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From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

1. From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

Explore an entirely new island in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise from Maui to Lanai. Jump into the cool and clear waters to snorkel and swim with vibrant marine life and look up to towering cliffs above you. Enjoy a continental breakfast and deli sandwich lunch while you sail under the warm Hawaiian sun. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, who are known to frequent the area. Listen to music and your captain share his knowledge about this island paradise and the abundant sea life that makes this area their home. Arrive on the Lanai coast and explore the underwater world accompanied by a crew member throughout. Take advantage of the waterslide for extra fun. Marvel at the marine life as you snorkel beneath towering cliffs reaching up to 300 feet. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. See a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains while enjoying a beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

2. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

3. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

Big Island: Morning Snorkel Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

4. Big Island: Morning Snorkel Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

The Hokulani sets sail from Keauhou Bay at 8:30 am. Keep a watchful eye out for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Hawaiian Humpback Whales (seasonal Dec-April), and other marine life while you sail down the beautiful Kona Coast. As you enjoy your tropical style breakfast, entering Historic Kealakekua Bay, you will observe the World Famous Captain Cook Monument (sail time approx. 45 min.) Your snorkeling adventure will begin in the pristine waters and the vibrant reef of the Marine Sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay. Your captain will select the best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay, as the friendly and professional crew members provide site briefings and historical facts. The crew members will provide snorkel tips and basic instructions to guests of all ages and experience levels. Life jackets, floatation noodles, and viewfinder boards as well as masks, fins, and snorkels are provided aboard the Hokulani. The crew members will help you enter and exit the water if needed and will provide fish identification cards. They will even take you on a guided snorkeling tour and have lunch ready when you have snorkeled up an appetite. Snorkel time is approximately one hour at each location. Make sure to bring an underwater camera to capture the colorful schools of fish, pods of spinner dolphins that are also commonly spotted in the bay, and the landscaped ledges of ancient lava flows. You will then have a moment for another breath taking view of the bay while you enjoy a sumptuous lunch with beverages. Exiting the bay, you set sail for “Red Hill” (weather permitting). The Red Hill area is home to unique underwater lava formations such as archways and lava tubes, and more snorkeling with schools of vibrant sea life. As your snorkel adventure comes to an end, you will set sail back to Keauhou Bay arriving by 1 pm (approx.), with majestic memories of your Sea Paradise trip that will last a lifetime.

Oahu: Sea Life Park General Admission Ticket

5. Oahu: Sea Life Park General Admission Ticket

Spend a day surrounded by marine wildlife at Sea Life Park, nestled between the majestic Koʻolau mountain range and Makapu’u Point, only a short picturesque ride away from Waikiki. This attraction is a place to marvel at marine mammals, sea lions, rays, sharks, native fish and more. With a focus on educational and interactive programs, don’t miss the numerous feedings, shows, and trainer talks held throughout the day. Explore the Humboldt Penguin habitat, where you can watch these South American birds swim, waddle, and dive. Get up close and personal at the Discover Reef Touch Pool, where you can encounter sea stars, urchins, and even baby honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) at the only active breeding colony in the United States. Crawl into the tunnel and watch native Hawaiian fish swim by. Head over to the dolphin show to see their incredible abilities, and check out the Hawaiian Reef Aquarium to see sharks and stingrays. Stroll through the aviary with its free-flying birds and experience feeding cockatiels or lovebirds during your stay. Observe sea-life in action during daily trainer talks sharing insights on the behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, penguins, and other awe-inspiring animals.  

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

It was a great trip! The boat ride was fabulous. The crew was very courteous and helpful. Had a fun time snorkeling. Didn't get to see a lot under the water because of how big the swells were that day. But you can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather. So it wasn't their fault by any means. All in all it was awesome.

Crew were entertaining and very helpful, they kept us safe and they slowed down for the Dolphins that were following our boat. We saw Three different kinds of dolphins we went on April 26, 2022 at 7:00am, definitely recommend and will do again

The entire experience was amazing from start to finish. My (blind) Aunt Kammie really liked Jason. He was very kind, friendly, and funny. It was our first trip but we will definitely be back soon. Thank you!

Amazing experience! The tour guide and pilot was super engaging and knowledgeable.

We all had a great time the food drinks and crew were great! Holman's