Best Whale Watching Tours on Big Island of Hawaii

Our Koholā (Whale) Watching Tours

We can’t emphasize enough how much location matters when it comes to viewing Humpback whales in Hawaii. Pauko is the BEST place to view whales from along the West Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Our vessel provides a smaller group setting with max of 6 to give our guests a comfortable and intimate whale viewing experience. Our staff is extremely knowledgable about the Humpback whales giving you a very educational experience while you watch and listen to these amazing creatures.

The Humpback Whales migrate from Alaska to Hawaii during the winter months to give birth and mate. Along our stretch of coastline the whales relax, mate and give birth to their new babies. We will cruise along the coast looking for these spectacular creatures that are known to slap the water with their fins and tails as well as breach. On special occasions our whales have been know to approach vessels to interact in what we call a “whale mugging”. Their backs can also be seen arching out of the water as they dive down giving you that iconic tail photo opportunity. As we travel the coast we will be looking for other large ocean creatures such as other whale species, Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins and many other creatures.

  • Check-in time: 1:00 pm for the whale watching tour, be sure to confirm when booking.
  • Departs From: Puako Boat Ramp, Puako (follow directions in email or on website)
  • Boat Charter: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • $129 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Includes snacks, juice, bottled water & soda
  • We recommend that you take medication or natural remedies to prevent seasickness to optimize your enjoyment of the trip.  We do not offer medication on the boat.  To ensure best results of avoiding seasickness, take medication the day before the trip and 2 hours prior to trip departure so it is in your system.
  • MINIMUM 3 PASSENGERS for the Whale Watching Tour

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Nancy L.

Wonderful experience with many sightings of the humpback whales. Matt was knowledgeable about the whales and respectful of their space. The zodiac boat provided an intimate feel.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Lori L.

Liquid Hawaii is our favorite tour company on the Big Island. We had used them in 2020 and upon our 2023 return booked a whale watching excursion…and what an experience! We saw so many whales and their babies breaching and jumping and putting on quite a display. But the experience of a lifetime was when a solo whale decided to pay us a visit and swam next to the Zodiac and visited with us for 15 minutes. He even sprayed our son which the locals called a “whale blessing”! We were in awe to see the whale up close and just hanging with us going from side to side under the boat. Took us quite a while to process the gift we had been given. Our captain Kieran was extremely knowledgeable about the whales and their behavior. Another plus is that there were only 3 family members and Kieran on the tour. I highly recommend Liquid Hawaii for a personal and fabulous experience!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Kathleen D.

Our experience was wonderful, we saw all the hightlights the reef could offer including a turtle that swam feet from us and an octopus up close. They are amazing creatures, so beautiful and graceful. Matt’s Zodiac boat was perfect as it placed us low on the water line where we could observe numerous dolphins, who swam up to greet us. We finished our trip with a phenomonal whale sighting including breaching or jumping out of the water, it was as if they were putting on a show for us. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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