1.5 Hours
North Shore (Haleiwa)
Pick Up
4:00PM, 7:00AM, 9:00AM
Tour Times

Get away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and take a ride to the country side to see our Humpback Whales as they migrate from Alaska.

Just like you, they journey to Hawaii to enjoy the sun and warmth of our islands during the winter months.

Enjoy the whales and their calves as they dance and sing in our beautiful ocean and relax in comfort under our canopied boat with padded seating for comfort.

Choose between our early morning or sunset tours (weather permitting).


During the months of December through April the Humpback whales from Alaska migrate to Hawaii’s warm waters to give birth to their young. North Shore Whale Encounters takes you on a 2 hour journey to witness these majestic mammals which can be found just outside of the harbor. Watch them breach and flap their tails and if they come close enough, maybe hear them sing too.

Our tours can accommodate up to 20 guests and are the prefect alternative to the busy, hustle-and-bustle crowds of Waikiki. Take a journey to the countryside of Oahu and spend your valuable vacation time with the whales, you’ve earned it!

Transportation is available from Waikiki hotels and the Kahala Resort at additional cost.

For drive-outs, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.

Activity Company: Shark Tours Hawaii

Transportation is available from Waikiki hotels and the Kahala Resort at additional cost.

For drive-outs, check in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time at The Shark Shack located at the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor, 66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712.

Approximate Drive Times:

• Waikiki = 1.5 hours
• Hawaii Kai = 1.5 hours
• Ko `Olina Resort / Aulani = 45 min.
• Turtle Bay Resort = 30 minutes
• Makaha Resort = 1.5 hours
• Kaneohe / Kailua = 1.25 hour
• Wahiawa = 20 minutes

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 5 reviews
September 2, 2017

The guides knew just where to go to find the migrating whales and we located them quite quickly. I’d recommend these guys if you want to see whales during your trip.

February 1, 2018

I had never seen whales in the wild before but these tour operators were extremely knowledgeable in taking us to the exact place where the whales would be migrating through. We were very comfortable on the boat and we saw whales incredibly close up with a gorgeous sunset on our way back.

April 18, 2019

My partner and I went to Hawaii on a trip for work and we had one single day left to enjoy the island.. We decided to take this tour and I can tell that we didn’t regret it! There’s something majestic about getting to see whales from so close.

April 18, 2019

It was a special experience, don’t skip it if you get a chance to go!

April 18, 2019

I took my grandmother on this tour, and she enjoyed it so much! To see the happiness into her face was worth it all : ) She always wanted to see whales and I am so happy we got to do it together.

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