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Top Tips for Whale Watching

Whale watching season is in full swing! To help you plan your next Star of Honolulu whale watch cruise, we’ve compiled our favorite tips for spotting these magnificent creatures:

  • Explore all sides of the STAR. With four walk-around decks and a 60-foot high observation deck, our vessel offers cruise-goers 360-degree views of the expansive blue ocean and stunning Waikiki coastline! Take the opportunity to explore our decks and observe whales from all angles of the vessel.
  • Listen to the Naturalists. Our certified Naturalists are well versed in whale watching, and know all of the right sights to look out for when searching for whales. Be sure to listen up when they’re making their announcements—they may be spotting a new pod of whales!
  • Bring your binoculars. In order to ensure the safety of Humpback whales, the STAR keeps a distance of at least 100 yards from the whales at all times. From this distance, it may be tough to spot certain pods, so bring a pair of binoculars so you can see them up close.
  • Don’t forget your cameras! Humpback whales are magnificent creatures to behold—you’ll want to do your best to snap a photo so you never forget that moment! Set your camera on a fast shutter speed to ensure your photos come out clearly.

Want more tips before your next cruise? Contact us! For more information, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit