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Oahu’s Best Snorkel & Sail Tour: Departs from Ko Olina

Welcome to our favorite snorkel and sailing tour on Oahu. Head out on their 8:30 AM or 11:30 AM tours for three hours of sailing and snorkeling with the chance to encounter dolphins, sea turtles, humpback whales, and amazing marine life.

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Activity Overview

  • Departs From: Oahu – Ko Olina
  • Duration: 3-hours
  • Included in the price: Lunch, soft drinks, three alcoholic drinks, snorkel gear, chance to see dolphins, sea turtles, and more

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Board a 53-foot catamaran from Ko Olina Marina, at the Ko Olina Resorts, to sail the leeward coast in the morning. Snorkel with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (honu), see spinner dolphins, and so much more marine life on the beautiful coral reefs along Oahu’s coast. Enjoy lunch, three complimentary alcoholic drinks, and transportation from Waikiki ( for an additional fee).

Humpback whale watching is possible during their migratory season from December through March.

Note, they also have a sunset sailing cruise with pupus (appetizers) and drinks.

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Two snorkeling tours are available per day. We like the morning tour as the sun isn’t as harsh for the kids and the winds are more likely to be calm compared to the afternoon. They are both good tours, so pick what is right for you and your group!

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Our experience on this oahu snorkeling tour.

Our whole family came along to this epic snorkel trip. We used to live in Ko Olina, so we love coming back to stay at the resorts, swim in the lagoons, and go snorkeling! Our son loved the snorkeling and seeing the dolphins. I enjoyed the sailing and the friendly crew. This is a wonderful tour for all ages.

Watch our experience out on the water below. If you’re interested in staying at the Ko Olina Resorts, see our Ko Olina Guide for details or explore our Oahu Where to Stay Directory .

They’ll Pick You Up

Let them pick you up from your resort or condo in the Waikiki area for a small additional cost per person. Add the pick up option when you go to book.

Explore the Waianae Coast

Depart from Ko Olina Marina to swim, snorkel, and sail the beautiful Waianae Coast of Oahu. Ko Olina is located 45-minutes from Waikiki.

See Dolphins and Swim with Turtles

Set anchor at one fabulous snorkel reef teeming with tropical reef fish, fascinating marine life, and frequent visits from Hawaiian green sea turtles.




Ko Olina Snorkel and Sail Highlights

  • 3-hour tour – Book the 8:30 AM tour or the 11:30 AM tour . Tours are offered daily.
  • Departs from Ko Olina Marina ( click here for directions ) 45-minute drive from Waikiki. Parking is available at the marina. There is free parking in the public lot next to the marina. You will find a spot for the 8:30 AM tour but for the mid-day tour, you may need to park in the Marina Parking Lot
  • Sail along Oahu’s leeward coast and anchor at a pristine reef for the chance to swim with sea turtles, 45 to 60-minute snorkel session.
  • Chance to see Hawaiian spinner dolphins year-round
  • Lunch and soft drinks are included (vegetarian option available)
  • 3 complimentary alcoholic drinks. $5 drinks available after that (price may change)
  • Some of the best snorkeling on Oahu
  • Humpback whale watching is possible from December through March
  • All ages are welcome! (infants are offered a reduced ticket price)

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Ko Olina Adventure Sail and Snorkel Tours depart from Ko Olina Marina, part of Ko Olina Resorts (45-minutes from Waikiki). Tours leave in the morning and mid-day for 3-hour sail and snorkel tours.

During your shoreline sail, your experienced catamaran Captain and crew are on the lookout for viewing encounters with playful, entertaining Hawaiian spinner dolphins and majestic, seasonal Alaska humpback whales (December thru March). Your Captain will also set anchor at one fabulous snorkel reef teeming with tropical reef fish, fascinating marine life, and frequent visits from friendly Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. They usually stop for snorkeling just offshore Electric Beach, one of our top 5 best snorkeling spots on Oahu .

The crew is friendly and very helpful to beginner snorkelers. They provide detailed instructions, advice, and serve as lifeguards while you are in the water. They can’t guarantee marine sightings but they will do their best to find them along their sailing route.

Sail on the swift and comfortable catamaran, the Holole’a Kai. Holole’a Kai means “to sail freely and with adventure on the ocean.” Enjoy leeward Oahu’s panoramic coast and its vistas of beautiful beaches, mountains, and valleys. The 53-foot vessel features a cushioned suntan deck, teak bar, restrooms, and an outdoor freshwater rinse-off. She holds up to 40 passengers.

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Snorkel Tour Details

See their cancellation policy below for details. A lot is included in this tour and is a favorite on Oahu. It is our favorite for snorkeling and the coastal views!

What is the cancellation policy?

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 48 hours’ notice of cancellation (excluding private charters). Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

Is snorkel equipment included? What is included in the tour?

Your Tour Includes  Pre-packaged lunch, unlimited soft drinks, three complimentary alcoholic beverages, snorkel gear, snorkel instruction, and life vests. Bottled drinking water, restrooms, and freshwater shower rinse onboard. If you bring your own snorkel gear, they do not allow a full face mask.

How long is the snorkeling par?

Your captain tries to get at least 45-minutes in the water, snorkeling time for you.

Do they offer discounts?

Yes, local Kama’aina, military, and children/infant prices are available at checkout.

Two decades ago Captains Todd Pickering and Mick Riegel took their ocean skills, love of the ocean world, and discovery of new and dramatic underwater vistas along the Ko Olina and Leeward Oahu coastline, and created new snorkeling tours and adventures for visitors and friends.

They were some of the first to pioneer safe and non-intrusive dolphin encounters and whale watching with these wonderful ocean creatures, with thousands of amazed, happy and repeat customers attesting to their success. They added another great snorkeling adventure, the Catamaran Sail & Snorkel Tour. They and their current Captains Matt, Todd, Travis, and Taylor, their crew, and staff continue Ko Olina Ocean Adventure’s tradition in providing Hawaii’s visitors with an adventurous, fun, memorable and safe ocean experience.

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Ke Kai Catamaran departs from Waikiki Beach

Manu Kai Catamaran departs from Kewalo Harbor

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Waikiki Snorkel

Join us for a special limited-seat snorkel. Swim and snorkel with the turtles and fish at Turtle Canyon!

