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Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)

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Honolulu, United States
Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)

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Overview

Explore Oahu's wildlife-rich waters on a sightseeing cruise that conveniently departs from Honolulu. Get a fresh perspective on Diamond Head and other South Shore landmarks as you stretch out on the spacious decks or under a shade cover. The seasoned crew helps spot dolphins, sea turtles, and occasionally humpback whales—plus, you can peer through magnifying glass portholes for a look underwater.
  • Observe Hawaii's marine life on a glass-bottom boat tour from Honolulu
  • Get a fresh perspective on Oahu’s dramatic South Shore
  • Look for whales, dolphins, fish, green sea turtles, and other marine life
  • Get comfortable on a 50-foot catamaran and enjoy complementary beverages
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Hawaii Glass Bottom Boats , 1009 Ala Moana Blvd F21, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

Meet at the Kewalo Basin Harbor Slip F21 Look for the BIG RED SIGN **Car** - GPS: 1009 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96813 - Harbor entrance near Ala Moana Blvd + Ward Ave - Boat is on front side of harbor near Ala Moana Blvd **Bus** - Take bus #19, #20, or #42 - Exit at Ala Moana Blvd + Ward Ave

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Haleiwa Glass Bottom Boats LLC
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 is the departure point for the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:We’re in the Kewalo Basin Harbor. Our address is 1009 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96814, slip F26. You can find us at the front of the harbor along Ala Moana Blvd, close to the entrance near Ward Ave.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do you provide hotel pickup for the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:No. You must make your own arrangements to meet us at the Kewalo Basin Harbor. There is plenty of cheap parking at the harbor, or you can take a taxi or app-based ride-share service like Uber and Lyft.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:Yes - There is metered parking available nearby.
Mar 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time in order to check in.
Mar 2021
Q:
What kind of boat is used during the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The Haleiwa Queen is a 50-foot power catamaran with glass viewing ports on the bottom so you can see what’s going on underwater without ever getting wet!
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the boat handicap accessible for the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:All passengers must take a step from the dock to the boat in order to board. Our crew can assist if needed — just make sure to arrive early! Walkers and collapsible wheelchairs can be brought on board. Motorized chairs or scooters are not allowed.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise appropriate for pregnant women?
A:Yes, absolutely!
Mar 2021
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Is there a restroom onboard during the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:Yes, there is a restroom on board.
Mar 2021
Q:
Should I worry about seasickness during the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:Our boat is very stable in the water, so we rarely encounter seasickness. If you’re worried about it or especially prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking your preferred brand of seasickness medication about two hours before boarding.
Mar 2021
Q:
What can I expect to see during the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:Expect to see local reef fish, turtles, eels, and living reef formations. You get spectacular views of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the cityscape of downtown Honolulu. Sharks, dolphins, and whales may also be seen depending on the season.
Mar 2021
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Can I bring my own food/drinks onboard for the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:We provide water on all cruises. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks (including adult beverages) on any of our cruises. We even have coolers with ice that you can use.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can we go swimming during the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:In the interest of seeing the maximum amount of sea life, we do not allow guests to swim on our sightseeing cruises.
Mar 2021
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When is the best time to see whales during the Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise?
A:Whale watching season runs from November to May in Hawaii.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)?
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 Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)?
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 Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only).
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)?
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 Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only).
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)?
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 Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only).

