Whale Watching on Kauai


Of the many things there are to do while visiting Kauai, one of the most entrancing is whale watching. And what a truly Kauaian activity this is! Truth be told, you can find beaches, golf resorts, and gorgeous landscapes aplenty elsewhere, but it’s a very rare experience to be able to actually see a whale in the wild.

The Hawaiian Humpback Whale, or Kohala, makes its yearly migration from late November through May. Watching these incredible animals breaching and playing in Hawaii’s pristine waters is a magical experience that will make your Kauai vacation unforgettable. The best part is that this wonderful activity can be enjoyed by just about everyone. Here are some of the best locations in Kauai to whale watch, as well as a few companies that provide tours.

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Best Locations

There are several beaches and shores that provide a great view of the whales as they breach. Kilauea Point, Mahaulepu Beach, Spouting Horn, and Barking Sands at Majors Bay are great choices. Though going on a boat tour will give you the best access and views to see the Kohala, you can also visit these locations on your own to whale watch. If you see water spouts while on the shore, keep your eyes focused — the whales will make an appearance soon after.

Captain Andy’s
Captain Andy’s (located at Port Allen Marina Center) is an oceangoing touring company that has been in operation for over 20 years. In addition to offering sailing and reef tours, Captain Andy also offers whale tours that offer amazing views of the majestic Kohala. Adults and children are welcome, and pricing varies depending on the season.

Hawaii Adventure Center
Whale watching tours is just one fun activity offered by Hawaii Adventure Center. The company offers an impressive list of land, water, and sea expeditions, including river cruises, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing lessons, and ziplining. Hawaii Adventure Center is a good option for families, as they have packages made especially for children.

Kauai Sea Rider Adventures
Having the best whale watching experience possible is all about timing and experience, and the crew at Kauai Sea Rider Adventures get it right. They’re very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife, and provide excellent information during their tours. Kauai Sea Riders offers many Na Pali Coast eco-adventures in addition to their whale sightseeing tours.

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of whale season and book today.


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