*All guests who wish to participate in the snorkel must be able to swim as this snorkel tour is in open water and may not be ideal for swimming/snorkeling beginners

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Sunset Sail (WAIKIKI)

Experience adventure sailing, sightseeing, and complimentary cocktails and a beautiful Hawaiian sunset!

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Diamond Head Sail (WAIKIKI)

Explore beautiful Diamond Head on this afternoon sailing adventure!

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Friday Night Fireworks Tour (WAIKIKI)

Join us on a Friday evening for our fireworks sail to see the Hilton’s firework display!


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Private Swim & Sail (HARBOR)

Join us for our special Private Charter on our South Shore Honolulu Swim & Sail!

Guests can choose between a swim and sail combination, or choose a sail-only option! You will experience views of Waikiki, Diamond head, blue rolling waves, and stunning views of the south shore of Oahu!

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Private Morning Ceremony Sail (HARBOR)

This is a private 90-minute sailing trip to attend to morning charters, with a discounted rate for ceremonies, celebrations of life, funerals, organization charters, and more.

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Private South Shore Sail! (HARBOR)

Join us for a fun private 90-minute happy hour sail! Sail with us through the gorgeous waves off of the South Shore of Honolulu! With charter rates for groups of up to 10, 25, or 49 guests- we can accommodate your private group and customize the experience for you! Drinks are always complimentary!

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Private Honolulu Sunset Sail (HARBOR)

Experience a private 90-minute sunset sail with complimentary drinks (alcoholic beverages for adults only)! Enjoy a beautiful Hawaiian Sunset, and perhaps if you’re lucky, witness the rare green flash! Charter options and pricing available for groups of up to 10, 25, and 49 guests! Book your private sunset sail today!

Private Friday Night Fireworks (HARBOR)

Join us on a Friday evening for our Private Friday Night Fireworks Cruise. Enjoy complimentary beers, maitais, and cocktails, and experience The Hilton’s Friday night fireworks display from the ocean!


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Ke Kai Catamaran and Manu Kai Catamaran both offer a variety of Oahu sailing, swimming, and snorkeling trips! Ke Kai is located on Waikiki Beach in front of the famous Duke’s Restaurant (2335 Kalakaua Avenue), and Manu Kai is located at Kewalo Basin Harbor  (1025 Ala Moana Blvd) in gorgeous trendy Kaka’ako!

Our signature yellow and purple striped KE KAI , and yellow and blue striped Manu Kai are both USCG-certified vessels with a sailing capacity of 49 guests and a snorkel/swim capacity of 36 guests. We are proud to offer fun, stunning, safe, and entertaining sails in both Waikiki and Kaka’ako! Come join us on a beautiful and fun Hawaiian rollercoaster ride!


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Great time snorkeling with this crew! We saw a lot of fish and many sea turtles. My daughter loved jumping off the side of the boat over and over! Drinks were great too!

My husband and I had a wonderful time on the 2:30 Sunset Cruise. The guys sailing us out were super nice. It was beautiful on the water, and we even saw a turtle in the water! The Mai Tai drinks they had on board, were actually the best we had the entire trip. I would defiantly recommend this experience! P.S. you could get soaked...we did :-)

So much fun! One of the more affordable sunset cruises and 100% worth it. The workers on the boat were friendly and upbeat and did a great job of cultivating a fun vibe. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Best part of my trip! Kalani, Mina, Mitchell and Justin were great. Super nice and friendly. The views during sunset were incredible. I will definitely be booking this again when I come back to Waikiki. Thanks Manu Kai crew!

This was a great experience. We went on the morning snorkel tour and had a fantastic time! The boat comes right to the beach at Waikiki. The people were fantastic!!! We saw 3 turtles and lots of fish at turtle canyon.

We did the Diamond Head Tour and had a great time. This is a 90 min tour with sails up. Captain and crew were great. Great views of Waikiki and Diamond Head from the boat. The Manu Kai is small enough that you really felt the waves and were really sailing. Crew were manning the sails but still had time to make sure you had mai tais. Overall a great time and highly recommend.

Well worth the money. Great crew, drinks included. Plenty of room on the boat. Friendly atmosphere. Bring a camera or iPhone, maybe a sweatshirt for after sunset. Expect to have a great time for $40.00. Definitely would go again.

We chose Manu Kai for the mid morning turtle snorkel at Turtle Canyon and had a terrific time. We saw plenty of turtles and fish and enjoyed the professional but casual, laid back vibe of the crew. Jess in particular was outstanding (with a background in marine biology). Post our snorkel we headed towards Diamond Head for a great view of the beach and were lucky enough to see dolphins at play. A great morning trip.


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Guests receive a full refund with a 24-hour notice of cancellation. Full refunds are also issued in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

During the slower seasons and typically for the morning sails, tour cancellations can occur due to not meeting a minimum requirement of 6 booked guests. In these rare situations, guests are always given the option to rebook or refund. If you are concerned about your tour, please call with any questions.

Guests wishing to rebook or reschedule must give 24 hours’ notice. Contact us by phone directly to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows and guests cancelling within 24 hours of departure will be charged full price.


Check-in time for all tours is strictly 30 minutes prior to departure, with no exceptions. Failure to check in on time will result in loss of reservation.

We require payment for all reservations. Otherwise all trips are first come, first served. We accept cash or credit card as payment methods.

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The 10 Best Snorkeling Tours On Oahu, Hawaii

Jackson Groves

Posted on Last updated: June 29, 2023

Categories HAWAII , TOURS

The 10 Best Snorkeling Tours On Oahu, Hawaii

This is the ultimate guide for the top Snorkeling tours on Oahu. There’s nowhere in the world quite like Oahu when it comes to marine life. With about a thousand miles of coral reef surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, snorkeling is one of the island’s most popular water activities. You can come face to face with tropical fish, green turtles, spinner dolphins, spotted eagle rays, and even hear the calls of majestic humpback whales.

My personal favorites are Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran   to snorkel with green turtles and Oahu Snorkel Cruise: Swim With Turtles In Waikiki to snorkel, eat delicious food and learn about Hawaiian history.

