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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure

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USD 102.43
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    This Kona whale watch departs from the slips of Honokohau Marina, which is just north of Kailua-Kona in the direction of Waikoloa. As you scour the coastline in search of a spout, your captain will discuss everything from Hawaiian history to the island’s unique geology, all while scanning the cobalt horizon for signs of a breach or a splash. 

    In winter, humpback whales travel here to these waters to mate and give birth to their young. The captain also serves as a naturalist and has a wealth of info on the whales, and also carries a hydrophone on board so you can hear the haunting and eerie song of whales singing underwater. In addition to pods of humpback whales, there’s also the chance you could see turtles, dolphins, manta rays or other marine life, and the Kona coast is also home to some lesser-known species of whales.

    Depending on where the whales are spotted, you’ll also have the chance to see coastal sea caves and small, volcanic lava tubes, and hear some tales about how the island is still continuing to grow. 

    Since the boat only holds up to 16 passengers you’re guaranteed a personalized experience. Although the smaller Zodiac raft can be bouncy, and isn’t recommended for anyone pregnant or with back or neck problems, it's able to cut through the water without the stomach-churning rock. Many say it navigates the waters of the Kona coast better than any other style of boat.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Rafting expedition
    • Beverages (sodas, fruit juices and bottled water) and snacks
    • Local taxes
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Minimum age is 4 years
    • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Captain Collin and his assistant Heather provided us with the perfect opportunity to get up close to see whales in their natural environment. We got to listen to the whales communicate and interact with each other. Collin was so informative and genuinely loves the humpback
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    We picked Captain Zodiac as we wanted a small boat experience. This is the best way to view these amazing creatures. Cody and Chris spotted a mom and calf very quickly into our ride. It was amazing to watch them play and even nurse. While we were extremely close, it was with the
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    Did the whale watching. Saw a whale breach 3 different times. Also so many sooner dolphins. A must on anyone's list. Bryce is an amazing captain and Heather was our crew and they did a wonderful job!!
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    Captain Rick and Lauren were a great crew -- attentive, informative, fun. We saw two pairs of mother whales with young calves and quite a few other whales at a distance, including two who were breaching at once. The highlight, however, was a big whale that came right up and
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    Would like to give a shout out and a positive review to Chris and Rick of Captain Zodiac Whale Watching adventures. We saw several whales and the very friendly staff made the trip great!
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