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Kewalo Basin Tours

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Kewalo Basin
In the heart of downtown Honolulu, just across the street and two blocks west of Hawaii’s largest mall, is the small boat harbor of Kawalo Basin and the starting point for a number of popular Honolulu water-based adventures. Deep sea charter fishing vessels moor alongside snorkel and scuba charters, parasailing vessels, winter whale watch pontoons, underwater submersible tours and even an 83-foot pirate galleon complete with water-firing cannons for daytime family fun or evening debauchery. If you’re looking to get beyond the beaches of Waikiki and out into the big blue, a stroll along its street-side dock will, at the very least, display your varied options.

Though there is no beach access here, a gentle but ridable wave that breaks left of the harbor channel is a popular surf spot with local groms (kids in surf speak). In addition to hosting the Rip Curl GromSearch competition, the break is a training ground for the Kamehameha High School surf team.

On land, the adjacent hipster enclave of Kakaako, and shopping strips in the Ward area, afford plenty of options for hungry (or thirsty) sailors and surfers. 

Practical Info

Kawalo Basin is a private harbor where individual tour companies and boat operators dock; it’s about a mile west along the coast from Waikiki and serviced by a number of local buses. Bookings are made with the individual tour operators, though some—particularly whale watch tours in season—have harbor-side information booths and ticket sales for their regularly departing trips. If it’s the surf break you’re interested in, the best way to access it is via a jump off the jetty and a paddle out to the lineup, but you’ll have to bring your board—there are no rental spots here.
Address: Honolulu, HI, USA 96814, USA
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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Deep Sea Full Day Exclusive Fishing Charter

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Deep Sea Full Day Shared Fishing Charter

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Whether you love to fish or are a novice, this day trip is a unique and authentic experience. Wake early and board a fishing charter boat cruising the majestic Pacific Ocean. Your expert fisherman captains take you to secret spots and equip you with the rods and reals to catch mahi mahi, ono, tuna, and maybe even Pacific blue marlin. They handle the details, you catch the fish.
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