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Don’t have time to read my entire article about the best boat snorkeling tours on Oahu? No worries! I’ve shortlisted my four favorite Oahu snorkeling tours here to make things easy for you.

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Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran  

  • Snorkeling with green turtles
  • Everything you need
  • Pick-up and drop-off

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Eco-friendly Dolphin Snorkel Half-day Cruise

  • Sea turtles
  • Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Half-Day Cruise
  • Fully inclusive tour

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North Shore Shark Cage Dive Adventure

  • The most epic a nd unique activity
  • I nside a cage
  • Surrounded by around a dozen sharks

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Oahu Snorkel Cruise: Swim With Turtles In Waikiki

  • Magic of snorkeling and swimming
  • Delicious food, and learning about Hawaiian history

Does this sound good to you? If so, then you should check out these top-rated snorkeling tours on Oahu and you might want to consider booking in advance (especially if you are visiting during peak season) as many of these tours are sold out 5-6 days in advance.

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Below I have a comparison table with prices and duration and if you keep scrolling down, there is a description of each tour and a link to the tour booking page. Enjoy and I hope you find a snorkeling tour on Oahu that suits you and your family!

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In this blog post, I have rounded up the ten most highly-rated Snorkeling tours on Oahu. I’ve snorkeled at every spot on this list and also done most of these tours like snorkeling with dolphins and the Turtle Canyon Snorkel.

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Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran : Have you ever dreamt of snorkeling with green turtles in Oahu? Then it’s time to do it! Let Catamaran Cruise take care of getting you there with everything you need for a lovely day of snorkeling and cruising. For $97, you will get pretty much everything you need from pick-up and drop-off, snorkeling and SCUBA equipment, lunch and snacks, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and an expert guide.

There are two tour options; a 2-hour morning tour and a 3-hour midday tour. It is impossible not to spot green turtles during the tour but if you don’t see any on your tour, you can book another tour for free. As a photo lover, I like the chill on the deck of the boat and taking photos of Waikiki’s insane scenery. Definitely worth the time and the money for this one!

Book your tour: Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran  

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Eco-friendly Dolphin Snorkel Half-day Cruise : If watching wild spinner dolphins and snorkeling with tropical fish and sea turtles are what you are looking for, Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Half-Day Cruise is just what you need. You’ll get a fully inclusive tour that offers transport to and from hotels, meals on-board your boat, two complimentary alcoholic beverages, and free use of snorkel gear. The captain and the crew are personable, knowledgeable, and professional so you will definitely enjoy their journey.

The excursion starts at 9:00 A.M. and you will return to Waikiki around 1:00 P.M. If you are lucky, giant humpback whales will be there to greet you. If ever you don’t encounter dolphins, you will still receive a snorkeling activity at no cost or a cruise with cocktail and sunset. Not as cheap as other tours in Waikiki but it’s worth it! 

Book your tour: Eco-friendly Dolphin Snorkel Half-day Cruise

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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise With Dolphin & Whale Watching : I think this is the best tour of the island if you want to see spinner dolphins and turtles. What’s more, if you’re fortunate enough and go in the right season you will spot magnificent humpback whales. The tour guide picks you up from Waikiki and takes you on a snorkeling adventure on Waianae Coast, about a 45-minutes drive to the harbor before you board the boat.

Then, they will provide you a complete snorkel gear such as masks, fins, snorkel, and life vests.

Book your tour: Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise With Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise With Dolphin & Whale Watching

  • Best tour of the island
  • Spinner dolphins and turtles
  • Magnificent humpback whales

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The North Shore Shark Cage Dive Tour is the most easily the most epic and unique bout tours on Oahu. The tour takes you just a few miles offshore where you will put on a snorkel and get inside a cage. For 20 minutes under the water, you’ll be surrounded by around a dozen sharks or even more. Pickup and drop-off service and equipment are included. You don’t need to be a good swimmer as you just hold on inside the cage. This was one of my all-time favorite things to do on Oahu.

Book your tour: North Shore Shark Cage Dive Tour

  • The most epic and unique activity

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Oahu Snorkel Cruise: Swim With Turtles In Waikiki : If you want to experience the majesty and magic of snorkeling and swimming with wild dolphins, then Oahu Snorkel Cruise have you covered! The unique combination of swimming closely with the dolphins and turtles, various options of delicious food, and learning about Hawaiian history and culture has made it a top pick amongst animal enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

This 4-hour, morning tour provides comfortable hotel transport from Waikiki and Ko Olina to Waianae Harbor. All the gears you need from snorkel, masks, fins, and life jackets are provided to help you get the most of your day in the water.

Book your tour: Oahu Snorkel Cruise: Swim With Turtles In Waikiki

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Eco-friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail With Dolphins : The west side of Oahu is the most underrated place on the island and also where you are most likely to have a natural encounter with a dolphin or turtle. I can tell you that from experience, you rarely go west and don’t see some sealife! Not only that, but the captain will also entertain you by talking about Hawaiian natural history whilst taking you to a hidden snorkeling spot.

You’ll be provided with all the gear you need for perfect snorkeling in a not-so-crowded spot. They have showers and changing facilities onboard for you to get comfy.

Book your tour: Eco-friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail With Dolphins

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Eco-friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail With Dolphins

  • Most underrated place
  • Natural encounter

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Catamaran Sail And Snorkel On Oahu : Catamaran Sail offers a half-day snorkeling adventure that covers everything from transportation (pickup and drop-off from selected Waikiki hotels as well as the boat ride), high-quality snorkel gear, delicious Hawaiian-style lunch, and complimentary cocktails. The boat will take you to two different snorkeling spots where you can see amazing corals and native Hawaiian sea animals like pods of spinner dolphins.

The first spot is at Ko Olina Marina and Resort where you can munch some snacks before jumping into the water. After snorkeling in the first reef, the boat veers away and takes you to the next reef.

Book your tour: Catamaran Sail And Snorkel On Oahu  

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Catamaran Sail And Snorkel On Oahu  

  • Snorkeling adventure
  • Transportation (pick up and drop-off )
  • High-quality

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Tour Of North Shore And Hanauma Bay Snorkel : This 9-hour tour takes you to visit Banzai Pipeline but also other famous North Shore spots like Turtle Town, Dole Plantation, Waimea Bay, and the best spot for snorkeling, Hanauma Bay. The Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay offers a mini-van pick-up in Waikiki and drop-off. The tour guide expert will provide you with complete snorkel gear and narrative.

