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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu provided by Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure

Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu

Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu
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Tour snapshot
Full-day Waianae Coast snorkel cruise, gear and instruction included
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
15
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    15
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Spend the day snorkeling with wild marine life on this full-day cruise along the Waianae Coast in west Oahu. During the cruise, watch spinner dolphins and sea turtles riding the ocean waves and look out for migrating humpback whales (January–March). Snorkel in calm waters among the dolphins and coral reef and enjoy a hot or cold lunch after the cruise. Includes snorkel gear and return transportation (select hotels).
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • See marine life and snorkel with dolphins on the Leeward Coast
  • Humpback whale watching during migration season (January–March)
  • Full lunch and beverages served at the end of the cruise
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • See marine life and snorkel with dolphins on the Leeward Coast
  • Humpback whale watching during migration season (January–March)
  • Full lunch and beverages served at the end of the cruise
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5133_W0010
Important information
Inclusions
  • Snorkel gear: mask (prescription masks available), snorkel, fins and a life vests
  • Dolphin viewing
  • Seasonal Humpback whale viewing (winter months only)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Wet suits available to rent for $10
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor, 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA Check in time is 30 minutes before your tour time. Meet us NEXT TO Spinners Cafe at the Waianae Boat Harbor: 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Hawaii 96792. Make sure you type in "Waianae" or the zip code "96792" so you do not get routed to the wrong Farrington Hwy. There are two on Oahu.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We do not allow children under 4 years old.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Snorkel gear: mask (prescription masks available), snorkel, fins and a life vests
  • Dolphin viewing
  • Seasonal Humpback whale viewing (winter months only)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Wet suits available to rent for $10
Departure details
  • Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor, 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA Check in time is 30 minutes before your tour time. Meet us NEXT TO Spinners Cafe at the Waianae Boat Harbor: 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Hawaii 96792. Make sure you type in "Waianae" or the zip code "96792" so you do not get routed to the wrong Farrington Hwy. There are two on Oahu.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We do not allow children under 4 years old.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Aug. 1, 2020
A note from Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu
*24 hour cancellation waived if feel symptoms. *All snorkel gear is soaked and scrubbed in shampoo, liquid detergent and Bleach. Dried in the UV warmth of the sun. Masks and snorkel are then treated with Steramine sterilization solution and individually bagged and sealed until next use.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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San Francisco, CA41 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Friends
Dolphin Excursions was an amazing adventure! From the time we booked the trip, we were impressed at this women led and run company and both Alyssa, our diving crew member and our captain (of 17 years) exuded warmth, humor, and professionalism throughout our cruise. Alyssa gave the most comprehensive demonstration of how to use snorkeling gear of any cruise, tour, or rental I have ever been a part of. Since two of our group were extremely nervous about snorkeling and had trouble slipping into the water and swimming to where Alyssa had congregated us about 50 ft away to view the dolphins underwater, Captain Jenna maneuvered the vessel closer so Alyssa could have them hold her life saver and swim alongside herself! What a way to exemplify compassionate excellence in service! They demonstrated their expertise in finding pods of dolphins for us to view, allowing us to be so close to them as to have dolphins swimming up to and under our boat! They gave us plenty of information about dolphins and cheerfully answered all our questions about sea, sea life, and living on Oahu. We moved to four different locations for opportunities for all to experience swimming amongst dolphins and snorkeling to see so many types of Hawaiian fish and even sea turtles! I would definitely recommend this cruise for anyone who wanted to get up close and personal with dolphins with a great company!
Written September 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lorin003
Sydney, Australia16 contributions
Feb. 2020
Firstly- shoutout to the crew Jenna, Alyssa, Taylor! They care about the animals and are very knowledgeable about the marine wildlife so be sure to pick their brain!
Jenna- the captain was super cute as she gets really excited about the animals and desperately wants everyone to experience snorkelling with the dolphins. They made you feel comfortable and never pushed you outside your comfort zone.
Lisa at reception- Super helpful with my 101 questions, as one of us experiences anxiety and she went above and beyond to give as much information as possible prior to booking.

I went with my brother and mum, and this was the first time we did anything like this so we were a little nervous. I have to say, this was worth every cent. If you're second guessing, please bite the bullet and do this, especially if you're in Hawaii!

