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Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail

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Waianae, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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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
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Sail along the Leeward Coast of Oahu on this morning cruise. Snorkel with an expert guide and watch for spinner dolphins on this family-friendly adventure off the scenic southwestern coast of the island. This excursion, complete with spectacular scenery and fun water activities includes breakfast, lunch, and optional round-trip transportation from Oahu hotels
  • Catamaran cruise along the Leeward Coast
  • Sail, snorkel, and watch for dolphins, whales, and other marine life
  • Snorkel in the clear waters to see fish and other sea life
  • Brand-new snorkel and use of mask and fins included
  • Free continental breakfast and a deli lunch
  • Two alcoholic drinks per adult included
  • Guaranteed dolphin sightings
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Professional guide
Use of snorkel equipment (mask and fins)
Breakfast
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Two complimentary alcoholic drinks per adult
Gratuities

Departure Point

85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Opt for pickup at your Oahu hotel or find your way to Waianae Harbor to meet your boat. 

At the pier, climb aboard your comfortable luxury catamaran and find a comfortable spot to sit and watch the scenery pass by. Enjoy a continental breakfast as you sail in search of spinner dolphins, turtles and humpback whales (November through April). Dolphin sightings are guaranteed December through April; in the rare event you do not encounter dolphins, receive a free snorkeling adventure or sunset cocktail cruise. 

The captain moors the boat at a calm snorkeling spot. Listen to a short lesson on the basics of snorkeling if you need it, then don the provided equipment and dive in. Follow your professional snorkeling guide among the coral reefs and colorful schools of tropical fish. 

Climb back into the boat and dig into a delicious deli lunch as the catamaran heads back to shore. The buffet lunch includes two alcoholic drinks.

Certified Dolphin Smart Supplier

Viewing wild dolphins in their natural habitat can be a thrilling experience.  However, we can disturb dolphins’ natural behaviors, such as migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, and sheltering by approaching wild dolphins too closely in vessels; moving vessels too quickly, or making too much noise.  The Dolphin SMART program is a voluntary education program that encourages responsible advertising and viewing of wild dolphins; thereby, minimizing the risk of disrupting their natural behaviors.  You are a steward for wild dolphin conservation by being a Proud Supporter of Dolphin SMART! 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Certified Dolphin Smart Supplier
  • Breakfast menu includes muffins, croissants, mixed fruit salad, granola bars, coffee, juice, water and soda.
  • Lunch menu includes build your own sandwich bar, side dishes, desserts, juice, soda and water. Two free alcoholic drinks per adult.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Nautical

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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail?
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
See all safety measures taken by Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail?
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 Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail.

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  • "I remember snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia a couple of years ago, but this was by far a much better experience!" See review

