Whale Tour Summary
3 Whale Watching Tours Available Daily
If you’ve always wanted to go whale watching on the Big Island, you’re in luck! Humpback whales travel to the Hawaiian waters every winter (and not just because Hawaii is the number one vacation destination in the world).
From baby whales curiously scouting out the boat to witnessing a triple breach, Adventure X Boat Tours has seen it all on their Big Island whale watching tours.
Leaving out of Puako, they immediately enter the nursing grounds of mother humpback whales and their babies. Go out a little further and you may witness a competition pod – a battle between males for the female. The captain and crew are very knowledgeable about these animals’ behavior and will share insightful facts throughout the entire trip.
You definitely don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime Hawaii Big Island whale watching experience. They even guarantee whale sightings, or come again…FREE!
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Whale Tour Highlights
Reasons to Go Whale Watching With Adventure X Boat Tours
The peak whale season on Hawaii is January and February. Book early to get the date and time that you like. We recommend booking the morning tours as the water is calmer, the temperature is cooler, and the trade winds haven’t started blowing. Also, book your whale watching tour early in your trip so if you don’t see whales then you can rebook. Or, you want to go out again during your vacation!
Frequently Asked Questions
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Please note the cancellation policy allows for cancellation up to 48 hours in advance of departure. The age limit is three years old and above.
The Malaialena is a 30 ft Rigid Inflatable Boat, the type of boat that is considered one of the safest (hence why the coast guard uses them). She is a fun and comfortable ride with padded seats, shade, an upper viewing deck that seats 4, and a bathroom on board!
She has an 8 speaker sound system which is wonderful for playing the Hawaiian tunes and listening to humpback whale songs during the whale season (note they have a great hydrophone onboard).
The captain is looking forward to taking you out on an adventure of a lifetime!
How do I get to the whale tour check-in location?
We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your tour.
What does the marine naturalist do onboard?
Their professional naturalists are here to educate and enhance your experience. With their in-depth knowledge of the diverse marine life here in Hawaii, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of, and respect for, the wildlife you encounter.
Can I bring a good camera?
Absolutely! Bring a GoPro or another suitable water camera with a selfie stick to get underwater shots. You can also bring your fancy camera but there may be light spray so make sure you can keep it dry.
Is the whale viewing better in the morning or the afternoon?
The whales are not on a sleep cycle like us or behavior cycles. There is no statistical evidence that viewing them is better per time of day. Erica and I prefer the morning and sunset tours as it is cooler out on the water.
Do you provide transport from my hotel or condo?
While staying on the island, you will probably find it cheaper and more convenient to rent a car. Otherwise, there are a number of taxi companies and Uber and Lyft that can assist you.
What do I bring on the whale watching trip?
Bring a hat, sunglasses and a camera! Remember to apply sunscreen before the tour! Dress like you are headed to the beach.
Will I get seasick?
If you’re prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking motion-sickness medication the night before your tour and one hour before your scheduled departure.
Are the boat covered?
Yes, there is a shade canopy on the raft.
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