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Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture

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Waianae, United States
Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Swim within safe viewing distance to dolphins and green sea turtles on this popular Oahu snorkel cruise from Honolulu. Sail into waters home to spinner dolphins, and then glide alongside colorful fish. Snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddle boards are available onboard to help you get the most of this outing. Hotel transport included.
  • Oahu morning snorkel cruise with transport from Waikiki hotels
  • Observe or swim near dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddle boards available for use
  • Enjoy a complimentary Snack Bag
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Transportation: Between hotels and the harbor. Drive-out to meeting location recommended.
Gear: Snorkel, mask, fins and safety jacket
Water activities: water slide, stand-up paddle boards, kayak
Entertainment: Hula lessons and traditional "E Ho Mai" ceremony
Complimentary snack (due to local COVID-19 regulations, we can only supply prepackaged items).
One small bottle of water (Please bring additional refreshments as you please).
Optional: Wet suit rental + $10.00 per person
USB with professional photos of the tour + $79.00 per group
Additional products available through local operator
Gratuities
We recommend guests bring additional water to remain fully hydrated.
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor , 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA

The address for the Waianae Boat Harbor is: 85-491 Farrington Hwy Waianae, HI 96792 The boat harbor is about an hour drive from Waikiki without traffic. To be safe, we recommend that guests plan to arrive early.

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Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.We recommend our guests to drive-out to the meeting location where we launch our boat, due to the social distancing safety precautions from limited space on our bus. We also offer pick-up from Duty Free Shopping Center (DFS) at T. Galleria.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dolphins are often spotted, but there is no 100% guarantee of dolphin encounter.
  • Children (2-11 years old)must be accompanied by an adult
  • Pick up from select Waikiki hotels is available. Although we recommend our guests to drive-out to meeting location at Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children under 2 are not permitted on this tour
  • We ask that guests wear their masks at all times on the bus, prior to boarding the boat, and in enclosed areas of the boat. While on the boat, guests are asked to remain in groups of no more than 5, separated by 6 ft. The boat has an open space layout and capacity of tours will be limited to ensure physical distance between parties.
  • We are committed to the safety of our guests and abiding by COVID-19 safety and sanitation regulations and best practices. Please join us another time if you are feeling ill.
  • Complimentary snack serving varies according to recommended safety standards.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring water and snacks as they please. No communal water will be available due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphins and You
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:
Where does the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour depart from?
A:The tour offers hotel pickup from Waikiki and Ko Olina hotels but departs from 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792.
Apr 2021
Q:
What time can I expect to be picked up for the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild Tour?
A:The tour operator will reach out to you with the exact pickup location and time, but generally, pickup times are between 5 and 6:45 am.
Apr 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:It is recommended to bring bottled water, snacks, a towel, sunscreen, a light jacket, a rashguard (optional,) and seasickness medication (if required.)
Apr 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Flip-flops or water shoes are perfect. Remember to bring a towel.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long do we spend on the boat during the Snorkel with Dolphins & Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:The tour is usually around 5 hours, including transportation, with about 3.5 hours spent on the boat.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild Tour if I am not a strong swimmer?
A:The guides are great with guests of all abilities, and every guest is outfitted with a life vest to stay afloat. But we recommend some prior swimming and/or snorkeling for the best experience.
Apr 2021
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Can I bring an infant with me on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:In the interest of safety, guests who are 2 years old and under can not be accommodated at this time.
Apr 2021
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Are we guaranteed to see dolphins during the Snorkel with Dolphins & Turtles in the Wild & experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are wild marine animals, so there is no guarantee that you will encounter them. However, the vast majority of tours (more than 90 percent) do see and swim with dolphins.
Apr 2021
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Can I touch the wild animals during the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:No. Touching marine life and coral is illegal by Hawaii state law. Contact with human skin can make dolphins and sea turtles more susceptible to disease and cause them stress. Simply being in their presence is incredible.
Apr 2021
Q:
Will I need a wetsuit to swim during the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Hawaiian waters range from about 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in the wintertime to 82 degrees F (28 degrees C) in the summertime. You still may feel cold in the shade or rain in just a swimsuit. You may rent a wetsuit for $10 per person.
Apr 2021
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Can I bring my own camera on the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:You may bring your own camera on board at your own risk. The guides offer optional professional photography/videography for an additional $79 payable at check-in.
Apr 2021
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Is there a restroom onboard during the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour?
A:Yes - There is a public restroom in the harbor, and there are two full restrooms on board the boat.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian culture Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Unfortunately, the boat is not wheelchair accessible.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture?
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 Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture.

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star-5
Amazing experience
Christopher_P
, Oct 2021
The crew is all so full of energy and so willing to share that energy with all of us on board. Captain Mike knew exactly what he was doing and got us to a spot to jump in the water with the dolphins. They swam right under us while we were snorkeling. We then got back on the boat and followed the dolphins up the point further. The dolphins stuck with us all the way till we led them to another group. We then turned back and went to another snorkeling spot where they set up the water slide and let us do more snorkeling. We found 2 sea turtles and an amazing reef!
star-5
Outstanding!
michelle_J
, Oct 2021
This was the best time we had on the island! We were incredibly close to the dolphins and the crew was quite entertaining! Loved it!
star-5
Highly recommend!
Heather_G
, Oct 2021
We were able to swim with the dolphins right when we got in the water. It was amazing! And we saw them again on our way back and got to watch them jump and spin from the boat. The slide was so much fun, even for my 6 year old. The crew members were incredible. They were right there when my daughter started getting nervous about the waves and helped get her back in the boat right away.
star-3
The experience was fun ,...
Shakira_J
, Oct 2021
The experience was fun , I did like that they provided transportation. We purchased the photo package and do feel like it was rather a waste of money . Not many pictures for $79 , it will also come with pictures of everyone else on the tour . Other than that it was a fun experience & everyone was nice .
star-5
Book it now!!
Shalonda_T
, Oct 2021
Faith was great!! Loved her personality and she captured excellent photos. Tye tour itself was amazing. I’ve never seen dolphins that up close.
star-5
Gun in the sun
Ignacio_A
, Oct 2021
It was fun being out in the water and the crew was the best part fun and friendly and easy to talk to
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Swimming with dolphins...
Yuliya_D
, Oct 2021
Swimming with dolphins and turtles. I would recommend this tour if you like to explore underwater life.
star-1
Worst snorkeling trip of our lives
AnneMarie_R
, Oct 2021
This was the worst snorkel tour we’ve ever been on and we’ve been on more than a dozen. The entire trip was rushed, despite being told we would be out on the water for 3.5 hours we had less than 3 hours total and we had no more than 30 min of total snorkeling time and saw only a few fish. There was no kayak and the paddle boards were deflated and unusable. The hula dance was embarrassing as the crew didn’t actually know it and there was no lesson. The snack provided was a cheap granola bar. When we did encounter some dolphins on our way back in to the harbor the photographer stood in front of everyone blocking the view for the actual passengers and you have to pay $80 extra for the photos. I could go on and on but suffice it to say from start to finish it was a total bust. If the operation had any integrity they’d refund the trip as it was most definitely NOT as advertised.
star-5
Incredible experience!
Myra_D
, Oct 2021
We had the best time! The crew was so kind and fun! Finding dolphins in the wild takes time but it is absolutely worth it. I was in the ocean looking at around 20 dolphins swimming together under the water. It is a memory that I will never forget!
star-5
Fun
Donnell_J
, Oct 2021
Seeing dolphins was cool they were very close and friendly also the slide was fun and exciting i liked it all

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