Hawaii Nautical is one of Hawaii's largest ocean-activity providers, with a fleet of vessels islandwide serving many harbors across Oahu and the Big Island. We believe in delivering service, safety, and the spirit of Aloha.
We respect the ocean and the ecosystem, and follow strict guidelines so that all marine mammals and wildlife are protected. And we honor the host-culture and support the local communities in which we operate.
We want the natural environment you enjoy today to be here tomorrow, and for every tomorrow after.
That’s why we are Hawaii’s first Dolphin Smart-recognized operator. NOAA’s Dolphin Smart educates guests about dolphin conservation and harassment and advises not to seek activities that pursue close interactions like swimming with dolphins in Hawaii in the wild.
We also follow the guidelines of the Coral Reef Alliance, to establish lasting change and promote coral reef health around the world. That includes sustainable practices — such as no fish-feeding. Coral conservation aims to save these valuable ecosystems, unite communities and preserve cultural identity.
We've been wowing guests of all ages for decades in Hawaii. While there's lots of excitement around our activities, we practice the highest level of safety in everything we do. We treat guests like ohana, the Hawaiian word for family that permeates everything we do.
Directions to Kawaihae Harbor-South: From Hwy 19 bear left onto Hwy 270 (Akoni Pule Hwy) and continue on Kawaihae Road. Slow down after you pass the 3-mile marker, you will soon see Kawaihae Harbor entrance at signs for “Matson” and “Young Brothers." Take a left turn where it says "Port of Kawaihae Office," then turn left just before the guard shack. At the end of that road, turn right at next crossroads stop sign and drive thru Gate 11. Head straight out toward the ocean, turn left at Gate 12, and continue toward the comfort station and yellow gate that is between two large boulders. If it is locked, someone will meet there and open it for you. The vessel is homeported at the Makai end of the dock, at slip S-01, but will most often board from the loading area near the front of the docks.
KONA-KOHALA, DEPARTING FROM KAWAIHAE HARBOR
$79 adult/$39.50 child; Kona-Kohala 1:00-2:30 p.m. December thru April
Available daily when in-season, DECEMBER through APRIL, powerboat
Whales Guaranteed: If you don't see whales on any of our "WHALE WATCH"-specific trips, come back again 1 more time for free! (Rerides only, no refunds. Reride is on trip of equal or lesser value.). Every December through April, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along see catch these beautiful mammals at their best on our exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursions. Dolphins are likely to be seen, too. Soda, juice and water aboard.
8.166% tax and harbor fee is added to all prices. Cancellation policy: 24-hour advance notice required for refund.
Departs: Kawaihae Harbor South
61-3527 Kawaihae Road
Waimea, HI 96743
Check in 15 minutes prior to departure