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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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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
Hotel transfers

Departure Point

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.
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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 23 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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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What is the maximum group size during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers.

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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


342 Reviews

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We had a great time!
, Jun 2021
Had an amazing time. Captain and crew were all great. Snorkeling was great, lots of fish, dolphin. We really enjoyed ourselves. The views were also amazing. Captain Jerry is a really great guy. Don’t hesitate to sign up.
Really fun
, Jun 2021
Our family really enjoyed this catamaran tour! The crew were so fun. We will definitely do it again next year!
Great experience
, Jun 2021
Great experience, crew was wonderful. Got to see quite a few dolphins and they were showing off for us. Snorkeling was beautiful and clear.
Mainland visitors
, Jun 2021
We weren’t sure what to expect , but the day of the boat was spacious, drinks were on point and food was alright. Over all the few was very personable and friendly. I would do it again!
, Jun 2021
We did the 1000 ft one and it was Soooo much fun! My 7 year old really enjoyed the dunk in the water. The view was amazing
, Jun 2021
Fantastic crew and wonderful snorkeling! Great experience not to be missed! If you are looking to get out on the water snorkeling this is the way to go!
Outstanding day
, Jun 2021
Great trip, great crew, outstanding Day. The catamaran ride was delightful especially on a hot day . We had two boys with us , ages 6 and 8 and the crew was great with them making sure they felt safe and comfortable. Banana muffins are Awesome!! Book with them, you won’t be disappointed.
Excellent choice
, Jun 2021
Crew was great equipment was great saw lots fish and some big turtles the dolphins were amazing will go again
Book it!
, May 2021
Amazing experience and an even more amazing crew. Photographer on board took excellent pictures and the crew made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. The captain was very knowledgeable and cared about the wildlife and the sea. The food and drinks on board were great as well. Would definitely do it again!
Wet and wild
, May 2021
Getting soaked that was cool the kids really enjoyed it and the snorkeling of course was a great experience for m grandkids.
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