Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise in Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Star of HonoluluAloha Tower Marketplace, Pier *Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
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Offering an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages to enjoy together, the Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise is one of Honolulu’s most popular experiences. Guests can enjoy riding on Hawaii’s largest 1,500-person tour vessel while enjoying 360-degree views from the ship’s 60-foot-high observation deck. The cruise also offers certified naturalist narration, hula lessons and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Remember to bring your camera.
  • Guaranteed whale sightings.
  • Participate in Hawaiian culture and history activities onboard.
  • Children ages 3-11 free with a paying adult.
  • Check-in 45-minutes prior to scheduled departure.


from Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise
Hawaii's largest, award-winning, 1,500 person tour vessel with 3 types of stabilizers for smooth sailing in Hawaiian Waters and Hawaii's only A.D.A. compliant ship featuring 4-spacious decks and 6 beautifully decorated dining rooms for the best views.

The STAR's 60' high observation deck offers 360-degree views and the most outdoor space. Most whale activities, with Certified Naturalist narration, handout, video presentation, new Keiki (child) program, Whale Guarantee and more! Plus, experience Hawaii through fun hands-on culture activities of lei making and hula and ukulele lessons!

Hot Breakfast Buffet (Early Bird Whale Watch):
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Assorted Fresh Fruit, Freshly Baked Rolls, Coffee, Tea and Orange Juice.

Lunch Buffet (Premier Whale Watch):
Hawaiian Black Sea Salt Roast Beef carved on board, Teriyaki Chicken, Lomilomi Salmon, Tofu Poke, Hawaiian Salad, Three-Bean Salad, Fresh Tropical Fruits, Dessert Station and more!

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

John Cain
Rosamond, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Total Waste"
March, 2018
We were on a six day vacation and this day was totally wasted. There were no whales at all. They offered a rain check, but with only two days remaining, why waste a second day. They gave no advance notice that they had discontinued acceptance of American Express. No whales, no American Express, no food, no drinks, no picture, just a total ripoff and waste of time.
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Tip: Don't waste your time and money. If you hear Star of Honolulu, run away fast!!!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
"Birthday fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
We had so much fun. Food was fabulous and the entertainment and service was great! I would highly recommend it.
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Marisa L
"Exceptional service"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
A trip of a lifetime. Not only were there many whale sighting. We went on January 17,2019. The very easy process of the company picking us up in a nice coach bus to the comfort of the large ship was top notch. I did not fair well on the ocean (quite seasick) The service I received from Isi and Joel (the ship supervisor) was so kind compassionate and helpful They provided me with a private suite with private washrooms plus tablets to ease my stomach as well as checking up on me to ensure my wellness. Going well beyond to tend to my needs (the trip was not choppy at all I was the only one who unwell and do have a very sensitive stomach) I would highly recommend this company and excursion! I still had a great time and my sister in law who I was with loved it too! Marisa Labonte
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Heather M
"Whales on all sides of the ship!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
We attended the breakfast whale watching tour on January 17, 2019. In the dining room we were greeted by Isi who was friendly and helpful. The ship was huge which allowed us many different unobstructed vines of all sides of the boat. There was a lot of whale activity tho it was tough to catch on film it was easy to view and enjoy real time. My travel partner experienced motion sickness and Joel went above and beyond in assisting her, getting her comfortable and checking in on her. As she missed most of the viewing experience Joel even shared with us a photo and video of whales he had taken a few days earlier. It’s refreshing to encounter someone like Joel who loves their job and it shows.
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Aldie, Virginia
"Whale watch"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We had a great time. The staff was great and available when you needed them . Saw a group of 3 whales. Awesome experience
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Vancouver, Canada
"Great birthday cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We had a great time on my wife's 55 birthday. If you go on a Friday,it is a bit more expensive,but you take in the fireworks at the Hilton from the water.We did the buffet,which is the cheaper cruise and it was a prime rib dinner with entertainment. You have a choice of a sit down menu meal,and also 5 star dining if you so choose. We found the buffet just fine.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Star of Honolulu Whale Watch Cruise

Is food served?
Depending on the whale watch cruise you reserve, a breakfast or lunch buffet is served.

Will I see a whale?
We offer a free return Whale Check until a whale is sighted (meal and transportation optional). For information, please call the phone number on your e-Ticket.

When should I check-in?
Please check-in 45 minutes prior to your tour’s scheduled departure.

Where do the tours depart from?
Tours depart from Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8.

Where should I park?
Self-parking is available at the parking lot in front of Pier #8 - Irwin Park. Present your parking ticket upon check-in at the Star of Honolulu - Reservations Office to validate and receive a reduced parking fee.