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a whale jumping out of a body of water on the Big Island Hawaii

If you are looking for an oceanic tour, sure to delight the whole family, make sure that you embark on a whale watch on the Big Island, Hawaii. Whales are not only the largest mammals to inhabit Hawaii, but they are some of the most exciting creatures to come into contact with while out on the water.


From breaches above water to tail and fin slaps, there is no limit to the magic involved with a whale watch on the Big Island.


The Best Time and Places for Whale Watching on Big Island


It’s no secret that the best time to go whale watching on the Big Island is between the months of November through March. Aside from the large population of humpback whales who choose to travel to Hawaii in order to mate or give birth to their calves; there are other whale populations that frequent the island, who may become increasingly active during this time.


Whales are adventurous and curious creatures; therefore it is not totally out of the question for them to maybe swim up to and around the boat, while the engine is turned off in the water. That being said, the best places to go whale watching on the Big Island are along the Kona Coastline; in deeper waters than the popular snorkeling reefs frequented on day trips. Some whale species may stay deep underwater whereas others, like the humpback– especially young calves with a smaller lung capacity– are known to stay closer to the water’s surface.


Encounter the Beauty of Whales on Big Island: Top Whale Watching Tips


Our biggest tip when it comes to booking your whale watching trip on the Big Island, is reserving your spot aboard a boat that specifically caters to these types of experiences. While you will not be getting into the water during your whale watching trip, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you will not enjoy a close encounter with the creatures. So, our second tip is to book with an accredited tour company who can create these experiences with the whales as well as teach you about the animals while aboard the vessel.


Our last tip when booking a whale watching tour on the Big Island is, when you are booking early– aim to snag an extremely early morning or sunset time during the peak months of December through March. This is truly at the height of whale season, where there is not only the largest population of whales, but the most active time of the day for them!


Why Whale Watching on the Big Island is a Must-Do Experience


Now that we’ve walked you through some basic tips surrounding booking a whale watching experience, as well as why these creatures choose Hawaii as their home; you’re probably itching to book your tour! However, if you find that your trip to the Big Island lands outside of whale season, or you are looking to get some time in the water, there are many options for snorkel tours of Kona Coast and dolphin watching tours on the Big Island that will be able to accommodate you!