Sail along the Leeward Coast of Oahu on this morning cruise. Snorkel with an expert guide and watch for spinner dolphins on this family-friendly adventure off the scenic southwestern coast of the island. This 3-hour excursion, complete with spectacular scenery and fun water activities includes breakfast, lunch and optional round-trip transportation from Oahu hotels
Guaranteed sightings of cute and spunky spinner dolphins and a professional guide who helps beginners learn to snorkel make this an excellent family-friendly option.
Opt for pickup at your Oahu hotel or find your way to Waianae Harbor to meet your boat.
At the pier, climb aboard your comfortable luxury catamaran and find a comfortable spot to sit and watch the scenery pass by. Enjoy a continental breakfast as you sail in search of spinner dolphins, turtles and humpback whales (November through April). Dolphin sightings are guaranteed December through April; in the rare event you do not encounter dolphins, you'll receive a free snorkeling adventure or sunset cocktail cruise.
The captain will moor the boat at a calm snorkeling spot. Listen to a short lesson on the basics of snorkeling if you need it, then don the provided equipment and dive in. Follow your professional snorkeling guide for 30 to 45 minutes among the coral reefs and colorful schools of tropical fish.
Climb back in to the boat and dig in to a delicious lunch as the catamaran heads back to shore. The buffet lunch includes 2 alcoholic/unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, hot dishes, a gourmet sandwich bar, salads and dessert.
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Crew was great, boat was great. The snorkel spot left allot to be desired. Very few fish and not much of a reef.
I guess it didn't occur to me and my traveling companion that a snorkeling cruise that included booze would be a kid-friendly activity, but apparently it is. So be prepared for that. There was a kid screaming the entire van ride to the marina, so the day didn't start out well. You only really get about half an hour to snorkel, so if you actually want to snorkel, just go to Hanauma Bay. You can snorkel as long as you want and you will see more interesting fish. The place we went on the cruise had very few fish, and yeah we saw one sea turtle, a couple of octopi, and sea urchins, but Hanauma Bay has the really amazingly colored fish, so that was definitely a better experience.
The reason we took the cruise was because we had been annoyed by the crowds of people swimming into us on our previous excursion to Hanauma Bay. Well this didn't solve that problem. The catamaran carries 40-50 people and everyone is swimming in the same small area...along with people from another boat. Oh, and they make you wear a flotation device, so again, Hanauma Bay is really more flexible for people who know how to swim. We did see dolphins from the side of the boat, but you aren't going to swim with them.
Things I wish I had known before booking this trip: 1 they expect you to take off your shoes and leave them in a bin on the dock so dress accordingly 2 they claim not to allow spray-on sunscreen on the boat so bring something else I saw a woman using her spray and no one said anything to her which was also annoying 3 don't really count on breakfast - it was fruit and cake and everything was gone before my friend and I arrived apparently taking the van from Waikiki puts you out of the breakfast game since we were the last group to arrive.
This tour was amazing! The staff was very accommodating and helpful! The tour was a blast!
This tour was awesome. The captain and crew were great. Very friendly and informative, made sure everyone had a great time. Saw dolphins and sea turtles. Great snokeling. This was the highlight of our trip.
we saw dolphins, turtle, pilot whales.