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  • Location:Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

The experience of watching 40 foot (12 meter) whales from a 24 foot (7 meter) Zodiac raft is something you'll never forget! Following Hawaiian Marine Park laws of stopping at least 100 yards (90 meters) away from these magnificent animals, you get a close up look at the migrating humpback whales. It is not uncommon for them to be curious about the raft and come right under the boat!


  • Whale watching adventure off the coast of Hawaii
  • Travel along Kona coast with spectacular views
  • Look out for spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays and humpback whales
  • Explore the geology of Hawaii through lava tubes and sea caves

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What You Can Expect

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

Departing from Honokohau Marina located 3 miles (4.8km) north of Kailua-Kona, your captain will entertain you with Hawaiian folklore and Kona history as you travel along the scenic Kona coast. Every winter, the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii to mate and give birth in the warm waters. Your naturalist captain will provide narration on the whale's behavior and the hydrophones onboard allow you to listen for the whale song. There are also frequent sightings of dolphins, manta rays, turtles and other marine life during the expedition.

Time allowing, you'll get close to many lava tubes, sea caves, sea grottos and wave powered blow holes. Learn how the island of Hawaii was formed as your captain shares their knowledge about the geology of the island's lava flows.

The Rigid Hull Inflatable Zodiac vessels used are 24 feet (7 meters) in length, powered by twin outboard motors to produce a quick moving and highly maneuverable ride. The rafts are perfect for exploring the shallow coves, sea caves and lava tubes located along this coastline. Each boat can hold up to 16 passengers.

Due to the bouncy nature of the ride, the Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women. The Kona Coast has the calmest water and the fast moving Zodiac is the least likely vessel to cause seasickness.

Customer Reviews

Diane Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide was very very knowledgeable about the area and the habits of the whales. The zodiac boat was great, as I do get sick and I did not feel any symptoms. We went to areas that were not common to most boats and saw some amazing whales. We had two bull whales fighting, a couple of breaches and even a school of dolphins. I would highly recommend this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This was a fantastic trip. We saw whales...lots of whales! Our guide was Captain Ron and he was excellent. He made the trip fun, exciting, and even educational. We would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

So much fun!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

It was awesome! We saw whales and manta Rays! Our guides were awesome! It was a great experience I definitely recommend Zodiac they will not disappoint!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Fantastic! We had a blast! An experience of a lifetime!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Absolutely loved it. Over three hours on the water with very knowledgable/humourous guides. Highly recommend it. Dolphins, humpback and pilot whales where magnificent. Highly recommend it. The Zodiac folks have it together.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Good time Good value

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Awesome trip, would do it again. Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Tour was great! We saw many, many whales.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Our Whale Watching adventure was a major highlight of our trip! While we were a bit worried about being around whales in such a small "boat", there were no upsets and it was such a spectacular sight that none of us even thought about worrying how close they came.The raft took us out about 3 miles from shore and we traveled about 7 miles along the coast. Saw MANY whales. Jumping out of water as in the picture, spouting, tail slapping etc. One whale did go right under the bow of our raft. My husband was sitting on the bow and we all got a wonderful look as it slid right under without touching our raft. We saw lots of dolphins as well. Several swam along side our raft. We went with a couple in their late 70's and they enjoyed the adventure as well. You do have to have the ability to "hang on tight" as the raft moves quickly across the waves, but I never felt fearful. Wonderful trip for less money than the usual boat excursion. Mark and Kathy

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