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  • Location: Oahu, Hawaii
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Breathe in the fresh sea air and bask in the warm Oahu sun as you cruise the coast on this snorkel and wildlife cruise. During this 3-hour small-group outing, you will see Hawaii’s ample marine life from the boat and in the water. Your marine wildlife biologist guides will point out and teach you about the animals that you may see, including whales during the winter months, turtles and spinner dolphins. At the snorkeling spot, hop in the water to check out the sea life up close! If you’re lucky, you’ll be swimming with dolphins, sea turtles and colorful reef fish. This eco-friendly tour focuses on sustainability and education, and valuable research is gathered during most outings. The catamaran can hold up to 40 passengers but is limited to 16 to ensure comfort and a more personalized tour.

Highlights

  • 3-hour snorkel and wildlife catamaran eco-cruise from Waianae
  • Onboard marine biologists will teach you about the wildlife you see and will regularly conduct research
  • Small group limited to 16 passengers ensures a more personalized and comfortable experience
  • Enjoy snorkeling in the day's best snorkel spot, chosen by the captain, and spot whales, dolphins and sea turtles depending on the time of year
  • All snorkel equipment, snacks, water and juices are included
  • A portion of the ticket price goes towards the Wild Dolphin Foundation
  • Rated as one of the top five activities to do in Oahu by the Travel Channel!

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Eco-Tour: Snorkel and Wildlife Catamaran Cruise from Waianae

Snorkeling with dolphins

Oahu's Waianae coast is rich with sea life, and on this 3-hour, small-group snorkel catamaran cruise, you'll learn about many of these animals and get the chance to swim with them!

Hop on a newly renovated catamaran in Waianae and set sail with marine wildlife biologists and expert naturalist guides. Each catamaran can hold more than 40 people, but this eco-tour is limited to approximately 16 passengers, allowing for ample room and comfort. The catamaran has wrap-around walking and lounging space, a staircase down to the water for snorkeling, an onboard bathroom and a shaded deck. It’s the perfect way to spend a day in Hawaii!

While making your way to the day's prime snorkeling spot (carefully chosen by your captain), be on the lookout for whales (December - April), spinner dolphins and families of turtles. If you're lucky enough to see whales, onboard hydrophones will allow you to actually listen to the whales under the water. Dolphins are commonly seen, and snorkeling with the dolphins is often possible. If this is the case, your guides will teach you how to swim with them in a gentle, non-threatening way. Spinner dolphins are known for being very friendly and social. The captain will always pick the very best location for snorkeling to provide you with ample underwater sights.

This eco-tour strives to make as little impact on the environment as possible and focuses on education and wildlife research. Snacks, water and juices are provided during the cruise.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We had a great time. The crew was excellent in caring for us and showing us the wildlife. If we have the chance we would do it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Recently my daughter and I booked the Small Group Eco & Wildlife Snorkel Tour and I have to say that it was one of the best snorkel experiences that I ever had! We had to drive about 45 minutes outside of Waikiki and arrived at the pier for the 8:00 am departure. There were just 6 of us plus the boat captain and the goup leader/naturalist. After reviewing safety information and getting our snorkels, masks, & fins we set out to find spinner dolphins which are plentiful not too far off shore. On our way we were given an idea of the wildlife and ecology of the area and I was impressed with the respect shown and asked of us towards the marine life that we were going to encounter. Incredibly, the captain spotted a school of pilot whales which had not been seen for months. We readied ourselves and walked down the steps of the catanaran into the water amidst these amazing creatures that depite their name are part of the dolphin family. We were surrounded by them and were able to get a real up close and personal experience. We then got back on the boat via the stairs which are such an improvement over having to jump over the side of the boat and then have to haul yourself back in. We went in a couple more times and swam with spinner dolphins which were really playful. We ended our three hour tour with a stop at Tutle Rock where we could see turtles and tropical fish. Sandwiches, chips, & drinks were provided and they had a bathroom on the boat which was very much appreciated! I really learned a lot and had such an amazing time and I would recommend this to anyone who likes to snorkel!
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