Water activity

Hilo: Small-Group Humpback Whale Expedition

Activity provider: Hilo Ocean Adventures

Hilo: Small-Group Humpback Whale Expedition

Activity provider: Hilo Ocean Adventures

From US$ 123.96 per person

Climb aboard the Moana Mea A'a for breathtaking views as your captain takes you to the best places to see whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. Get up close with Hilo's gentle giants on this intimate whale watching tour!

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Cruise along Hilo's breathtaking Hamakua Coast
  • Enjoy a small-group experience on a vessel with a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Encounter stunning marine life such as Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and Humpback Whales
  • Experience whale watching with views of the Mauna Kea Volcano as your backdrop
Full description
Prepare for an awe-inspiring whale watching trip offering you intimate wildlife encounters off Hilo's shoreline. Begin your journey at Wailoa Boat Harbor where you will set sail aboard the Moana Mea a'a (Hawaiian for "Ocean Adventurer").  Venture out of Hilo’s breakwall in search of these majestic creatures for an up-close and personal, once in a lifetime experience. Throughout your tour catch glimpses of Hawaii’s gentle giants and its winter visitor, the Humpback Whale. These fascinating mammals come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves. While in search of whales, be delighted by pods of dolphins following and frolicking near your vessel. Before you know it, you will see one of these 40-ton giants breach the water for an unforgettable sight. Learn from your knowledgeable captain about the nonstop 6-8 week and 6,000-mile migration from Alaska, while encountering a few of the 12,000 North Pacific Humpbacks that arrive in the Hawaiian Islands each year for a season of mating, birthing, and nurturing their newborns.
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
  • Local snacks
  • Water
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People over 275 lbs (125 kg)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Hilo Ocean Adventures 1717 Kamehameha Ave Hilo, HI 96720.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Rain gear
    • Motion sickness prevention

    Know before you go

    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    • Marine life sightings are not guaranteed
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 5 reviews

    Review summary

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    April 12, 2021

    Great experience, very knowledgeable and friendly guide.

    March 7, 2021

    Whales were amazing . Best boat trip ever

    February 23, 2021

    Product ID: 323313