Food La La: Star of Honolulu Whale Tour

Feb. 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Did you know over 10,000 humpback whales migrate to Hawaii’s waters every year to mate? I recently went whale watching on the Star of Honolulu’s Premier Whale Watch Tour. The tour is two and a half hours long and is offered daily with guaranteed whale sightings. If whales are not spotted on the tour, guests receive a voucher to book a repeat trip for free. The peak time for whale viewing is January through March.

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The tour starts off at Pier 8 at Aloha Tower. The ship has a 60-foot observation deck and four other decks that provide lots of places for whale viewing.

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Due to rough weather and seas, I ended up getting seasick. I regret not staying near the deck to get fresh air. I think if I had stayed outside, I wouldn’t have gotten so sick. However, the staff was very nice and provided ginger pills, ginger ale and ice packs. Also, thanks to Hawaii’s fast changing weather, we started the tour with gray skies but they later cleared up for great whale viewing!

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There were lots of opportunities to see whales and the captain would announce where to look. Whenever a whale would breach or jump out of the water, everyone cheered and clapped!

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The Taste of Hawaii lunch buffet includes many local favorites, a salad station and a dessert station.

Bread Station

Tofu Poke and Namasu.

Tofu Poke and Namasu

Macaroni salad and lomi lomi salmon.

Macaroni Salad and Lomi Lomi Salmon

Rice with furikake.

Rice with furikake

Sweet potato.

Sweet Potato

Caesar salad.

Ceasar Salad

Fried noodles.

Fried Noodles

Teriyaki chicken.

Teriyaki Chicken

Citrus miso mahi mahi.

Citrus Miso Mahi Mahi

Hawaiian black sea salt roast beef.

Hawaiian Black Sea Salt Roast Beef

Pineapple and haupia cake.

Haupia Cake

Chocolate brownies.

Chocolate Brownies

Macadamia nut cookies.

Macadamia Nut Cookies

As for beverages, there is a selection of tropical cocktails like a strawberry daiquiri and lava flow for $8 each.

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During the tour there are Hawaiian cultural activities to participate in, from lei making and hula to ukulele lessons.

Photo courtesy of Star of Honolulu

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Photo Courtesy of Star of Honolulu

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The Premier Whale Watch Cruise is $51 for adults and free for children 3-11 years old with a paying adult. Guests can upgrade to include the Taste of Hawaii lunch buffet for $68 ($10 for children). Kama’aina rates are also available with a valid Hawaii ID. For more information or to make reservations, visit http://starofhonolulu.com.
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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