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Fun time.
Kristofer A
, Jan 2020
This was a great tour! The crew were great and attentive and the snorkel site was lovely. We saw both dolphins and humpback whales (at a distance). Highly recommended!
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Mahalo for reaching out and sharing your experience with us! We're happy you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.
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More of Oahu's beauty
Traveler216947
, Nov 2019
The whole crew, Bree, Anthony, Ian and Mike were courteous, knowledgeable and efficient. They got along quite well together, too. The catamaran was clean and well-maintained. It was just the right combination for me to feel safe in open water, which I longed to do, but feared at the same time. Equipment was basic, but just enough to get us out there and back. You could bring your own if you want. In an short motoring journey, we stopped off shore from Tracks beach. Big swell, but we never felt it. We stopped near a pod of pygmy whales, some sleeping, some feeding. Really tiny, dolphin sized true toothed whales. Once in the water, we were guided along for about 45 minutes was good enough to see the bottom. Corals, sea cucumbers, cushion starfish littered the seabed. Our guide dove with his giant fins to bring up a collector urchin A moray eel lurked in a grotto. Suddenly we found ourselves amid hundreds of butterflyfish, triggerfish and tiny mackerel, wary but curious, staying at a safe distance at all times. You never could touch one. Getting out of the water was easy, and the crew made us feel comfortable as they cut engine and unfurled the sails for the journey back to Waianae. Food and drinks were excellent. If you just go along for the ride, you'll still have a treat.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Traveler216947, we really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us and are so happy you enjoyed the experience!
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Fantastic experience
Curiosity824381
, Jul 2019
I got seasick but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the boat, crew, and snorkeling experience. Saw dolphins and a sea turtle. The coastline was beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Mahalo for reaching out and sharing your experience with us! We're happy you enjoyed the sail and will share your feedback with the crew.
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Great experience!
jforewhite
, Aug 2018
From start to finish this was an amazing tour. Our driver Eddie arrived in Waikiki to pick us up and was so nice and gave wonderful suggestions for sights and places to eat. He was personable and funny and full of great information about the island. He was our driver back to our hotel and surprised us with a taste of some local food to try. Such a great guy!! The crew was very attentive and made the journey fun. They worked hard to ensure we all had what we needed. We saw dolphins, turtles and a variety of fish. This tour was truly a highlight of our vacation.
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Amazing Experience, must do!
CreeLazar
, Jul 2018
The snorkel was wonderful! The captain and crew were so nice, knowledgeable and professional. Definitely a highlight of our trip! Couldn't have asked for a better day.
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This was one of the best snorkeling...
Hector S
, Jul 2018
This was one of the best snorkeling tours I have ever taken! I remember snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia a couple of years ago, but this was by far a much better experience! First off, the boat appeared to be new, super clean, and the crew was fantastic! They didn't spend too much time repeating over and over and over again the safety procedures of the tour--like many other companies do I'm sure due to liability issues. No, these guys went right on really quick just to brief us about what to do, what to expect, the do's and don't's, etc, so we had more time to actually enjoy the snorkeling experience, especially since everyone on the boat had done this before. The waters of the leeward coast were very calm and clear. We saw tons of different tropical fish as well as a few sea turtles. We also so dolphins and a whale in the distance--even though it wasn't whale season at all. After the snorkeling swim, the crew prepared a very delicious lunch with two alcoholic beverages included free of charge!. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience in a different part of Hawaii. All of my family enjoyed it very much. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
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Crew was great, boat was great. The...
Kelly B
, Feb 2018
Crew was great, boat was great. The snorkel spot left allot to be desired. Very few fish and not much of a reef.
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I guess it didn't occur to me and my...
Lauren M
, Jan 2018
I guess it didn't occur to me and my traveling companion that a snorkeling cruise that included booze would be a kid-friendly activity, but apparently it is. So be prepared for that. There was a kid screaming the entire van ride to the marina, so the day didn't start out well. You only really get about half an hour to snorkel, so if you actually want to snorkel, just go to Hanauma Bay. You can snorkel as long as you want and you will see more interesting fish. The place we went on the cruise had very few fish, and yeah we saw one sea turtle, a couple of octopi, and sea urchins, but Hanauma Bay has the really amazingly colored fish, so that was definitely a better experience. The reason we took the cruise was because we had been annoyed by the crowds of people swimming into us on our previous excursion to Hanauma Bay. Well this didn't solve that problem. The catamaran carries 40-50 people and everyone is swimming in the same small area...along with people from another boat. Oh, and they make you wear a flotation device, so again, Hanauma Bay is really more flexible for people who know how to swim. We did see dolphins from the side of the boat, but you aren't going to swim with them. Things I wish I had known before booking this trip: 1 they expect you to take off your shoes and leave them in a bin on the dock so dress accordingly 2 they claim not to allow spray-on sunscreen on the boat so bring something else I saw a woman using her spray and no one said anything to her which was also annoying 3 don't really count on breakfast - it was fruit and cake and everything was gone before my friend and I arrived apparently taking the van from Waikiki puts you out of the breakfast game since we were the last group to arrive.
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This tour was amazing! The staff was...
sabrina C
, Nov 2017
This tour was amazing! The staff was very accommodating and helpful! The tour was a blast!
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This tour was awesome. The captain...
Marisa W
, Oct 2017
This tour was awesome. The captain and crew were great. Very friendly and informative, made sure everyone had a great time. Saw dolphins and sea turtles. Great snokeling. This was the highlight of our trip.
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