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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

Splash into Whale Watch Season in Hawaii with “Child FREE” Special

Are you ready to have a whale of a time? Star of Honolulu sure is! Hawaii’s favorite Humpback whale visitors are returning to our islands’ warm waters, and we’re inviting visitors and kamaaina alike to climb aboard the STAR for a whale watching adventure they’ll never forget! From January 2 to April 5, 2019, we’re offering Hawaii’s most popular whale watch cruise with guaranteed whale sightings and a “Child FREE” special.

Throughout whale watch season, we’re inviting children ages 3 to 11 to cruise FREE with each paying adult aboard the Premier Whale Watch and Early Bird Whale Watch cruises. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day of spotting these majestic ocean creatures in their ocean home! Then learn from our friendly crew of certified Naturalists, who love sharing their knowledge through informative displays, narration, handouts and a fun kids program.

Equipped with a 60-foot high observation deck, four walk-around decks and three types of stabilizers, the Star of Honolulu is the ultimate tour vessel to view Humpbacks in their natural habitat. Best of all, you’re guaranteed to spot whales during the tour! If you don’t see a whale, you’ll receive a free return “Whale Check” to try again (meal and transportation not included). We can’t wait to welcome you aboard this whale watch season!

The Early Bird Whale Watch cruise departs at 8:45AM and returns at 10:45AM, while the Premier Whale Watch cruise departs at noon and returns at 2:30PM. Guests can opt to add on either a hot breakfast buffet on the morning cruise or the delicious Taste of Hawaii buffet lunch on the afternoon cruise.

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

Ring in the New Year in Honolulu aboard the Star of Honolulu

As 2018 comes to a close, kick off 2019 in style aboard the Star of Honolulu! Step aboard the STAR for a midnight dinner cruise under the dazzling sky of fireworks. This memorable evening features live entertainment, party favors, delectable dinner offerings and spectacular illuminated coastal views.

Guests can choose from three festive packages:

  • Celebration Dinner, Show & Fireworks Cruise
    This deluxe dining option features a 3-Course dinner with mouthwatering whole Maine lobster and tenderloin of beef. To top off the main entrée, enjoy a premium beverage and a celebratory champagne toast. While you indulge in gourmet food and premium beverages, Star of Honolulu’s brand new “60 Years of Aloha” show will surely “wow” you with fabulous costumes and brilliant choreography.
  • Romance Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks Cruise
    Hosted in our private lounge, the Romance Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks package features a signature 5-Course dinner, a glass of champagne and two super premium beverages of choice served to your private table. Soothing live jazz will fill the lounge as you bask in an ocean view of the fireworks at midnight. Dress code applies.
  • Admiral’s Dinner, Jazz & Fireworks Cruise
    End the year with a bang by choosing our ultimate luxury Admiral’s package. Guests who select the Admiral’s package will be served a gourmet 5-Course dinner of live Maine lobster and prime tenderloin of beef with champagne, two super premium beverages and an after-dinner cart service all in the comfort of our top deck Super Nova Room. Here, you’ll enjoy the best view of the fireworks coupled with beautiful live jazz music. Dress code applies.

If you already have dinner plans scheduled, you can still partake afterwards with cocktails and live Hawaiian entertainment on Dolphin Star’s Cocktail & Fireworks Cruise!

For more information or to book your tickets before they sell out, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit

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