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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

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Kapolei, United States
Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Sail on a catamaran down Oahu's western coast during this cruise from Ko Olina. Glide through the unspoiled waters on this side of the island in search of dolphins and whales, then dive in for a snorkeling experience in a hidden local spot rich with marine life. Enjoy a Hawaiian buffet, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, before heading back to shore. Choose from three daily departure times.
  • Hear informative commentary from the knowledgeable captain and crew
  • Feast on a Hawaiian buffet with a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Includes high-quality gear, snorkeling instruction, onboard shower, and changing facilities

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Western Oahu’s rugged reputation keeps the crowds away—making it the perfect spot for serene snorkeling.
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Local guide
Beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
Use of snorkels, masks, fins, flotation vests, flotation noodles
Hawaiian meal- Please notify Ocean Joy Cruises with any dietary concerns.
Reef Safe Sunscreen lotion, ginger pills
Gratuities
Roundtrip Transportation is available for $25.00 per person from select Waikiki Hotels.
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Ko Olina Marina , 92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

Please meet us behind the Ko Olina Marina Adventure Center (store is currently closed). Our waiting area is oceanside, underneath the umbrellas to the left behind the Center. Our manager on duty will greet you and check you in for our tour there!

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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
Morning Calm w/ Transportation
8/23/2021 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:05:45 AM - 06:40 AM
Morning Calm No Trans
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunset Snorkel Summer No Trans
4/1/2022 - 9/30/2022
Tuesday:04:00 PM - 07:45 PM
Thursday:04:00 PM - 07:45 PM
Saturday:04:00 PM - 07:45 PM
Sunset Snorkel w/ Trans Winter
10/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Tuesday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Thursday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Saturday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
1/1/2023 - 3/31/2023
Tuesday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Thursday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Saturday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Sunset Snorkel w/ Trans Summer
4/1/2022 - 9/30/2022
Tuesday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Thursday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Saturday:02:00 PM - 02:55 PM
Afternoon Adventure No Trans
1/1/2021 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:12:15 PM - 03:45 PM
Afternoon Adventure w/ Trans
8/23/2021 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
Sunset Snorkel Winter No Trans
10/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Tuesday:04:15 PM - 06:45 PM
Thursday:04:15 PM - 06:45 PM
Saturday:04:15 PM - 06:45 PM
1/1/2023 - 3/31/2023
Tuesday:04:15 PM - 06:45 PM
Thursday:04:15 PM - 06:45 PM
Saturday:04:15 PM - 06:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.If you need transportation, please ensure you choose the tour option with transportation added. There is a $25.00 additional fee for roundtrip transportation per person.
After pickup from select Waikiki hotels, transfer to your well-equipped 61-foot (18.5-meter) catamaran for your cruise.

Your boat glides north along the coast where you might spot marine life such as dolphins, green sea turtles, whales, and flying fish. Hear from the crew about Hawaii’s natural history along the way. Head to a secret snorkeling spot where you have time to snorkel with the provided equipment. After checking out the coral reef and tropical fish, return to the boat and rinse off in the freshwater shower.

