Whale Watching in Oahu

Bucket-list opportunity to the see wild Humpback Whales & diverse sea life in person
Oahu, United States
2.5 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
8:30 - 11:00
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
What's Included

  • Get up to $10 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Half-day Whale spotting cruise tour, for your unforgettable opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close
  • Pastries and morning beverages to start the day right!
  • Cultural experience (E Ho Mai Chant), intended to bring you good fortune during your voyage
  • Authentic Hawaiian entertainment - kick back and relax to some hula dancing
  • Commentary, written by a qualified naturalist will take you through the ins and outs of whale behaviour and document their fascinating annual journey
  • Departs from the meeting point at Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor Pier D Gate (1125 Ala Moana Blvd B1, Honolulu, HI 96814)


What to Expect

This is your bucket-list opportunity to view the majestic wild humpback whales and other diverse sea life in their natural habitat off of Oahu's stunning Gold Coast. In between sightings, kick back and relax on an all-new double-decker boat with wrap-around bow seating. The ship, Ariya II, also features titanic-style front railing, perfect for spotting whales.


The tour begins with a powerful Hawaiian 'E Ho Mai' plumeria flower ceremony to bring you good fortune during your voyage, and some morning beverages and pastries.


Then you will cruise along Oahu's windward coastline and around the iconic Diamond Head monument in search of humpback whales. Keep an eye out for their tails, fins and blows of water.


As you begin to spot the whales, your knowledgeable crew will share information about the whales' fascinating annual journey. If you get close enough, the crew will even drop an underwater hydrophone microphone into the water to hear the whales' songs over the ship's state-of-the-art sound system. Seeing whales up in person is an experience you will never forget!


Remember to bring your camera for some unforgettable snaps of your adventure spotting ocean wildlife. Stay sun-safe with a hat, sunnies and sunscreen, but it can be a good idea to bring a light jacket for that cool ocean breeze. There's no shoes allowed onboard for your safety, but don't worry, there is storage available for them during your time onboard.


On the way back, sit back, relax and let yourself be entertained by the ship's amazing crew as they perform authentic hula dance and songs.


Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the world’s largest animals in person during their migration through Hawaii!


Where we Visit:

  • Kewalo Boat Harbour
  • Cruise off Oahu's Gold Coast
  • Cruise around Diamond Head monument
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat
  • A light jacket for a cool ocean breeze
  • Camera / smartphone
  • Guests are encouraged to come in easily removable shoes or sandals.
  • Motion Sickness Medicine (For those who are prone to getting seasick, we recommend taking medication an hour before the tour start time)

Please limit your belongings to one bag per group due to limited space on the boat.

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You will be asked to remove your shoes before boarding the boat. This is for your safety. We will have storage for you to place them in during your time onboard.

Note that you are personally responsible for damage or loss to any valuables you choose to bring on board.

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Whale Sightings not guaranteed from November 15 – November 30. Refunds will not be given if whales are not sighted during the special introductory rate time frame. You will be allowed to come back on another tour at no cost if there were no whales spotted during tour, space permitting. You must schedule their own alternate tour date.

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No. Uber and Lyft are readily available throughout the island if needed.

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There is a public restroom in the harbor and one restroom on board the boat which can only flush organic materials.

We recommend using the restroom in the harbor before coming on board.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The Operator reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel a tour due to bad weather, unsafe conditions or at the request of governmental, park, & state agencies
  • The Operator does not guarantee Whale Sightings from November 15 – November 30. Refunds will not be given
  • The Operator assumes no responsibility for injuries, delays caused by breakdowns, accidents, adverse weather conditions and other conditions beyond their control
  • The Operator is not responsible for any loss or damage to property
  • All tours are subject to minimum numbers

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation before 24 hrs of departure: full refund
  • Cancellations within 24 hrs of departure: nil refund. Doctors' notes will be condidered at The Operator's discretion.


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