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Da Whale Boat

Boat Trips on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Where Aloha Meets Adventure!

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure with the humpback whales. We launch right in the middle of the humpback sanctuary, where we find mother humpback whales with their babies (called cow/calf pairs), competition pods (often where we witness the breaching), and singing whales (yes, we do have a hydrophone on board).

About Da Whale Boat

This boat company was built on an obsession and respect for the Hawaiian Humpback Whales. Captain Kelsey, who has been doing whale watching for over a decade, loves using the oceanic resources to inspire love, passion, sustainability, education and growth in all who come on board. We are local, personalized, and small (we only take 6 passengers at a time). We believe you are Ohana (family) when you come out with us. When the whales are not around, Da Whale Boat, operates private charters that can include Dolphin Viewing, sustainable snorkeling, fishing, beach hopping, sunset charters, and more.

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What makes our snorkel trips different?

The attentiveness and expertise of our guides! We don’t just throw you in the ocean hoping you see something cool (ask around, most boats do this), but we go with you for safety and to show you the beauty of the reef. So much is missed when you don’t know what you are looking for.

Our delicious treats! We cater the most delicious chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie and fresh cut pineapple (we like to upgrade our snacks compared to other boat companies).

The message and gift of sustainability we leave with you! Our hope is to inspire you to help make our ocean/world a better place. We want to gift you a beautiful gift at the end (worth $15 retail). Come find out what that is!

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The Best Big Island Whale Watching!

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The most amazing experience!

We had a fantastic time out on Da Whale Boat. The crew was amazingly kind and knowledgeable. We saw dolphins, turtles, octopus and hundreds of glorious fish. We had an amazing time on the lovely boat with the crew, I would highly recommend the experience!

– Leslie B. | TripAdvisor
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Outstanding snorkeling trip!

We had a wonderful snorkeling experience with Captain Damon and Sue Lang! Both are very knowledgeable and made the trip both fun and interesting. Sue Lang swims like she was born in the ocean and our youngest granddaughter is convinced she’s a mermaid!

– KI H. | TripAdvisor
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Best Big Island ocean adventure!

Captain Kelsy and George is our absolute favorite team for any and all ocean adventures! Professional, knowledgeable, fun, accommodating, and experienced! We had taken two trips with Da Whale Boat and we are looking forward to many more!

– Barry D. | TripAdvisor
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What an amazing experience!

What an excellent time whale watching with this group! We loved the intimate vibe of the smaller boat and more personalized conversation. The captain was incredible, and we really enjoyed listening to the whales! We highly recommend Da Whale Boat!!

– April T. | TripAdvisor