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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

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Address: Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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+1 808-322-0028
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Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the...

Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, personally guided by veteran whale researcher Captain Dan McSweeney.

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Wonderful excursion!

Captain Dan and his crew were great! All were knowledgeable, courteous and very professional. We were fortunate to see humpback whales and experience the awe of these creatures... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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NORTH PORT
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NORTH PORT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Captain Dan and his crew were great! All were knowledgeable, courteous and very professional. We were fortunate to see humpback whales and experience the awe of these creatures. We would definitely recommend and read about it in "The Big Island Revealed".

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a trip with Captain Dan and his crew because it was recommended by "The Big Island Revealed ". Our travel agent wanted us to use another company, but we decided to give Captain Dan a try. We were glad we did ,as we saw lots of whales and learned a lot in the process. Captain Dan and his... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our 2nd visit with Capt Dan -- our 1st was 15-20 years ago. Nothing has changed ... it's still spectacular!. Capt Dan is one of the foremost experts on whales in the Hawaiian Islands and he engages your interest from the very beginning. He focuses on the whales, how they live, what they have learned from 40+ years... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Humpback sightings were a bit of a disappointment (only one), but Capt. Dan was very informative about the resident as well as migrating marine mammals. Saw quite a bit of the resident pilot whales, including Rambo, and a school of spinner dolphins -- very cool!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time seeing lots of whales. Captain Dan is knowledgeable and provides good background information about the whales and local shoreline. Weather was perfect too.

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Thank Anne G
Council Bluffs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the whale watch very much. Captain Dan and his crew are very knowledgeable. First class crew.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Dan was really knowledgeable and provided a great experience. The crew was very helpful and attentive (one of us was feeling a bit sick). They provided a variety of nice snacks during the outing. Our daughter counted 9 whales that we sighted. Overall an unforgettable time!

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Clifton Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very educational, snacks provided, friendly people. Saw 3 whales, which was amazing. It was fun to learn about the whales while being able to watch them. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Call me Ishmael. Some weeks ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the big island. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there at the beginning of the whale season so there were only a few whales, but we learned so much that the remainder of our trip in Hawaii we knew what to look for and where to look and saw more whales from shore. Very educational and conservation minded tour. Captain Dan also gave some GREAT hints about... More 

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