Sailing along the beautiful Coast of the North Shore and watching the giant humpback whales is something you do not want to miss while visiting Hawaii.

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What to Expect

North Shore Catamaran Charters was chosen as the best whale watching on Oahu because of it’s personalized attention, uncrowded boat, and fun and informative crew. During whale watching season the ocean boils with activity from the humpback whales and marine life.

The Ho’o Nanea is the perfect boat for whale watching. It is just the right size to keep you close to the ocean, but big enough to be a safe and stable viewing platform. There are very few whale watching tours in Haleiwa; as a matter of fact, we are the only commercial sailing catamaran on the whole North Shore. You will not find a gaggle of boats competing for whales. Avid and apathetic whale watchers alike would both agree that sailing the North Shore of Oahu in search of whales is done best on the Sailing Cat.

The whales do not get frightened or disturbed by our boat because most of the time we are under sail. When we do motor, the small outboard engines are very quiet and unobtrusive. Our underwater hydrophone lets you hear the singing, clicking and moaning that goes on between the groups of humpbacks. It is a truly amazing experience!

Schedule

December 7th through May 15th

9:00am – 11:30am (morning)
12:00pm – 2:30pm (afternoon)
4:30pm – 6:30pm (sunset)

 

Please note: All sails are weather permitting. Whale watching and dolphin spotting are seasonal activities and cannot be guaranteed.

About Humpback Whales

In order to fully appreciate Hawaii whale watching, it helps to have some basic knowledge about humpback whales. Whales are air-breathing mammals. As they surface they exhale strongly which shows as a powerful “spout”. When they dive down, showing us their massive flukes as they glide beneath the water, they leave behind a disturbance in the water called a “foot print”. Of course the most spectacular sight is a breaching humpback, where the whale propels its massive body out of the water, rotates sideways in the air and hits the surface in an explosion of water. Fighting males put on a great show to impress the females and to intimidate their opponents. They head butt and charge each other, leap, splash and posture in a wild display of mating behaviors.

 

Hawaiian Humpback Whales

Hawaiian Humpback Whales, or Na Kohola, as they are called in Hawaii, are a very important part of the Hawaiian marine ecosystem and a long standing icon in native Hawaiian culture.

 

Winter Breeding in Hawaii

At North Shore Catamaran Charters, it is our goal to help you experience the spectacular and best whale watching Hawaii has to offer, while providing education about the behavior of humpback whales and their natural environment. We keep a respectful distance to the whales. Hawaiian waters are the whales’ winter breeding grounds, a place the humpback whales should find to be a peaceful environment with little harassment by humans. However, oftentimes, the whales are the curious ones and decide to check out the boat. They can come right next to us and hover for a few minutes for some “human watching”. On the Ho’o Nanea you will be only feet away from these gentle giants.

 

About Other Marine Species

There are many species of cetaceans (83 to be exact), which range from the small, four foot Hectors Dolphin, to the awe-inspiring Blue Whale (at 100 feet, the largest animal ever to live). The two types of whales include odontocetes (toothed whales) and mysticetes (baleen whales). The toothed whales include sperm whales, killer whales, beaked whales, and all porpoises and dolphins. Most toothed whale species feed on food such as fish and squid. However, they can also be predators on whales, seals, sea lions and small dolphins. Baleen whales consume large quantities of both food and water, and then “strain” the food out through their baleen, which is like a filter in their mouth. The result is the whale catches thousands of small fish and krill.

Examples of baleen whales include blue, gray and humpback whales. The humpback whale is grayish-black in color, and has white marking that are specific to each individual whale. The humpback whale is the fifth largest of the world’ great whales. The newborn calves weigh an average of 1.5 tons at birth, and are 10-15 feet long. A mature humpback whale weight up to 80,000 pounds and are around 44 feet long. The oldest known humpback whale was 48 years old and the largest was 83ft long.

You will never forget your time spent with these majestic humpback whales of Hawaii.

 

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Adult
$80
Child (0-11)
$60
Private Charter
$1,200
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Book Now
Adult
$80
Child (0-11)
$60
Private Charter
$1,200
Book Direct
This site is the only place to book directly with us and see live availability