Update October 13th, 2013: IronMan is finishing and moving out so fall is upon us in Hawaii. Course fall is still 80 degree weather everyday in Kona. Soon the first humpback will be sighted. Stand by for December's Humpback season to begin. Aloha from Kona...
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.
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
Children 12 years of age and up are charged the
All tours depart from the Kailua Pier.
Check-in time for all tours is 30 minutes prior
*Whale Watching in Hawaii is available seasonally December 15th through April 15th.
During this special time of year, late 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 custom built 70' power catamaran "Spirit of Kona" .
Delivered in fall of 2007, the Spirit of Kona was
designed and built to enhance our Eco tour experience for Whale watching in Hawaii. Designed to
allow maximum viewing of marine life above and below the surface of the
ocean. It features 360-degree walk around viewing on both decks. The Spirit of Kona
is a 150 passenger vessel weighing 78 gross
tons. This wide heavy platform makes for a comfortable and stable ride.
Its slower cruising speed not only saves on fuel consumption but allows
for more safety for those marine animals that are subject to boat
strikes. With mens and womens toilets, premium bar and buffet station, and hydrophone and speaker system, the Spirit is a fabulous boat for catching and learning about the incredible humpback whales during their seasonal visit to the Big Island.
Shore spotters will guide the Spirit to the best Whale watching in Hawaii has to offer and our naturalist narrator and crew will entertain you with historical facts and information on the many points of interest along the way and the animals encountered. We will be offering those that want to participate our Kona Cetacean Research Program survey cards. Help us record numbers and markings of Humpbacks as well as any other marine mammals encountered like pilot whales, bottle nose dolphin, melon head whales, false Killer Whales and many more...
Have your camera ready for your first whale encounter as you watch these amazing animals up close. Some of the activities you may see on our Whale watching Hawaii are breaching, spy hopping, pectoral fin slapping, tail slapping, mating behavior and mothers caring for their young. Listen to the whale songs produced by these majestic mammals through our underwater hydrophone.
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
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.
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.
Cruises operates directly from the Kailua Pier across from the King
Kamehameha Hotel. Use the hotel address for your gps device to find
75-5660 Palani Rd or Ali'i and Palani Road intersection see map
Great Whale Watching! 2/2010
I was on the afternoon cruise on 23 February 2010. 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 WOAH MOMMA! 2009
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.