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Haleiwa Catamaran Whale Watching

**Seasonal from December - April**An unforgettable experience on our catamaran among the whales. 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.

What to Expect

In the morning the water is calm and the blowholes linger in the air. This is the best opportunity to see multiple whale sightings before the wind comes up. It is easier to find whales and slowly get closer to them when the ocean surface is still smooth before the mid day winds.

By the afternoon the tradewinds are blowing and the sailing is fun! This 40ft Catamaran was originally built for speed and has been converted into a whale watching boat. So as the main sail is raised, the jib goes up, and we sheet in, get ready for fun on the ocean. We will sail towards the whales as we glide along the ocean.

This North Shore catamaran charter 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. There is a cooler full of non-alcoholic refreshments and a bathroom onboard the boat.

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
  • 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


2.5 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.