The Best of Kohala Coast Whale Watching from the Famous Puako Bay

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.

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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!

Whale Tour Availability

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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!

Departs from Puako Boat Ramp

12-minutes north of Waikoloa Beach on the Kohala Coast, check-in at Puako Boat Ramp (click for directions) See the FAQ below for details.

Cold Drinks and Snacks

They provide cold drinks and snacks for your whale watching adventure.

Listen to Whale Songs

The humpback breeding season is one of the few opportunities to experience the symphony of humpback whale songs. There is nothing quite like listening to the music of the whales.



Choose the Tour For You

Up to 3 tours are available daily. See the calendar above for available days and book early as they fill up! Tour duration is 1.5 hours.

Guaranteed Sightings!

Guaranteed whale sightings or come again for free

Onboard Restroom

Onboard private restroom, an appreciated added amenity on small-group tours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the Details on Whale Watching

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.

Check-In Address:

Puakō Boat Ramp, Puako Beach Drive, Puako, Hawaii 96743, United States

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.


A Local Company

With their safe, upgraded and luxury adventure boat they specialize in respectfully viewing the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and whale watches. They 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. Adventure X promotes respectful encounters with our ocean animals and sustainable practices as they pride themselves as an eco-friendly business.

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