Your crew serves up a Hawaiian buffet lunch that includes kalua pig, accompanied by up to four drinks like margaritas, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic options. Glide back to the marina and have the option to purchase photos of your cruise before your tour ends with drop-off in Waikiki.
Itinerary
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Ocean Joy Cruises
Travel by our complimentary round trip transportation from Waikiki on a comfortable air-conditioned motor-coach to the marina where you will board our 61-foot (18.5-meter) Kai OliOli catamaran for your 3.5-hour cruise. You can choose from three departure times — morning, afternoon, or sunset — to suit your schedule. Once we depart the marina, we’ll head north along the pristine western coast of Oahu to look for dolphins, whales (seasonal), flying fish, green sea turtles, and admire the beautiful unspoiled scenery. When your captain locates a pod of dolphins or whales, your boat stops to allow you to get an excellent view of the mighty mammals from the spacious deck. Your expert crew can answer any questions that you may have about the animals you see. Afterward, your captain steers the boat into a special spot for snorkeling. We provide your snorkel gear and detailed safety and snorkeling instructions. We have a roomy, comfortable sitting area with wide steps to allow you to comfortably put your gear on and easily wade into the water. Once in, marvel at colorful corals and multitudes of fish for an hour of snorkeling with guides available to assist you with fish identification and safety. Back on the boat, you can rinse off in one of the boat’s four warm, freshwater showers. Two changing rooms and restrooms are also available. Once the snorkelers return to the boat, the crew serves a sumptuous Hawaiian buffet that includes teriyaki chicken, kalua pig (pulled pork), tossed salad, rice and fresh fruit along with your choice of beer, wine, mai tai, or margarita (up to four alcoholic drinks included). As you enjoy your meal, we begin a leisurely cruise back to the marina. Throughout the cruise Throughout the tour, we serve unlimited bottled water and soft drinks while your captain and crew share the history and legends of the Waianae Coast. A professional photographer takes photos both above and under water which you have the option to purchase back at the dock before you depart.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We can accept collapsible wheelchairs and small umbrella strollers but they will be stored at the marina during the cruise. Wheelchair guests must be able to walk up a short flight of steps onto the bus and boat.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Joy Cruises - Oahu
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You have to drive yourself to the excursion and pay for parking and the rate isn’t adjusted for them no longer providing transportation." See review
  • "This tour is 30 minutes outside of Waikiki but worth the drive if you have access to a vehicle." See review

