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Captain Dan McSweeney's Whale Watching Adventures

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Address: Kealakehe Parkway & Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Honokohau Harbor, Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Ocean tours to learn about humpback whales and see them close up off the...

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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There were 8 of us who went on the whale watching tour. It was a great trip. We did find a whale and saw it surface three times. We also saw two types of dolphins. Captain Dan... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2015
Euless, TX
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Euless, TX
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Reviewed December 28, 2015

There were 8 of us who went on the whale watching tour. It was a great trip. We did find a whale and saw it surface three times. We also saw two types of dolphins. Captain Dan was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the trip.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Booked this trip before arriving in kona and it was everything captain dan promised. We saw both whales and dolphins on our trip and had an amazing morning on the water. The staff was great and very knowledgeable and we would definitely recommend going when in kona..Worth the $!

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Reviewed July 24, 2015

This was our second trip with Dan McSweeny's Whale Watching Adventures. The trip can be a bit hit and miss… our first trip, a few years ago, we got to see a mother Humpback with her calf and an escort whale but we didn’t get to see much other than their humps breaking the water a few times. We did... More 

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Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

I loved the entire tour. It was informative and we saw dolphins as well as whales. Captain Dan is certainly very knowledgeable. They're a little hard to find, but probably because I expected a booth ir building if some kind as a meeting piece.

Thank Suzie W
Baltimore, Maryland
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2015

Almost 20 years ago we went on a whale watching trip with Captain Dan and had a great time. Saw lots of whales, they swam up right to the boat. So, when we were again in Kona recently, we definitely wanted to go out with Captain Dan again. I wasn't sure if we'd see anything since it was very near... More 

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Penn Valley, California
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36 reviews
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Reviewed April 5, 2015

Always a guaranteed sighting. We have taken Dan's trips 5 times. So much enthusiasm and information. They support whale research and tracking of specific humpback whales. Have seen pigmy, false whales as well as humpbacks.

1 Thank Bennett H
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 31, 2015

Not only did we see a mother whale and her baby, the trip was topped off with the darling spinner dolphins.Captain Dan was very good informative about the whales and the dolphins. We did many tours while on the island and this was the best!

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

We were not disappointed. Dan certainly seems to know his stuff, and made it an interesting morning. We had a very successful morning, but it's important to understand that there are no guarantees of that. My sister warned me, from a previous trip, that you may have a great day, or it. Ay just be OK. The whales move quickly,... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 19, 2015

Let me summarize: spartan boat, nasty captain, overcrowded and unpleasant. On my most recent trip Hawaii, I was very excited about this whale watching trip. I booked 8 tickets and was taking my family, including my 78 year old father and 72 year old mother. The tickets were very expensive at 110 a ticket. We arrived to be "greeted" by... More 

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Reviewed March 18, 2015

I went on the 7:00 a.m. trip and had a great time! You will see whales with Captain Dan. After only about 20 minutes, we encountered a female humpback with her calf and and escort whale. As Captain Dan explained, the escort whale is not the father but rather a male that would like to be the next father. We... More 

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