Whale Watching Lunch Cruise

4 hours | Honolulu | HNL-630
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population returns to Hawaii to breed, calve and nurse their young. They leave Alaska waters and migrate over 3,000 miles in less than two months, then stay for a lengthy vacation, frolicking off Hawaiian shores and entertaining spectators from December through March. This enticing morning whale-watching excursion offers you the chance to take part in this one-of-a-kind nature attraction.

Ideal for early risers, your cruise begins at Pier 6 near the Aloha Tower Marketplace. This is where the Majestic is docked, ready and waiting for your arrival. Enjoy the warm welcome of your professional and friendly captain and crew before getting an introduction to the vessel and its state-of-the-art Seakeeper technology. Providing a comfortable and stable ride is just part of what she offers. 360-degree outdoor viewing from the top decks and large, panoramic windows lining the air-conditioned cabins on the lower deck allow wonderful whale sighting opportunities and views of noted landmarks like Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.

Your captain is well versed in the waters off the coast of Honolulu and knows the best spots to find the massive humpback whales. Kohola are one of the larger species of baleen whales, with adult males ranging between 40 and 52 feet and weighing up to 45 tons. Despite their size, humpback whales are surprisingly graceful acrobats. Keep your eye on the ocean and you might see one "breach," propelling up to 40% of its body out of the water and landing on its side with a spectacular splash.

You'll also enjoy the insight and expert commentary of an onboard naturalist. Relax as you soak up the input on whale biology and behavior. And the whales have a unique connection with Hawaiian culture. Did you know that some Native Hawaiians believe the kohola are aumakua (family guardians), and so these gentle giants are treated with great respect. In fact, all watercraft must stay a minimum of 100 yards from the whales, but you'll be surprised how close you feel when a 45-ton behemoth lunges out of the sea.

Their impressive acrobatic displays are often visible from miles away and you never know when you'll see a humpback's spout (which can be 10 to 20 feet tall). As you cruise, enjoy a deli sandwich-bar lunch. The menu is subject to change but a typical menu includes a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, rolls, condiments, pasta salad and fruit. Coffee, hot tea and soft drinks are complimentary and other beverages are available for purchase.

Upon completion of your whale-watching adventure, you'll return to Pier 6 and transfer back to your ship. Your memories of the whales and any pictures you were fortunate enough to capture will add to your collection of Hawaiian souvenirs.

Special Notes:

Whale sightings, while common, are not guaranteed. Whale watching tours are seasonal and are generally only available from December through March.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart pier

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30

Check in at cruise facility

Time at site:
00:30

Whale watching cruise and lunch

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Time at site:
02:30

Return to pier

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30