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Whale Watching on Kauai
(Seasonal Tours - Mid December through April)
When on Kauai, call (808) 245-3564 for a easy update from the National Weather Forecast at Lihue Airport
Since 1997, TryKauai.com has provided visitors, as well as local residents with information about Kauai, whether it is booking just one activity or complete vacation itineraries before your arrival or while you are on island. There are no fees for our services. We promote reputable and experienced vendors on Kauai who over the years have received wonderful feedback. Our service offers honest ratings from a local's perspective, taking into consideration the feedback we've received, ultimately giving you the special attention you deserve. Mahalo Nui Loa
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Links to ALL Boat Options: Na Pali Boats • Na Pali Rafts • Sunset Cruises• Whale Watch • Poipu Boats

All Vendor Offerings encompass Whale Watching in Season

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                  BluewaterCourtesy of BluewaterCourtesy of Bluewater
This is an exciting time for visitors on Kauai. The Humpback Whales begin their migration from Alaska as early as November, and they depart as late as early May. This mysterious mammal is believed to have a life span of at least 50 years. The male Humpback sings a "love song" to attract the females. They sing during the mating season in Hawaii. The tour boats are restricted to a safe distance as not to disturb these magnificent creatures. To witness this beautiful creature out in the splendor of Kauai's ocean is a memory that will never fade.

On all boat trips you have an opportunity to experience Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Flying Fish, Colorful Reef Fish, Sea Birds, pristine beaches and famous movie sites.  Most Vessels are equipped with hydrophones so you can actually hear the songs of the Humpback Whales.

There are a variety of different vessels that offer Whale Watching Tours. We work with all vendors so please email us and let us know if you have a preferred vendor.  Remember that during the whale watching season all boat events encompass whale watching.

I will never forget the story from my client who set out to go fishing and returned with no fish but the photo of a mama humpback leaping in front of their vessel.

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                  Dolphin Charters
All Tours may vary seasonally • Subject to Change • Check  Link Below for Updates
Click Here to Check Availability and Reserve a 2 Hour South Shore Sunset and Whale Watch Today
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                  Dolphin Charters
A Kauai sunset, whales, delicious pupus (appetizers) complete with sodas, juices, beer, wine and Mai Tais set the mood for this special time of the day. Cruise the calm south shore waters of Kauai on one of our spacious 65 Ft. catamarans while enjoying the magnificent sight of whales and other marine life. As you sail back, take in the sunset with a champagne toast.
Kauai (South Shore) Whale Watch or Sunset Tour (2 Hours Seasonal)
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                  Dolphin Charters
You will be sightseeing the Southshore of the island. With heavy appetizers of Teri Chicken, fajita warps (veggie rolls), cold cut turkey sandwiches (finer size), fruit and veggie platters and homemade chocolate chip cookies.  They will serve cocktails of beer, wine and their World Famous Mai Tais.  Also included are soft drinks of juice, soda, and water.
Adults $75 pp • Youth (12-17 yrs of age) $70 pp • Children (2-11) $55 pp
No Longer accepting children under 2 years of age on any tour.
Parents must sign a medical waiver for all children.
Not Recommended for Infants 
Please add a 6% Harbor & Excise Tax

Submitted by Bob & Janet Lefevre 
Permission To Share: yes
Mahalos-Feedback: Aloha, Lilikoi! We had a wonderful vacation on Kauai! It was hours of relaxation punctuated by the exciting excursions you arranged for us. Our sunset dinner sail and whalewatch was spectacular as well. We saw more than 50 whales. 
Once again, mahalo for all your help. Bob and Janet Lefevre
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                  BluewaterCourtesy of BluewaterCourtesy of Bluewater
Smooth Departures out of Waimea on the West side of Kauai All Year.
Photo by Lilikoi August
                  20, 2013 ฎ
Liko Kauai Cruises with Na Pali Kai III
Experience NAPALI through HAWAIIAN EYES with our a local boy favorite. 
All Tours may vary seasonally • Subject to Change • Check  Link Below for Updates
Click Here Check Availability and Make Reservations for Your Na Pali Adventure Today
Just a few of Lilikoi's photos taken on her grandaughter's actual 3rd birthday! She loved snorkeling and did not want to get out of the water! 
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                  CruisesCourtesy of Liko Kauai Cruises
Locally owned and operated company, Liko is a native, Hawaiian born and raised on Kauai. However, his roots or O’hana (family) are from the “Forbidden Island” of Niihau. Like his ancestors of old, his passion is going to sea. You are invited for the ultimate experience along the Napali coast. You’ll view wondrous sea caves, cascading waterfalls, uninhabited lush valleys, miles of white sand beaches and incredibly blue ocean water. Snorkel in the warm tropic water with equipment and instruction provided. Marvel at the colorful marine life, playful dolphins, flying fish and humpback whales when in season. Captain and crew, most of whom are natives – add a local flavor and presence, and are determined to make this a once in a lifetime experience. Stops are made throughout the journey for informative and amusing commentary that allows ample opportunity for photos and videotaping. 
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                  Lilikoi August 20, 2013 ฎPhoto by Lilikoi
                  August 20, 2013 ฎ

