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Snorkel with green sea turtles in Oahu's Turtle Canyon on this 2- to 3-hour tour departing from Waikiki. Board a power catamaran and sail along the shore of Oahu towards the island's best place to spot the resident turtles. Turtle sightings are guaranteed; if a turtle is not sighted, you will be given a free second cruise. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch (if option selected ) and two provided drinks while you keep your eyes peeled for passing marine life like dolphins and migrating whales. Snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.


  • Sea turtle snorkeling tour from Waikiki
  • Sail along the Oahu coast by luxury catamaran
  • Snorkel with green sea turtles at Turtle Canyon
  • Admire the Waikiki skyline and Diamond Head from the water
  • Choose a 2-hour morning tour or a 3-hour midday tour
  • Includes snacks, beverages and two alcoholic drinks
  • Midday tour includes lunch on board

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This catamaran tour provides a relaxing way to get out on the water and spot Hawaii's green sea turtles.

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What You Can Expect

Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran

Luxury catamaran out on the open water

Either enjoy pickup at your Waikiki hotel or make your way to Kewalo Basin Harbor to board your 53-foot (16-meter) power catamaran.
Once aboard the 'Honi Olani', find a spot on the deck and make yourself comfortable for the 15-minute ride to Turtle Canyon. Listen to music on the surround-sound speaker system and enjoy the scenery as Diamond Head comes in to view. Cash in your two included drink tickets for a selection of cocktails, white wine, sparkling wine or beer. Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks are also available. 
Enjoy the sun and the island breeze while you scan the horizon for marine life like spinner dolphins and migrating whales, which pass through the area between December and April. 
The captain will moor the boat at Turtle Canyon, where you will suit up in your snorkel gear (provided) and get a safety briefing. Slip in to the water by climbing down a safe stairway off the boat and spend about an hour to 90 minutes among the turtles with your snorkel guide. 
Back on board after your snorkeling adventure, feel free to take a freshwater shower or change in to dry clothing. Enter the the covered cabin for a deli sandwich buffet (midday tour only), or hang out on the deck to relax and snap photos of Waikiki and the Ko'olau Mountains as you sail back to shore.
Return to the harbor and transfer to ground transportation for drop-off at your Waikiki hotel.

Customer Reviews

Andrea H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Hawaii Nautical were extremely professional and friendly and went out of the way to make the tour special. Mike Kyla and Josh did a great job. Hopefully we can come back again.

Elena K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour, the turtles were so close. The water was warmer than expected, we had great time. Thank u!

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The crew were knowledgable and personable...Josh, Gus and Bree the trip was great. We had a wonderful time with you!!

Gemma V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended!! Great tour !

LeeAnn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The ship captain and crew were personable, knowledgeable, and respectful. They clearly love their jobs! The cruise was beautiful, and we saw numerous turtles. Lunch was delicious. This adventure exceeded our expectations.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The crew was great! There were plenty of turtles to see, very cool to watch them. Good workout swimming back to the boat, water was a bit choppy but told that's fairly normal.

Roberta C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was awesome!! The only negatives were that it was a little murky because a storm had come through the evening before and it was too short - we could have stayed out all day because it was so much fun and the crew was so awesome Emily, Lee and the Captain whose name escapes me right now .

Lee took our camera, went down and took video of some white tip sharks that were sleeping on the bottom.

The lunch was very nice - fresh bread, turkey, ham, lettuce and tomatoes. Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks try the guava juice and unlimited snacks chex mix, gold fish, potato chips.

I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!

Laura L H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was absolutely wonderful. Even though they did not have a full boat actually is was my husband and I with another couple and their daughter, they still took us out. We basically had a private charter. We saw so many dolphins and swam with the turtles. The staff was really great. They treated us like royalty.

Thomas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing trip! The ride was so smooth. I always get seasick and was really impressed that I didn and #39;t get seasick on the catamaran ride out to the area. Once we arrived at turtle canyon there were 4 turtles below us right from the start. 1 hour is more than enough time to take in the turtles.

Amanda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Staff was friendly and fun. The boat was clean and not too crowded. The snorkeling was good, saw lots of turtles. I would definitely take this tour again!

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