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Early Haleiwa Catamaran Whale Watching

**Seasonal from December - April**Rise and shine to the sights and sounds of whales! Our 40ft sailing catamaran, the Ho'o Nanea is the perfect boat for comfortable cruising while spotting whales. We can take up to 19 persons. And there is no better way to view the Humpback Whale Migration that arrives to the North Shore every winter.

What to Expect

Watch blowholes spout off in the distance, 50 foot long humpbacks break the surface within a few yards of the boat, giant fluke tails lift up exposing their unique white pigment patterns, and even the occassional breach right off the side of the catamaran.

North Shore Catamaran Charters was chosen as the best whale watching on Oahu because of it’s personalized attention, uncrowded boat, and fun and informative crew. During whale watching season the ocean boils with activity from the humpback whales and marine life.

The Catamaran

The 40ft Ho'o Nanea is the perfect boat for whale watching. It is just the right size to keep you close to the ocean, but big enough to be a safe and stable viewing platform. We are the only commercial sailing catamaran on the whole North Shore. You will not find a gaggle of boats competing for whales. Avid and apathetic whale watchers alike would both agree that sailing the North Shore of Oahu in search of whales is done best on the sailing cat.

The whales do not get frightened or disturbed by our boat because most of the time we are under sail. When we do motor, the small outboard engines are very quiet and unobtrusive. Our underwater hydrophone lets you hear the singing, clicking and moaning that goes on between the groups of humpbacks. It is a truly amazing experience!

  • The only commercial sailing catamaran on the entire North Shore
  • Chance to get up close with a breaching whale

Please Arrive 30 minutes before departure for check-in process


  • Frequent Humpback Whale, Dolphin, and Turtle Sightings
  • Private tour option (dependent on availability)
  • Friendly and Knowledgable Crew
  • Informative Tour teaching about Hawaii's Humpback While Migration
  • Coast Guard Approved Life Jackets on board
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverage Refreshments
  • Bathroom Onboard
  • Bring Your Own Beer / Alcohol Permission
  • Enjoyable Sailing off the underdeveloped North Shore


2 hours


  • Please meet us at our boat in the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. For GPS, we recommend that you use the "Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill" or harbor address: 66-105 Haleiwa Rd., Haleiwa, HI 96712. Our boat is located next to the 2 story grey building in the middle of the harbor.

Cancellation Policy

All cruises and tours have a 24-hour notice of cancellation policy. Any cancellation with less than 24 hours notice will not receive a refund. There is a 20% fee for rescheduling within 24-hour period. Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances (i.e. Lack of participation) Weather conditions are decided at the boat dock. Private charters require 168-hour (7 Day) notice for refund. 20% fee for ALL canceled Private tours. Contact us anytime to inquire about cancellations or reschedule.