Kauai Whale Watch Tours

Kauai Whale Watch Tours

We are expecting a great Whale Watching Season this year! The calves that were born last winter will be coming back to wean and the whole wonderful process will begin again! We always call the North Pacific Humpbacks that are born here “The Locals” and  these “Yearlings” have already traveled a minimum of 4000 miles with their Mama’s. They are usually the first to arrive in the islands.  Click here to book a Whale Watch Tour on Kauai. The Kauai Seariders Whale Watch Tour “Difference”: TWO DEPARTURE LOCATIONS: The 2016 “Sea Riders Whale Watch” tours  will be departing from both the South and West Shores this year! South Shore: (1) Kukuiula Boat Harbor in Poipu is perfect for our Snorkel/ Whale Watch which departs @ 7:45AM and 11:45 AM. Sunset Whale Watch departs @3:45 PM. West Side: (2)Kikiaola Boat Harbor in Waimea cruises “Whale Alley” off the airstrip on the West Side on our 6 passenger Coast Guard “Willard” for 2 hour charters during the day. DISCOUNTS We are offering a discount if booking on line or by phone – before December 20th, 2015.  Call (808) 332-RAFT (7238) for more information. A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE Our Captains and Crew are dedicated to narration and answering questions on our Eco-Charter! Providing the BEST visions of the Whales that nature provides. On our Zodiac RHIB’s the whaless are not as spooked by the diesel engines as on catamarans. HEAR THE WHALES! Both vessels have underwater microphones (hydrophone) which enable us to listen to unique male Whale Songs. Every year the song varies or evolves. Can’t wait to hear this years’...
Hawaiian Frog Fish!

Hawaiian Frog Fish!

     Not known for their swimming ability, the Frog Fishes movement is jet propelled. They gulp in sea water and are able to expel the water through gill slits, far back in the body past the pectoral fins, to give enable them to “scoot” through the Sea! Most species perch on the reef or bottom substrate and camouflage is their protection. This class of fish are great hunters by just staying still. They have a lure attached to their head that attracts fish and invertebrates and they can consume a fish, by gulping from a distance. Their mouths open to 12 times normal size and a Frog Fish can eat an animal that is bigger than itself! When we encounter drift nets and plastic on our Sea Rider Charters, I always hope that there are Frog Fish in the flotsam.  This Sargasso Fish is not one we would see otherwise on the Hawaiian Reef and we have an opportunity to view one of the most unusual critters of the ocean AND save marine life from entanglement!...
Marine Mammal Survey

Marine Mammal Survey

This photo is of  mother and calf  Short-finned Pilot Whales, taken off of Lana’i. Kaua’i Sea Riders charters were left in the capable hands of Captain Rob and Crew Nick! I was fortunate to have a great opportunity as a Field Biologist on the 90′ vessel “Au’kele” as a Marine Mammal Observer. We covered a large area of ocean in the southern part of the Hawaiian Islands, including the sea mounts west of the Big Island. Basically the survey was conducted to locate as many marine mammals as possible and to quantify and observe behavior and collect data on rare odonticae (toothed whales) including the extremely endangered pseudorca (false killer whales) The survey was for HDR Consulting and the U.S. Navy. Great group of scientists from all over the country, with various experience and backgrounds. I have been busy with Sea Riders, my kids  and coral reef , monk seal research, so it was the first time in many years that I have been able to do this type of shipboard research. It was awesome to spend time with peers in the field of Marine Biology and pick their brains about the whales, dolphins and seals they have experienced throughout the world. At the same time sharing Hawai’i and applying stewardship, science and technology. I learned so much- Mahalo to all who made this survey...
Kaua’i Reef Conservation

Kaua’i Reef Conservation

Kauai Sea Riders is a charter for Kauai visitors who want a personal and unique experience in and on the Ocean.  Yet, few realize that a large portion of the use of our Navy Seal Zodiac “HOOKAHI” is for scientific purposes. This type of boat is referred to as a RHIB, or rigid hull inflatable and is a documented small craft that can get into the inaccessible areas. Powered by twin 140hp. 4-stroke Suzuki motors, which are “Green” friendly, this craft is perfect for Hawaiian ocean conditions and Marine life Research. Kauai Reef Conservation was formed to be a non-profit service to Federal, State , Private and other Community Non-Profit Organizations. The goal is to promote education and awareness of the diverse and unusual habitat in Hawa’ii. In the past we have been contracted to conduct field research with Coral Reef Monitoring, Fish Kill Studies, turtle tumor and turtle mortality and  retrieval, Marine Mammal entanglement, Seal de-hooking and the monitoring of the rare and endangered toothed whale species, such as the False Killer Whales. So when you support Kauai Sea Riders by coming out on a Kauai Snorkel Tour or Whale Watch Tour, you are also a partner in Kauai Reef Conservation. Fieldwork is my expertise, so any legal (501 c-3) advice , marketing help, or future grant ideas are greatly needed and appreciated ! Mahalo! Captain Tara...