You can enjoy lunch at Tsue Farms on the Northshore as well kayaking and paddleboarding if you upgrade your tour into Premium. 

Book your tour: Tour Of North Shore And Hanauma Bay Snorkel

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Tour Of North Shore And Hanauma Bay Snorkel

  • Famous North Shore spots
  • Best spot for snorkeling
  • Complete snorkel gear and narrative

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I hope one of those Oahu snorkeling tours seemed like a good fit for you and your family and it is one of the highlights of your vacation to Oahu!


  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort  (Overall Favorite) : In the heart of Waikiki, this high-end resort is right on the beach with a private lagoon.
  • Sheraton Waikiki   (Luxury) : A luxury resort with the most amazing infinity pool on the island, which overlooks the beach.
  • Ewa Hotel Waikiki : (Value):  Ewa Hotel is just one block back from the beach and is just over $150 USD.
  • Waikiki Beachside Hostel   (Budget Choice) : A budget alternative, which is still in an amazing location.
  • Disney Aulani Resort (Family Choice):  This is a resort your kids will never forget. It honestly feels like you are living in a theme park.

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I lived on Oahu for two years and loved adventuring from the beaches to the mountains to the waterfalls! These are my most popular blog post and guides from the beautiful island of Oahu to help you plan your trip!

  • What to pack for Hawaii:  THE HAWAII PACKING LIST: WHAT TO PACK
  • A helpful guide to choosing accommodation:   WHERE TO STAY ON OAHU
  • Most epic hike on Oahu: THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN OAHU, HAWAII
  • Ultimate Cliff Jumping Guide: 11 BEST CLIFF JUMPING SPOTS ON OAHU
  • Guide to Swimming with Sea Turtles: WHERE TO SEE TURTLES ON OAHU
  • The best Waterfall Hikes: TOP WATERFALL HIKES ON OAHU
  • Best Tours: 20 BEST TOURS ON OAHU
  • The Ultimate Guide to Oahu:  80 AWESOME THINGS TO DO ON OAHU

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  • Doors-Off Oahu Helicopter Flight Tour : My number one recommendation is to do a heli-flight (doors off) and be blown away when you see Oahu from the air.
  • North Shore Shark Cage Tour : The biggest adrenaline rush you can have in Hawaii is beneath the surface with sharks!
  • Eco-Friendly Dolphin and Snorkel Tour : One of the best experiences I had on Oahu was swimming with the beautiful spinner dolphins on this exact tour.
  • Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran : The number 1 MOST POPULAR snorkel tour on Oahu. GUARANTEED Turtles!


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Boat Charters In Honolulu Hawaii

Oahu Boat Charters, Waikiki Catamaran

Welcome aboard our catamaran in Honolulu. Certainly everyone’s favorite charter boat for group and private boat tours in Honolulu. Exclusive boat charters in Waikiki operating onboard the Kahala Kai catamaran . Spacious and accommodating, therefore, always plenty of room for guests aboard our 40′ catamaran.

Turtle Snorkeling Tours In Honolulu

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We specialize in 2-hour Waikiki turtle snorkeling tours offered  daily  at  12:30  and  3:00 . Snorkeling tours are certainly fun for everyone of all ages and, therefore, very popular in Honolulu. Swimming and  snorkeling with turtles  are just minutes away at the famous  Turtle Canyon reef  in Waikiki. For instance, we will also take you on a scenic catamaran sail along the coast of Oahu’s south shore. Most importantly, all of the required snorkeling gear is provided on the turtle snorkel tour. In short, let us show you the best Honolulu snorkeling location.

Oahu Sunset Cruise, Waikiki Catamaran

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We are now featuring a nightly 5:30 pm , 2-hour Oahu sunset cruise aboard our Waikiki catamaran. Experience Honolulu’s city lights as they illuminate the Waikiki shoreline. The skyline views of Waikiki at sunset are a sight few visitors experience on vacation in Honolulu. Enjoy yourself and of course, our guests are welcome to BYOB but must be at least 21 years old to partake.

Charter Boat In Honolulu, Private Catamaran Charters

Conveniently located between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, just minutes away. Oahu Catamaran tours is at the Kewalo Basin boat harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. 1125 Ala Moana blvd in slip A0

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In addition, we are now also offering exclusive private boat charters for birthday parties, special events, memorials and certainly weddings. Above all, the crew of the Kahala Kai have the expertise to help you plan the best catamaran charters in Waikiki.

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Experience Luxury and Adventure with Kahala Kai Catamaran

Unforgettable Private Charters in Honolulu When the call of the Hawaiian waters beckons, Kahala Kai Catamaran stands as the pinnacle of choice for a blend of luxury and adventure. Nestled in the heart of Kewalo Basin harbor in Honolulu, our charter service beckons families and small groups to embark on a voyage of exploration and …

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Private Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling

Snorkel with Fish & Green Sea Turtles

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  • Users Ages: All Ages
  • Clock Duration: 2-4 Hours (Customizable Itinerary)
  • Tag Tour Type: Private (6 people max)
  • Users Capacity: Up to 6 Guests
  • Sailboat Vessel type: 30-Foot Power Catamaran “Keanuenue”
  • Scuba Mask Includes: Snorkel Gear and Flotation
  • Users Crew: Certified Captain & Lifeguards
  • Calendar Availablity: Whale Watching in Season (Dec - April)

Experience the Ultimate Waikiki Adventure: Snorkel in Style on a Private Catamaran Tour

Come join us on our catamaran for an unforgettable sightseeing and snorkeling experience! We’ll take you on a leisurely cruise along the stunning Waikiki coastline, where you’ll get to take in breathtaking views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and the iconic Honolulu skyline .

As we make our way out to the offshore reef, keep an eye out for playful dolphins and majestic humpback whales (in season). Once we reach the reef, we’ll anchor in a prime spot for snorkeling, where you’ll get to swim alongside Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtles in their natural habitat . Don’t worry if you’re new to snorkeling – our experienced crew will be on hand to provide guidance and ensure your safety throughout the excursion.

