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Atlantis Cruises Now Offering Two Daily Whale Watch Cruises Through April 19

State-of-the-Art Navatek Travels Further to Spot More Whales

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

There she blows! It is officially whale season in the Hawaiian Islands and from now until April 19, Atlantis Cruises is offering two daily whale watch cruises.

Guests can watch these majestic creatures from Hawaii’s smoothest ocean cruise vessel, while also enjoying spectacular views of Waikiki, Diamond Head Crater and beyond.

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

 “It is always a magical experience to see humpback whales frolicking here in the beautiful sunshine of Hawaii,” said Mark Almaraz, General Manager of Atlantis Adventures. “There’s simply no better way to observe these elusive mammals in their natural habitat than with a Navatek cruise experience. Guests can see the whales while standing amidst the breeze of the outdoor viewing deck or through the picture windows of the indoor air-conditioned cabin.”

 Atlantis’s Whale Watch Morning Cruise is offered from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. with its Whale Watch Lunch Cruise taking place from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. Navatek departs from Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu Harbor, with guests offered complimentary round-trip ground transportation from select locations in Waikiki.

Whale Watch Morning Cruise: Cost is $57 for adults and $30 for children (ages 7-12). Children age 6 and under are complimentary. The morning cruise includes coffee and hot or iced tea, and round-trip transportation from Waikiki. Hot breakfast sandwiches, cold cereal, muffins, yogurt, snacks, fountain drinks, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Whale Watch Lunch Cruise: Cost is $84 for adults and $42 for children (ages 7-12). Children age 6 and under are free. The lunch cruise features a scrumptious island-style buffet including Garden Isle salad selection, garlic shiitake teriyaki chicken, rustic caramelized Maui onion mashed potatoes, fresh Pacific catch of the day, Pina Colada Coconut Cream Cake, and coffee and hot or iced tea. Vegetarian and gluten-free meal options are available upon request. Fountain drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Atlantis’s one-of-a-kind Navatek cruise vessel, with its SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) technology, creates a comfortable, stable ride as it glides along Oahu’s south shore in search of humpback whales. The passenger compartment is carried well above the ocean’s surface, limiting wave action against the vessel and ensuring a smooth and steady ride. There’s nothing to lose. If Atlantis’s naturalist does not see a whale during the cruise, guests are given a complimentary return whale-watching cruise (buffet is offered at a fee).

The on-board naturalist shares insightful educational information and commentary about the whales’ behavior and biology. Children can participate in the keiki program.

Humpback Whale Behaviors
Humpback whales are known for their unique songs which they sing as they travel great distances across the oceans. 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’s some sights to look out for:

  • Breaching: Humpback whales regularly leap from the water, sometimes completely out of it, 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 slightly while rolling ahead at the surface. This pronounced arching of the back earned the humpback its name.
  • Spyhopping: This often results due to 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: This consists of a humpback raising its tail out of the water and slapping it forcefully on the surface.

About Atlantis Adventures
In addition to the cruise experiences offered by Atlantis Cruises, Atlantis Adventures offers daily submarine tours year-round in Hawaii’s ocean waters off Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Lahaina on Maui, and Kailua-Kona on Hawaii, the Big Island. The company also offers submarine tours in Guam, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The company is committed to being sustainable with its tour operations and a responsible steward of Hawaii’s marine environment. Its passenger submarines are the most technologically advanced in the world, are battery-powered, and emit no pollutants as they move quietly through the water without disturbing fish or marine life.

In recognition of its continuing commitment to ecotourism operations and principles, Atlantis Adventures was honored in 2014 as a Certified Sustainable Tour Operator by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association, a distinction that is good for a two-year period through 2016.

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