Star of Honolulu Reports Record Humpback Whale Sightings!


There are only a few weeks left of whale watch season, and we are pleased to report spectacular sightings aboard our morning and afternoon Whale Watch Cruises! On either of the cruises, humpbacks were spotted every day in January 2019 and 96 percent in February 2019!=

At Star of Honolulu, we pride ourselves on delivering the best whale watching experience complete with a child FREE special, breathtaking ocean views, a comfortable touring vessel, and guaranteed whale sightings. If whales aren’t spotted, we give our guests a FREE return “Whale Check” for them to try again (meal and transportation optional).

With whale watch season ending on April 5, 2019, there’s no better time than now to join us for a whale watching cruise! For those looking to enjoy a morning excursion at sea, opt for the Early Bird Whale Watch Cruise, which departs from Aloha Tower Marketplace at 8:45 a.m. and returns at 10:45 a.m. There’s also the Premier Whale Watch Cruise, which departs at 12:00 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. During the afternoon cruise, guests can engage in a variety of Hawaiian cultural activities, such as lei making, hula and ukulele lessons, and an interactive keiki program.

Don’t delay—book your Star of Honolulu whale watch cruise today! For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or

Last Month for Star of Honolulu’s Whale Watch Cruises!

Whale Watch Honolulu

There’s only one full month left to climb aboard the Star of Honolulu and experience a whale watching adventure you’ll never forget! From now through April 5, 2019, we’re setting sail aboard Hawaii’s most popular whale watch cruise featuring guaranteed whale sightings, the most viewing space and an exclusive cruise only Child FREE special!

All through whale watch season, we invite visitors and locals alike to climb aboard and enjoy our spacious 60-foot high observation deck and four-walk around decks, offering the most outdoor space of any tour vessel to view Humpbacks. While spotting Humpback whales and soaking in the beautiful ocean and coastline views, guests can learn from our friendly crew of certified Naturalists, who are sure to entertain and educate through informative displays, engaging narration and handouts.

Join us for an Early Bird Whale Watch cruise from 8:45 – 10:45 a.m. If you have morning plans, opt instead for the 12 – 2:30 p.m. Premier Whale Watch cruise, during which you’ll enjoy a variety of Hawaiian cultural activities, such as lei making and hula and ukulele lessons. Guests can also upgrade to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast buffet or Taste of Hawaii Buffet Lunch, depending on the package.

For more information or to book a cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

Shapes, Sizes and Species of Whales

From Humpback whales to Belugas and everything in between, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of these majestic ocean creatures. We’re breaking down some of the more common whale species you might be lucky enough to spot:

  • Sperm Whale
    Boasting a uniquely angled blow and single blowhole on the left side of their body, these grand toothed whales are easily identified at sea. The magnificent Sperm Whale is also one of the deepest diving mammals in the world, with the ability to dive nearly 3 kilometers deep while holding their breath for up to two hours.
  • Beluga Whale
    “Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea” is a beloved whale for a reason! These marine mammals wear a distinctive, bright white coat and are known as the more vocal of the species. In fact, they can often be heard “singing” from well above the ocean waters!
  • Fin Whale
    The majestic Fin Whale is one of the largest marine animals in existence (second to the enormous Blue Whale). At their most impressive, Fin Whales can measure up to 27 meters long and weigh up to a whopping 120 tons! Mostly residing in the Gulf of California and the Mediterranean, this whale species rarely breaches like Humpbacks. They’re also remarkably fast, and feed mostly on plankton and large schools of fish.
  • Tube Whale
    Also known as the North Atlantic Right Whale, the affectionately named Tube Whale is now regarded as one of the most endangered of the great whales, with a population of fewer than 500. Bearing a giant head that accounts for nearly one quarter of its body length, the Tube Whale is also easily identified by the distinct growths near the top of its head and lip.
  • Humpback Whale
    Of course, no list of whale species would be complete without our personal favorite, the Humpback whale! Also known as Kohola in Hawaiian, these remarkable marine mammals range in size from 40 to 50 feet and weigh up to 45 tons. Every winter, these marine mammals venture from Alaska’s cold waters to Hawaii’s warm ocean, where they breed and nurse their young.

Every winter and spring, we’re fortunate enough to spot Humpback whales aboard the Star of Honolulu! To take part in your own whale watch adventure, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

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