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Whale Watching


Every winter the Big Island
is visited by migrating whales!

Watch the Humpback Whales

The Kohala Coast is one of the best places to view humpback whales! Whale season is from November to April, but their numbers peak in January and February. Early mornings are the best time to see whales, with higher numbers of whales and calmer conditions making it easier to spot them.

Whale Watching Tours

Many boat cruise companies offer whale watching tours during the winter months. Here are a selection of companies that offer these tours:


Watch Whales From the Shore

Generally the best places to see whales from the shore are in North Kona, Kohala, North Kohala and the Hilo Coast. You’ll need time, patience and luck to spot the whales from the shore. Keep your eye out for large spouts of steam and water (the whale breathing out and in again) as a sign of where to find the whales.

Four specific places that are prime spots to see whales are:

We recommend contacting organisations directly to get the most up to date information about their operations.

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