While you’re snorkeling, admire the coral reef structures and a variety of colorful tropical fish. After your snorkeling adventure, climb back on board and enjoy a refreshing drink as we make our way back.

The vessel is exclusively reserved for your party so you are welcome to play your music and bring any refreshments you would like to enjoy during our time together. Our crew will happily be sharing their local knowledge and the cultural history of the area we are traveling in throughout the cruise.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience – book your spot today and make memories to last a lifetime!

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  • Depart from Kewalo Basin Harbor
  • Enjoy coastal views of the south shore of Oahu
  • Guided snorkeling at an offshore reef commonly home to sea turtles and tropical fish
  • Visit Diamond Head state monument & Offshore Waikiki (Great Photo opportunity!)
  • Stop along the way to see any turtles, dolphins, or whales (in season)
  • Crew will share local knowledge and the cultural history of the area. (We’re always happy to answer questions!)
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  • Small private group allows maximum attention to service and safety!
  • Spacious catamaran to lounge on
  • Bring your own food and drinks (BYOB)
  • Soft drinks, waters, and a large iced-down cooler with extra space provided
  • Shaded cabin seating
  • Snorkel gear and flotation included
  • Bluetooth sound system
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  • Snorkeling is a physically strenuous activity and requires participants to be in good health.
  • Swimming is a required skill to participate in the in-water portion of the tour.
  • This charter may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.
  • Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair-boarding access.
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  • We can connect you with our local favorite catering company to plan almost any food options you could want. Please inquire via the contact form, email, or phone to organize.

I would highly recommend doing this private charter during your stay in Honolulu! Sam and Nick were an awesome team and made this experience one we will remember! Not only did we see sea turtles but we saw several pods of dolphins right under our feet. This is much more relaxing than the lager group tour and they were able to accommodate for pregnant women and guest prone to sea sickness! If you are on the fence, just book it! You won’t be disappointed

Hands down the best catamaran experience my family and I have ever had! Captain Sam and Deckhand Nick were amazing!! The cost is a steal! Having an entire vessel to ourselves with great laughs between us and the captain and deckhand were great memories not to mention the unforgettable sunset and beautiful sea life we got to see. We will 1000% do this again and next time book a longer ride!

This was in fact amazing. My family of 5 had a private catamaran with 2 of the nicest guys. Captain was super friendly and then our snorkeling guide was awesome. Took us to see spinner dolphins, turtles, fish and even some eels. They really went above and beyond and made us feel so welcome. All gear was provided, the goggles and fins. It is bring your own food or drinks (they do have soda and water). After snorkeling they took us over by Diamond Head. One of the highlights of our trip. I highly recommend this.

Our multi generation family of 5 ranging in ages from 12 years to 74 years had a wonderful, life memorable experience. The crew were exceptional, very caring to all. Taking the time to know our needs and wishes for the cruise. They supported us in the water to come up close with the sea turtles and let the kids play their music as we sailed around. The whole time was centred on what our family wanted to see and do and nothing was too much trouble. I can not recommend this experience highly enough. It was the best experience of our holiday in Hawaii. Thank you

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The Best Snorkeling on Oahu

Swim with turtles, fish and more during one of these Hawaiian trips.

Best Snorkeling on Oahu

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Hanauma Bay is a popular spot for snorkeling on Oahu.

Without doubt, when you visit Oahu , you'll want to explore all the island has to offer underwater in addition to all the popular attractions on land. There are numerous Oahu snorkeling tours to take you to top snorkeling destinations and some provide additional experiences like swimming with dolphins, sea turtles and even sharks. After consulting both traveler opinion and expert input, U.S. News compiled some of the best snorkeling on Oahu.

Hawaii Nautical – Waikiki Turtle, Snorkel & Lunch

On this three-hour tour, travelers set sail around Waikiki to see top sights, snorkel and find green sea turtles. December through April, the crew will also be on the lookout for migrating whales. The tour also includes a sandwich lunch with unlimited nonalcoholic drinks and two alcoholic drink tickets for each adult. Reviewers say they see lots of turtles and fish, and that the crew provides great service and pays close attention to safety. Tours are available at 11 a.m. daily except Wednesdays, and tickets start at $129 per person ages 13 and older, $89 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger. A snorkel and mask are not included in the price; be sure to bring your own. The company also guarantees that if you do not see a sea turtle, you can return for a free sail. Hawaii Nautical offers a variety of sailing trips, including dolphin, whale and sunset sails, among others.

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Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure – Oahu Dolphin Excursion

See spinner dolphins in an eco-friendly way on this three-hour tour aboard a 34-foot rigid inflatable boat. Departing from Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor, crew and naturalists will sail in search of the mammals. Travelers have the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles and tropical fish as part of the tour. Participants praise the staff and their friendliness and say they see lots of wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and even whales (during winter only). Ticket prices start at $140 for participants ages 13 and older and $95 for ages 4 to 12. Children younger than 4 are not permitted, and food and drinks are not included. Tours run most days at 7:30 and 11 a.m. Participants should check in 30 minutes prior, and there is a minimum of seven guests needed in order for the tour to operate. The company also offers a whale watching tour.

Hanauma Bay Snorkel Adventures

This company picks you up from your Waikiki hotel and takes you about 10 miles east via an air-conditioned van to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve to enjoy approximately three hours of snorkeling. Sanitized snorkeling equipment is included with the tour. The bay is nestled within an ancient volcanic crater and is home to many colorful tropical fish, sea turtles and a coral reef. Travelers describe the bay as beautiful and appreciate the convenient transportation the company provides. Tickets start at $34.95 and do not include the $12 per person preserve admission fee. Children 3 and younger can join the tour free. Excursions run every day except Tuesday with pick-up times at 7:15, 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. The company recommends travelers bring a towel.

Holokai Catamaran – Turtle Canyon Snorkel Sail

On this 2 1/2 hour adventure, you'll snorkel at Turtle Canyon with green sea turtles and tropical fish, and then cruise around Diamond Head looking for dolphins and whales. The trip also includes a guide, snacks and snorkel gear with a safety vest, but you'll need to bring your own towel. Tour-takers highly recommend the excursion and report seeing lots of turtles. Tours depart at 9 a.m. and noon daily. Tickets start at $80 for participants 3 and older; children 2 and younger join for free. Holokai Catamaran also has a Tradewinds Sail tour, as well as a Sunset Cruise.

