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Kailua-Kona, United States
Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get up close with humpback whales near the Big Island of Hawaii on this guided, whale watching excursion. During Hawaii's whale season, the ocean is full of activity from humpback whales migrating from the Pacific Northwest to breed and nurse their young. Hear the whales with a hydrophone and learn about their behavior patterns from the certified naturalist guide. Snacks and light refreshments are provided.
  • Experience a whale watching expedition in Hawaii
  • See whales migrating from the Pacific Northwest
  • Hear the whales through a hydrophone
  • Avoid the typical boat traffic associated with whale watching
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Snacks and light refreshments
Beverages (alcoholic drinks available for purchase)
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Free parking 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua Kona, HI 96740-about a one block walk away from the pier.
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

All cruises board 30 minutes prior to departure. 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 (Ilima Court Shopping Center) is the address for Body Glove Cruises main office where the closest free parking is located. Guests must walk one block to the Kailua Kona Pier for boarding.

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible via a customize boarding ramp with portable extensions that accommodates manual and electric wheelchairs and scooters. Please include in Special Requests at the time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Boarding 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This adventure is on Hawaii Island in Kailua Kona.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 110 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Body Glove Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watch Excursion from the Big Island.

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star-4
Ok, not superior
Dale_W
, Jan 2022
More like “whale waiting” than whale watching. We saw a few whale tails and dolphins. Mostly traveling a few miles out of the harbor followed by long moments of idling. Good cocktails. Their estimate of “parking 1 block from pier” is just the plain wrong — it’s more like 3 blocks (which could be an issue for any mobility impaired visitors).
star-4
Fun time on the water
Jo_H
, Jan 2022
The Body Glove Whale Watch tour was fun and informative. The boat was clean and the crew hospitable. Donna gave us lots of good information about whales and other sea life in the area. Nicolai was a friendly and efficient server, mixing up perfect cocktails while not losing his balance on the somewhat choppy water. I could have done without the daddy who drank too much and kept his children riled up. And it's good to remember that we all do the best we can most days. Thanks to the crew for a good experience and thanks to the whales for showing up!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Whale Watching Trip
Patricia_W
, Jan 2022
Getting to see the whales was wonderful We learned so much about these magnificent satations from your excellent marine biologist. We would definitely recommend this excursion. The trip was a lot of fun
star-5
Whale searching; 1 Stands Alone
David_D
, Jan 2022
It was a gorgeous day to whale watch. Although it was late December, there only seemed to be one whale that wanted to be seen that day. We did see that whale seven times (according to our son), so it was still exciting. Just wish there would have been more whales so we didn’t have so much downtime between appearances. The captain and staffs were great! And a special kudos to the Naturalist, who answered all of our son’s questions and listened as he shared his knowledge with her! Highly recommend this company.
star-1
Disappointing Trip, Rude Staff
Edward_C
, Dec 2021
The boat was clean, the day was beautiful. The staff on this boat are rude. I suggest the staff's manager remind them how much it costs for a family to do the 2.5 hour on this boat...maybe the staff might treat their customers better. But I doubt it. I just don't think they actually care. I would not recommend this whale watching trip with this outfit. Very disappointed.
star-3
Great excursion but no whale sightings
Tara_C
, Dec 2021
We didn’t see any whales. That was disappointing of course but we did see dolphins and it was a pleasant excursion. The staff were awesome! I definitely would recommend and we left the next day so we couldn’t try again to see the whales
star-5
The crew, naturalist &...
RACHEL_B
, Dec 2021
The crew, naturalist & captain made this tour very educational. We saw spinner dolphins & a quite a bit of humpback whale activity.
star-3
excellent crew very...
Kenneth_D
, Dec 2021
excellent crew very attentive but if you are not sitting at front of boat you won't see much. they should move boat around to 3:00 and 9:00 so everyone can get a good view
star-4
Quiet day on the ocean
Debra_S
, Dec 2021
Nice boat ride. Saw a couple of whales. Not too exciting. Crew was nice enough. Naturalists gave good info. Best part was the beautiful and clean boat.
star-5
Amazing experience
Afifa_J
, Mar 2021
At some point we thought we could not see the Wales but some one spot it and the Captain Bob waited for 25 minutes for whale to come back up. We thought he going to give up and we would not see the Wales..

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