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Waianae, United States
Dolphin Watch and Snorkeling with Hula and Water Activities
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

View dolphins in their natural habitat and swim within safe viewing distance to turtles and green sea turtles on this popular Oahu snorkel cruise from Honolulu. Sail into waters home to spinner dolphins, and then glide alongside colorful fish. Snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddle boards are available onboard to help you get the most of this outing. Hotel transport included.
  • Oahu morning snorkel cruise with transport from Waikiki hotels
  • Observe dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddle boards available for use
  • Enjoy a complimentary Snack Bag
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Transportation: Between hotels and the harbor. Drive-out to meeting location recommended.
Gear: Snorkel, mask, fins and safety jacket
Water activities: water slide, stand-up paddle boards, kayak
Alcoholic beverages available for purchase
Lunch Bentos: Guava Chicken, Hawaiian style Snapper, or Veggie Tofu Stir-fry
Optional: Wet suit rental + $10.00 per person
USB with professional photos of the tour + $79.00 per group
Gratuities
No outside alcoholic beverages allowed
Drink tickets are none-refundable
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor , 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA

The address for the Waianae Boat Harbor is: 85-491 Farrington Hwy Waianae, HI 96792 The boat harbor is about an hour drive from Waikiki without traffic. To be safe, we recommend that guests plan to arrive early.

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This activity will end right where it started.We recommend our guests to drive-out to the meeting location where we launch our boat, due to the social distancing safety precautions from limited space on our bus. We also offer pick-up from Duty Free Shopping Center (DFS) at T. Galleria.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dolphins are often spotted, but there is no 100% guarantee of dolphin encounter.
  • Children (2-11 years old)must be accompanied by an adult
  • Pick up from select Waikiki hotels is available. Although we recommend our guests to drive-out to meeting location at Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children under 2 are not permitted on this tour
  • Guests are encouraged to bring water and snacks as they please. No communal water will be available due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphins and You
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where does the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour depart from?
A:The tour offers hotel pickup from Waikiki and Ko Olina hotels but departs from 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792.
Apr. 2021
Q:
What time can I expect to be picked up for the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild Tour?
A:The tour operator will reach out to you with the exact pickup location and time, but generally, pickup times are between 5 and 6:45 am.
Apr. 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:It is recommended to bring bottled water, snacks, a towel, sunscreen, a light jacket, a rashguard (optional,) and seasickness medication (if required.)
Apr. 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Flip-flops or water shoes are perfect. Remember to bring a towel.
Apr. 2021
Q:
How long do we spend on the boat during the Snorkel with Dolphins & Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:The tour is usually around 5 hours, including transportation, with about 3.5 hours spent on the boat.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild Tour if I am not a strong swimmer?
A:The guides are great with guests of all abilities, and every guest is outfitted with a life vest to stay afloat. But we recommend some prior swimming and/or snorkeling for the best experience.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Can I bring an infant with me on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:In the interest of safety, guests who are 2 years old and under can not be accommodated at this time.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Are we guaranteed to see dolphins during the Snorkel with Dolphins & Turtles in the Wild & experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are wild marine animals, so there is no guarantee that you will encounter them. However, the vast majority of tours (more than 90 percent) do see and swim with dolphins.
Apr. 2021
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Can I touch the wild animals during the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:No. Touching marine life and coral is illegal by Hawaii state law. Contact with human skin can make dolphins and sea turtles more susceptible to disease and cause them stress. Simply being in their presence is incredible.
Apr. 2021
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Will I need a wetsuit to swim during the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Hawaiian waters range from about 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in the wintertime to 82 degrees F (28 degrees C) in the summertime. You still may feel cold in the shade or rain in just a swimsuit. You may rent a wetsuit for $10 per person.
Apr. 2021
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Can I bring my own camera on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:You may bring your own camera on board at your own risk. The guides offer optional professional photography/videography for an additional $79 payable at check-in.
Apr. 2021
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Is there a restroom onboard during the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Yes - There is a public restroom in the harbor, and there are two full restrooms on board the boat.
Apr. 2021
Q:
Is the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Unfortunately, the boat is not wheelchair accessible.
Apr. 2021

