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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

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Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
+1 808-322-0028
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All about whales

Our group of 4 really enjoyed the comfortable boat and knowledgeable Capt. McSweeney. We found... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2016
CABPV
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Leland, North Carolina
Water Watching

While the boat is nice and comfortable, the trip was mostly filled with water watching. Last week... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2016
Sara L
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Guangzhou, China
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

Our group of 4 really enjoyed the comfortable boat and knowledgeable Capt. McSweeney. We found whales and learned Soooo much about all kinds of whales and the coastline. He has great stories. We thought the boat was a perfect size and particularly liked being on...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2016

While the boat is nice and comfortable, the trip was mostly filled with water watching. Last week we were on Kauai and saw at least 8 whale couples and spinner dolphins during a 4 hour dinner cruise, but this morning we only saw 2 couples...More

Thank Sara L
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Our group of 4 was very pleased with our trip. We had several sightings. The captain was very knowledgable and kept us informed. He did a good job of positioning the boat so the lighting would be best for pictures.

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Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

This was our second time with Captain Dan both times we saw whales would absolutely recommend anyone to go out on the Lady Ann. When a big male swam under the boat it makes you realise how small we really are. Captain Dan is really...More

Thank James B
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

We were barely out of the harbor when we saw a mother and her calf, with spinner dolphins playing around them. We spent some time just watching them and learning about their habits and Captain Dan was right on with timing although the whales never...More

Thank Bob W
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

This was my second time with Dan McSweeny. His expertise on whales - their habitat, lives and the ability to not only locate but be in the right position to be as close as possible was obvious compared to other groups in the vicinity. They...More

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Reviewed 1 February 2016

I never thought I would have the chance to see whales in the ocean, in nature where they belong instead of stuffed in a miserable aquarium tank, but Captain Dan's whale boat made my dreams come true! We spotted many whales on my trip last...More

Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

We went on the early morning tour in January of 2016. We saw a group of whale (4-5) and followed them for about an hour. The young male was splashing around and showing off. Also saw a Bottle nosed dolphin with the group of whale....More

Thank Angie K
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

Third time we've been out with Capt. Dan & it was great as always. Saw several breaching whales as well as tails. Watched some awesome flipper slapping as well. Capt. Dan's knowledge of the whales is a treat as he talks about them. We are...More

Thank Diane W
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

This was a great tour. There are two tours each day both piloted by Captain Dan and his two assistants. We opted to do both tours on the same day. We did not want to miss any of the action in case one tour had...More

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gartland67
24 October 2017|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Our whale watching tours begin in December.
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gartland67
24 October 2017|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Yes, complimentary snacks and beverages are provided on board.
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kaenel5
25 October 2016|
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Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Absolutely! The Humpback whales can be seen in Hawaii from December - April.
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