Tom's Barefoot Tours is a reputable company that has been leading whale watching expeditions off the coasts of Kauai, Maui, Oahu and the Big Island since 1975. Captain Andy's catamaran tours include whale watching off the coast of Kauai from December through April. The Pacific Whale Foundation leads whale watching eco-tours from Lahaina and Ma'alaea, Maui harbors.
Tom's Barefoot Tours offers whale watching expeditions aboard double-deck catamarans that offer an above-the-waves view of playful dolphins and magnificent humpback whales. Tom's Barefoot tours also provides whale viewing tours in inflatable Zodiac watercraft. Captain Andy's whale watching tours include dinner sail tours, Poipu sunset tours with live music and snorkeling tours off the Na Pali coast of Kauai. Captain Andy's also offers inflatable raft tours that provide the closest view of whales.
The Pacific Whale Foundation guarantees whale spotting. In the event that no whales are seen, tour participants are given a “Just a Fluke” coupon that entitles them to a free whale watching tour within one year.
Hawaiian whale watching tours are popular during winter months when humpbacks migrate from cold northern waters to warm island waters. Called “kohola” in the Hawaiian language, humpbacks visit the Hawaiian island to breed and bear calves.