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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

  • Whale watching adventure off the coast of Hawaii
  • Travel along Kona coast with spectacular views
  • Look out for spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays and humpback whales
Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
From US$ 99.00
Winter is the most exciting time to be out on the water in Hawaii, as it’s the time of year when thousands of migrating humpback whales visit the islands. On this exciting Big Island whale watching tour, experience the thrill of traveling aboard a high-speed raft, and then seeing a whale swimming just in front of the boat. Though the boat will obey the federal laws and not approach within 100 feet (30 meters), it isn’t uncommon for the whale to decide to swim up under the boat!
What to Expect
This Kona whale watch departs from the slips of Honokohau Marina, which is just north of Kailua-Kona in the direction of Waikoloa. As you scour the coastline in search of a spout, your captain will discuss everything from Hawaiian history to the island’s unique geology, all while scanning the cobalt horizon for signs of a breach or a splash. 
In winter, humpback whales travel here to these waters to mate and give birth to their young. The captain also serves as a naturalist and has a wealth of info on the whales, and also carries a hydrophone on board so you can hear the haunting and eerie song of whales singing underwater. In addition to pods of humpback whales, there’s also the chance you could see turtles, dolphins, manta rays or other marine life, and the Kona coast is also home to some lesser-known species of whales.
Depending on where the whales are spotted, you’ll also have the chance to see coastal sea caves and small, volcanic lava tubes, and hear some tales about how the island is still continuing to grow. 
Since the boat only holds up to 16 passengers you’re guaranteed a personalized experience. Although the smaller Zodiac raft can be bouncy, and isn’t recommended for anyone pregnant or with back or neck problems, it's able to cut through the water without the stomach-churning rock. Many say it navigates the waters of the Kona coast better than any other style of boat.
Reviews (43)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Beautiful animals, gorgeous scenery... Perfect morning in Kona!

Captain Collin and his assistant Heather provided us with the perfect opportunity to get up close to see whales in their natural environment. We got to listen to the whales communicate and interact with each other. Collin was so informative and genuinely loves the humpback...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank nursekristen321
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best way to view whales

We picked Captain Zodiac as we wanted a small boat experience. This is the best way to view these amazing creatures. Cody and Chris spotted a mom and calf very quickly into our ride. It was amazing to watch them play and even nurse. While...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LoriP1367
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did the whale watching. Saw a whale breach 3 different times. Also so many sooner dolphins. A must on anyone's list. Bryce is an amazing captain and Heather was our crew and they did a wonderful job!!

Thank johnmF538JE
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Very worthwhile and very fun.

Captain Rick and Lauren were a great crew -- attentive, informative, fun. We saw two pairs of mother whales with young calves and quite a few other whales at a distance, including two who were breaching at once. The highlight, however, was a big whale...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank William B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Fun and informative

Captain Rick and his First Mate Noah were great hosts. We saw a lot of whales and then swung over to the spinner dolphins closer to the shore. Fun, informative and safe. Our 8 and 11 year old daughters had a great time on the...More

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