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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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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.

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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

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star-5
The best coastal tour
Tera_K
, Aug 2022
The crew and captain Pat were awesome and treated everyone like family. They took time to help people who had never snorkel before and set them at ease. We toured around and the captain pointed out local landmarks. The snorkel was awesome and we saw fish and turtles. Then in the boat ride back we saw dolphins. They served us lunch and drinks. Overall the trip was super fun and we can’t wait to go back again!
star-5
Great people, views, snorkeling and food!
Stephanie_T
, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful tour! The staff was helpful, kind, and engaging. I went on a morning tour and saw a ton of dolphins on the boat ride out and in the water saw a sea turtle, tons of fish, and eel. The food was very good. Overall this was a great experience!
star-5
Best day on the water on Oahu!
Clint_E
, Aug 2022
Seeing the dolphins, snorkelling with the turtles, crew were fantastic and the food was great, especially the bread pudding.
star-5
Awesome
Wendy_F
, Aug 2022
Captain Doug and the whole crew were awesome. We saw beautiful fish and big turtles. The food and abundance of drinks was amazing. Hi highly recommend this cruise.
star-5
We did so many fun things...
Anne_L
, Aug 2022
We did so many fun things and I had a great time with all my friends! They had many activities planned and had great people working there!
star-5
Baby shark, doo-doo-doo-doo
Elisa_S
, Aug 2022
I always love snorkeling on vacations, but this one was particularly good. The crew and captain had us laughing and relaxing the whole time. They were even nice enough to dive down to take a video of a baby shark using our own underwater camera. The food was also a super delicious taste of the Hawaiian fare.
star-5
Great Adventure
Tyler_R
, Aug 2022
It was our first time snorkeling and our guides definitely made it memorable. We enjoyed our up close views of many sea animals and information about the area from the crew members. The food was delicious too.
star-5
Had a wonderful time on...
Pateel_B
, Aug 2022
Had a wonderful time on Ocean Joy! They make sure everyone is happy. Great crew, great food, great experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Hawaii 2022
Ana_S
, Aug 2022
Share this experience with my kids was a fabulous time The food was really good The team was wonderful and want to come back
star-5
The crew was very...
Alisha_L
, Jul 2022
The crew was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful trip with some delicious food too. We would recommend
star-3
Very highly priced. They...
Maria_V
, Jul 2022
Very highly priced. They take you to a snorkel area with little to no fish and no where near a reef to swim to. You're in water so deep, difficult to swim with or see any fish. Note: Most coral is bleached and not healthy, which the tour company has no control over. I purchased for the snorkel adventure, so was highly disappointed. Should have saved my money, driven to Ko Olina Beach and snorkelers at one of the coves. The staff is great and so was the food.
star-5
Best Birthday Ever!!!...
Rebecca_B
, Jul 2022
Best Birthday Ever!!! Thank you the crew and all my fellow shipmates for making it a memorable day!!!🥳
star-3
The sunset is so...
PhuongLan_N
, Jul 2022
The sunset is so beautiful and we saw lots of whale. There were not many fish during snorkeling. The catamaran is quite small and the team was friendly but not much fun.
star-5
Our tour guides were very...
Jason_S
, Jul 2022
Our tour guides were very friendly and helpful. They took us an a very fun and relaxing catamaran ride to a place to snorkel. They provided all of the equipment, and they helped us with it. The place they took us to snorkel was at a reef, and we saw tons of fish. We also saw dolphins on the way to snorkeling. We were provided a meal after the snorkeling, and the food was very good. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip.
star-4
Family Fun 2022
Jose_L
, Jul 2022
We had an awesome time, the Captain and the crew were very knowledgeable and super friendly. We snorkeled in about 30-40 feet with coral and fish all over the place and saw dolphins putting on a show for us. It was a wonderful experience. Thank you.
star-5
A must do event
Richard_S
, Jul 2022
The snorkeling was so much fun and all the fish we saw! Will have to do it again! The team was amazing, need a little help learning some good drinks, but that is small compared to the great experience.
star-2
Overcrowded, few fish, next to a power plant.
Priscilla_L
, Jul 2022
Go with another snorkeling trip because this one was not worth it. The start time is different on the listening than it says in the confirmation email. Also we anchored right next to a power plant, see photo. It was a horrendous view. Then there were too many people on the boat and it took an hour to pass out the gear and go over the safety protocol lecture. I hoped it would all be worth it with the fishes but it was not. Very few fishes, no turtles, not much freedom in the water, had to stay right next to the boat. Choose a different option with less people.
star-5
Best Part of Trip
Bret_A
, Jul 2022
Great family fun. We saw a ton of sealife during the snorkeling. Food was amazing…love that pork! Captain and all the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would go again in a heartbeat!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
So much FUN!!!
meannumali
, Jul 2022
The tour itself was worth the price with hotel pickup and the entire group had so much fun. Crew are excellent and friendly. Food was delicious and the Taro bread pudding was very good!
star-5
Great first snorkeling and catamaran cruise
Anna_D
, Jul 2022
This was the first time for my son, Jordan (19 yrs old), and I to do a catamaran and snorkeling cruise. We had a great time, especially my son. Jordan loved the snorkeling and for the meal, he had 3 servings (he’s a weight lifter at 250 lbs so he needs his protein)! We were able to see a group of dolphins also. The crew were very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this tour!

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