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 select the lunch option for the chance to 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 Travelers Choose This Tour
Departing from Waianae (rather than Waikiki) promises a lesser-seen view of O'ahu and plenty of marine life.
Waianae Boat Harbor Pickup from Ko Olina Resort area and select Waikiki hotels approximately 1.5 to 3 hours prior to cruise departure included with our transportation option.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
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 (if option selected). For some added history about West Oahu and cultural points of interest, select the added transportation option from Waikiki or Ko Olina resorts.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
If transportation option is selected, YOU MUST note your hotel information in the special requirements field at check-out. Failure to do so may result in loss of transportation without refund.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Dec 2017
Fantastic! We saw whales as well a the Spinner dolphins which are only found in Hawaii. the crew were really friendly and fun.
We also took this tour last year and it never disappoints! They always make sure they find the dolphins even if they have to go all the way to the end of the island!!! The staff is also very friendly and knowledgeable.
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.
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!
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.