Year Round Morning Napali Coast Snorkel Tour
Monday- Sunday
ุ       5 Hours with snorkeling
ุ       Deli lunch with soft drinks 
ุ       Whale Watching in season (December - April)
ุ       8:00 am check –in/ 8:30 am departure/ 1:30 p.m. return
ุ       $140 adults/ $95 child ages 4-12 plus 3% harbor tax & 4.167% excise tax

Photo by Lilikoi
                  August 20, 2013 ฎ Happy 3rd Birthday LunaPhoto by Lilikoi August 20, 2013 ฎ
Na Pali Raft & Snorkel Adventure (5 Hours)
Advance Bookings OKay but Need 4 to make it a go!
Raft Tours on Blue Dolphin's 27 foot Willard (RHIB - Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat)
Holds 20 passengers but ONLY booking for 12 passengers
Enjoy closer view of dolphins, flying fish, many different marine life, and lots of whale watching in season.
Adults $129 pp (Advance Internet Price @ $119 A)
Youth (12-17 yrs of age) $119 pp (Advance Internet Price @ $109 A)
Children (8-11) $89 pp (Advance Internet Price @ $79 C)
Not Recommended for Young Children & No Infants :(
NO PREGNANT WOMEN, NO BAD BACKS AND NO MAJOR OR MINOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Please add a 6% Harbor & Excise Tax
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                  Captain Tara
All Tours may vary seasonally • Rates & Venues are Subject to Change
Snorkel Fun with Captain Tara
Kauai Sea Riders with Captain Tara • A Whole Day of Fun in 3 Hours !

North Shore Destinations are available May 2012
Tours departing daily from Kikiaola Harbor in Kekaha at 8:00 AM and at 2:00 PM.
$144.67 adults  • $133.95  kids ( 13-17) • $123.25  kids ( 5 - 12) • 7.167% Tax Included
Poipu Snorkel Destinations are available until end of April 2012
Winter Departures daily from Kukuiula Harbor in Poipu at 8:00 AM and at 12:00 PM.
$106.10 adults  • $85.73  kids ( 5 - 12) • 7.167% Tax Included

Bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a smile!
Not recommended for children under 5 years of age, pregnant women, and those with chronic back and heart conditions.
Whale Watch with Captain
                  Tara
Cancellation policy: Within 24 hours and no shows will be assessed a 100% charge.
Join Captain Tara and local marine biologists for an exciting 3 hour snorkel adventure on Kauai's southern shore in Poipu aboard her 24 foot Zodiac "Hurricane", a rigid hull inflatable used by Navy Seals and valued for its quickness and maneuverability. It is certified for 20 passengers. You are in good hands with Captain Tara - she has a Masters License from The US Coast Guard. She is also a Marine Biologist, published underwater photographer and a dive master well acquainted with Hawaiian waters and especially the waters off Poipu's sunny coast. The 3 hour tour departs from Kukuiula Harbor near Spouting Horn. The adventure takes you to 'out of the way' snorkel spots that are accessible only by boat. You will have the opportunity to explore Poipu snorkel spots that others rarely see, and swim with colorful tropical fish and green Sea Turtles. The South Coast of Kauai offers many opportunities to see Dolphins, Flying Fish, and Humpback Whales (in season). You will receive a free underwater photo of your snorkel excursion. The tour includes all snorkel gear and wetsuits. Also, the tour offers a great lunch of gourmet sandwiches (Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, and Veggie) local fruit, Kauai cookies, Hawaiian juices, bottled water and soda.

All Tours may vary seasonally • Rates & Venues are Subject to Change

Seasonal Whale Watches are included in ALL boats tours 

Whale Watch Raft Tour (Begins Dec 16 - Mar. 31) 
Let’s go find some Humpback whales on this 2-hour ride along Kauai’s southern shore.  Listen and learn about Humpback whales. Encounter these gentle giants and playful dolphins sometimes eye to eye.  Soft Drinks and bottled water included. 

Check in:  8:30 a.m. (Sun.,Mon./ Weds. and Fri.) 

South Shore Snorkel Whale watch Raft Tour ( Dec. 16 -March 31)

This 4 hour Raft adventure for the entire family, travels along the less rigorous south-west coasts.  Encounter Dolphins, turtles and whalewatch.  Stop at a secluded bay to snorkel and enjoy a hearty picnic lunch & beverages. 

Check in: 8:30 a.m.   (Tues.  Thurs. or upon request for charter) 

Check in time is 45 minutes prior departure. We cannot take pregnant women, those with bad backs, recent surgeries, or serious health concerns. Service fee of 50% charged for parties of 1-4 cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of tour. Parties 6+ require over 48 hours canceling without a 50% fee. No Shows charged 100% Tour programs* and route subject to seasonal changes and ocean conditions.  Exclusive charters require 50% deposit 2 weeks in advance and one-week cancellation policy. Law prohibits smoking. A signed liability release waiver is required for all passengers. 