We chose the 7am slot. We are NOT morning people and pickup was very early BUT In my opinion, earlier the better as we experienced the sunrise, we had less time in the strong sun and also it was our last day in Hawaii and had plenty of time to enjoy the rest of our day (got back around 12:30pm?).

Smaller group, around 15 or 20 of us including the crew and photographer? Food is provided which was delicious (had banana pancakes), optional scuba gear is available at an extra $10 which I do recommend as we would have been pretty cold and thankful we got it.

We saw a Humpback whale and swam with spinner dolphins which LOVE to give you a show, especially the babies, they showed off a lot :)! So if you choose not to go in, you'll still have an amazing time. As mentioned, the crew protect the animals and respect them, so they will give you pointers on how to safely enter the water with them.

All 3 of us left feeling super satisfied and 100% would recommend these guys over the bigger ones.

Tip: As its a smaller boat, if you get seasick, pop one of those seasick tablets in and you should be sweet, don't let that stop you from this experience.
Written February 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

xraywomanretired
2 contributions
Mar. 2020
Right from the booking I knew I had picked the right people/tour. I was kept informed on pricing, billing, pick up times and even asked what kind of sandwich I wanted freshly prepared to my own specifications. I was picked up in Waikiki for an hour drive, then geared up and on board. Everyone was welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. Luck and the skill of Jenna, our captain, had us seeing Spinner dolphins within 5 minutes and we had time to stop and watch them play. Later we saw a female humpback whale with a calf and they put on quite the show breaching and finished by passing right under our boat. Amazing! We all felt totally safe like it was completely natural for two huge creatures to be so close. Awe struck, we were! An underwater "microphone" was lower when 2 males humpbacks were in the area so we could listen to their song. There was time for snorkeling too, Best 3 hours ever and at an affordable cost. P.S. The sandwich was amazing altho I didn't stop to eat it until the end because I didn't want to miss a moment.
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Axel C
1 contribution
Oct. 2021
Is really expensive, they don't offer shuttle or any medium of transportation to the tour. An uber from waikiki costs 75usd if you have to go back to the hotel from there is another 75. So it's 150 extra that you have to pay for the experience. They don't offer any food, and they email you saying that you have to bring your own water. Really few dolphins to be seen. Is really expensive for what they offer
Written October 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mandy Talpas
3 contributions
Jan. 2021
I highly recommend the ladies with Dolphin Excursions for nature lovers of all ages! I had a blast with them in June and was thrilled to return with my stepson, friends, and family last weekend. We had great views of Humpback Whales and all enjoyed snorkeling with Spinner Dolphins, an Eagle Spotted Ray, Green Sea Turtles and tons of tropical fish. Veronica and Lex went above and beyond by showing us some amazing seabirds at my request, as a professional bird guide. I will continue to talk up this wonderful group of conservation oriented women and the unforgettable experiences they're eager to share with guests of all ages.
Written January 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Heather S
2 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We very much enjoyed our snorkel trip. They 1st took us out to see some whales. We didnt see any breach but we saw their tops and tails. They also put the sound thing in the water so we could hear them. We saw some turtles and dolphins while in the water. It was a small boat so the group was small, maybe less than 20 people,which we liked. The guides were fabulous. They were great at getting us close to the sea animals. We bought the photos from the photographer,and there were some great ones but I think maybe he could have been a little less shy...he got some nice wild life pics but most of the pics of us (guests) were of our backs or kind of far away.
Written February 29, 2020
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Abby M
San Francisco2 contributions
Dec. 2020
This was SO magical. 100% recommend. Didn't feel to crowded, the captain and crew were so awesome and genuinely so pumped to show us whales, dolphins, reef fish, and turtles. Highlight of our trip to Oa'hu, hands down!
Written December 31, 2020
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Shoni_G
Texas15 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Friends
If 5+ stars was an option, they would get it! 100% the only company on Oahu I will ever recommend!!! I’ve done the dolphin excursion 3 different times now (once in 2004, twice in 2021) and they always exceed expectations on a phenomenal experience. Lisa, Jenna, Alyssa, Alexa and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and go out of their way to make each excursion special. The small tour size allows for more time in the water and allows those who may not be comfortable on the water a chance to ease their way in and create unforgettable memories. Since moving to Oahu, they are the only company I will take visitors out with and multiple friends who have gone with them on my recommendation have all reported once in a lifetime experiences they will cherish forever. Seriously, if you‘re even considering a dolphin experience in Hawaii - book with Dolphin Excursions as soon as you possibly can!
Written July 6, 2021
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Cathy D
5 contributions
Feb. 2020
it Is whale season and our crew didn’t disappoint! Jenna promised we would see whales within the first 30 minutes of our trip and...voila, a mama, baby and their escort were spotted. The crew was very knowledgeable with our whale population. We were provided ample time for photos then off to snorkel with sea turtles and tropical fish! The length of the tour was perfect! I highly recommend Dolphin Excursions out of Waianae. Cost effective and lots of fun!
Written February 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey Cathy, Did I see that I get to take you out AGAIN next week?? I'm so excited to spend the afternoon with you and your friends! I'm going to compete with myself and try for a whale in the first 20 minutes this time ;). Can't wait to see what happens! Sincerely, Jenna
Written February 20, 2020
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wunderlast
Seattle, WA195 contributions
Jul. 2021
My husband and I love snorkeling and enjoyed going on this small group snorkeling tour. We've been on other tours featuring dolphins, but dolphins never get old! We saw two types of dolphins, both from the boat and in the water. The dolphins stayed pretty far away in the water, but we could still see them pretty clearly, and it was great. A pod hung out near the boat for a while, showing off their spinning in the air and also riding the waves behind us. We also saw a sea turtle and some others saw a stingray.