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star-1
Not worth it- TOO much travel
Danielle_r
, May 2022
I’ll start by saying the staff were nothing short of perfect tour guides - helpful, lovely and good fun. Captain was friendly and approachable - overall lovely staff. The tour itself is the issue.. we spent 1.5 hours in the bus on the way to the marina due to going back and forth picking up more people. Then an hour on the boat to destination. We spent atleast 20mins sat listening to a safety briefing. Literally hopped in the water with our kids and they yell out “final 15mins” we were sooo confused - ALL that travel for a max 45 mins in the water snorkelling and getting a chance to use the slide? Then 1 hour back on the boat 1 hour back in the bus. Overall 4.5 hour of travel 1 hour of enjoyment. Lost a whole day in hawaii.. we were disappointed and wished we never booked. I’m sorry this is the reality of what we thought of the tour but the travel time severely outweighs how worth it was. Also, dolphins are in the far distance and saw 1 turtle off the boat. Not what I expected.
star-5
Great excursion! Highly recommend
Marlene_L
, May 2022
We had a great time! The crew was amazing! We saw a lot of dolphins and the water was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this excursion.
star-4
Snorkel trip
Leslie_B
, May 2022
The staff was excellent! We loved Rebecca and Jeremy! The lunch needs improvement maybe just a sandwich and chips would be better
star-5
Loved it!!!
Stacy_L
, May 2022
Awesome time captain Dani..Zoe and Billy we’re super amazing as well as tue whole crew!! had a great time one of the better tours as they really interact and make you feel good
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
My 50th Birthday Getaway
Myra_P
, May 2022
Everything was beautiful! The tour on the way to the boat, the friendly people on the boat, all the staff members and the captain of the boat was extremely nice. My husband really enjoyed driving the boat, that was his biggest highlight. Mine was going down the slide and seeing the dolphins up close.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Don’t hesitate to book!
Natasha_R
, May 2022
Amazing, amazing crew and experience. Everyone loved it! Would definitely recommend and come back. Definitely was a highlight of our trip.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great day out with a wonderful crew!
Maria_G
, May 2022
We loved our Dolphins and You tour. Great crew and very enthusiastic tour guide. Very enjoyable day.
star-5
Wonderful Day!!
Mary_V
, May 2022
We had a fabulous time on this excursion!! We saw lots of Dolphin, and even saw a whale. The tour guides were all knowledgeable, safety-conscious, attentive, and fun.
star-5
Seeing the pod of...
Kristin_B
, May 2022
Seeing the pod of dolphins was amazing the captain was able to keep the boat with them for a really good look! All of it was beautiful & fun my grandson loved the slide & snorkeling was also good. All of the staff was fun, professional & very attentive to everyone.
star-5
Awesome experience
Ilse_C
, May 2022
We had an awesome experience with the crew they sure know how to make your time fun the boat ride was great the view was beautiful and snorkeling experience made out day even better we loved it definitely recommend it .
star-5
A Perfect Day - Dolphins Galore!
jc2k6bgs82
, May 2022
We want to thank our amazing crew for taking us on our dolphin adventure on the morning of May 3rd! There are so many wonderful things we’d like to comment positively on: The boat was beautiful, clean, and comfortable! We loved being able to hang out on the bow and up top, checking out the views from all angles. The water slide was wicked! The captain (Dani!) and crew were energetic, engaging, and courteous. I was so VERY impressed at how they made an effort to connect with each and every passenger, sharing bite of lore, local information, and encouragement throughout the tour. The energy on this boat was excellent, and I could tell these folks loved their jobs and treat their passengers well as a result! We saw MANY dolphins which, although is not always guaranteed, was a blessing and a wonderful occasion! We saw several pods throughout the tour and got some great photos. Even when we intentionally dropped anchor away from the dolphins to comply with local laws and snorkel, the dolphins briefly came over to to check us swimmers out! Lunch was provided, and our party tried both the chicken and fish which were excellent! Snacks provided were a lovely touch, since we all left our bananas at home. Thank you a million times for an amazing day - my groups was all smiles throughout the experience and we would come back in a heartbeat. I’ve been on many tours, and this one stood out as among the best. Money very well spent!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Aloha! Thank you so much for joining our dolphin tour and for sharing kind feedback about your experience. We are glad that you enjoyed your the tour and our crew. We would be honored to host you again on your next trip to Hawaii! Mahalo
