Sometimes it is difficult to chose which whale-watching cruise
is right for you. As a passenger, you want to know which cruise
is the most affordable and which one gives the best service,
including the activities offered. You have to consider that
some whale-watching cruises dont guarantee a whale will
be spotted, but others do although sometimes the spotting
might be only a brief glimpse of a disappearing tail fin. Here
is a short list of Oahu cruises that offers whale-watching
Aikane Sport Fishing
This company uses a 44-foot Striker cruiser that takes up to
six people. The Striker takes the passengers out to the Penguin
Banks area, outside Diamond Head, for whale and dolphin watching,
but the crew focuses mostly on sport fishing. Aikane Sport Fishing
doesnt offer any snorkeling, and it doesnt guarantee
any whales or dolphins during the cruise. The fishing equipment
is included in the price. The Striker leaves the Hickam Harbor,
near Pearl Harbor, at 6 a.m. The cost is $468 for 8 hours, and
$624 for 12 hours, for up to six people.
Backpackers is a vacation inn. In order to use its services,
you have to rent a room for at least one night (You can get
one for as low as $15). Located at Haleiwa, Backpackers
offers customers whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, and
fishing. These ocean activities are a separate cruise activity.
Backpackers doesnt guarantee any whale sighting. The boat
is a 40-foot Catamaran that takes up to six people on its cruises.
The whale watching is a 2.5-hour trip that cost $20. The boat
leaves the Haleiwa Boat Harbor at 9:30 a.m.
The Deep Ecology organization uses a 40-foot boat that takes
10 to 15 people at a time. Deep Ecology offers passengers whale
watching, dolphin sightseeing, and scuba diving. The whale watching
and the scuba diving are separate cruises. Deep Ecology guarantees
whales, or passengers get a whale check, which allows
them a free trip for another whale-watching tour. The boat leaves
the Haleiwa Boat Harbor at 9 a.m. The cost for whale watching
is $59 for adults and $29 for children (ages 4-12).
The cost for scuba diving is $85 for 1-tank and $105 for 2-tanks.
Dolphin Excursions Hawaii
The Dolphin Excursions Hawaii offers whale watching, dolphin
sightseeing, and snorkeling, all on the same cruise. The boat
is a 23-foot Mark V inflatable rubber raft that takes up to
16 passengers. Snorkeling gear, flotation tube, and all safety
equipment, as well as a picnic lunch and shuttle service from
Waikiki hotels are included in the price. The Dolphin Excursions
Hawaii guarantees their passengers whales or a whale
check. The boat leaves from the Waianae Boat Harbor at
9:30 a.m. The cost is $70 for adults and $45 for children (ages
4-12) for a 3-hour trip.
North Shore Catamaran Charters
North Shore Catamaran Charters offer passengers whale watching,
dolphin sightseeing, and snorkeling on the same cruise. The
boat is a 40-foot Catamaran that holds up to six people. The
crew guarantees whales or a whale check. The snorkeling
equipment is included in the price. The trip is 2.5 hours and
the boat leaves the Haleiwa Boat Harbor at 9:30 a.m. The
cost is $35 per person.
Dream Cruises are located at Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor near Ala
Moana. It offers passengers whale watching tours and guarantees
whales or a whale check. Dream Cruises doesnt
offer snorkeling, scuba diving, or fishing. Dream Cruises uses
a 100-foot Motor Yacht that holds up to 225 passengers. The
boat leaves the harbor at 7:30 a.m. The cost for adults are
$24.95, children 4 to 12 are $16.95, and children under 4 are
Wild Side Specialty Tours
This company uses a 32-foot sailboat that takes up to six passengers
on a cruise for whale watching, dolphin sightseeing, fishing,
and snorkeling, all in the same trip. Wild Side Specialty Tours
doesnt guarantee any whales or dolphins, but they do guarantee
snorkeling and fishing. All the snorkeling and fishing equipment
is included in the price. If dolphins are spotted, the crew
allows the passengers to swim with the dolphins. Everyone in
the crew is a licensed lifeguard and a certified marine biologist.
The boat leaves the Waianae Boat Harbor at 7 a.m. Private Charters,
half-day (four hours), $450 for up to six people, and full-day
(seven hours), $650 for up to six people.