Tour times & prices subject to change seasonally.
Special Cancellation Policies per this Vendor
Under 6 reservations • 24 hour cancellation policy prior to check
Exclusive and more than 6 reservations requires a 72 hour Final Count 
and 48 hour cancellation prior to check-in & 50% deposit upon confirmation.

Summer Seasonal Raft Beach Landings.
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Raft Beach Landings are dependent on ocean conditions permitting.
All Tours may vary seasonally • Rates & Venues are Subject to Change
Departures out of  the West side of Kauai.
Raft Tours are NOT recommended for pregnant women or those with bad backs, serious health concerns, or recent surgeries. The Nualolo Kai ~ Na Pali Raft Beach Landing tour will most likely be discontinued December thru March due to our winter swells and as early as the end of November each year.  Best months are  May through October.  Delight to the sight of playful spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and coral reefs teeming with colorful tropical fish, humpback whales in season.  With all events that provide a deli style lunch, please advise if you have a vegetarian deli sandwich preference.

Fall/Winter Raft Rates (effective September 9, 2007)
Nu'alolo Kai Beach Land Raft Tour 6.5 hour AM
(Available through October * conditions permitting)
Beach Landngs are ocean conditions permitting for add'l $10.00 + charge.
(adult) $135 + 6% tax & fees = $143.10 
(child 5-12) $105 + 6% tax & fees = $111.30
Nu'alolo Kai Snorkeling (conditions permitting) Deli Lunch with soft drinks & bottled water.
Morning Check-in @  7:15 AM Daily (Daily thru October conditions permitting)

Half Day Snorkel Raft Tour 5.5 hour AM
(Available through Ocotber * conditions permitting)
Beach Landngs are ocean conditions permitting for add'l $10.00 + charge.
(adult) $125 + 6% tax & fees = $132.50 
(child 5-12) $89 + 6% tax & fees = $94.34
Nu'alolo Kai Snorkeling (conditions permitting) Deli Lunch with soft drinks & bottled water.
Morning Check-in @  7:15 AM Daily (Daily thru October conditions permitting)
Additional Check-in: 9:00 am on Tues, Thurs, & Sat

Na Pali Scenic Raft Tour 3.5 - 4  Hours
(No Beach Landing - Seasonal Whale Watching)
(adult) $99 + 6% tax & fees = $104.10
(child 5-12) $89 + 6% tax & fees = $94.34
Check-ins @ 1:45 pm (must inquire for availability)
Please reconfirm for seasonal changes. Light Lunch & soft drinks included.
Note that this event must have 6 to make it a go!

South Shore Snorkel Picnic Raft Tour 4 Hour
(adult) $109 + 6% tax & fees = $115.54
child 5-12) $79 + 6% tax & fees = $83.74
Check-ins @  8:30 AM ~ Please reconfirm for seasonal changes.
Note that this event must have 6 to make it a go!

These tours, dependent on the season, tend to book up a week in advance because they accommodate only 15 passengers on their rigid hull raft.  I highly recommend that you consider advance reservations.  If you prefer a catamaran, you have the option to go on their new 60' cat that offers a raft beach landing for a limited 15 passengers (ocean permitting), while the others on board are snorkeling off the boat. Please be advised  that parents should use their disgression in regard to their children in choosing the type of vessel.  For the rafts the cut off age is 5 years old.  The raft experience is more physically challenging than a tour on a catamaran.

Please note that afternoon tours are sometimes dependent on seasonal ocean conditions (yes, we do have a winter & summer).  You late risers may be asked to reschedule your event for a morning departure in the winter months.  Be prepared for this possibility.  It is also recommended that you consider making your reservation for boating activities as early to the beginning of your visit to allow for any unforeseen weather cancellations. This will give you a chance to reschedule and not depart Kauai disappointed.

Caution is advised regarding pregnant women and persons with special health concerns.  It is crucial that anyone on board has the physical ability to hold on and walk on board the vessels safely. Please inform us at the time of making a reservation if you are pregnant and/or have a health concern or disability. This will also help to guide you to the best vendor that can accommodate your special needs.  Mahalo!

Tip for those of you who are prone to seasickness.  My son and my husband both avoided boat rides for years because they get very seasick.  We all take motion sickness medication before bedtime the night before our adventure.   Check with your physicians for what they recommend.  Being prepared will enhance your experience!   * A popular local remedy is pickled or preserved ginger root, some even drink the tea.

Check-in times are subject to change seasonally.  Please call upon your arrival to verify your event check-in times  and it is a good idea to call for a weather check.

Rates, tours, & times are subject to change seasonally. Please also note that each vendor sets their own taxes accordingly and no percentages are the same.  Some include the harbor & dock fees, in addition to their excise tax within their rates & others add them after.

The current time in Hawaii is displayed below, along with the current Kauai temperature.
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