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience with the dolphins
Nathalia_M
, May 2022
I was alone, the tour was wonderful, the team was lively, several activities along the way, we saw dolphins, they told us a little about the dolphins, I recommend this tour whether with family, with friends or alone. It is wonderful
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Great dolphin sighting.
Bogna_G
, May 2022
Magic dolphin sighting. Very professional crew. Not imposing. Entertaining. Informative. Made us feel safe. Snorkelling not the greatest. Bus drive back felt cold and long. Slide was fun. Great experience all together
star-5
They pick you up from...
Soheila_M
, Apr. 2022
They pick you up from different hotels and drive you in bus as a large group. There are diversity in ages and groups. You may want to have your sandwich or extra snack if you have kids they offer chips and lemonade and typ of sweet crackers. The crow people were very nice and friendly I had two 15 years old and they loved it.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great time! Loved seeing...
Jaclyn_D
, Apr. 2022
Great time! Loved seeing wildlife and using the slide during snorkeling! Wonderful crew and super helpful!
star-5
Best excursion!!
Callie_S
, Apr. 2022
The staff was fun amazing and great!! It was beautiful and a must do when visiting Hawaii!! We loved it!!!!
star-5
Awesome
Stephanie_B
, Apr. 2022
The whole crew was amazing and was filled with positive energy. My kids absolutely had a great time snorkeling and we felt safe the entire time. I would highly recommend this trip. Also Brandon with the blue eyes had some amazing dance moves.
star-5
First Class Experience all the way
Sanjeet_D
, Apr. 2022
Amazing first class experience from start to finish! We got picked up by clean, comfy & AC bus with an amazing team! Faith explained all our options on the way to the West Shore and doubled as our photographer and videographer the entire time and was very personable and always found a great photo op for our family. Jeremy was a great tour guide through the entirety of the boat tour keeping it light, educational and fun! The entire boat crew was very caring and ensure we had a great experience from get the right gear and finding ways the keep it fun! Recommend for all!!!
star-5
Fun Family adventure
Robert_M
, Apr. 2022
Since the beginning the whole crew treat us as family, looking for our safety at all times. We have fun the whole trip. You guys rock all the way. Thank you very much!!
star-1
Terrible experience !! Not worth money
Carla_R
, Apr. 2022
Not worth the money at all! We paid $80 more for this than we paid for a sunset cruise with a 3 course meal and the sunset cruise was 10x better! First we were only in the water for a short time. They provide snacks but it’s just chips and granola bar type things. Most of the time is spent on the boat ride. Then my husband and I paid $70 extra before we got on the boat to get a usb afterwards of pictures of us. We even got a bracelet so they knew to take more pictures of us. When I got home and looked at the pictures they were of every single family we were on the boat with! Only like 6 of them were actually of my husband and I ! I feel like we paid $70 extra for nothing. Next, I asked one of the workers where the bathroom was to confirm because I wanted to change my clothes but he thought I had to pee so his rude toned response was that we were going into the water in a few seconds and to just pee there. Made me not want to even go to the bathroom to change as I felt like he would be angry at me when it is none of his business if I want to use a bathroom or not for any reason. If you want to snorkel in the ocean find another tour ! And if you want to see dolphins go to the sea land there. They had an AMAZING dolphin show ! Plus your family will get to see other animals as well.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Aloha Carla, We’re sorry that you did not enjoy your time on our tour. We do our best to create a memorable and exciting experience for all our guests and apologize that this wasn’t the case. Snorkeling is just one portion of the many activities that make up our tour. We spend a good amount of time on the boat watching the dolphins and searching for other wildlife. We include the E Ho Mai prayer, hula performance, tattoos, and have various water toys that all contribute to the value of the tour. We hold our crew to a high standard of customer service and are sorry that you received a poor response to your bathroom inquiry. We will be discussing with the crew to ensure that this does not happen again. Also, please be assured that introducing a full lunch is among our top priorities as we assume a more comfortable position after covid. We hope that you can return to our tour to see how we’ve grown from your feedback and to enjoy the Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their natural environment. We will soon have our eco-certification and are proud to share the experience of these beautiful animals in a sustainable manner. Mahalo

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