Morning Whale Watch

Morning Whale Watch

Duration 1.5 hours

Adult Ages 13+ $125
Child Ages 3 to 12 $125

Departs from Puakō Boat Ramp

Mauna Kea Area

Encounter Whales in Their Natural Habitat!

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, we 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 over the female. The captains and crew are very knowledgeable about these animal’s 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. Don’t delay. We even guarantee whale sightings, or come again…FREE!

Late December is the very beginning of our Whale Season here on the Big Island and this is when they are just starting to make an appearance. Sometimes they show up early and stay late but every year is different and we usually wait until we actually see the whales before opening our bookings. But due to Covid, and a high tourism forecast for the year, and the eager demand of whale lovers out there, we have decided to open our bookings early.

There is a bathroom on the boat.

We Stand Out Above the Rest

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 song during the whale season (note we have a great hydrophone on board).

We look forward to taking you out on an adventure of a lifetime!

Meet A HUI HOU, a RIB boat that operates from Puako Boat Ramp. In COVID season, she operates with no more than 10 pax, unless it’s a private charter all from the same accommodations.

She is a 30 ft vessel with twin yamaha 250s. She is Coast Guard inspected annually, which means she is very very safe. She also will get to where the whale action is happening the quickest! She will operate morning whale watching (when available), afternoon whale watching and manta night snorkels and dives.


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

Cancellation Policy

48 hours prior to your tour time

Pamela T wrote a review
We use this tour company every year to whale watch. All the staff on the boat are dear. The captains Casey and Kelsey are so respectful of the whales and knowledgeable. Worth every cent to go out whale watching with them!

Jocey wrote a review
My partner and I did the morning whale watch and were super happy with it. Our Captain, Tess, and her all-female crew (another Tess and a Lindsay) were awesome. We really enjoyed their commentary and stories. Great snacks and drinks, too. And even a good restaurant recommendation (Seafood Bar, which we ended up hitting later that day).
As for the whales....we had quite a few sightings - mom an calf resting in the bay right off the bat, and then quite a bit of competition pod activity. We were of course hoping for a breach, but sometimes whales just don't cooperate! ;)
Regardless, our crew definitely did a great job in trying to find us activity. And we got lots of fin waves, which made us very happy. Highlight of the trip: Griffin! The sweetest grey yearling, trying his best to keep up with the competition pod.
We wouldn't hesitate to book with Adventure X again and definitely would've taken a second tour if we had more time. Another reason to return to the Big Island!