The guides were also friendly and informative.

The only thing we didn't love was the requirement to wear life jackets for the first dolphin encounter (although I get the logic)-- turns out bobbing in the water with life jackets on makes us seriously sea sick. This is the first time either of us had ever had motion sickness while snorkeling and that made it hard to enjoy the trip thoroughly.
Written August 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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tsunamimommy
tsunamimommy
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Fantastic Experience!
We were excited to book this tour after reading all the great reviews. It did not disappoint! We took our family co
alisonmarieoconnor
alisonmarieoconnor
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Wonderful Day!!
The guide and captain were dedicated, kind, informative and wonderful to be with. The experience was lovely and we
catlegere
catlegere
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Dolphin Party
We have never been on a snorkel and dolphin sighting tour before. But this one did exceed our expectations! We had
ZacPenzes
ZacPenzes
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Excellent family activity
We all had a wonderful time on this tour, we were lucky enough to spot 2 types of dolphins and amazing marine life!
amandamariescott09
amandamariescott09
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Loved it!
Awesome tour! Saw so many dolphins! Loved the way they respected the wildlife and kept them safe, but also let us s
tmiller2022
tmiller2022
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Excellent Trip
This was a great snorkeling and dolphin seeing trip. In addition we came across a mom and baby hump back whale. T
frostycell
frostycell
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A must do excursion
Out of all the different excursions that we did during our stay in Hawaii, this was hands down the best. Owned and
tatsthoughts
tatsthoughts
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Great experience
I would've loved to give this excursion a 5-star review because the whole experience was great. We saw pods of dolp
twright3865
twright3865
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Dolphins not really
Perhaps rename without dolphins so no one is deflated thinking they can and they are no longer allowed
hkwhite05
hkwhite05
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Great experience!
Mandy and Lexi were so kind and helpful on the whole excursion. They helped us see 2 kinds of dolphins, several sea
lizruns2022
lizruns2022
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Fun knowledgeable experience
Booked this experience because it was a small group and covid restrictions were just lifting. It was really fun and
Christina H
Christina H
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Excellent experience!
This was such an awesome experience for our family. We snorkeled and saw tons of fish, coral reef and found one tur
Kathy D
Kathy D
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Our best Hawaii experience!
We had a great time! Loved the captain/crew. The boat was perfect. It was a personal educational experience. Not on
rbaybutt
rbaybutt
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Had a blast!!
Had a great time on the boat with Veronica and Jennie! We saw a couple families of whales, maybe 5 in total, and go
adamjanka
adamjanka
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What a Great Time!
I had a fantastic time with Flo and Tamar! Lovely adventure with two fun and knowledgeable ladies. Spotted many se
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