Recent Searches
Clear

Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

|
Badge of Excellence
|
Kailua-Kona, United States
Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
0 Adults1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults13 Adults14 Adults15 Adults0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children10 Children
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more
Loading available options...


Safety measures
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Winter is the most exciting time to be out on the water in Hawaii, as it’s the time of year when thousands of migrating humpback whales visit the islands. On this exciting Big Island whale watching tour, experience the thrill of traveling aboard a high-speed raft, and then seeing a whale swimming just in front of the boat. Though the boat will obey the federal laws and not approach within 100 feet (30 meters), it isn’t uncommon for the whale to decide to swim up under the boat!
  • Whale watching adventure off the coast of Hawaii
  • Travel along Kona coast with spectacular views
  • Look out for spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays and humpback whales
  • Explore the geology of Hawaii through lava tubes and sea caves
Saved to wishlist!
Rafting expedition
Beverages (sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) and snacks
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This Kona whale watch departs from the slips of Honokohau Marina, which is just north of Kailua-Kona in the direction of Waikoloa. As you scour the coastline in search of a spout, your captain will discuss everything from Hawaiian history to the island’s unique geology, all while scanning the cobalt horizon for signs of a breach or a splash. 

In winter, humpback whales travel here to these waters to mate and give birth to their young. The captain also serves as a naturalist and has a wealth of info on the whales, and also carries a hydrophone on board so you can hear the haunting and eerie song of whales singing underwater. In addition to pods of humpback whales, there’s also the chance you could see turtles, dolphins, manta rays or other marine life, and the Kona coast is also home to some lesser-known species of whales.

Depending on where the whales are spotted, you’ll also have the chance to see coastal sea caves and small, volcanic lava tubes, and hear some tales about how the island is still continuing to grow. 

Since the boat only holds up to 16 passengers you’re guaranteed a personalized experience. Although the smaller Zodiac raft can be bouncy, and isn’t recommended for anyone pregnant or with back or neck problems, it's able to cut through the water without the stomach-churning rock. Many say it navigates the waters of the Kona coast better than any other style of boat.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Zodiac
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure.

Traveler Photos

See More
See More

Traveler Tips


  • "With that said, prepare to have your body beat up, the water is so rough making the ride painful and not fun." See review
  • "Being on the raft was fun and allowed for a small group so you never had to worry about anyone in your way of seeing the sights." See review

Reviews

5.0
star-5
108 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 108 reviews
star-5
Great Fun!
Dianne_B
, Mar 2021
I loved seeing the dolphins. The mother and baby whale. JC (boat captain) was excellent and made the trip fun and informative
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Glad Captain JC was able to share a great whale watching tour with you! Come back again.
star-5
Absolutely worth it.
Mazie_B
, Mar 2021
Absolutely fantastic and fun. The boat ride was a blast, the crew genuinely nice and informative, and the whales and dolphins were amazing!!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We are happy that you are happy!! Come see us again for any whale watching or snorkel tour!
star-5
Our guide was very...
Ken_H
, Mar 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. Although we saw a limited number of whales, it was a fun excursion.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Glad you enjoyed the whale watching tour and the boat ride. Hope to have you again!
star-5
Awesome!!!
Joshua_F
, Feb 2021
The captain, Chuck, the guide, Devante were awesome. I would go back every time I go. They made the trip exciting and fun.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Just for them you can call and book your tour and request them every time. I'm sure they will love to have you again and again on any tour we have!
star-5
An Unforgettable Day on the Water!
Victoria_C
, Feb 2021
So much fun!! This was such a great day out on the water and we saw so many whales! Ashlee and Amanda were incredible guides and we were so happy to go out! Thank you for an awesome time!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
A plus for the A team then for this whale watch. Its wonderful to hear that the guests enjoyed their time with the whales and our crew members. Come see us again.
star-5
A whale of an adventure
Vashti_S
, Mar 2020
Great adventure and we saw a calf up close and breaching whales in the distance. A great day and excellent boat handling. Highly recommend Captain Zodiac.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Mahalo for such kind words about your whale watch with us!! Come join us on one of our snorkel tours next time and continue the adventure!! Aloha
star-5
Best Whale Watching Experience!
Amy_L
, Mar 2020
The most magical and rare whale watching experience! 🐋 We captured incredible video of a male humpback whale under the water singing it’s beautiful songs! 🎶✨ Captain Dre and her Co-Captain Amanda were amazing. Super knowledgeable and so much fun. We had the best time! Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience.🙏🏼❤️
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It was quite the first time experience for your captain and crew!! We were just as excited as all the passengers were. So happy to be able to share that with all the great people on the boat. Hope to have you out with us again.
star-3
Get ready to hurt
Brian
, Feb 2020
This adventure was a mixed bag. Our guide and captain were great. The number of whales and breaches we saw topped any tour I have ever done. With that said, prepare to have your body beat up, the water is so rough making the ride painful and not fun. I know I will be sore for days. If I understood what I was in for, I would have not booked the tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Aloha Brian, We are very sorry to hear that your experience was not the best due to adverse weather conditions. Typically here in Kona, the water is the most calm in the state. Unfortunately, the unforeseen rare occasion that the winds pick up to create a more choppy ride can happen after we have already departed for our tour which is why we always do our best to make clear the bouncy nature of our ride. This is also stated on our waiver which each of our guests are required to sign before boarding our raft. Our captains and crew work very hard to provide the experience of a lifetime and we are glad to hear that you did enjoy them but we also appreciate your feedback on the ride due to the state of the weather.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome Whale Watching
Christina_V
, Feb 2020
Captain Dray and her first mate were awesome! The excursion was exciting as we saw many whales: mommas and calves as well as the escort whale and a few crazy sets of male whales breaching! Bonus was the large group of spinner dolphins we encountered as well! Captain Dray made us all comfortable and told us much about the whale behaviors and put the whale device in the water to hear the male whales communicating and singing in the water. Dray was very knowledgeable about the whales since she was raised on the Big Island. Overall good excursion.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Sounds like you had one exciting whale watch. We are glad our captain was informative, engaging and probably having as much fun as you were. I hope you have check to see what photos were posted by your captain. Hope to have you come out with us again!!
star-5
Incredible morning whale watch
Debra_M
, Feb 2020
Absolutely wonderful morning activity. I loved being on the raft as it helped us move very quickly to where ever we saw the whales starting to surface. We saw two mom and calf pairs which was incredibly special. Being on the raft was fun and allowed for a small group so you never had to worry about anyone in your way of seeing the sights.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Everyone gets a front row seat on our zodiac boats. We love that guest can experience that sense of closeness with a 45 foot mommy humpback whale and calf. Glad we were able to give you a tour worth remembering. Please join us again next whale season or for any snorkel tour. Aloha.

Compare Similar Experiences

Current
Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

star-5108

3 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$115.66

star-4.5126

3 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$85.90

star-471

2 hours 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$105.95

star-4.550

3 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$146.76

star-5279

4 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$135.11 $108.08

star-51

2 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$136.78

star-410

2 hours 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$93.46

star-555

1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
$107.00

star-55

2 hours

Free Cancellation

From
$153.26

Explore Similar Things to Do