Power Raft Whale Watching from Puako Bay, Big Island

Whale watching on the Big Island is a must. Make it easy if you’re staying on the Kohala Coast.

Summary: Experience whale watching just a few minutes from the Kohala resorts. Adventure X Boat Tours takes you right into the action. Guests experience the thrill of encountering these 80,000-pound animals in a close and safe way. Four tours are available daily, including a sunset whale watching tour. Tours are available from December through March. 

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Whale Watching Highlights

  • Duration: 1.5-hours
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or come again for free
  • Departure Location: Puako Bay Boat Ramp (click for directions): 10-mins north of Waikoloa Queens’ Marketplace, just south of Hapuna Beach
  • Morning Whale Watch Tour (3 times available) and a Sunset Whale Watch Tour available for booking
  • They Provide Cold drinks and snacks.
  • What to Bring: Sunscreen and hat. Dress like you are going to the beach!

Erica and I always recommend booking whale tours well before you arrive, like two months in advance. 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!

Big Island Whale Watching from Puako Bay

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 our 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!

The trip is operated by Adventure X’s raft, The Malaialena.

Two Whale Watching Tours are Available with Adventure X

There are three morning departure times for the Morning Whale Watch. The Sunset Whale Watch leaves around 5:00 pm. Click the buttons below to choose the Morning or Sunset Tour and your departure time. More info on the Sunset Tour is below.

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Sunset Whale Watching Tour with Adventure X Boat Tours

There is something about a Hawaiian sunset, add humpback whales, this trip will be an absolute delight to anyone on board. Join Adventure X Boat Tours on their NEW Sunset Whale Watch this winter from 5 pm-6:30 pm. Photographers looking for the silhouette humpback whale breach? Well, this is their trip.

Maybe a humpback whale tail with a sunlit and sunset snow-capped Mauna Kea in the background. They guarantee this will be one of our most popular trips of the season, so guests will want to book early to assure availability. Pineapples and drinks will be served. A light jacket is recommended, and photography equipment is always welcome!

Welcome Aboard The Malaialena

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! 

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About Adventure X Boat Tours

With our safe, upgraded and luxury adventure boat we specialize in respectfully viewing the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and whale watches. We operate in a remote area on the west side of the Big Island, along the Kohala coast, away from the crowds and craziness of Kona. We promote respectful encounters with our ocean animals and sustainable practices as we pride ourselves as an eco-friendly business. From our many reviews online, we have found that our guests love our excellent customer service, as everyone who comes on board is ohana, we truly care, and will do everything we can to make sure you have a fabulous time. We provide lunch, snacks, and refreshments! In addition, we even have a bathroom on board.

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