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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

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Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
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We saw whales, but you needed telephoto lens to capture

We saw a couple of whales dive, then we wated for 20 minutes for them to surface. Which they did... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
divermb09
Lovely whale watching experience

This was a wonderful whale watching tour. This is the third whale watch I've been on in different... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Courtney T
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“see whales” (32 reviews)
“whale research” (12 reviews)
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Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We saw a couple of whales dive, then we wated for 20 minutes for them to surface. Which they did 1/2 mile away. When ever we saw whales the Captain seemed to not want to move toward them. After another long wait. We started back...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This was a wonderful whale watching tour. This is the third whale watch I've been on in different places, and they went above and beyond. Captain McSweeney is insanely knowledgeable about the whales and has been studying them for decades - being able to listen...More

Thank Courtney T
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I was spoiled by a whale watch I had taken many years ago off Cape Cod, and was hoping to relive that experience again. Unfortunately, no one told the whales. It is not that we didn't see any, but we didn't have several gather and...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Knowledgable, friendly captain and a good crew made this a nice adventure. Even though we didn't see a whale breach, we had many sightings, whale tails and lots of dolphins.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Captain Dan and his crew truly know about all things whale and their attention to detail for their customers is top notch! I've been on other whale watching tours where I paid $100 and saw nothing because the boat is so big, the captain &...More

Thank MelissaGGreen
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Captain Dan and his crew not only provide a rewarding and educational experience in watching whales off of Kona, but he clearly has dedicated much of his life to these wonderful creatures. Lots of fun and plenty of valuable information about whales and other sea...More

Thank talon127
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

As a wildlife enthusiast and conservationist with many friends working in marine biology, whale rescue, and research, I have very high standards for marine eco-tourism. I had been hesitant to book a whale watch in Kona because of concerns about the ethics of different boats/crews...More

Thank DoctorDogFace
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Captain Dan and his crew went above and beyond to make sure you have a great whale watching experience. Very knowledgeable and friendly. They shared stories and once the humpback whales started showing up he was able to get us at a safe and respectful...More

Thank Joseph C
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I've been on whale watching trips before, but nothing compared to my experience on Captain Dan's boat. It was informative and comfortable, and I loved being offered snacks. But the best part was seeing one of God's greatest creations, The Humpback Whale, do a spy...More

Thank Joann S
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

8 of us had a great time whale watching with Captain Dan and his excellent crew. We especially appreciated the great wealth of knowledge shared with us about the whales. Captain Dan really seemed to understand the behavior of the whales. We watched other whale...More

Thank Debbie B
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gartland67
24 October 2017|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Our whale watching tours begin in December.
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gartland67
24 October 2017|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Yes, complimentary snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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kaenel5
25 October 2016|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Absolutely! The Humpback whales can be seen in Hawaii from December - April.
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