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Reviews

3.5
star-3.5
77 Reviews

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star-3
Bad trip
Maria_B
, Mar 2022
It was disappointing no whales, just school of fish and barely a glimpse of a sea turtle felt cheated.it was pouring rain,just awful
star-5
On fire 🔥
Alejandro_G
, Mar 2022
Awesome and the best it’s all good aloha unique vibes and experience that shows the Hawaiian stile 🔥
star-5
Great experience even...
guillermo_r
, Mar 2022
Great experience even though we dint see any whales but is a nice trip, se saw a lot of fish on the coral reef.
star-3
Too short, not really worth the $40 pp!
Harry_L
, Mar 2022
Crew was friendly but we only saw sea turtles, no dolphins or whales. Too short only stayed along shore line so impossible to see whales!
star-2
At the time of purchase...
Dorothene_D
, Mar 2022
At the time of purchase advertisement stated guaranteed to site turtles; dolphins or whales. Sited nothing. Big disappointment.
star-5
Great experience. In an...
Nickie_T
, Mar 2022
Great experience. In an hour we saw dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. Would recommend to family and friends!
star-5
Fun at sea
Patricia_C
, Feb 2022
We really enjoyed our whale watch experience and were fortunate to see three whales (one mama and her calf were together). This was my grandson’s first time seeing whales, which made it fun. Captain was great. Time on board was sufficient.
star-1
Poorly advertised trip against trade descriptions!
Glenn_H
, Feb 2022
The advert depicts a whale leaping out of the water, which is what we paid to see! However even before the boat had left the harbour, the operator announced that we would not see any whales as one hour is not enough time! So why advertise as such?
star-5
Great way to spend some time
Carol_D
, Feb 2022
Really enjoyed this trip! We saw 3 turtles, several dolphins and many fish! The crew work very hard to try and find these creatures for us to see! The trip is very informative about the history of the area. Very fun being out on the ocean for the hour! I would highly recommend this!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Disappointed
Jhon_R
, Feb 2022
The member of the staff was so rude, and finally we didn't watch any whale, dolphin or turtle, just a few fishes.
star-1
never go there, time wasted, nothing seen!
Vilgelm_O
, Jan 2022
never go there, time wasted, nothing seen, operator decided to still go on the tour right after rain when most people was saying it needs to be rescheduled cuz water would be very cloudy so we can't see anything. then operator promised to provide a refund which he never done
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
What a Sham no Shamu
Amanda_D
, Jan 2022
If you just want to go on a boat ride this is a nice ride. However, you will never see a whale when you are riding parallel to the beach in 30 feet of water. We did not even leave leave the shore line. The name is very deceptive and we could have done a dinner cruise for about the same price. I can't believe that they have been able to advertise as a whale watching tour and none of the probable have ever seen a whale on their brief tour along the shoreline. We saw surfers, snorkelers, fish and a sea turtle.
star-1
give me my money
ani_g
, Jan 2022
We got soaked by the rain and didn’t see anything. When asked for a refund/partial refund they said they would reschedule us for free, but i left the next day. I paid 120 for this, and the title of it is “whale watch, dolphins, turtles and sightseeing.” We saw nothing, and were pointed to a hotel and the airport. Also the boat was not “glass bottom,” it had windows in the corners that you could see nothing out of.
star-1
Disappointed
Kristi_E
, Dec 2021
Although the scenery was absolutely beautiful, we never left the bay of Waikiki and got never got more than 12 feet deep. We saw a few schools of fish and two turtles. This is clearly not an area where a whale would swim. They should change the name of the tour because it was literally a boat ride around the harbor.
star-5
Give it a go!
Rusty_K
, Dec 2021
Got to see turtles! School of fish and enjoyed a nice cruise on the boat. Didn’t get to see dolphins or whales, but I new that was a possibility. Would have been nice but had a good time nonetheless!
star-1
No turtles or whales
Jennifer_R
, Dec 2021
Not memorable. No turtles or whales. Just a ride around the island close to shore. It was disappointing.
star-1
Sucks
Melissa_F
, Dec 2021
Waste of time and money. Nothing to watch no whales no nothing very dissatisfied and disappointed We lost our money there
star-5
Waikiki coastline tour
Joyce_K
, Dec 2021
It’s a nice little tour along the coast line. The Captain gave some local history of the Waikiki development.
star-1
We did see what we...
Jeremy_M
, Dec 2021
We did see what we expected to see. They should just call it a boat ride not “whale or turtle watching” didn’t see any of it.
star-4
Beautiful day on the ocean
Jaeger_L
, Dec 2021
Loved the guides. Lots of information shared. Saw Whale today. Rough seas at first but captain did a great job with boat.

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