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  • Location: Oahu, Hawaii
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
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 2-hour tour again for free!


  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The boat can fit more than 40 people, but there are only 24 spots available on this tour. You will have plenty of room to wander around the boat for unobstructed views. You won't miss any of the action in the water!

What You Can Expect

Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

Enjoy Whale Watching in an Intimate Setting

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 2-hour 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 two hours on the water, return to the harbor for round-trip transport back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We saw so many Whales, we could not count them all. Also saw some Dolphins and a monk sea lion (which are going extinct). Our captain and his helper really made us feel comfortable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The guys that took on this excursion really knew what they were doing. The weather wasn't great but they could spot the whales and point them out to us in time to see them. What fun we had. Thanks Josh and Dan!

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