Water activity

Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Activity provider: Dolphin Excursions Hawaii

From US$ 193.88 per person

Search for dolphins and whales on a snorkel excursion guided by marine biologists and naturalists. Dolphin sightings guaranteed. Swim with turtles and fish from the comfort of a USCG-inspected vessel.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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  • Search for dolphins in the wild with one of the most experienced teams in Hawaii
  • Get the chance to snorkel with the colorful marine life at the best reefs
  • Search for dolphins playing and frolicking in the turquoise waters of Oahu
  • Have the chance to swim with sea turtles and colorful fishes during the tour
  • Learn about nature's most intelligent animals in their natural environment
Full description

Climb aboard the 32’ coast guard inspected vessel, Nai’a I, and begin your search for wild dolphins and whales in the waters off Oahu. You will get close opportunities to view dolphins and other colorful marine life of the Pacific Ocean.

A friendly and experienced team will make sure you have the time of your life, with opportunities to snorkel among some of the best reefs in Hawaii. You will travel in small groups to ensure everyone gets a great view of the sea life.

Snorkel among clear, protected bays that are teeming with sea life. During the winter months, enjoy the bonus of spotting humpback whales as you look for lovable dolphins.

  • Swimming with turtles
  • Sanitized snorkel equipment
  • Guide
  • Free parking
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GoPro rentals ($40)
  • Wet suit rentals ($10)
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy
  • People with a cold
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet at the activity provider's check-in location next to Spinners Cafe, a green building with white trim. The building is shared, so look for the "Dolphin Excursion Check-In" sign. Park on the ocean side of the building, on the right (when facing the ocean). Parking is free. Do not go down to the docks: other large tours meet there and you may get lost in the crowds. If you are unsure, give the activity provider a call and they will direct you.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Feeding animals
  • Touching marine life

Know before you go

  • If no dolphins are found during your boat ride, you can join the tour again for free
  • Dolphin sightings are guaranteed, but swimming with dolphins is never guaranteed
  • Swimming with dolphins is dependent on species, animal's current behavior, water conditions, and your abilities
  • Cancellations due to weather are fully refundable
  • Snorkel locations are subject to change based on conditions and your abilities
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 190 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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Amazing time, The tour guides were very helpful and had no problems taking their time with non swimmers and handling a lot of questions. They took us to see several whale pods as well as dolphin pods. They got as close as they could without disturbing the animals and they allowed them to come to us to get some great pictures. The snorkeling was very fun as well, we went to 2 different snorkel spots and swam for around 30 minutes per spot which was a good amount of time and the Lifeguard El stood with Girlfriend for the entire snorkel since she couldn’t swim an El made it fun, safe, and comfortable for her. Everything was as advertised and I would recommend this to anymore. The captain was even nice enough to give my girlfriend and I a ride into the closest town because Uber’s aren’t very plentiful on that side of the island but once we got to the town it was way to catch one. Great experience

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August 21, 2022

This excursion was simply wonderful, grandiose and impressive. At first we were a bit skeptical about the location - completely wrong. Fitting out was quick and friendly. And the captain and the person responsible for snorkeling were very nice, competent and full of passion for the sea creatures. They unerringly found large groups of dolphins that swam with us and that we could observe from very close while snorkeling. We were also able to observe some turtles up close. After three snorkeling sessions at different spots we were totally overwhelmed! AGAIN ANY TIME!

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July 20, 2022

This isn’t your typical snorkeling tour/excursion! The guides are so passionate about ocean life and just bring you where the experience dictates. My hunch is that no two experiences are the same as they are committed to meeting the needs of individuals and seeing where nature that day will allow for the best experience. I had an amazing week on Oahu and this experience was in the top three things I did!

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July 6, 2022

Product ID: 28824