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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

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Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
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Ok but pricey

The boat is a small for the amount of people on board, especially if you want to move about and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Explore69
via mobile
Being in a pod of Pilot whales was AMAZING!

We went on this tour after the timing that most humpbacks are not prevalent. We were easily into... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lrembold
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Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, personally guided by veteran whale researcher Captain Dan McSweeney.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“see whales” (32 reviews)
“whale research” (12 reviews)
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Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The boat is a small for the amount of people on board, especially if you want to move about and take photos. The crew and Captain were courteous, helpful and informative. There were snacks and beverages supplied during the trip which was quite a surprise....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on this tour after the timing that most humpbacks are not prevalent. We were easily into our second hour when Captain Dan spotted what he knew to look for. It was my first time ever experiencing Pilot whales as if they were a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't look any further! Captain Dan is a wealth of knowledge who delights in enthusiastically sharing with all. His staff are also delightful. Nice boat (smooth and roomy). Would highly recommend this activity to everyone who visits The Big Island!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent experience with Dan McSweeney's tour. Initially, I had booked the wrong date online and he did everything possible to accommodate us for another day. We really appreciated that! We have been on many boat tours, and were impressed by the volume...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Dan and his crew made this cruise a delightful and educational experience! The cruise leaves from Honokohau Harbor which is located a bit south of the Kona airport. We booked the tour online, and we were sent very complete instructions on finding the harbor...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Dan McSweeney is who made this experience worth every penny. A very informative speaker who speaks when needed and lets nature do the rest. There is none of the excessive blabber going on that has ruined other trips for us. The first mate kept...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

I had booked with a different company, but they cancelled on me. Captain Dan's was recommended and I was very happy they had room for us. Also that we ended up with them, it was fun and very informative. Captain Dan and crew are very...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Dan and team were awesome. We took time to stop and wait out some whales and were rewarded with some showing up about 25 yards off the side of the boat. No breach, but full blow, hump and tail, it was breathtaking! They whole experience...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We did the morning tour and it was a perfect morning. Captain Dan is a super guy, very knowledgeable and you can tell he cares deeply about his subjects, as well as his guests. We watched the sun rise over the volcano as we headed...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We had such a great time on Capt Dans boat. The information given out from time to time, on whales and life of..Was fascinating, He found us loads of whales to admire and the crew were enthusiactic and so friendly. Snacks were provided along the...More

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gartland67
24 October 2017|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Our whale watching tours begin in December.
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gartland67
24 October 2017|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Yes, complimentary snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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kaenel5
25 October 2016|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Absolutely! The Humpback whales can be seen in Hawaii from December - April.
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