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Hilo Whale Watch and Snorkel Boat

Location: Hilo, Big Island

Jump aboard a small boat tour to get unclose and personal with Humpback whales. The smooth waters of Hilo allow us to spot whales from a distance before slowly approaching them as close as possible within regulated limits. From where, you will have the opportunity to jump in the calm water with snorkel gear to listen to the beautiful whale songs and possibly even see the whale depending on visibility.

What to Expect

Come along for the ride to catch a glimpse of Hawaii’s gentle giants and winter visitors, the Humpback Whale! After a nonstop 6-8 week and 6,000-mile migration from Alaska, approximately 12,000 North Pacific Humpbacks arrive in the Hawaiian Islands every year around mid-December for a season of mating, birthing, and nurturing their newborn calves. This annual migration is one of the longest of any mammal and brings magic to the Hawaiian Islands each winter.

Make your way to the coast to begin your whale watching experience in search of these majestic creatures for a once in a lifetime experience. The Big Island is one of the best and most popular Hawaiian Islands to get out on the water and encounter whales. The best way to view these incredible mammals is to journey out to sea with an ocean guided tour boat.

Whales seem to love playing in the water, just as much as humans do. Despite their size, Humpback Whales are surprisingly acrobatic. They show this by frequently leaping out of the water and slapping their tails on the water. These amazing mammals are also renowned for their beautiful and haunting songs, which, you will experience yourself. Humpback Whales have a strong cultural value in Hawaii. To the native Hawaiians, a whale is the representation of the Hawaiian god Kanaloa – the god of animals in the ocean.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the beautiful island of Hawaii and go in search of these larger than life animals.

Upgrade your adventure with a Whale Song Snorkel Package. This full sensory package allows you to, see (visibility dependent), swim and hear the humpback whales while you snorkel in the incredible waters of Hawai’i. Your journey includes a snorkel set, fins and optional lifejacket.

Important Information

  • Minimum Age is 8 years old
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not suitable for those who are pregnant, over 300lbs, have back problems, or cannot swim unassisted in the open ocean.


2 hours


Boat Departs from the Wailoa Boat Harbor - 181 Manono St, Hilo, HI 96720

Cancellation Policy

Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will receive a full refund in the case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. No-shows will be charged the full price. Late arrivals may be charged a late arrival fee. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation.

Deep Sea Fishing Charter Cancellation Policy - If you are booking the deep sea fishing charter: All private charters are subject to a 21-day cancellation policy. Charters canceled within 21 days of departure will not be honored a refund of any type.