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Peak whale viewing season: January – March
Location: Kona coast
Duration: 2 hours
Trip Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
BIG ISLAND WHALE WATCHING TOURS
If you visit Kona, Hawaii between the months of January and March, then you’re right on time to take part in a wonderful two-hour whale watching cruise. Our large population of humpback whales, (Kohola in Hawaiian), have traveled over 3,000 miles, all the way from Alaska, to enjoy the warm and safe waters of the surrounding Hawaiian islands.
Our fun and relaxing whale watch allows you to spend some time out at sea and observe these gentle giants in their element. Visitors often see a huge tail crest in the water and might even catch a whale breaching, or breaking the surface of the water and falling back in with a humongous splash!
Climb aboard our boat to set out in search of whales. Our boat’s speed allows us to cover more distance, giving us a better chance of finding whales who can range over many miles along the Kona coast. Sometimes the whales are shy, so just be patient, and eventually, we’ll spot a spout or a flipper to help lead the way.
Throughout the journey, our helpful guide will tell you all about Kona’s humpback whales, their long, yearly migration down to Hawaii each year, and the important place Kohola have in the history of Hawaii.
This Kona whale watching tour is a great opportunity to get some sun, breath in the ocean air, and spend quality time with your family. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome, so bring the whole family! You’ll also want to make sure you bring your binoculars and cameras so that when the humpbacks make their appearance you can capture those amazing moments forever.
About Humpback Whales
A female humpback can weigh up to 40 tons (one ton is 2,000 pounds) and stretch up to 60 feet (18 meters) in length, which is about the size of an American school bus! Humpback whales may be monstrous in size, but they are peaceful creatures. They feed on krill, small fish, and plankton. As you can imagine, these big guys and gals need to eat A LOT to stay full, and a single whale may suck in 3,000 pounds of food a day!
Every year, the Kohola come to visit us in Hawaii, drawn by the warm and relatively shallow water. This is where mothers give birth and start nursing their new calves (who weigh about one ton at birth). Humpback whales are mostly a dark shade of gray with varying amounts of white on their pectoral fins. Their distinct white markings allow us to tell them apart.
One of the things we love most about the humpbacks is that they are a playful bunch. They often slap their fins, tails, and heads on the surface of the water or jump out of the water, known as breaching. Mother whales are also very affectionate with their calves, often touching them with their flippers. Amazingly, male humpback whales sing complex songs that can last up to 20 minutes and can be heard up to 20 miles (30 km) away.
Binoculars, jacket, towel, camera, sunglasses, and sunscreen!