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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet

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Kapolei, United States

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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. Round-trip transportation from select Oahu hotels is included.
  • 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
  • Enjoy personalized attention while snorkeling with a maximum of 12 passengers per crew member

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
Prepackaged meals
Sunscreen lotion, ginger pills
Gratuities

Departure Point

Ko Olina Marina, 92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Joy Cruises - Oahu

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 face masks and attendee health during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet?
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 Hawaiian Buffet.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet?
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 Hawaiian Buffet.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet?
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 Hawaiian Buffet.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet.

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  • "Sometimes crews get tired of doing excursions over and over again and start to show boredom or lack of engagement but that was NOT the case on this cruise." See review

Reviews

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Great experience!
Hyeonjin_K
, Jan 2021
Great experience! The team was very kind and professional! But the information related to the transportation service part should be updated. They do not have transportation for our tours. From the Ala-Moana area to the bay - the uber costs about $50 (round trip for $100).
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An experience I will have for a lifetime!
Meadow_S
, Jan 2021
I had an absolute amazing time on this cruise! The staff (I believe her name was Pam) and Captain Jerry made this cruise and experience a memory I will have for the rest of my days! The food was great and the drinks were so refreshing after the snorkel out. We seen dolphins, whales, many different species of fish, starfish, a juvenile octopus, and beautiful reefs. We went on the morning calm cruise and it could not have been better, Get the pictures!!!!!!!! I will recommend this cruise to everyone in Oahu!
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star-5
Excellent catamaran cruise
MAX_G
, Dec 2020
We saw so many instances of whales and the captain made sure to keep his distance while giving us plenty of photo opportunities.
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Lackluster and Ill-timed
Jazzman_C
, Dec 2020
One of the biggest disappointments of this trip is that the ad says that it is 6hrs. Don't be fooled, it is not 6hrs. My husband and I booked this for our anniversary, we were expecting to be out on the water for a while, yet we only spend about 2.5hr on the water and 30 minutes snorkeling which was not worth it. The captain leisurely took the tour to a snorkeling spot, yet the crew spends most of the time trying to find a bougie to dock, which was 45 minutes of confusion out of our tour. When they couldn't find it, the captain raced back, to another spot, causing some passengers to suffer from extreme seasickness. Once my husband and I were in the water, things were better. We saw several forms of ocean life and felt super safe as one of the crew members stayed nearby on a surfboard watching out for everyone. She was attentive and quick to respond to signs of struggle. Honestly, her attitude towards safety, the snorkeling spot, and the buffet is the only reason why I did not rate this experience one star. Yet, thinking that the tour would be 5 hr and heading back after 2 hrs was a huge disappointment. To make matters worse, we paid for the photo package which was lackluster by far. We received pictures of everyone from our tour, rather than a personalized package of our photos and the file was littered with stock photos from years ago. Therefore, we only got like 10 pics for $40, which is not really worth it. In my opinion, you are better off getting a waterproof polaroid, as we did, and taking your own photos. Do not come with high expectation, you will be sorely disappointed.
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Awesome!
JeffM
, Nov 2020
The crew was fun, engaged and highly informative. The ocean wildlife we saw was incredible, thanks to the sharp eyes of the crew. Photos were amazing and will be priceless treasures.
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Do it!
Jamie_C
, Nov 2020
Crew was great, gave the group plenty of time to explore .. food and drinks were plentiful, and we saw dolphins! Worth every penny, would highly recommend.
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Best experience
Lyndsey_R
, Nov 2020
This was by far the best experience we have had! Crew was super nice and everyone had fun!! Food was delicious and as always drinks were spot on after snorkeling
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Excellent Experience!
jasonlittlefield
, Jan 2020
The staff aboard were awesome. They provided a lot of information and very helpful. Jerry the captain was super friendly and shared lots of information and experiences.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Aloha jasonlittlefield, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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star-5
A great motor-cat adventure
Steven E
, Dec 2019
Captain Christian and crew created a great experience. Although ensuring that guests get to see sea-life is always a challenge, Capt C was up to it this gray and windy day - whales, porpoises and a great snorkeling location.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Aloha Steven E, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha,
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Great day on the ocean
Pioneer413574
, Dec 2019
Capt and crew were fantastic throughout the tour. Snorkeling was crystal clear with sea turtles and lots of brightly colored fish. Whale watching was successful with several spotted close aboard. Food and drinks were very good and portions were as much as you could eat. We would definitely go again.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Aloha Pioneer413574, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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