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  • humpback whale backAfloat next to the boat a beautiful shot of whales tail.
  • Whales double breachA rare double breach of Humpbacks in Kona
  • baby humpback whaleBaby Humpback showing his stuff
  • diving whaleCaught in the dive next to the Spirit for all to see
  • Whale TailWhales Tail upclose shows individual markings
  • underwater whalesHumpbacks under water
  • pilot whalesPilot whales along side
  • tail slap Another tail shot on the dive
  • breaching whale hawaiiThe exciting breeching Humpback!



 Whale Watching in Hawaii aboard Glass Bottom Boat


Blue Sea Cruises has got whales in the day and in the evening.  During the Whale Watch we had a curious humpback under the glass bottom wells on the boat twice! A big plus again on the dinner cruise - Whales breaching in the Sunset- too cool!

  See the short clip on our Blue Sea Cruises Facebook click.

From the Blue Sea Cruises YouTube Channel where you can find even more Whale Watching video.

Whale Watching Special
SAVE $20 OFF per adult couple
Use Discount Code: WEBBSC**

**Must be booked direct and online on this site with code to receive discount.  Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.

Experience Whale Watching in Hawaii

During this special time of year, December to Early April, Humpback Whales come to mate and give birth in the calm waters of Kona. There is no better way to see them than with Kona’s year round marine mammal excursion experts aboard the 70' power catamaran "Spirit of Kona".

The Spirit of Kona is the only boat in Hawaii designed and built specifically for viewing marine life above and below the surface of the ocean. It features 360-degree walk around viewing on both decks, the only Balcony Bow where passengers on both decks can watch dolphins or other sea life ride the bow and 2 large glass bottom viewing wells. Weighing in at 78 tons the Spirit of Kona’s wide heavy platform makes for a comfortable and stable ride. Amenities like his and her restrooms, fully stocked bar and food concession bar make this the most comfortable vessel on the Island.

Keep an eye on the glass bottom. You never know what you might see !!

Be sure to watch for the local spinner dolphins that are regular companions on most of our trips.

Cruise includes complimentary sodas, water and party mix snack.

Additional food items for purchase and a limited cash bar throughout the tour serving Beer, Wine and mixed drinks.

Blue Sea Cruises operates directly from the Kailua Pier across from the King Kamehameha Hotel.  Use the hotel address for your gps device to find the pier. 

75-5660 Palani Rd or Ali'i and Palani Road intersection see map

Click here to see the online updated Schedule  

Times: Everyday departing at Noon, 11:30am check in, return at 2:30pm 

Departing from the Kailua Kona Pier.


Adults (12 years $ up) $84.00 plus tax & fuel surcharge Total $95.02

Child (5-11 years) $63.00 plus tax & fuel surcharge Total $72.52

Toddlers (0-4 years) Free

Transportation: Roundtrip (Hotel-Dock-Hotel Only) Available Depending on Hotel Location.  Find out more here Click

Effective August 1st, 2011 an additional fuel charge of $5/passenger will be added to all tours after this date.
***Prices posted effective January 1st, 2012.

General Information:
Children 0 to 4 years of age are considered infants and are No Charge on Whale or Manta Watch or Dolphin Adventure
Children 5 through 11 years of age qualify for the Child rate
Children 12 years of age and up are charged the Adult rate
All tours depart from the Kailua Pier.
Check-in time for all tours is 30 minutes prior to departure.
*Whale Watching in Hawaii is available seasonally December 15th through April 15th.

Kona Cetacean Research Program

Blue Sea Cruises Inc. is working in coordination with Julian Tyne doing a funded doctorate study from MurdockUniversity in Perth, Australia under the guidance of Dr Lars Bejder who leads the world’s largest study into the impact of tourism on whales and dolphins.  Dr Bejder’s research  is also helping the Hawaiian State Government and the US to create legislation protecting their native dolphins from the impact of tourism. All recorded observations gathered by our Kona Cetacean Research Program will also help identify marine mammal numbers and identities in the Kona area.  All information will be correlated with the Coral Reef Alliance, NOAA office on Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

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Book Whale Watch

Seasonal Schedule late December thru early April

Activity Date(click calendar)

  Whale Watch

       Child (5 - 11)  
       Infant (4 - 0) FREE

       Adult Couple(s)  1 Couple = 2pax or 2 FARES Must select number here for Couple Discount and include code below.

      Discount Code (optional)**
    (**All discounts are not to be combined with any other offer or promotion.)
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Great Whale Watching!
I was on the afternoon cruise. It was terrific! The narrator told us what to look for, and we found it. There were males fighting in the distance, surfacing and breaching here and there, but the highlight was a mother teaching her calf to breach - she demonstrated 22 times. It was great! Captain Ray ran a parallel course that let us watch the fun without apparently bothering the whales. We also saw dolphins at the start and end of the cruise, which was a nice bonus. I highly recommend this cruise. Not too crowded, comfortable seating, nice crew, knowledgeable narrator, and they use bio-diesel. How cool is that?

It was fantastic
Attached a photo from last year - last day of the whale watching season. Unusual whale breach so late in the season. But 3?!!! It was fantastic - and I caught it with an everyday digital camera. Can't wait till I come back.
Diane Pane
So there I was on a double decker bright blue and yellow boat (Blue Sea Cruises Inc). Now, as usual I was not looking forward to the thought of hundreds of tourists crowding round the one inch of railing to catch a token glimpse of a distant whale tail. Thankfully these fellas knew what they were doing and kept the passenger manifest to a very comfortable number. Just as I was getting used to the space a massive humpback launched itself sky high mere meters from the boat. There was only one word: Woah! Unfortunately I missed the shot. It was a good job that another big fella kindly obliged, close enough for us to feel the spray. This time I was kind of ready. I then realized that keeping my SLR mounted did not make the most effective method to shoot a fast moving whale that can pop up anywhere from the big blue. Never the less, I may have missed the shot I wanted, but like Ahab, I¹ll be back. The boat had enough space for four times the number of people that actually boarded, ample shade, great commentary, and interactive staff, nice food, and the drinks were ab fab.

Cheers Blue Sea Cruises.