Pure Aloha Adventures – Snorkel and Swim With Sea Turtles

After a boat ride to Turtle Canyon, you'll get the chance to snorkel with green sea turtles and fish and explore the area's coral reef. This woman-owned company provides an instructor and snorkeling gear as part of the tour. Those who don't want to snorkel can join the tour and simply remain on the boat. Travelers say they see lots of turtles and that the crew is interactive and informative. Tickets cost approximately $69 per person for all ages, and tours depart at 12:30 and 3 p.m. daily. Pura Aloha Adventures also offers a Hanauma Bay Guided Snorkel Tour, as well as multiple scuba diving tours.

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Ko Olina Ocean Adventures – Catamaran Sail & Snorkel Tour

Take an approximately three-hour sail around Oahu, enjoying the sights and stopping at two top snorkeling spots to swim with sea turtles and tropical fish. Tours include a hot lunch, three alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snorkel gear. Reviewers praise the crew and the food and drinks, and say they enjoy snorkeling and seeing wildlife. Tickets cost about $150 for ages 13 and older, $120 for children ages 4 to 12 and $30 for infants 3 and younger with special rates for military members and Hawaii residents. For additional fees, you can add a luau to your snorkeling outing; there's also an option to book round-trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel. Tours depart at 8:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Ko Olina Ocean Adventures also operates several sunset sails, as well as a Speedboat Dolphin Snorkel.

One Ocean Diving – Marine Research & Conservation Shark Snorkel

Snorkel with Hawaii's marine life in the company of a biologist on this adventure with One Ocean Diving, which departs from Haleiwa Harbor. During the excursion, you're invited to stay on the boat, get into the water and hold onto a line, or deep dive to swim with marine life like sharks, dolphins, turtles, fish and more. During the ride, you'll learn about the animals, their behavior, conservation efforts and more. Travelers describe this as a "life-changing" experience that is also serene and peaceful. They say staff are knowledgeable and that they feel very safe. Ticket prices start at $150 per person, which includes snorkeling gear, or $80 for those who will not be snorkeling. Participants must be at least 4 feet tall. The company recommends bringing your own towel and a change of clothes. The snorkel tour runs hourly each day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Dive into Oahu's waters to discover an underwater world.

Hanauma Bay Tours – Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tour

Hop a ride to Hanauma Bay aboard this tour, which picks up from four Waikiki stops and takes you to the state park via air-conditioned van. Once you arrive, you should have about 3 1/2 hours of snorkeling time before returning back to your hotel. Tour-takers describe this tour as educational, fun and magical, and highly praise the crew. Ticket prices start at $25 for ages 13 and older and $22 for those 12 and younger. The park's entrance fee is not included, but snorkeling gear is provided. Shuttles depart Waikiki at 7:15, 8:45 and 10:15 a.m. every day except Tuesday. The company offers a variety of outings, including a Turtle Tour, North Shore Snorkel, Helicopter Island Tour and more.

Living Ocean Scuba – Turtle Canyons Snorkeling Trip

On this two-hour trip, Living Ocean Scuba takes passengers to snorkel at Turtle Canyon, an area with a coral reef that is frequented by sea turtles and tropical fish. Travelers may also spot spinner dolphins and whales as they cruise along the Waikiki coast. The trip includes light snacks and cold drinks to enjoy during the ride. The boat has a maximum of 30 passengers and offers shaded and sunny areas. Reviewers say crew members are friendly and that they see lots of turtles, fish and other wildlife. Tickets cost approximately $65 per person; the company doesn't recommend the trip for kids 3 and younger. The price includes snorkeling gear. Tours depart daily at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Living Ocean Scuba also offers scuba diving trips around Oahu.

Wild Side – Best of the West Tour

Just six passengers board Wild Side's 34-foot vessel to embark on a four-hour snorkeling excursion. Tour-takers enjoy swimming with wild dolphins, snorkeling and possibly spotting whales. There is an accompanying guide on all adventures, and the crew, who are marine biologists and naturalists, provide information about the history of the area, as well as the wildlife. Tourgoers rave about this tour, praising the crew and describing swimming with dolphins as incredible. They also appreciate that it is a private, personal experience thanks to the capacity limitations. Prices start at $195 per person and include a sandwich lunch and snorkeling gear. Wild Side recommends the trip for people 12 and older. Tickets do not include taxes, fees or a $5 per person fuel charge. Tours depart at 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. daily. Wild Side Specialty Tours also offers private charters.

And You Creations – Dolphins and You

An ideal option for travelers on the hunt for a dynamic tour experience, Dolphins and You offers tourgoers the chance to swim with wild dolphins, snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddleboard. There's even a waterslide on the side of the boat. Passengers are given a snack and drinks, and at the end, the crew performs a hula dance. The boat has two decks, wraparound seating, bathrooms and showers. Reviewers love the boat's slide and praise the crew's friendliness, noting they see lots of wildlife. Ticket prices are approximately $155 for ages 12 and older and $125 for children ages 2 to 11. Children younger than 2 are not allowed. You can rent a wetsuit for an additional fee. Tours begin daily with pick-up from select Waikiki hotels at around 5:15 and 9:15 a.m. and conclude about 12:30 and 3 p.m. The company also offers private charters.

Diamond Head Cruises – Diamond Head Snorkel Turtle Cruise

Snorkel among Hawaii's sea turtles on this two-hour cruise aboard a 51-foot boat . Snacks, fresh fruit and drinks are included, along with snorkel gear. Additionally, you're welcome to bring your own cooler and drinks aboard. Reviewers offer high praise for the crew and recommend signing up for the early tour for the best water visibility and to see the sunrise. Ticket prices start at $79 per person for all ages. Tours are available daily at 7, 9:10 and 11:15 a.m., as well as 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Diamond Head Cruises also operates a whale watching tour, a sunset cruise and a fireworks cruise.

