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Kona Whale Watching

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Hawai‘i is home to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and Kona & the Kohala Coast are one of the best places to view these gentle giants living and playing in their natural environment. Humpback whale season in Hawai‘i spans from late November to early May, when they migrate from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawai‘i to mate and bear their young. Anyone of any age can view these spectacular creatures; with calm, deep waters and sunny weather, Kona is a particularly good place to experience whales.

You can whale watch in Kona, Hawaii from the beach or anyplace nearby where the ocean is visible. Whale watching doesn’t require any skills or training – just watch for the spouting and big splashes and you’ll see them; however, the best way to view and learn about these awe-inspiring animals is on a Kona whale watching boat.

Kona Whale Watching Tours

Captain Dan McSweeney, a whale researcher, and conservationist provides one of the best whale watching experiences in Kona on his Whale Watch Learning Adventure. Capt. Dan has been studying whales off the Kona coast for nearly forty years and personally conducts his educational Kona whale watching tours. National Geographic and Discovery Channel utilize Capt. Dan’s services and knowledge for their documentary productions on whales, so spending the day on the water with him is truly a unique and rewarding educational experience. If you are seeking a laid-back and luxurious whale watching experience, Body Glove Cruises is the way to go. Climb aboard their comfortable, state-of-the-art 65-foot catamaran, and then watch the action while on-board marine naturalists share their knowledge, and listen to whale communications over Body Glove’s hydrophone. For a more intimate and highly educational experience, Captain Tom Bottrell, a professional marine ecologist, offers excellent Kona whale watching tours of no more than six people.

Have a Whale of a Time

If you are visiting Kona during whale season, the chance of seeing whales is pretty good. Kona whale watching charters tend to fill up quickly due to the limited months that humpback whales are in Hawai‘i each year. To make sure you get your chance to view these magnificent creatures, contact our vacation specialists at Kona Coast Vacations today to book your trip to Hawai’i!