Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure 29 reviews
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

  • Refundable
  • Printed Voucher/E-Voucher
Booking Confirmation We'll confirm your booking quickly after your confirmation
Operates Seasonal
December 19 to March 31
Taking COVID-19 precautions know more
Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
To know more, please refer additional information section of this tour
Activity Highlights

Join us for an adventure to see our seasonal Humpback whales as they come home to Hawaii to calf and mate during the winter months. Our twin powered Zodiac boats can cover lots of ground as we leave the harbor and venture out to find these majestic beauties. Scanning the horizon for any blows, splashes, or flukes as your captain will engage all guests with an informative narrative about the Humpback whales. Bring along any camera you have to take breath taking photographs from 100 yards away. Relax for a short snack break when you have a chance to because the whales always seem to know when the cameras are down. Its a three hour tour but packed full of action from start to finish.

Stop At:

• Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy Suite 16, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708
Activity Details
The experience of watching 40 foot (12 meter) whales from a 24 foot (7 meter) Zodiac raft is something you'll never forget! Following Hawaiian Marine Park laws of stopping at least 100 yards (90 meters) away from these magnificent animals, you get a close up look at the migrating humpback whales. It is not uncommon for them to be curious about the raft and come right under the boat!
Departure & Return
Departure Point74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Departure Time8:00 AM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Rafting expedition
  • Beverages (sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) and snacks
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Due to current travel restrictions, all guests must show proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your plane. If no test, show evidence of your arrival to Hawaii Island at least 14 days prior to the day of your tour.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews

Average based on 29 reviews.

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Traveler Photos

  • So much fun!! This was such a great day out on the water and we saw so many whales! Ashlee and Amanda were incredible guides and we were so happy to go out! Thank you for an awesome time!

  • Great adventure and we saw a calf up close and breaching whales in the distance. A great day and excellent boat handling. Highly recommend Captain Zodiac.

  • Absolutely wonderful morning activity. I loved being on the raft as it helped us move very quickly to where ever we saw the whales starting to surface. We saw two mom and calf pairs which was incredibly special. Being on the raft was fun and allowed for a small group so you never had to worry about anyone in your way of seeing the sights.

  • Captain Dray and her first mate were awesome! The excursion was exciting as we saw many whales: mommas and calves as well as the escort whale and a few crazy sets of male whales breaching! Bonus was the large group of spinner dolphins we encountered as well! Captain Dray made us all comfortable and told us much about the whale behaviors and put the whale device in the water to hear the male whales communicating and singing in the water. Dray was very knowledgeable about the whales since she was raised on the Big Island. Overall good excursion.

  • The experience was awesome! The crew was great. They took very good care of us and tried their best to try and find whales for us to view. Would highly recommend this trip.

  • Rick and Bryce were a great captain and first mate. Saw whales, learned a lot and had a really good time.

  • Great tour! The crew was very knowledgeable about the area and whales, as well as entertaining with their discussion. They joked that it's more of a whale-waiting trip, but we were able to see a lot of whales during the 3 hour trip. There was some waiting, but the whales aren't a scheduled show, so that is to be expected. Make sure to take sunscreen!

  • We loved this trip! The captain was determined to get us the best photos right until the last minute. Had a brilliant time, saw many whales and dolphins too!

  • Our guide was very very knowledgeable about the area and the habits of the whales. The zodiac boat was great, as I do get sick and I did not feel any symptoms. We went to areas that were not common to most boats and saw some amazing whales. We had two bull whales fighting, a couple of breaches and even a school of dolphins. I would highly recommend this tour!!

  • So much fun!!

  • This was a fantastic trip. We saw whales...lots of whales! Our guide was Captain Ron and he was excellent. He made the trip fun, exciting, and even educational. We would do it again.

  • It was awesome! We saw whales and manta Rays! Our guides were awesome! It was a great experience I definitely recommend Zodiac they will not disappoint!

  • Fantastic! We had a blast! An experience of a lifetime!

  • Absolutely loved it. Over three hours on the water with very knowledgable/humourous guides. Highly recommend it. Dolphins, humpback and pilot whales where magnificent. Highly recommend it. The Zodiac folks have it together.

  • Good time Good value

  • Awesome trip, would do it again. Highly recommended

  • Tour was great! We saw many, many whales.

  • Our Whale Watching adventure was a major highlight of our trip! While we were a bit worried about being around whales in such a small "boat", there were no upsets and it was such a spectacular sight that none of us even thought about worrying how close they came.The raft took us out about 3 miles from shore and we traveled about 7 miles along the coast. Saw MANY whales. Jumping out of water as in the picture, spouting, tail slapping etc. One whale did go right under the bow of our raft. My husband was sitting on the bow and we all got a wonderful look as it slid right under without touching our raft. We saw lots of dolphins as well. Several swam along side our raft. We went with a couple in their late 70's and they enjoyed the adventure as well. You do have to have the ability to "hang on tight" as the raft moves quickly across the waves, but I never felt fearful. Wonderful trip for less money than the usual boat excursion. Mark and Kathy

  • This tour was excellent. Was a bunch of fun and we saw plenty of Whales!

  • Preston and Maria did and excellent job with our large family group. We saw a lot of whales and Preston drove the Zodiac so it was fun for the kids.

  • we were lucky, a humpback whale calf came close to our boat!

  • The Captain did his best to find whale sightings. It was a slow day initially, but turned out fabulous. He took extra time to allow us to listen to a whale singing that ended up very close. The Captain didn't always have his facts straight, but overall was a good adventure.

  • It was great on the water but no whales

  • The ride was good and the captain and 1st mate were very informative. Glad we did it.

You might also be interested in
29 reviews
$113.5 USD
1 Traveler(s)
Check Availability
  • Activity Highlights
  • Activity Details
  • What's Included
  • Additional Information
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Traveler Reviews
  • Similar Tours & Activities