Hilo: Small-Group Humpback Whale Expedition

Hilo: Small-Group Humpback Whale Expedition

From $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!

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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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.
  • 2-hour whale watching experience
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Local Snacks
  • Certified Captain
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with back problems
  • 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
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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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 travellers
  • Whale sightings are guaranteed. If no whale is spotted, you can join another tour again for free
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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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

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Product ID: 323313