Whale Center at Kawaihae

Whale Center at Kawaihae - Hawaii Ocean Sports

The Whale Center!

Are you joining us on a boat cruise departing from Kawaihae Harbor? Check in at our Whale Center before your cruise. Once inside, we invite you to take a few minutes to learn all about the lives of the amazing Humpback Whales who visit us each winter. The Center features photos by world-renown nature photographer, Michael Nolan in an interpretive display.

Need information about our award winning Snorkel Cruises, Sunset Cocktail Cruises, Whale Watch Cruises or other Ocean Sports activities? Our friendly crew can help you choose the adventure you’re looking for.


61-3655 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743

From the Kona International Airport, turn left on Highway 19. Stay on the Highway as you go past the entrances to the Hualalai Resort, the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Mauna Lani Resort, the Hapuna Prince Hotel, and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (this takes about 40 minutes).

Eventually, you’ll come to a T-intersection with a stop sign. Turn left (towards Kawaihae), on Highway 270. Stay on the road for about 1.5 miles (you’ll go around a curve and down a hill past the entrance to the harbor). As the road “Y-intersects”, you’ll see our Whale Center on the right. We’re at the corner of Hwy 270 and Akoni Pule Hwy (right below the 76 Gas Station).

You can park in our small lot, or across the road from the building along the green fence.

If you get lost, please give us a call at (808) 886-6666 (any extension) and we’ll be happy to help you find your way!