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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

Address: Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
Phone Number: 808- 322-0028
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Holualoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big...
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Owner description: 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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Columbus
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

The morning of Jan 13 dawned beautiful. Capt. Dan and his crew are very good at what they do. It was a great experience. These folks know their stuff. We did see humpbacks do what humpbacks like to do. Capt. Dan did an awesome job helping everyone get pictures of their activity. We had 2 schools of spinner dolphins...what fun... More 

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Hurth, Germany
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52 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The second trip for us after one year was a great one again. We were not too lucky with regard to the humpback wales (considering that you currently see them from the coast by just looking long enough at the ocean) but still had a great time. We highly recommend this cruise. For more details, please also have a look... More 

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Durham, NC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Great excursion. 3 hours long. Captain Dan knew where to find the whales and spent a lot of time trailing them, so everyone on the boat got great views. Super clear water. We saw humpbacks, but mostly false killer whales, and then finished off with a podd of spinner dolphins. Everyone was super happy. Skip the dixie cups of water... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Saw numerous whales and enjoyed a nice view of the shore. Captain called to make sure we were heading to the right place. Nice guy.

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Faro, Portugal
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had an excellent time on the boat and were able to see many whales coming up to breathe and play. The staff were very pleasant and were able to give us lots of information about the whales.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My husband, his sister, and I spent Christmas Week on the Big Island this year. The weather had been cloudy and drizzy for a day or two and we were concerned that we wouldn't be able to do many of the things we wanted to do such as go to the beach or drive to Volcanoes National Park during our... More 

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Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We had 3-4 whale sightings on this 11-2 trip. No moms with calves, but several male humpbacks. Captain Dan was welcoming and the crew attentive. My daughter wished Captain Dan had shared more about whales. We sat below and didn't have access to asking him questions. On the way back (we sat on the lower deck, right side) the wind... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Captain Dan is extremely knowledgeable and informative. It's obvious that he has been working with whales for a long time. The boat crew girls are so nice. You get free snacks and beverages on this three hour tour, and at the end of the tour you get a free 8x10 photo of a Humpback whale! This is my favorite whale... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

I booked my whale watching excursion in Sept. I received a call at 5:00 am the day of our trip, Dec. 23 that our excursion was canceled due to weather and they couldn't accommodate until Saturday. We quickly called other whale watching companies and they were going out but had no room. We have been on Dan's summer excursion but... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This trip was one of the highlights of my visit to the big island. Captain Dan is very knowledgeable. Beautiful views of the ocean and whales.

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