We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

Features Animals
Save
Share
Review Highlights
Ok but pricey

The boat is a small for the amount of people on board, especially if you want to move about and... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2018
Explore69
via mobile
Being in a pod of Pilot whales was AMAZING!

We went on this tour after the timing that most humpbacks are not prevalent. We were easily into... read more

Reviewed March 29, 2018
Lrembold
,
Cleveland, Ohio
Read all 322 reviews
102
All photos (102)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“see whales”(31 reviews)
“m ms”(9 reviews)
About
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.
Contact
Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96725
Website
+1 808-322-0028
Call
Reviews (322)
Filter reviews
317 results
Traveler rating
226
52
20
11
8
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
226
52
20
11
8
Show reviews that mention
All reviewssee whalesspinner dolphinsm msdozen whaleswhale behaviorthe upper deckthe big islandmarine mammalswhale songeducational experiencehonokohau harborsnacks and drinksgreat tripwhale foundationanswer questionshis lifeknowledgeable crew
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 317 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've taken the Whale Watch tour with Captain Dan McSweeney four times always in September which isn't a good time of year to see whales and I knew that. Twice I received return vouchers when we didn't see whales and they were acknowledged. I love...More

Thank 513ruthanne
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

The captain and the crew were very knowledgeable and helpful. The snacks provided are an odd combination and they don’t give you anything to put your food on, just expect you to grab a handful of chips or a few pieces of fruit to hold...More

Thank morganraine08
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

The boat is a small for the amount of people on board, especially if you want to move about and take photos. The crew and Captain were courteous, helpful and informative. There were snacks and beverages supplied during the trip which was quite a surprise....More

Thank Explore69
Reviewed March 29, 2018

We went on this tour after the timing that most humpbacks are not prevalent. We were easily into our second hour when Captain Dan spotted what he knew to look for. It was my first time ever experiencing Pilot whales as if they were a...More

Thank Lrembold
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Don't look any further! Captain Dan is a wealth of knowledge who delights in enthusiastically sharing with all. His staff are also delightful. Nice boat (smooth and roomy). Would highly recommend this activity to everyone who visits The Big Island!

1  Thank KSBG8
Reviewed March 20, 2018

We had an excellent experience with Dan McSweeney's tour. Initially, I had booked the wrong date online and he did everything possible to accommodate us for another day. We really appreciated that! We have been on many boat tours, and were impressed by the volume...More

1  Thank pebblepeeps
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Captain Dan and his crew made this cruise a delightful and educational experience! The cruise leaves from Honokohau Harbor which is located a bit south of the Kona airport. We booked the tour online, and we were sent very complete instructions on finding the harbor...More

1  Thank Marsha W
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Captain Dan McSweeney is who made this experience worth every penny. A very informative speaker who speaks when needed and lets nature do the rest. There is none of the excessive blabber going on that has ruined other trips for us. The first mate kept...More

Thank NTSU1975
Reviewed March 14, 2018

I had booked with a different company, but they cancelled on me. Captain Dan's was recommended and I was very happy they had room for us. Also that we ended up with them, it was fun and very informative. Captain Dan and crew are very...More

Thank cateska1
Reviewed March 14, 2018

Dan and team were awesome. We took time to stop and wait out some whales and were rewarded with some showing up about 25 yards off the side of the boat. No breach, but full blow, hump and tail, it was breathtaking! They whole experience...More

1  Thank George L
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 48 hotels in Island of Hawaii
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
3,306 reviews
2.64 miles away
Kona Seaside Hotel
1,350 reviews
2.65 miles away
Uncle Billy's Kona Bay Hotel
553 reviews
2.97 miles away
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kailua-Kona
558 reviews
2.99 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,012 restaurants in Island of Hawaii
Harbor House Restaurant
406 reviews
.23 miles away
L & L Hawaiian Barbeque
23 reviews
.67 miles away
Queen K Tesoro
11 reviews
.67 miles away
Bite Me Fish Market Bar and Grill
629 reviews
.19 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,133 attractions in Island of Hawaii
Hawaii Oceanic
804 reviews
.05 miles away
Paradise Sailing Hawaii
203 reviews
.07 miles away
Torpedo Tours
289 reviews
.05 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
gartland67
October 24, 2017|
Answer
Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Our whale watching tours begin in December.
0
Votes
gartland67
October 24, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Yes, complimentary snacks and beverages are provided on board.
0
Votes
kaenel5
October 25, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from konawhales | Property representative |
Absolutely! The Humpback whales can be seen in Hawaii from December - April.
0
Votes