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December 11, 2017

Atlantis Cruises to Launch Daily Whale Watch Cruises

Whale watching season in Hawaii is just around the corner and Atlantis Cruises is ready for another exciting season by offering daily whale watch cruises from December 16 through April 2.

Each winter, humpback whales migrate from the chilly North Pacific by the thousands to enjoy Hawaii’s warm waters to nurse their calves and breed before making the return trip home in the springtime.

This is the first whale watching cruise offered on the 150-foot Majestic, Atlantis’ newest state-of-the-art cruise vessel. In addition to the vessel’s Seakeeper technology providing boat stability and comfort for guests, Majestic offers two expansive air-conditioned decks lined with panoramic windows and high ceilings as well as a huge open-air top deck for viewing outdoors.

Cost is $87 for adults and $50.50 for children (ages 7-12). Children age 6 and under are free. The lunch cruise features a delicious island-style buffet including pork curry, orange chicken, rice, pasta salad, and fruit. Complimentary coffee and hot tea are also included. Fountain drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Vegetarian and gluten-free meal options are available upon request.

Each whale watch cruise features an on-board naturalist providing guests with insightful educational information about the whales’ behavior and biology. If the naturalist does not see a whale during the cruise, guests are given a complimentary return whale-watching cruise.


To coincide with their 30th anniversary, Atlantis is offering Hawaii residents $30 adult rates and $15 child rates for their daily whale watch cruises (valid January 1 through April 8, 2018). 

For reservations and information, visit AtlantisAdventures.com or call (808) 973-1311.
Humpback Whale Behaviors

The fifth largest of the whales, humpbacks reach 50 feet in length, weigh 40 tons, and can be seen breaching, spouting, and slapping their tails in Hawaii’s waters during winter. Here are some sights to look out for:

  • Breaching: Humpback whales regularly leap from the water landing with a gigantic splash. Scientists are not quite sure why the whales to do this: perhaps to loosen parasites from its skin, perhaps for fun.
  • Blowing or Spouting: The humpback spout or blow is the result of the whale breathing. The lungs of a humpback whale are the size of a small car and spouting can reach heights of 20 feet and be heard up to 800 feet away.
  • Round Out or Peduncle Arch: When preparing for a deep dive, humpbacks will arch their bodies while on the ocean’s surface. This pronounced arching of the back earned the humpback its name.
  • Spyhopping: This behavior often results because of the humpback’s inquisitive nature. Positioned vertically, the humpback rises and holds its stance partially out of the water, often exposing its entire rostrum and head.
  • Tail Slap: The humpback raises its tail out of the water and slaps it forcefully on the ocean surface.

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