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Our most recommended Oahu Dolphin & Whale Watching

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

1. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

2. From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of Oahu's south shore as you sail towards the volcanic tuff cone of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) as the sun dips below the horizon on this tour from Honolulu. Hear about Waikīkī with facinating commentary from the local crew. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort. Have the chance to bring your own food and drink to enjoy while you sail. Enjoy a comfortable ride as the crew shares their knowledge about Waikīkī, the thriving farm productions, and royalty that have frequented the area throughout history. Learn about its transition into an urban society. Leave with a newfound appreciation for the people and marine life of Hawaii, and then gaze in awe as the sun reflects off the city skyline, overlooked by the towering peak of Diamond Head, at magical sunset hour.

Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

3. Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This ocean adventure off the North Shore of Oahu lets you snorkel up close and personal with our marine friends. This tour operates from May 1st to Oct 31 and is closed during the high surf winter months. Dolphins, rays, turtles, and native Hawaiian reef fish are known to frequent the area. Some of the reef fish are found nowhere else in the world. Humpback whales make their annual journey to Hawaii between the months of November to April, so you can really see them strut their stuff in the pristine blue waters.

From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

4. From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

Explore the remote Wai‘anae coast of O‘ahu and experience an adventure of a lifetime! Step aboard the beautiful double decker catamaran, the Eco, and perform a Hawaiian ‘Oli (chant) with us to permit safe passage on our journey. We will start our adventure by looking for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins close to the majestic and mountainous coastline. Learn about the marine and local culture. We will then explore deeper chartered waters to drop in and swim with bottlenose and spotted dolphins! Afterwards, we will voyage back inland and moor the boat in the absolutely stunning and pristine Makaha bay. Here we will pull out our ocean activities such as the waterslide, rock climbing wall, floating mat, and paddle boards, put on some good local tunes, snorkel with turtles and exotic fish, and enjoy a delectable locally crafted lunch. We will finish the tour by traveling back to the harbor and offering our photo packages of our adventure! Transportation from select hotels in Waikiki and Ko Olina are available.

From Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

5. From Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a peaceful cruise off the coast of Honolulu complete with a snorkeling experience where you'll get the chance to swim with sea turtles. Water, soft drinks, and snacks are provided on board. Board your catamaran at the Kewalo Basin Harbor and set out to explore the waters off the coast of Oahu. As you cruise, sit back and relax on the multi-level deck and admire panoramic views of Hawaii's tropical scenery. Then, hop into the water and swim within a safe viewing distance of the tropical fish and turtles that regularly frequent these waters. If you visit between December and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.

Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

6. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales in their natural habitat aboard a beautiful catamaran or mono-hull powerboat. Set sail from Waianae Harbor and cruise the shallow waters off the west coast of Oahu in comfort. Soak up the fantastic weather, just as the warm waters surrounding the main islands attract humpback whales in large numbers. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire humpback whale population of the North Pacific travel over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in order to breed, calve, and nurse their young. Get served complimentary sodas, chips, and cookies as you look for the magnificent creatures frolicking off the shores from December to May.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

7. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor and discover Humpback whales frolicking in their natural habitat on this cruise. Discover the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy snacks and drinks as you sail. Explore the shores of the main Hawaiian Islands, which are a favorite destination for humpback whales. See families of whales breach the water's surface, a spectacular sight to behold. As you ride along the waves, enjoy sodas, cookies, and chips as you watch for the whales. Enjoy the views from the double-deck power catamaran, a great vantage point for whale watching.

From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

8. From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

Discover what more than 300,000 guests have experienced and share an unforgettable encounter with dolphins in their natural Hawaii habitat on Oahu's west shore. Take a cruise along the stunning west coast of Oahu, and take in views of wild spinner dolphins in crystal clear ocean waters. Participate in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles. Relax and enjoy the trip while trained guides, lifesavers, and free divers make sure everyone is safe and comfortable in the water. Enjoy included access to kayaks and SUP boards or relax on the boat after snorkeling, and be entertained with hula dancing and ukulele performances from staff or as they answer questions on Hawaiian culture and history.

Oahu: North Shore Marine Life Tour from Haleiwa

9. Oahu: North Shore Marine Life Tour from Haleiwa

Experienced crew will guide you to the most fabulous spots along the panoramic Ka’ena coastline, famous for North Shore’s world-renowned surf breaks, where you’ll also have the chance to see dolphins, whales, sharks, rays, sea turtles, and more. If you are here during Hawaii’s winter months, you may even see the mighty humpback whales on their annual migration. Boats are fast and agile, allowing you to probe some of the more remote spots. And with just 18 seats onboard, you get an intimate experience with the knowledgeable crew and captain.

From Honolulu: West Shore Dolphins, Rum, and Caves Tour

10. From Honolulu: West Shore Dolphins, Rum, and Caves Tour

See the highlights of Oahu's western shore, also known as the Leeward Coast, on a tour departing from Honolulu. Relax on picturesque beaches, take scenic photos, and learn about local rum production in a lesser-visited area of the island. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu. Travel towards Electric Beach and Makua Beach for some scenic photo stops. Try to spot dolphins who can often be found frolicking offshore, and admire the beautiful ocean views. Next, visit the ancient Makua Cave and admire its immense size. Hear of the legends and stories associated with this eerie location. Continue the tour to Ko'olina beach. Enjoy some free time for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, take some time to relax on the beach, as you top up your tan or do some swimming. After some beach time, embark on an Agricole rum tour with your guide. Learn about the history and production of Agricole rum on the tour, with tastings of some of the finest samples. Afterward, relax on your return journey to Honolulu.

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4.7 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Such a great trip. Pre -information was really helpful, including photos of our pick up point. Our driver Mike was lovely and really knowledgeable, sharing lots of great stories with us. The whole day was laid back and so much nicer than a big coach party with a tight schedule. Would definitely recommend!

This tour was one of the most fun ones I did during my stay in Hawai'i! You get amazing views of the island from the boat and the tour guides are so sweet and welcoming. They truly make the tour by being such awesome people :)

The experience was amazing, perfect for our anniversary, and the crew accommodated us with prescription goggles, stayed with those who couldn’t swim to see the dolphins, and the snorkeling area was beautiful.

We enjoyed the cruise. Our captain took us down to Diamond Head and back, and we even stopped to attempt to see dolphins on the way.

The crew was every friendly and helpful. They made it feel like one big happy family out on a boating trip!