Two Whales breaching the surface of the ocean
October 30, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Things to do in Oahu: Top Oahu Whale Watching Tours!

The Winter months in Oahu brings the much-anticipated Whale Watching Season. See this Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Things to do in Oahu: Oahu Whale Watching Tours’ for a guide to making the most of your experience observing these magnificent mammals.

The Hawaiian Islands are a hot spot for the migrating Humpback Whales who come to the warm waters of Oahu’s southern seas to breed and give birth to their beautiful babies. 

Our latest Oahu Travel Blog article; Things to do in Oahu: Oahu Whale Watching Tours – highlights ways to make the most of your Whale Watching experience.

Whale Breaching the ocean water
You may also see Humpback Whales breaching from the beaches or from one of the high points on the island, like the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, the top of Diamondhead Trail and Halona Blowhole. 

Tips for Oahu Whale Watching Tours:

  • One of the best things about Whale Watching Season in Oahu is that you can choose to take a tour with one of the numerous Whale Watching Tour operators on the island of course, but you will also have a great chance to see Humpback Whales breaching from the shorelines, beaches or from one of the high points on the island, like the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, the top of Diamondhead Trail and Halona Blowhole. 
  • In addition to the Humpback Whales, you may also see Dolphin who are also very active around Oahu during your Whale Watching Tour.
Dolphin during a Whale Watching Tour
You will have a great chance to see a variety of sea life including Dolphin!
  • There are a number of Whale Watching Tour operators to choose from and they offer a variety of boats to choose from including larger multi-deck ships, smaller single level boats and even Catamarans. In fact, there are a variety of Dinner Cruises to enjoy in Oahu and while they are not specific to giving Whale Watching Tours, during the Whale Watching season there is a good chance you may see these beautiful giants swimming along with their babies or even breaching the water.
  • The most active areas off Oahu for Whale sightings takes place off the North Shore and the East coast of Oahu. The duration and types of tours can vary based on the provider and package you choose. Some of the operators will offer beverages and snacks during the tour.  
  • If you prefer to enjoy a private tour on a smaller boat, this service is available typically with smaller operators.  These tours are more personalized and will be more costly, but you will not have large crowds to deal with and you will have much more flexibility for the length of the tour and where you can go around the island. You can also request a private tour for a small group of friends or a corporate gathering with one of the top Whale Tour operators.  
Beautiful single Humpback Whale breaking water
You can expect to learn a great deal about the Whales, their migration and the amazing diet of these massive mammals.
  • Each of the tour operators offer entertaining and informative and often humorous narration about Oahu, Hawaii and of course the Whale Watching experience.  You can expect to learn a great deal about the Whales, their migration and the amazing diet of these massive mammals.
  • There is a very good chance you will see Whales and Dolphins during your tour, but on the off chance that you do not see Whales during your tour, most Whale Tour operators provide guest with a ‘rain check’ pass to return the next day for another tour.
  • The Whale Watching Season in Hawaii is best during the months of December to April.
  • The adult male Humpback Whales can grow to 52 feet and weigh up to 45 tons.  Even at this massive size the Humpback Whales can be quite graceful as they dive deep and turn to the surface launch themselves out of the water for a beautiful Ariel show.
  • How Long will the Whale Watching Tour last? This depends on Whale Watching Tour that you choose, but the typical tour lasts between 2 ½ to 3 hours.

The following are local, popular Oahu Whale Watching Tour providers:

Hawaii Nautical – Departs from Waianae Boat Harbor with tours along Oahu’s West Coast by Ko Olina Resort area.
Telephone: 808-234-7245
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Ko Olina Ocean Adventures – Departs from Ko Olina Marina with tours along Oahu’s West Coast off the coast of Ko Olina Resort.
Telephone: 844-286-5247
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North Shore Charters – Departs from Haleiwa Harbor on Oahu's North Shore.
Telephone: 808-351-9371
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Star of Honolulu - The Star of Honolulu is Oahu’s largest shoreline cruise vessel!
Telephone: 808-983-7730
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Wild Side Specialty Tours - Award-winning cruises are intimate, ecologically friendly and foster lasting connections.
Telephone: 808-306-7273
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We hope our latest Oahu Travel Blog article; Things to do in Oahu: Oahu Whale Watching Tours has provided you with inspiration to enjoy a morning or afternoon cruising along the coast of Oahu to see these amazing sea creatures swim along with their new babies.

But even if you do not take a Whale Watching Tour excursion, while you are on the beach, or hiking along the coastline here on Oahu, keep your eyes out toward the blue ocean and you just may see the wonderful water spouts or even a Whale or two breaching the water.

Visit our Oahu Travel Guide for more recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience when visiting Oahu.

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