Say Hello To The Gentle Giants Of The Sea – Whale Watching
If you visit Kona, Hawaii between the months of December and May, then you’re right on time to take part in a wonderful two hour whale watching cruise. Our large population of humpback whales, (Kohola in Hawaiian), have traveled over 3,000 miles, all the way from Alaska, to enjoy the warm and safe waters of surrounding the Hawaiian islands.
Our fun and relaxing Whale Watch allows you to spend some “time out at sea” and observe these gentle giants in their element. Visitors often see a huge tail crest in the water and might even catch a whale “breaching”, or breaking the surface of the water and falling back in with a humongous splash!
About the Tour
Climb aboard our boat set out in search of whales. Sometimes the whales are shy, so just be patient, and eventually we’ll spot a spout or a flipper to help lead the way. Throughout the journey our helpful guide will tell you all about the humpback whale, their long, yearly migration down to Hawaii each year, and the important place Kohola have in the history of Hawaii.
This tour is a great opportunity to get some sun, breath in the ocean air, and spend quality time with your family. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome, so bring the whole family! You’ll also want to make sure you bring your binoculars and cameras so that when the humpbacks make their appearance you can capture those amazing moments forever.
About Humpback Whales
A female humpback can weigh up to 40 tons (one ton is 2,000 pounds) and stretch up to 60 feet (18 meters) in length, which is about the size of an American school bus! Humpback whales may be monstrous in size, but they are peaceful creatures. They feed on krill, small fish, and plankton. As you can imagine, these big guys and gals need to eat A LOT to stay full, and a single whale may suck in 3,000 pounds of food a day!
Every year the Kohola come to visit us in Hawaii, drawn by the warm and relatively shallow water. This is where mothers give birth and start nursing their new calves (who weigh about one ton at birth). Humpback whales are mostly a dark shade of gray with varying amounts of white on their pectoral fins. Their distinct white markings allow us humans to tell them apart.
One of the things we love most about the humpbacks is that they are a playful bunch. They often slap their fins, tails, and heads on the surface of the water or jump out of the water, known as “breaching”. Mother whales are also very affectionate with their calves, often touching them with their flippers. Amazingly, male humpback whales sing complex songs that can last up to 20 minutes and can be heard up to 20 miles (30 km) away.
To see these gentle giants for yourself, sign up for our Splasher’s Ocean Adventures Whale Watch, which takes place between December and May in Kona, Hawaii.