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Go whale-watching off the coast of Oahu on this 2-hour 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 2-hour tour again for free. Snacks and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels 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

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!

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What You Can Expect

Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

Enjoy Whale Watching in an Intimate Setting

Following pickup at your Ko Olina or Waikiki hotel, transfer to Waianae Harbor or Kewalo Basin Harbor, respectively, to meet your boat. 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 trip and try again. After 2 to 3 hours, return to the harbor and enjoy transportation back to your Ko Olina or Waikiki hotel for drop-off. 

Customer Reviews

Willam G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Had a great Time!!! No whales but enjoyed the cruise. Crew was friendly and boat was clean..

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We went on a whale watching tour and even though it was the beginning of watching season, we saw four whales! The crew members were very friendly and informative. The tour was wonderful and I would highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our driver was part of the crew and he was very friendly. The whole crew was friendly and helpful. The boat ride was refreshing and we had a great time even though we didn't see any whales. It was a bit late in the season so it was harder to find the whales. The captain saw some whales and tried to catch up to them but was unable to catch them. We were given a voucher for a return trip at out convenience. Overall a good time!

Rhonda W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The boat captain and his crew were very nice. We were able to see some humpbacks which was pretty cool!

scott m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Ronald O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This activity was awesome. The crew could not be nicer or more helpful. I will do it again on my next visit to Hawaii. On a negative point, I was over charged for the trip and the time of the trip has changed. Viator needs to contact the company to get updated information.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tour operators were great. Ship clean and comfortable. Only problem was we saw no whales which was not their fault, however, we did receive a voucher for another trip that is good for several years. Pickup and drop off at hotel was an added bonus. Would definitely do this again!!

Dominik F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Friendly staff, great Snacks and perfect whale watching - Thank you!

Nazir M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent crew and tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was the highlight of our trip. Crew was great and very knowledgeable. Dave, Barry, and Shannon went out of there way to make our afternoon a memorable one. We saw lots of dolphins and about 10 whales. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

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