Reviews

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696 Reviews

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star-5
Great time!
Cerise_S
, May 2022
Great caption and crew, great food, and we were able to see a pod of dolphins near the end of the trip, so overall, it was a great experience.
star-2
Crew was great and the...
Jeffrey_M
, May 2022
Crew was great and the catamaran was nice, but that's the only good things I can say unfortunately. The ocean was too rough, this trip should not have went out! So, so many people were sick. 47 people seemd like too many people on this cruise to begin with....it was hard to move around. Even the crew seemed to be having difficulty. The only reason we had much to see at all when snorkeling was because the crew was throwing food into the water. And it was hard to enjoy the snorkeling with the rough water. Feeling so sick, I couldnt really partake in the dinner, let alone a drink....so just didnt get my monies worth. Was very disappointed. Due to the weather, the sunset was pretty for about the last 2 minutes of it, but was feeling so bad, could barely turn to enjoy that. Im not one to write a bad review...and I wasnt going to when I thought my friend and I were the only ones feeling so bad....but when we got off the boat and our husbands told us there were a lot of people getting sick off the back of the boat....I had to say something. I know it'd be hard to reschedule so many people and it would suck for profits to give refunds.....but think the crew should have been honest about what they must have known we were going to experience....and give people those options!
star-5
Professional
Genason_J
, May 2022
Had a awesome time on the water the crew was very professional an a pleasure to be around. Unfortunately wasn’t able to snorkel due to my wife getting sea sick but the food an drinks were great overall experience 9/10
star-1
Most miserable experience ever
Laurece_R
, May 2022
The Ocean was high swells 5 to 10 ft swells I relied on the crew to know when the the cruise should be canceled due to ocean conditions. Everyone i Mean Everyone was sick and miserable on this cruise only a few could eat the meal and drinks. Even The crew struggled to walk on the boat. Everyony hunkered down and pretty much sat in one place. The snorkeling experience was not near any reef and the water was so rough it was difficult to snorkel. Only a few fish came and that was only because the threw bate in the water no natural coral reef. Waste TIME of $ the crew made mention that the food was not getting eaten because everyone was so sick i was so sick with everyone else it was truly the most miserable experience. And I just want my money back. What a rip off.
star-5
Good Food and Awesome staff
Wendy_A
, May 2022
Great food, awesome boat, saw turtles and spinner dolphins. Snorkel was cool. Staff was so friendly. Great trip all around.
star-5
Snorkel even if you don’t know how
Vicky_M
, May 2022
The crew was amazing. Try hey knew exactly where to go to see the dolphins, turtles and fishes. Great experience. Highly recommend it.
star-5
Great way to spend an afternoon
Kyle_P
, May 2022
Great experience, friendly crew! Saw lots of fun wildlife and had a really fun time. Highly recommended!
star-5
Best snorkeling cruise!
Kendall_C
, May 2022
The crew were AMAZING. They made the whole experience better. We saw dolphins twice, and while snorkeling we saw turtles multiple times. The food was great and it was definitely the highlight of our trip!
star-5
Great Experience
Ying_H
, May 2022
We booked the afternoon adventure for my family of 3 and we really enjoyed this experience! Make sure you take some motion sickness pills if you are prone to getting nauseated by boats though. The captain and crew were very helpful and friendly, we were lucky enough to see dolphins twice that day!
star-5
Simply the Best
Phillip_W
, May 2022
Best catamaran snorkeling adventure ever. Crew was top notch, equipment excellent, and food/drinks wonderful. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.
star-5
Fabulous snorkeling, dolphin, turtle and flying fish excursion.
Lori_T
, May 2022
The captain and crew were friendly and helpful. We had a great time. I would highly recommend it. The food and drinks were very good.
star-5
Very enjoyable afternoon!
Gigi_L
, May 2022
This was well worth the time and money to take this adventure! It did not disappoint, we saw turtles, dolphins, tuna, tropical fish! The boat is very comfortable, the crew is knowledgeable and friendly, food and beverages very tasty! Very comfortable and enjoyable. Would definitely go again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Last minute purchase that...
Stephen_P
, May 2022
Last minute purchase that ended up being a highlight of our entire trip to Oahu. We were lucky to see awesome wildlife (dolphins, sea turtles, fish, starfish, reefs), snorkeling was awesome, food was great, and cruising the coast was an amazing way to spend the day. The crew was awesome. I am so glad we did this trip and recommend it to anyone.
star-5
Snorkeling & good meal & drinks
charlotte_V
, May 2022
The entire crew were friendly and helpful about everything. They were a joy to be around as they were cheery; answered all questions. The food was very good. We had an hour of snorkeling. I felt safe as the crew watched nearby. It was great fun.
star-5
5-Star Crew Makes You Feel Like King of the World
Team_M
, May 2022
The CREW is 5-STAR!!! It starts off when you are greeted by Shelley when you check-in, you’ll know right away you’re in for a special day. Once you’re on board and the wind hits your face, they make you feel like “King of the World”!! It was my son’s 18th birthday and Capt Mason made it special by having the entire 49 participants in attendance (it was a packed boat so book fast!) sing happy birthday to him. It was a most memorable experience. Oh, and YES, there was dolphins spotted, great snorkeling, and lots of Hawaiian food to stuff yourself (with extra salt water if you choose to eat your plate in front of the boat like I did!).
star-5
Captain Mason and the...
Matthew_S
, May 2022
Captain Mason and the crew were terrific! We really enjoyed seeing all the wildlife! We would recommend this tour to our friends.
star-5
Awesome
Melissa_K
, May 2022
A great experience out on the catamaran. Fun time snorkeling. Perfect amount of time in the water. Food was delicious. Crew was lovely. And we got to see a whale and her calf! Spectacular way to spend your day on Oahu!
star-5
Snorkeling adventure
Doug_R
, May 2022
Amazing experience. Dolphins and turtles while cruising the ocean and schools of fish while snorkeling. The lunch was excellent and the crew was extremely friendly and accommodating. A truly memorable experience
star-5
Fun while you see the wild sea alive.
Shaun_M
, May 2022
We booked this trip last moment so we can get to see dolphins and enjoy the sea as it is a major part of Hawaii. The crew were just brilliant and we saw rare false killer whale dolphins hunting, WOW ! The snorkelling was a little cloudy due to recent swells and as the stop was in quite deep water was hard to see much. Although a turtle did give us a brief encounter at the end. The food was excellent and free bar also. Would not think twice of doing it all again.
star-5
I wish I could do this adventure cruise everyday!
Barbara_H
, May 2022
The crew was attentive and welcoming. The food was delicious and the drinks flowed freely after the snorkeling. They ran a great tour, absolutely no complaints.

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