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Whale Watching

BEST WHALE WATCHING IN HAWAII Honolulu 

BY LAND OR SEA

HERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO WATCH WHALES

We’re comfortable saying it — whales are the BIGGEST attraction in Hawaii during the winter months. (We’re being literal. They are VERY big.) And as with any attraction, it pays a lot to know a little about the humpback whales’ migration before you embark on some whale watching in Hawaii. Here are some fun tips to get you started .


HAWAII NAUTICAL

HAWAII NAUTICAL

THE MODERN HONOLULU concierge will gladly arrange your whale watching excursions with the hotel’s preferred partner, Hawaii Nautical, which offers pick-up and drop-off transportation for guests. The outfitter’s motto: “Whales Guaranteed, or Come Again Free.” The two-hour excursion offers three different Waikiki departure times..

SOUTHEASTERN COAST

SOUTHEASTERN COAST

The best whale watching in Hawaii often happens on Oahu’s shores. Hiking enthusiasts can usually spot whales from the island’s southeastern coast. Makapuu Lighthouse and Hanauma Bay offer several seaside overlooks that provide a distant vantage. Closer to THE MODERN HONOLULU, whales can be seen off the “Cliffs” surf break near Diamond Head.

PROTECTED WATERS

PROTECTED WATERS

Humpback whales are an endangered species. former Hawaii Governor Benjamin Cayetano and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designated portions of the waters surrounding Oahu, Kauai, Maui County and the Island of Hawaii as the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to protect this species in 1997.


Insider Tips

  • Going on a whale watching excursion? Bring plenty of sun protection.
  • Thwart motion sickness. Bring a patch, or take a pill the hour and night before your excursion, even if you’re not sure you’ll need it.
  • Regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale.
Need to Know

HAWAII NAUTICAL

  • Address: 1125 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Phone: 808.234.7245
  • Web Address: www.hawaiinautical.com
  • Distance/Drive: Several locations in Waikiki, Hilton Hawaiian Village and West Oahu
  • Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU:
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