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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

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Address: Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the...

Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, personally guided by veteran whale researcher Captain Dan McSweeney.

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Fun morning- saw a couple of humpback whales

We did the morning whale watch trip with Captain Dan last week. It was fun and educational. We followed a couple of humpback whales around and he helped people get pictures of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Alison G
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did the morning whale watch trip with Captain Dan last week. It was fun and educational. We followed a couple of humpback whales around and he helped people get pictures of them. Captain Dan and the crew shared a lot about the marine mammals that live or visit the waters off the Big Island. Very light snacks were served,... More 

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Conifer, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a number of whales and even heard some whale song. The crew served drinks and snacks and Dan gave a lot of information about the whales and some of his experiences. It was a new experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We first went on one of Captain Dan's excursions about 8 years ago and we've gone each time we've revisited the Big Island. He is funny and interesting and his "staff" - usually two young scientists who provide snacks and helpful facts about whales - have always been well spoken and attentive. We always see whales - even in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took Captain Dan McSweeney's tour on March 6 and had several close encounters with whales. Captain Dan and the crew are very knowledgeable and friendly and made the trip a great time. Would highly recommend

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Dan and crew definitely know what they are doing, and they do it in an eco-friendly way. We for sure saw whales and got some good information. But if you have experienced close encounters with whales before you may be a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, if you are new to this, I would recommend them but if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second trip with Captain Dan. The first, a few years ago, was in mid April and alas, we saw no whales that day, although we did see other sea life. Thus, we had free return trip coupons which we saved and were honored a number of years later! Our first attempt upon arriving at the island turned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with Captain Dan in 2/27 in the morning and had a great time! Captain Dan knows where to go to find whales! We were the only boat that was in the area that we saw many whales breach and even swim under our boat! Had a great time and would recommend this company to go watch the whales!

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Kitchener, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were underwhelmed with today's tour. We saw a few whales off in the distance. Just our bad luck I guess. Other reviewers on different dates report getting close to the whales and seeing them breach. Other reviewers report on seeing dolphins. We did not see any. If we would have see whales at a closer range, we would give... More 

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Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took this tour Feb 21 and it was a success! We saw several whales. The captain was very knowledgeable and the crew was very informative. We great enjoyed this tour and recommend it.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say that whale watching is a challenging undertaking! I watched from a high hill on shore (known for its whale viewing) for several hours and only saw two whales. So, with that average in mind, we went on the early morning tour. This is not an activity centered on entertainment. It's centered on observation and understanding that... More 

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