Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki

58 Reviews | Oahu, USA

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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For full Star Care Program, please visit https://starofhonolulu.com/starcare


See humpback whales during their annual migration in the waters off Oahu on a whale-watching cruise from Waikiki. Enjoy great photo ops of the massive mammals, as well as views of Honolulu, Diamond Head and the Kahala Gold Coast. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like Hawaiian spinner dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families
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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Vegetarian meal option available



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Average 4.26 out of 5 stars based on 58 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Dontneed1, Mar 2020 Verified
Loved this excursion! Saw numerous whales, and made a beautiful fresh flower lei. Can’t wait to get my photos and video off my camera when I get home. (Recommend taking sea sickness meds is you need them, but if you forget they have ginger on board)
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
John T, Mar 2020 Verified
Our ride was smooth and we were lucky enough to see several pods. Breakfast was adequate. Total family enjoyment!
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Diane M, Mar 2020 Verified
Well organized! The staff was super-helpful and friendly!! We saw several whales! So much fun learning to hula!!
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
dorothy k, Mar 2020 Verified
Very enjoyable. We saw whale`s which was just awesome. We recommend this trip. this trip is for all ages.
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Catherine W, Mar 2020 Verified
I visited Honolulu, Hawaii Feb. 2020., and one of the main reasons were to go whale watching. Made my reservations with Cool Destinations for the lunch, transportation and whale watching tour and was not disappointed. The people made us feel welcomed, the boat was very nice and the food was delicious. And Yes we saw some whales.
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Kathleen W, Feb 2020 Verified
Perfect weather and best whale sightings ever! Instead of heading out to Diamond Head, we went west and it was a great decision by the Captain. Dozens of sightings with dolphins and a sea turtle!
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Steve G, Feb 2020 Verified
Great experience with 8 or so sightings. The captain and crew kept us informed so we could obtain pictures. The buffet for lunch was outstanding and a great value.
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
David J, Jan 2020 Verified
This cruise exceeded expectations. Didn’t see any whales but the food, entertainment and general enjoyment of cruising with a view of Oahu made the experience outstanding. We also went on the sunset dinner cruise which was wonderful, but this cruise was even better. Highly recommended.
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Dan E, Jan 2020 Verified
We had great time and saw whales on our premier lunch cruise. The boarding process was easy and they validated our parking when we checked in. The Honolulu Star was clean and performed flawlessly, and the crew was cordial and accommodating. Our lunch buffet was surprisingly good with teriyaki chicken and carved roast beef, along with a good variety of veggies, breads, and desserts. We went out past Diamond Head and saw humpbacks. The captain slowed the ship and guided us closer and we watched them for a good 10-15min. Carlee, the ship’s biologist gave us a lot of great info about whale behavior. It was a relatively calm day, with pristine blue skies, and while the ship moved a little in both pitch and roll, it was a pleasant ride and none of us got seasick. We took lots of pics topside and got a nice professional photo of our foursome as we boarded ($20). Overall, a great day and very pleasant experience.
Early Bird Whale Watching Cruise from Waikiki
Richard K, Feb 2018 Verified

Not only did we have numerous whale sightings, the extracurricular activities provided by cruise staff added much enjoyment to the excursion.

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