Kona Whale DiscoveryTour

Kona Whale Discovery Tour

Duration 2.5 Hours

Guest ages 5 and older $104



Unforgettable Whale Sightings in Kona: Discover the Magic of These Majestic Giants with Dolphin Discoveries

This Whale Watch Adventure is an exclusive 2.5 hours trip to find the seasonal Humpback Whales (Dec.-March) and/or the year round Pilot Whales, Beaked-Whales, Melon-headed whales, and other species that can be found along the Kona coastline. We will focus on finding these magnificent mammals and spending quality time with them to observe, learn, photograph and listen to their song and other vocalizations with our underwater hydrophone system.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: What Makes Our Kona Whale Watching Tours Special?

While we have some whale species that choose Kona’s coastline to live all year round; many people will travel to the Hawaiian Islands specifically to see the Humpback Whale population that comes and visits. We will go into more detail on why these whales make the journey and what their significance is in Hawaii’s marine ecosystem, later on.

When you book your whale watching tour with us during peak season, you are in for a real treat! The new mothers, male whales (also known as “escorts”), and the new baby whale calves, are known to put on a show.

From fin and tail slaps, to close encounters with our idle boat, to even full breaches out of the water, there are few things on the planet more magical than being out on the water with these creatures. There is no better seat than aboard a Dolphin Discoveries Kona Whale Watching Tour boat– few people else in the world will ever be able to see these creatures as up close, as responsibly, and with such a beautiful backdrop.

Explore Marine Life and Scenic Views While Whale Watching in Kona

When you embark on a Dolphin Discoveries Whale Watching Tour in Kona, you’re not only treated to the breathtaking sight of majestic humpback whales but also the opportunity to explore the incredible aquatic sites and see the wondrous Big Island from a unique perspective.

The waters off Kona are teeming with marine life, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. While observing humpback whales is undoubtedly the highlight of the tour, it’s not uncommon to encounter other fascinating creatures from your spot aboard the boat. Keep an eye out for playful native Hawaiian spinner dolphins, graceful sea turtles (Honu), and a variety of colorful reef fish that call these waters home.

Additionally, the scenic beauty of Kona’s coastline is a feast for the eyes. The rugged lava rock formations, incredible beaches, and lush landscapes that line the shore create a dramatic backdrop for your trip.

Allow Our Experienced Crew and Marine Enthusiasts Take You On A Whale Tour in Kona

When it comes to embarking on a whale tour in Kona, entrust your adventure to the hands of our experienced crew and passionate marine enthusiasts. We prioritize your safety and ensure that your encounter with these magnificent creatures is not only thrilling and held at a safe distance for both our guests and the animals, but also educational and memorable.

Our crew members at Dolphin Discoveries are not just your guides; they are seasoned local professionals with a profound passion for not only whales, but all of Kona’s marine life. They bring their extensive knowledge of the ocean and its inhabitants, good nature, and humor to every tour that we hold.

Allow our expert crew and passionate marine enthusiasts to guide you on this incredibly intimate and unique experience that is a Kona whale watch tour. By choosing us, you’re choosing an experience that is both unforgettable and respectful of the ocean’s magnificent mammals.

Enjoy the Best Kona Whale Sightings with Dolphin Discoveries

The biggest rule when it comes to whale watching in Hawaii is making sure that you are being safe and respectful towards the marine life who call the Kona tropical waters home. This means that when we are near a whale pod, we will turn off our engines and remain idle as they may choose to interact with our boat.

This is no cause for alarm! The whales that habit and visit Hawaii will not cause a “Moby Dick” scenario. However, this does mean that sometimes we might not be able to kick it into high gear back to the shore. If anything, being caught in the midst of a whale pod that decides to check out our boat means being able to see these massive creatures so close that you can make out every barnacle, scrape, and pattern of the mammal. Truly, at Dolphin Discoveries, our whale watching tours are an experience of a lifetime.

The Captain and guides of Dolphin Discoveries have placed the safety of our guests and the safety of these magnificent animals as the top priority for these intricate tours. Your responsibility is to sit back and enjoy, all with the confidence that you have secured your spot on a boat that is committed to the preservation of Hawaii’s incredible marine life.

Reserve Your Spot Whale Watching in Kona

Because of the limited time frame that you are able to book this adventure, make sure to secure your spot well in advance. Our tours typically run 2.5 hours and they are great for all ages (we require participants to be ages 5 and up)! This is the perfect family adventure, especially for those that aren’t as keen getting into the water as they are on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you depart from?

You will receive detailed instructions, including where to park in your confirmation?


What is your cancellation policy?

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy, excluding private charters. By purchasing Trip Assurance, you have the option of cancelling your tour up to the day of your scheduled tour, if the need arises. You must call to cancel. "No shows" will be charged the full amount and will not be issued a refund.




Michael S
San Antonio, TX Wrote a review
Great Experience!

Our captain really knew what he was doing. He knew where the whales were likely to be and he found them. We trailed a female and her newborn calf and had several sightings. He was also well-versed about the whales and their habits and answered every question thrown at him. It was a great experience.



Irene B
Washington DC Wrote a review
Surrounded by Humpback whales

Kai our Captain knew where to find the whales and was very informative about them. I expected to see or 1-2 whales but we saw countless whales including mom and her adolescent and observed a ""heat race" where several male whales chased a female whale - at one point we were surrounded by whales!

Dolphin Discoveries staff in Kona were friendly and worked hard to make sure we had a great experience. They exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend them.