We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kohala Sail & Sea

Features Animals
61-3527 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae Harbor South, Slip #8, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Save
Review Highlights
Amazing experience with Kohala and whales

It was last day of our holiday when capt. Steve and his wife took us to see some whales. We were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Adam P
,
Brno
Celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary

We had a great joy it was looking for whales and watching the sun. Thanks so much to Captain Steve... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2018
wendyweid
,
Ham Lake, Minnesota
Read all 68 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Set sail aboard Riva, a beautiful, six-passenger sailing sloop berthed in the newest harbor in Hawai'i, Kawaihae South, near Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historical Site. Our experienced crew offers sailing & snorkel trips, dolphin watching and idyllic sunset cruises year-round, and humpback whale watching during winter months.
  • Excellent100%
  • Very good0%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“captain steve” (44 reviews)
“whale watch” (11 reviews)
“small group” (9 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
61-3527 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae Harbor South, Slip #8, Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Write a ReviewReviews (68)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"captain steve"
in 44 reviews
"whale watch"
in 11 reviews
"small group"
in 9 reviews
"amazing stories"
in 2 reviews
"whale song"
in 2 reviews
"fun outing"
in 2 reviews
"small boat"
in 4 reviews
"the big island"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful sunset"
in 3 reviews
"weather conditions"
in 2 reviews
"hawaiian history"
in 3 reviews
"marine life"
in 3 reviews
"highlight of our trip"
in 3 reviews
"great trip"
in 2 reviews
"hydrophone"
in 9 reviews
"riva"
in 10 reviews
"skiing"
in 25 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 68 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was last day of our holiday when capt. Steve and his wife took us to see some whales. We were pretty disappointed from our last whale watching back in Vancouver Island but this was way far better. Actually it was one of the best...More

Thank Adam P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 10, 2018

We had a great joy it was looking for whales and watching the sun. Thanks so much to Captain Steve and his beautiful first mate Jessica. The six of us so enjoyed our time on the water. The crew is skilled in providing a safe...More

Thank wendyweid
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 28, 2018

We had a great afternoon with Captain Steve on our whale watching excursion. Steve is an experienced Captain and knowledgeable about the whales. Whale watching on a sail boat with only 6 passengers is the way to go. If you visit the Big Island of...More

Thank harth2o
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed February 27, 2018

I highly recommend this sail to see the whales. Steve is knowledgeable about everything to do with whales. We saw many of them and had the best time.

Thank 267elle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 14, 2018

I enjoyed the morning sail whale watching tour very much. The wind wasn't up enough to lift the sails, though the engine is quiet and the journey slow and calm to be able to enjoy the experience of seeing the whales (plenty of whales!) in...More

Thank lite29
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 13, 2018

We had a great whale watching experience with Captain Steve. It was fun, relaxing, and exciting. Our small group made the trip very comfortable. The Riva is very well-maintained and comfortable. We listened to the whales via hydrophone and got some good pictures (see attached)....More

Thank David T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went on a sunset cruise with Captain Steve and had an amazing time. The boat was beautiful, the water was calm, and the sunset was sublime. Steve was very knowledgeable and kind, and regaled us with some amazing stories from his...More

Thank jrp113
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

We were a party of 4 booked on an afternoon sail and whale watch with Capt. Steve and Cassandra. Steve greeted us at the dock, explained what to expect and assisted us in getting in the boat. We were offered snacks and drinks, and we...More

Thank cajunawlins
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 7, 2018

My husband and I had a fun day sailing and whale watching with Steve and Hiliary. They both seemed very knowledgeable about whales, and shared their information in an interesting way. They made sure we were comfortable too. There were 4 of us passengers on...More

1  Thank Linda H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Captain Steve was terrific! He was knowledgeable and knew where to get good whale sightings. The humpback whales were beautiful; we were 100 feet away, and they were enormous. He also donates some of the money he earns to whale preservation efforts, so that was...More

Thank Traveler_Matthew
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 47 hotels in Island of Hawaii
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
1,376 reviews
2.50 km away
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
3,773 reviews
3.60 km away
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
4,447 reviews
9.27 km away
Villages At Mauna Lani
16 reviews
9.94 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Original Big Island Shave Ice Co
180 reviews
.98 km away
Da Fish House
173 reviews
1.21 km away
Kohala Burger and Taco
573 reviews
1.23 km away
The Seafood Bar & Grill
697 reviews
1.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
Kohala Divers
614 reviews
1.21 km away
Endless Summer Charters
117 reviews
1.22 km away
Puukohola National Historic Park
156 reviews
1.22 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Kohala Sail & Sea staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit