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  • Location:Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu

Snorkel and swim with spinner dolphins off the west shore of Oahu during this full-day excursion. Sail up the Waianae Coast, then hop in the water to commune with green sea turtles, schools of tropical fish and dolphins. From January to March, you may get an up-close look at the migrating humpback whales. All necessary snorkel gear, lunch after the cruise and round-trip hotel transportation from Waikiki hotels are provided. 


  • Waianae Coast snorkel cruise, dolphin swim and seasonal humpback whale-watching adventure
  • Snorkel along Leeward Coast and see spinner dolphins fly through the air!
  • Spot massive humpback whales during the winter months (January to March)
  • Lunch and use of snorkeling gear included
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This all-inclusive tour makes it easy to get up close to friendly dolphins in their natural habitat. It's even more awesome in the winter when the humpback whales come through!

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What You Can Expect

Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu

Swimming with Spinner Dolphins

Following pickup from your Waikiki hotel, transfer to the Waianae Harbor to board your boat. 

Find a spot in the sun or shade and enjoy the ride as you sail up the picturesque Waianae Coast. Watch for spinner dolphins playing and jumping in the waves, and in the winter months (January through March), keep an eye out for the migrating majestic humpback whales. 

Your captain will stop at a calm, shallow spot for snorkeling. Don your mask and snorkel gear and jump in, asking your crew for any tips or instructions if you need them. Float in the tropical waters and watch as schools of tropical fish swim through the beautiful coral reefs. 

After 3 hours on the boat, return to the Waianae Harbor for a filling lunch that includes sandwiches and hot dishes; vegetarian options are available, and all meals come with a choice of beverage.

At the end of the day, board a vehicle for drop-off at your Waikiki hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Ciana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The three ladies who took us out that morning were wonderful! One of the best days of our trip was spent on this boat! There were so many dolphins and whales that morning that I was in heaven! Such an incredible experience and I recommend it to everyone!!

Daniela W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

If you are in Waikiki and thinking about doing this tour, no hold it, if you are in Waikiki book this tour now!
It starts by getting picked up at about 5:30 there is a later tour and then driven about an hour north west of Waikiki. After a quick check in, which includes choosing you lunch dont be shy Spinners food is fantastic you are soon heading off on the water.
Our first encounter with the whales was via the on board hydrophone which allowed us to hear these giants of the sea sing to each other. Not too long after this we were amazed with several whales breaching and breathing within meters of the boat!
After watching the whales pass us by, we then made our way to the pod of spinner dolphins. We donned our snorkelling gear and slipped into the water and got up close and personal with these extraordinary creatures. We spent at least 30 minutes snorkelling with them, and there must have been around 100 dolphins around us. Unbelievable!
Soon after the dolphin encounter we were in the water with some green sea turtles which capped off our snorkelling adventure. To our surprise, on the way back to the harbour we noticed there were dolphins riding the bow and wake of the boat. It was as if they were saying good bye to us!
The all-female crew were very knowledgeable and professional in all aspects of the tour.
We rate this as one of the best tours on Oahu

Daniel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour! Got to see dolphins, turtles, and whales! The staff is friendly and helpful as well!

Pana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

it was so great! We got to see so many whales today I really did lose count. We saw so may spinner dolphins also. The team including Tamar were fantastic. Special thanks to the lovely woman who rescheduled my booking too. It was so much appreciated and it really was the highlight of my trip.

Shawna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

SO much better than we expected! The girls who run the tour are absolutely sweethearts and total pros! We snorkeled with a HUGE pod of spinner dolphins about 200 of them I think, turtles, beautiful fish and got some amazing photos from the photographer on the trip with us.

You must do this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My parents and their friends went on this tour which was a gift from me. While I was not there in person, they called me to tell me that the tour was one of the highlights of their vacation. They saw many dolphins, sea turtles and colorful fish. The guides were well informed and shared many interesting facts about sea life. They spent 3 hours on the ocean which was plenty of time to relax and observe the marine life.

Markus B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely amazing! By far my favorite thing we did on the trip! We actually got to swim with Dolphins in the wild. Completely surreal.

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful excursion. Our daughter's dream was to hold an octopus- she traveled 5,000 miles in the midst of cancer treatment and Lexi made her dream come true! The whole experience was top notch- we swam with dolphins and sea turtles and the pictures were amazing. Memories to last a life time. Thank you.

Tony C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour! Boat crew and staff were wonderful. We were in the water with dolphins swimming by within a few feet. Saw a whale, sea turtles and lots of fish. Highly recommended. Only down side was the web site information and email confirmation stated departure at 7. That actually meant departure from the pier not from the hotel. The driver called at 5 to pick us up and kindly waited 15 minutes for us to scramble together. Glad we did. A very memorable experience!

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I would rate this higher than five stars if possible. We were first time snorkelers. The captain, marine biologist and photographer were very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw spinner Dolphins, false killer whale Dolphins, turtles and a barracuda along with other marine life. If we come to Oahu again, I would definitely do this tour again.

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