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  • Location:Waianae, Oahu
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Oahu Dolphin-Watching Cruise with Lunch

On this two-hour Oahu eco-tour, explore the shoreline of Oahu’s western coast in search of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. In addition to the pods of playful dolphins that leap and spin in the air, there’s also the chance you’ll find Bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, and whales (December-April). Dolphin sightings are guaranteed, and you can also build your own burger from the BBQ lunch station aboard the boat. A fun outing for the entire family!


  • Dolphin-watching cruise and lunch
  • Rare opportunity to observe Hawaiian spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins
  • Spot other marine life in their natural habitat, including turtles, tropical fish, spotted eagle rays and humpback whales (December to April only)
  • Dine on a create-your-own-gourmet-burger lunch, freshly grilled onboard with all the fixings plus one non-alcoholic beverage (included)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Watch spinner dolphins fly through the air off the Oahu coast. Onboard educational programs and the freshly grilled burger lunch make this cruise a hit with kids.

What You Can Expect

Oahu Dolphin-Watching Cruise with Lunch

Watch for Dolphins!

This Oahu dolphin watching cruise departs from Waianae Harbor, which allows visitors to experience a lesser-visited side of Oahu. With the towering slopes of Mt. Ka’ala rising high above the coast, you’ll ply the waters in search of pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins.

Unlike the whales that migrate in winter, dolphins are year-round residents of Hawaii and are commonly spotted on the coast. In fact, dolphin populations are so steady on Oahu’s leeward shore, that dolphin sightings are guaranteed on this two-hour Oahu eco-tour! Scan the horizon for splashes and flutters and dolphins leaping in the air, and Hawaiian spinners can do seven spins in one powerful leap.

Certified naturalists provide onboard lessons on Hawaii’s different dolphins species, and a video presentation helps educate keiki (children) about dolphins here in Hawaii. After finding a wild pod of dolphins and watching their thrilling splashes, build yourself a gourmet burger at the onboard BBQ buffet. For some added history about West Oahu and cultural points of interest, select the added transportation option from Waikiki or Ko Olina resorts.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Terrific. Captain and Crew were very friendly and professional.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Very good, although I felt the actual sightings of dolphins were a little limited not enough time was spent with the dolphins themselves. But crew was professional, courteous and service was excellent.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2013

Lunch could have included more than a burger and condiments. Dolphins were nice but trip went much quicker than anticipated.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2014

We boarded the catamaran at 10 a.m., road to a spot where dolphins are known to frequent, found a group of dolphins, and followed them for 30 min. We ate hamburgers at around 10:45 (WAY too early in my opinion). Then we were back to shore by noon. Overall it was okay. We saw dolphins!

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2013

The crew was nice, but there was a small craft advisory; I wasn't sure if the tour would go on. When the bus picked us up, I figured that they know what they're doing. 90% of the guests became ill due to rough seas. We should not have gone on that tour, and the captain should have known better.

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