Humpback Whale Watching Boat Tours
UPDATE: 12/1/14 The humpbacks are beginning to return to Hawaii on their annual migration, our first pod of whales was spotted yesterday 11/30/14 on a 3 tank scuba trip off Waikiki. Whale watching charters will resume this season starting Dec 27th and run through April 16th, 2014.
Join us for a unique Honolulu whale watching cruise. Experience the difference a more intimate setting makes. Mix with the crew and captain aboard the 50′ US Coast Guard certified Sea Fox. Island Divers brought whale listening to the tour industry in 2011-12 season. Courtesy of a research hydrophone, you can listen to live whale song through the vessel stereo system. As of the 2013-2014 season, whale listening is still unique to the Island Divers whale watching tour, however, it is so amazing that we expect to be imitated sometime soon! See the video below for a example of our Humpback Whales Boat Tour!
- at least two hours of whale watching and listening aboard the Sea Fox (until sunset)
- live whale song broadcast over the vessel stereo system using a research hydrophone
- photos, video and whale song from your excursion recorded onto DVD as an incredible ocean adventure souvenir
- whale sighting guarantee free return trip available
$129 per person (kama’aina and children’s discounts available).
Check out our Whale Watching compilation video from 2012
Humpback whales are in Hawaii from Nov to May. However the peak of the whale season is Jan to March. Island Divers runs charters from after Christmas to April 15th. This limited schedule gives us the greatest chance to have every charter interact with humpback whales.
Other common sea life sightings on a whale watching are flying fish, green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, bottle nose dolphins, many varieties of sea birds, and rarely a Hawaiian monk seal.
Humpback whales are in Hawaii to mate and give birth. They migrate from Alaska and the Bering sea where they feed during the summer. The most common sighting for Island Divers Hawaii has been a mother with her calf and possible one other adult or juvenile whale. Large groups and single adults are also sighted.
We recommend that persons not acclimated to open sea conditions take a sea sickness preventative medicine approximately at least one hour before coming aboard. It is a small percentage of people that get ill, but a very high percentage of those are people who say “I’ve never been sea sick before!” An even higher percentage of those people who did get sea sick wish they had taken this advice. It’s only a recommendation, but it is a good one if you want to play it safe. Island Diver Hawaii is located next to a Long’s Drugs, so if you arrive a few minutes early you can make a shopping trip.
We do not recommend bringing children under 5 years of age aboard the vessel.
Below is a beautiful underwater picture of a Humpback Whale taken by Dive Instructor Nate while leading a scuba dive tour on 4/15/13. See his dive report here.