On this Oahu Tour You’re Guaranteed to Have a Whale of a Time!
Between December and April each year, Hawaii is rewarded with the sight of thousands of humpback whales that migrate to the islands’ warmer waters to breed. If you have a bucket list and this isn’t on it, then put the West Oahu Whale Watch Cruise on it straight away, then call us to book your place!
There are very few sights in life that are truly ‘jaw dropping’ but the sight of one of these magnificent mammals breaching just a hundred or so yards from your boat cannot fail to create a lifelong memory. This isn’t a case of whale watching through binoculars as you try to make out a strange shape in the water six hundred yards away. No. This is whale watching up close and personal, to the point where you can even count the number of barnacles on their flukes (tails).
These creatures will make you feel very small and humble as they can reach from 12 to 16 meters (39 to 52 feet) in length and weigh approximately 36 metric tons (40 short [U.S.] tons). Now that’s a lot of fish, though yes, you’re right, whales aren’t fish, they just look a bit like them… And we’ve got some good news for you as with the size of a humpback whale’s mouth, many people have a fear that they could be swallowed whole by one. Well, you could certainly fit in its mouth, but they’d have a devil of a job trying to swallow you as their throat is no wider than your fist – that’s right, it is that narrow, and all because they live off plankton, which are basically a collection of tiny fish and crustaceans that, unfortunately, won’t get to grow up to be adults.
However, another curious fact is that whales don’t eat when they come to Hawaii – which makes them about the only mammals that don’t! They only feed off the rich waters around Alaska and when they come to Hawaii, where there is very little for them to eat, they simply live off their blubber while breeding and to give birth. Of course, the two don’t happen in the same visit to Hawaii as the gestation period lasts for 11 months. And the really good news is that there is every possibility you will get to see very young whale calves with their mothers.
Setting out from Waianae Harbor, there is an option to go onboard a powerboat or a sailboat, depending on how you like to spend your time in the water. You will head off down the stunningly beautiful Ko’Olina coastline and return two hours later, likely with your camera full of wonderful photographs that we know you won’t be able to wait to post on your social media channels to make all your friends super jealous.
And the last bit of good news is that we are so confident that you will get to see some whales that if you don’t get to see any, you’ll be taken about again free of charge for a second cruise another day. Now that all sounds pretty fair, doesn’t it?
Here at Lea Lea Tours we are always keen to ‘cherry pick’ the very best of tours available and to provide access to the best transport options on the beautiful Hawai’ian Islands. To find out more about the ny of the Waikiki Trolley Lines, the Diamond Head tour, to book your passes or to learn more about any of our other recommended tours, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.