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Pure Aloha Adventures – Hanauma Bay Guided Snorkel Tour

On this small group tour limited to just five people, you'll head to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve to snorkel with an expert guide. During the 2 1/2-hour excursion, guides point out key areas to see, offer information about the different types of fish and take photos of you underwater. Tourgoers say the crew and guides are interactive and informative. Reviewers also report seeing many turtles. Tickets cost about $70 for ages 3 and older and include snorkeling gear, but not the park entrance fee. Tours are available Monday and Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 and 10:15 a.m., as well as 1 and 3 p.m. The company recommends booking the earliest tour to avoid crowds. Pure Aloha Adventures also runs several other tours, as well as stand-up paddleboard yoga.

Kaimana Tours – Hanauma Bay Snorkeling & Shuttle

Want to explore Hanauma Bay without a guide? This is the company for you. Kaimana Tours runs a shuttle to Hanauma from Waikiki hotels. Travelers will have about four hours of snorkeling time. Reviewers say the trip is smooth and hassle-free and that the driver is friendly. Ticket prices start at $39.99 for ages 13 and older and $34.99 for ages 12 and younger, but do not include the $12 entrance fee required for ages 13 and older. Tickets include snorkeling equipment, but the company recommends you bring your own towel. Shuttles depart at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily except for Tuesdays. It takes about 30 minutes to get from Waikiki to the bay. Alternatively, if you just need to rent equipment for your beach day or your own snorkeling trip, you can do so with this company. Fees are approximately $20 per person. Kaimana Tours also offers shuttles to Diamond Head, Segway tours and even luaus.

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Maita'i Catamaran

Come aboard the Maita'i Catamaran for an ocean adventure unlike any other. Sailing daily along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's beautiful south shore, this is a fun sightseeing cruise and party all in one! Enjoy spectacular photo opportunities with views of Honolulu, Waikiki and Diamond Head. Relax on the spacious sundeck while sipping a refreshing beverage of your choice (e.g. beer, tropical cocktail, wine, juice or soft drink).

The Maita'i is a state-of-the-art 44-foot catamaran that seats 47 passengers comfortably. It is United States Coast Guard inspected and certified. Choose from the following four Oahu sailing adventures.

Tradewinds Sail

Experience a classic sailing adventure along Waikiki Beach. This tradewinds sail shows you what the modern and ultra-sleek Maita'i catamaran can do! The wind and waves rush by while you enjoy the spectacular views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Unwind with a tropical drink, enjoy the ocean breeze and look out for marine life, including turtles and humpback whales during the winter whale watch season.

Sunset Sail

Looking for something a bit more romantic? Then come aboard for Maita'i Catamaran's sunset sail. Leave your shoes behind, barefoot board right on Waikiki Beach, sail out through the surf line and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Sit back and enjoy the island's beauty and watch the sun dip below the horizon coloring the ocean and sky in a rainbow of colors. Sip a beer, wine or tropical cocktail while marveling at Oahu's scenic south shore.

Friday Fireworks Sail

Sail by the light of the moon while the stars guide your way on this romantic evening sail along Waikiki Beach. Enjoy the views of the city night lights in the distance as you glide across the deep blue sea with Mahina (Hawaiian for "moon"). It's a feeling unlike any other! This sail comes complete with the usual beverages, but with the magical night sky as the backdrop. With this tour running only on Fridays (and other special nights), it's the perfect way to watch Waikiki's Friday night fireworks.

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Oahu catamaran tours & whale watching, explore oahu's beautiful north shore.

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  • Hour Glass 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Calendar December – May


The Ho’o Nanea is the perfect boat for whale watching. It is just the right size to keep you close to the ocean, but big enough to be a safe and stable viewing platform.

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  • Calendar June - April


North Shore sunsets are the best, and there is no better place to watch them than from the deck of the Ho’o Nanea. From December – April, join us for a Sunset Whale Watching cruise.

  • Hour Glass 1.5 hours
  • Calendar October – December


As we switch seasons with the weather and months, we invite you on board the Ho’oNanea to leave behind the land and set sail on the open ocean.


Enjoy a private charter at our discounted rate during Autumn only.

  • Hour Glass 3 – 4 hours
  • Calendar June – September


During the summer months, North Shore Catamaran Charters offers snorkeling and sailing tours in the beautiful waters of the North Shore of Oahu.


North Shore Catamaran Charters offers several types of tours that you are sure to enjoy. We are the oldest and most experienced whale watching company with over 40 years of spotting whales and making memories, as well as sunset tours and snorkeling tours (seasonal).

Catamaran sailing is one of the most popular activities in Hawaii. Our sailing catamaran provides our visitors with a smooth, comfortable sailing experience. She can also safely pick up some speed and give you the true feeling of sailing without leaning or being splashed by rough water.

Call us for military and kama’aina pricing and reservations!


Whale watching.

Set sail for an amazing Hawaiian experience as we scan the waters for kohola (whales). Our Oahu whale watching tours are a must-do on your Hawaiian vacation, and with our convenient and frequent departure times, our tours are the perfect choice for your whale watching adventure. Whether you’re of the mind that the early bird gets the worm — or whale, in our case — and want to set sail in the morning or prefer to time your tour with a stunning sunset, we’ve got a whale watching tour for everyone!

  • Info Whale Watching season is December through April


Satisfy your need for an authentic Hawaiian experience while you also satisfy your need to relax on your Oahu vacation with our snorkel tours. Enjoy a leisurely ride across our island’s turquoise waters to a premier snorkeling destination for some time in the water discovering our abundant and diverse sea life. If you prefer to stay completely dry and relaxed on your trip, opt for one of our sunset cruises and have your camera ready to catch the gorgeous gold hues of a sunset on Hawaii.


I booked a last minute sunset whale watching cruise with North Shore, and I had a wonderful time. The captain and his second were both very nice, offering us drinks and lots of lore about the whales and the island. Despite the rains nearby, we stayed dry the whole time, and the captain guided us directly to a pair of Humpbacks that were feeding nearby. A nice additional touch was staying out on the water for an extra half-hour to catch the entire sunset, which was gorgeous. Highly recommended!

We had a great time and saw at least 8-10 whales including a young calf. The boat was well run and the crew were great. The hydrophone to listen to the whales was awesome! Highly recommend.

