Hawaii’s most impressive visitors—45-foot humpback whales—return to the islands’ warm waters, including those on the Big Island’s Kona side, every winter. Capt. Dan McSweeney, who founded the Wild Whale Research Foundation in 1979, works daily with the whales and has no problem finding them. During the 3-hour whale-watching tours, offered twice daily in late December through April, he drops a hydrophone (an underwater microphone) into the water so you can listen to their songs, and sometimes uses an underwater video camera to show you what’s going on. Cruises are aboard the Lady Ann, which has restrooms and a choice of sunny or shaded decks; cold drinks and snacks are provided. Trips depart from Honokohau Harbor, where parking is free and typically easy.
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Captain Dan McSweeney’s Whale Watch Learning Adventures
Honokohau Harbor, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy (off Hwy 19), Kailua-Kona
Our Rating Phone 808/329-3199 Prices Whale-watching cruises $110 adults, $99 children 11 and under who also weigh under 90 pounds.Captain Zodiac [S] It’s a wild, 14-mile ride to Kealakekua Bay aboard one of Captain Zodiac’s 16-passenger, 24-foot rigid-hull inflatable rafts, or Zodiacs. snorkel cruise (Wed–Thurs and Sat–Sun 8:15am and 1pm) $99 adults, $78 children 4–12; 5-hr. snorkel cruise (Mon–Tues and Fri 10am) $112 adults, $87 children 4–12. Whale-watching cruises (Dec–Apr only; Tues and Thurs 9am) $84 adults, $59 children 4–12 Web site Captain Dan McSweeney’s Whale Watch Learning Adventures
MapHonokohau Harbor, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Hawaii (The Big Island)
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