• Location: Oahu, Hawaii
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 37.00 View price calendar

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Spot the majestic flips and dives of humpbacks on a 2-hour whale-watching cruise from Waikiki. Take photos of these incredible mammals from the vessel’s four viewing decks, along with other sea creatures that may pop up, such as Hawaiian spinner dolphins, sea turtles and porpoises. Enjoy cultural activities on board while the Kahala Gold Coast and Diamond Head appear in the distance. Upgrade to include a delicious buffet meal with your cruise and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Oahu whale-watching tour from Waikiki
  • Observe humpback whales in the wild
  • Learn about Hawaii’s marine animals from the onboard naturalist
  • Try family-friendly cultural activities such as making leis, dancing hula or playing ukelele
  • Upgrade to include a breakfast or lunch buffet, or hotel transport

What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Cruise from Oahu with Optional Breakfast or Lunch

Enjoy incredible views of humpback whales from a 60-foot-high observation deck!

Your whale-watching tour will begin at the pier or, if you choose to upgrade to round-trip transportation, with pickup at your hotel.
Hop aboard your 232-foot (71-meter) vessel, with four viewing decks and lounges, dining rooms and bars inside. Glide away from the Honolulu port and out past Diamond Head, with three stabilizers ensuring a calm ride.

Naturalists will also accompany you on board to answer questions and provide commentary about the habits and behaviors of the humpback whale. Settle in front of the large windows of the air-conditioned cabin or stand outside on the decks to catch up-close looks of the whales as they spout and feed. Keep your eyes peeled for porpoises, sea turtles and Hawaiian spinner dolphins, too. On the rare occasion that you don’t spot any whales, you can take the tour again free of charge.

In addition to whale-watching, many cultural activities are available on board, suitable for the whole family. Learn the hula and how to play the ukulele (12pm departure only) or attend a mini-workshop on making a lei. Upgrade your ticket to include a buffet breakfast or lunch while you sightsee (sample menu provided below). Your tour will conclude at your original departure point in Waikiki.

Customer Reviews

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Not only did we have numerous whale sightings, the extracurricular activities provided by cruise staff added much enjoyment to the excursion.

Gisel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The day I went on this tour the whales were all around or maybe it was just 1 whale playing all around - spotted repeatedly :

The staff is super friendly and helpful. They had this natural expert who was very knowledgeable, fun and engaging just like the other crew members :

The buffet lunch was excellent - varied, tasty and Hawaiian :

As for the activities, there was lei making, hula and ukulele lessons. I went for the ukulele - It's a shame I can't remember the instructor's name, but be sure he was very knowledgeable, fun and engaging :

I had a great time! Totally made my day!

Beau B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This cruise was well-worth it! We were fortunate to see many whales, and the ship was clean and spacious. The optional meal was just okay we had the lunch. The food was plentiful, but not particularly exciting. I would definitely take the cruise again, but probably without the meal.

Steve R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We were able to sight a mother whale and her calf. The naturalist who spoke about whales was very informative. The buffet lunch was delicious. On the way back in, we had three choices for activities: lei making, hula dancing lessons, and ukelele lessons. We had a great time!

Misha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Awesome tour - saw multiple whale breaches and pod of dolphins in first 10 minutes!

Patricia A. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The whale watching cruise was wonderful. We saw several whales. And even if we didn't, they would have given you another one for free.Go to the top of the boat, that way if they spot a whale on one side or the other you can quickly move from side to side. They offer breakfast or lunch but we didn't want to do either because we didn't want to be inside in case a whale was spotted. I would suggest to do this on one of your first days there, then if you don't see a whale you can go back. Absolutely worth it. Patty C.

Debbie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a great time on the whale watching cruise. We signed up for the lunch the food was great. We saw 5 whales, two whales had the tail up. The boat ride was great, the crew treats you like royalty, and everything was nice and clean. We would definitely go again.
We did have one problem which was our mistake, we missed the bus to pick us up, as we were at the wrong entrance. The bus called us and by time we went around the block to pick up the bus, they left us. Make sure you get the street name that the bus is picking you up at.
We took a cab it cost us 20 but we did make the cruise. The Cruise company could be a little more clearer with the directions of the pick up.

Charles William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great experience. Although there were no whales sited, they gave us the option for a rain check. Great presentation of food, tasted as well as it was presented. Highly recommend this tour. Very accommodating, I was in a wheelchair and moved about very well.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Booked the lunch buffet whale watching tour. The food was mediocre but I wasn't expecting a 5 course meal. Saw a couple of whale pods. I believe that they have a refund if they don't spot any whales. When they do see whales the captain announces where to look and there is a certified naturalist that gives you fun whale facts. In the second half of the trip there are lei making, uke lessons, and some hula dancing. Some live music from uncle Nohea was also nice. One nice thing was that they only loaded the first level so we could roam anywhere on the whole ship! Don't know if I got lucky or if it is always like that but it allowed us to find our own little spot and enjoy the cruise. Whole thing from launch to docking was 2.5 hrs. A little short but for the price I guess its ok.

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip. We went in the afternoon and were concerned because it was very windy the day of our cruise. The boat was so stable we didn't even feel the waves. Everyone in our party, including my 85 year old mother, were able to reach the top observation deck and we saw several pods of whales. Great day!! Thank you Captain V. We really enjoyed ourselves. Robert at the bar could have used a helper, but the drinks were good and priced moderately. Our only suggestion would be to move the boarding photo line to one side of the boat so those not wanting a photo don't have to wait in the long line.

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