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For as far as your eyes can see, there is blue. There is the aqua blue of the ocean that laps against the ship and the crisp Kohala Coast sky that acts as a natural ceiling. A Hawaiian sun is gaining strength as Ocean Sports’ breakfast whale-watching cruise leaves the calm shores for the open seas.
Even though it is not quite nine in the morning yet, signs of paradise fill up the scenery as a panoramic view of the Big Island of Hawaii comes into view. The volcanoes rise up over the horizon as palm-tree-filled beaches become smaller in the distance.
As the ship’s friendly crew walk around with trays of refreshing juice, a single humpback whale suddenly breaches from underneath the ocean, its whole body jumps up into the air and makes an enormous splash back down even before you have a chance to register it in your mind. It is just another Sunday morning in Hawaii.
Ocean Sports’ Breakfast with the whales tour is an exciting way to enjoy a couple of hours out in the open waters off the Kohala Coast, where humpback whales swim naturally underneath. Departing from Anaeho’omalu Bay at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the cruise takes camera-toting visitors on a morning breakfast ride, in search of those wonderfully large marine animals.
Guests are welcomed by a freshly prepared continental breakfast waiting on-board, including an array of pastries, yogurt, juices, and famed Kona coffee. As everyone gets their breakfast and brings it up on the deck, the anticipation heightens as the boat sets sail.
Hawaii’s location for whale-watching is one of the best, specifically from December to April of every year. As the humpback whales make their way into the areas around the coast, Ocean Sports’ trained professionals know some of the best spots for catching a glimpse of these beautiful animals.
Throughout the course of the tour, the captain and staff encourage everyone on board to be as interactive as possible. Since no one knows for sure where or when a whale will come up to the surface, everyone has their eyes glued to the water. Random excited shouts are heard throughout the two-hour ride as whales are spotted off in the distance, and the captain of the catamaran quickly steers the boat towards these whales.
For some, experiencing a whale-watching cruise is about spending a leisurely morning on a boat, hoping to get a few good photos as the whales make an appearance at the surface of the water. For others, the pure excitement and surprise of spotting whales in the distance offers a sense of adventure.
The highly knowledgeable crew on board are willing to answer any questions about the whales, and for some visitors, it is a great way to learn more about these aquatic animals. An extremely unique feature of Ocean Sports’ Breakfast with the whales tour is when the captain turns off the engine and uses hydrophones in the water, letting guests hear live audio of the whales singing to each other. These mating songs give another perspective on the lives of humpback whales, something that a picture just cannot capture.
Ocean Sports has many starting locations for their tours across the island, including Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and Fairmont Orchid, among others. The Breakfast with the Whales Tour runs every day of the week from December 1-April 15.
Adults can cruise at $117 per person, while a ticket for children ages 6-12 is $58.50. For youngsters under the age of 5, admission onto the cruise is free. Aside from the Breakfast with the Whales Tour, Ocean Sports also has the option of a Whales with Cocktails Tour, with complimentary drinks on board.
Ocean Sports has an array of other water activities, including dolphin cruises, snorkel cruises, sunset sails, and scuba diving. For more information on reserving a spot on one of Ocean Sports’ activities, visit Ocean Sports, or call toll-free at 888-724-5924, ext. 103.