There were about 15 of us on the Sea Smoke, a catamaran operated by Ocean Sports out of Waikoloa. The crew were great. Lots of information about whales, migration, habitat and just general facts about Hawaii. We had a calm journey down the coast for about 1.5 hours before one of us saw a whale breaching in the distance. The captain raced over as quickly as possible. The whale and her calf passed right under the boat and surfaced beside us. It was a magical experience as it was very late in the season. I was disappointed that we didn't drop microphones in the ocean to hear the whale songs but it was explained that it is pointless if there are only a few whales. We also saw some very playful spinner dolphins on the way home. Mai tais, water, soda and juice were on the house, as were granola bar snacks. There was a head if you needed to use the facilities but it was fantastic to be on the ocean. Plus, bonus if you wanted to lie on the suspended tarps on the floor of the catamaran. They looked like trampolines. The little kids loved them. I would definitely do this trip again and I wouldn't hesitate to use Ocean Sports. Very conveniently located right behind the Marriott hotel in Waikoloa.
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