A whale of a time, at breakfast and lunch
Whale-watching season is under way off Oahu.
Atlantis’ Navatek Cruises kicks off the season Dec. 22, with the Whale Watch Lunch Cruise, providing viewing and photo-ops of whales wintering in Island seas.
But starting Jan. 14, you can also enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the whales on the Navatek’s new morning voyage, which will continue through March 31.
The morning tour complements the customary Whale Watch Lunch Cruise, which continues through April 10.
The morning or noon options enable visitors and locals an opportunity to see one or more of the 10,000 humpback whales that annual migrate to Island seas from the chillier climes and waters of the North Pacific to breed and nurse their young in the warmer waters here.
The breaching, spouting whales, splashing their tails in the surf, are the usual photo-op that tour signees hope for.
“Seeing these magnificent humpbacks is always a memorable experience, and we
believe the morning views heading toward East Oahu with the sun rising in the backdrop will
make this even more special,” said Ken Kessler, general manager of Atlantis Navatek Cruises, in a statement. “Whale watching is such a popular activity, especially with visitors.”
The Navatek is a double-hulled vessel, proving a smooth ocean experience, and sails along East Oahu’s scenic coastline, beyond Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater, toward Koko Head.
The breakfast option includes a continental breakfast buffet with pastries, muffins, bagels, yogurt, cold cereal, tea, coffee and juice.
The lunch trek includes an all-you-can-beat buffet with teriyaki chicken, fresh cach, dessert and soft drinks.
Whale Watch Lunch Cruise
Departs at noon daily, beginning Dec. 22, from Pier 6, Aloha Tower Marketplace, and returns at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $69 adults, $35 children 2-12.
Whale Watch Breakfast Cruise
Departs at 8:30 a.m. daily, beginning Jan. 14, from Pier 6, Aloha Tower Marketplace, and returns at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $49 adults, $25 children 2-12.