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whale watching na pali explorer

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Get up close and person with Hawaiian Humpback Whales! A highlight of any winter trip to Kauai, the whales are here from Late November through March. Tours fill up fast; Book Your Trip Today!

Join us for an experience of a life time getting up close and personal with majestic Humpback Whales. Here during the winter months, the Pacific (Hawaiian) Humpback Whales come to the islands to mate and give birth to their young. Due to their curious nature, it’s not uncommon for whales to come right up next to our boats, making for unforgettable memories.

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H Tours Hawaii is a "one stop shop" for all the best activities in the Hawaiian Islands. Since we work with many providers, reservations are necessary. WE HIGHLY recommend making reservations, as many activities are at a discount when you reserve in advance. Some providers even charge higher for those "walking in" because they know chances are you're not going to walk away. Finally, a reservation ensures you have a space on the tour. Trust us you don't want to spend so much time and money to come to Hawaii and then miss out on an activity because they were booked out!
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Gratuity is never required but if you enjoyed your experience, a tip is always greatly appreciated!
It is a raft so you are less prone to get seasick than if you were in a catamaran or boat, but we still recommend taking some seasick medication if you are concerned.
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Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Date & Time will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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We had a great experience with Na Pali Explorer. Captain Kevin was in charge; he was funny, informative, and it was important to him that everyone had a good time. I know you can't count on this every time, but we saw a baby humpback that must have breached 50 times, while mama humpback breached three times and did a series of tail slaps. On the way back we saw a pod of dolphins. There were refreshments ... moreand nobody got sick. Great experience!
We did a tour with Kevin, Drake and Brandon on 1/29/18 - it was myself, my husband and our 5 year old daughter. The staff was fantastic - they were knowledgeable, safety conscious and the boat was in great condition. We had the only child on board and they were very helpful in making sure she could see what was going on while staying safe. ... more

Right off the bat, we saw several whales and a pod of spinner dolphins. On the way to the snorkel spot, we were lucky enough to see several Manta rays along with a handful of sea turtles. We were told they see Manta rays maybe 1 out of every 300 tours! Brandon, one of the guides, dove down to the bottom of where we were snorkeling and found a bunch of beautiful sea shells for my daughter. She's been guarding them as her treasure since they were placed in her hand!

My only wish was that we had more time to explore with this crew - when we go back to Kauai, we will absolutely book another excursion with them!
The crew was knowledgeable and super friendly! We did not have the best weather, but they made the most of it. Saw Dolphins and whales breaching!