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Our most recommended Oahu Sailing Trips & Tours

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

2. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Snorkel over coral reefs with green sea turtles on a guided boat tour from Honolulu. Look beneath the waves and have the chance to see sharks, stingrays, octopus, and colorful fish. Experience beautiful views of the Waikiki coastline on the way. Make your way to the dive shop and meet your guide and group for the day. Briefly go over the different snorkeling spots before cruising off the coast towards Turtle Canyon and enjoying the views of Oahu disappearing behind you. Warm up with a light surface session and see how many fish you can spot in the crystal clear water. Move on to one of the favorite reef sites in Honolulu and have the chance to swim alongside green sea turtles in their natural habitat at a safe distance. Get back into the boat and share your experience with your crew as you relax on deck and stare out into the stretching sea. Watch the shoreline of Waikiki coming quickly into view and return to the dive shop.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

6. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

See a spectacular sunset and beautiful city lights views aboard Hawaii's only full-service bar and lounge on the sea. This will be an unforgettable yacht cruise experience with a spacious open-air top deck to experience Waikiki's lovely sea breeze and picturesque skyline. You will receive a complimentary welcome drink upon boarding. Additional drinks and packaged snacks are available for purchase. See iconic Hawaii landmarks, such as Honolulu Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Waikiki coastline from a unique vantage point. You can also sip on a cocktail in the modern air-conditioned lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for taking in coastline views.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

7. 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. 

Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Fireworks Cruise with Drinks

8. Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Fireworks Cruise with Drinks

Discover the beauty of Diamond Head from the water as the sun sets on this cruise from Honolulu. Watch a brilliant display of colors as fireworks go off over the golden sands of Waikiki beach. Sip on 2 alcoholic drinks, water, and juice and enjoy some snacks along the way.  Show your voucher at the ticket booth and board a comfortable boat. Cast off and make a toast with your drink as you admire views of the coast. Capture pictures of the Diamond Head volcanic cone in the glow of the setting sun.  Cruise along the palm tree-lined Waikiki beach and watch a stunning fireworks display after the sun has set. Admire views of the city as it lights up for the night. On clear nights, see the moon rising above the water. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

9. 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.

Oahu: Honolulu Parasailing Experience

10. Oahu: Honolulu Parasailing Experience

Soar above the vibrant city of Oahu on a peaceful but exciting parasailing trip. Take off from the scenic Waikiki Beach and take in views of the island's golden sand beaches, turquoise waters, and cityscape. You'll even catch a unique glimpse of Diamond Head from a privileged perspective. Enjoy a truly introspective experience by flying away from the hustle and bustle of the area. All the noise from the boat and the city will cut away as you ascend, leaving you and your flight buddy in your own bubble of paradise. Make the most of your Hawaii holiday and experience Oahu in a unique way. Seize this incredible opportunity to go parasailing in the company of a professional team, providing all the necessary instructions and high-quality equipment to keep you safe at all times.

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based on 509 reviews

We went out with Brittney for the snorkel in turtle canyon, and had a great experience! The first location was a bit murky, but multiple turtles were still seen! Second location was much better visibility with one turtle who surfaced multiple times. I loved the small group size that allowed for more one-on-one discussions about the locations and animals. Loved the provided wetsuits and snacks on board. We went with scuba divers and got to hear all about what they saw below the surface as well, which was a really fun aspect. Not only did we see turtles, but we also saw an eel and a parrotfish. The shark didn’t want to show itself to us, but we loved hearing about him sleeping just below us. Would definitely recommend going with this company- we had a great time and want to get dive certified for the next time around!

Whew sorry for the late review. Life has been crazy. My husband and I went to the Waikiki scenic gondola cruise back in July and we loved it. It was our first time in Hawaii and attending a gondola and we’re happy we choose them. We felt comfortable and had so much fun❤️.

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.

The crew was awesome! We saw so many turtles. The highlight of our trip. We had a 5 yr old with us and when he got tired, one of the guides took him on her surfboard. Great experience!

Amazing staff! They were super kind and patient with my friend who was a bit nervous! It was so amazing and we saw cute turtles