, including lei-making, hula dancing and ukulele playing.

On the Leeward Coast, take to the sea during the breeding season (winter) and you may well spot whales. And not just whales; you can spend a morning or afternoon snorkeling, sailing and swimming with beautiful friendly dolphins. Enjoy crystal-clear waters under dazzling tropical skies as you splash around with these playful creatures.

You won’t want to get quite so close to our next offering. Sharks may not be cuddly, but these majestic marine predators are fascinating in their own right. With an adventure cruise off Oahu’s North Shore you’ll learn to recognize different types of shark including gray reef, Galapagos and the distinctive hammerhead.

You may be happy enough watching from the boat. Which is fine, but you might kick yourself later on if you turn down the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to head down into the stunningly clear waters in a floating cage. You’ll be completely but safe the sight of those big teeth coming towards you is a sight you’ll never forget! Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera.

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Oahu Whale Watching Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Go Oahu whale watching, with whale sightings guaranteed and a lunchtime buffet served onboard. You're ensured a comfortable ride with outdoor viewing decks ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Head to the west shore of Oahu to swim and snorkel with Hawaii’s spinner dolphins! Cruise along the Waianae Coast and snorkel with tropical fish and Hawaiian ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Oahu with Optional Breakfast or Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

See humpback whales during their annual migration in the waters off Oahu on a whale-watching cruise from Waikiki. Enjoy great photo ops of the massive mammals, ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration:

  • Morning: 2 Hours
  • Afternoon: 2.5 Hours

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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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