We had an amazing time with Captain Mark and Skye! Our family of 10, including an infant, went out on their catamaran. They were wonderful hosts, and super accommodating. We saw tons of dolphins, several whales and a couple of turtles. They were very engaging with our young adults and taught them how to spot the animals, making a wonderful and interactive tour. I would definitely recommend this company and will go again when we get the chance.

I would give North Shore Catamarans 10 stars if I could. Amazing cruise. A young whale breached several times near our boat. Then the mother breached and the youngster breached several more times. What an amazing sight! The boat was very stable & comfortable. The crew was delightful. We highly recommend North Shore Catamarans.

Unlike some of tours available on the south side of the island this tour does not put 200 people on a boat. The small boat held about 20 people and was the perfect size. I braved the nets and got splashed a bit by a few passing waves but it was loads of fun! February is peak whale season. We saw so many whales waving their fins and tails at us I lost count. We even got to see a a few break the water as they swam, and 1 even did a spiral flip for us. It was truly an amazing experience. The crew helped point out the whales in the distance, so we wouldn’t miss any. They were friendly and professional. I highly recommend the drive up to the North Shore! It was definitely worth it!

We went out at 0930 for a whale watching tour. Crew/staff was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We saw a bunch of whales, got to listen to them and swim in the deep ocean. We also saw some dolphins toward the end and spent a little extra time trying to get a better look. Photographer captured some great pics of whales and our group and sold them for a reasonable cost. Would choose this company again.

My daughter and I were on the whale watching tour. It was my daughter’s 3rd With this company. We have both been on tours and what I liked about this one. The captain and crew member were very nice. We did get to see a whale breaching and blowing, turtles and a shark. The crew also let us listen to the whales and it was so clear and amazing. Also when we were going into port the crew had a guest blow 3x into a HUGE Conch shell to let everyone now we were coming in. Lots of Fun!

This is a must do! It was great to be out at sea to view the island from a different perspective. Of course the sea life and the sun set was equally as great! Good job to the crew. They are very informative and friendly.

"Monday Special" Book any tour for a Monday & receive a 10% discount. Must call to book!

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Afternoon Catamaran Tours Oahu

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Oahu Afternoon Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour

Our Catamaran Snorkel Sail in the afternoon is the perfect way to enjoy your day in Hawaii. Enjoy the opportunity to see our Hawaiian marine life in their natural habitat, though many are curious about our boat and like to make close-up appearances! Book this tour online today as spots fill quick!

Depart from Ko Olina Marina located on the beautiful Ko Olina Resort for a wonderful 3 hour Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour watching the playful, acrobatic Hawaiian spinner dolphins and snorkeling one amazing Oahu snorkel site with a variety of tropical reef fish and visits from friendly Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Seasonal Bonus! Alaska humpback whale watching from December thru March included with all tours.

Parking at the marina is a daily flat rate charge of $15.00 plus taxes & fees.

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    Enjoy a peaceful snorkel away from the crowds in beautiful clear tropical water with the guidance of professionals. See sea turtles, dolphins, and other marine life in the underwater paradise of Oahu's North Shore.

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    Join Oahu Catamaran for a 2-hour turtle snorkeling tour in Waikiki, where you can swim with sea turtles at the Turtle Canyon reef. Enjoy the scenic sail along the south shore of Oahu and the city lights at sunset.

  6. Morning Catamaran Snorkeling Oahu

    Depart from Ko Olina Marina located on the beautiful Ko Olina Resort for a wonderful 3 hour Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour watching the playful, acrobatic Hawaiian spinner dolphins and snorkeling one amazing Oahu snorkel site with a variety of tropical reef fish and visits from friendly Hawaiian green sea turtles. Seasonal bonus!

  7. Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

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  9. Oahu Snorkeling Tours

    Set sail from Ko Olina Marina located on the beautiful Ko Olina Resort along leeward Oahu's picturesque coastline on a two-hour Sunset Catamaran Sail on the lovely Holole'a kai. Learn More Paradise Cove Luau & Snorkel Oahu Combo We now offer an exclusive Snorkel by Day and Luau by Night Combo Savings Package. Learn More

  10. Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling Tour

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  12. The Best Snorkeling on Oahu

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  14. Catamaran Oahu

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    Shark's Cove is located just ten minutes from Waimea Bay and is one of the most popular places for locals and tourists to go snorkeling on Oahu, Hawaii. If you want to see a large variety of sea life, heading to Shark's Cove is a must. This rocky beach has a variety of tide pools that are home to lots of aquatic life, plus a bigger bay area.

  16. Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

    487 reviews See all photos About Everything's taken care of on this half-day catamaran cruise off the western coast of Oahu, which includes snorkeling and dolphin-watching. Enjoy a buffet lunch of Hawaiian fare and drinks on the comfortable catamaran, equipped with shower and changing facilities.

  17. Maitai Catamaran

    Come aboard the Maita'i Catamaran for an ocean adventure unlike any other. Sailing daily along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's beautiful south shore, this is a fun sightseeing cruise and party all in one! Enjoy spectacular photo opportunities with views of Honolulu, Waikiki and Diamond Head. Relax on the spacious sundeck while sipping a refreshing ...

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  19. Turtle Canyon Reefs Snorkeling Catamaran Tour From Honolulu ...

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  20. Afternoon Catamaran Tours Oahu

    Depart from Ko Olina Marina located on the beautiful Ko Olina Resort for a wonderful 3 hour Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour watching the playful, acrobatic Hawaiian spinner dolphins and snorkeling one amazing Oahu snorkel site with a variety of tropical reef fish and visits from friendly Hawaiian green sea turtles. Seasonal Bonus!

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    The private catamaran cruise offers a unique perspective of Oahu and its coastline. Guests have the opportunity to snorkel and swim with sea turtles, tropical fish, and potentially spot dolphins, monk seals, and whales. The cruise departs from Kewalo Basin Harbor and takes you to Diamond Head, with knowledgeable local guides providing ...

  23. Waikiki Catamaran Cruise And Snorkeling

    The Sum Up. To sum it up, the Waikiki Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling experience in 2024 offers an unforgettable adventure on the beautiful island of Oahu. With breathtaking coastal views, diverse marine wildlife, and the thrill of diving from the second floor, participants are guaranteed an exciting and immersive experience.