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Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

1. Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a peaceful cruise off the coast of Honolulu complete with a snorkeling experience where you'll get the chance to swim with turtles. (Disclaimer: Marine life can't be guaranteed and every trip is different. Thank you for your understanding!) Board your catamaran at the Kewalo Basin Harbor and set out to explore the waters off the coast of Oahu. As you cruise, sit back and relax on the multi-level deck and admire panoramic views of Hawaii's tropical scenery. Water, soft drinks, and snacks are provided on board. Then, hop into the water and swim within a safe viewing distance of the tropical fish and turtles that regularly frequent these waters. If you visit between December and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

2. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Snorkel over coral reefs with green sea turtles on a guided boat tour from Honolulu. Look beneath the waves and have the chance to see sharks, stingrays, octopus, and colorful fish. Experience beautiful views of the Waikiki coastline on the way. Make your way to the dive shop and meet your guide and group for the day. Briefly go over the different snorkeling spots before cruising off the coast towards Turtle Canyon and enjoying the views of Oahu disappearing behind you. Warm up with a light surface session and see how many fish you can spot in the crystal clear water. Move on to one of the favorite reef sites in Honolulu and have the chance to swim alongside green sea turtles in their natural habitat at a safe distance. Get back into the boat and share your experience with your crew as you relax on deck and stare out into the stretching sea. Watch the shoreline of Waikiki coming quickly into view and return to the dive shop.

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

3. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

4. Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This ocean adventure off the North Shore of Oahu lets you snorkel up close and personal with our marine friends. This tour operates from May 1st to Oct 31 and is closed during the high surf winter months. Dolphins, rays, turtles, and native Hawaiian reef fish are known to frequent the area. Some of the reef fish are found nowhere else in the world. Humpback whales make their annual journey to Hawaii between the months of November to April, so you can really see them strut their stuff in the pristine blue waters.

Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

5. Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

Perfect for beginners or travelers wanting to perfect their skills, this kayak tour has been designed to show off the very best that Hawaii has to offer. Follow a qualified guide to their favorite locations around the bay, visit secluded coves, discover Hawaii’s marine life, and find the best spots to snorkel. During the tour you’ll also protect the island by helping to collect marine plastics as well as learn how to positively interact with wildlife. The tour focuses on sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as the elimination of single-use-plastics at lunch. Get kitted out with all the necessary safety gear before hopping onboard your kayak and heading into the water. The first stop of the day is the beautiful Popoi’a Island, where you can admire and learn about the nesting sea-birds which are protected here. Next, follow your guide on an easy eco-hike around the island, and explore the tide pools that line the shore. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy with a snack break. While you eat, marvel at the magnificent landscapes of dormant volcanoes and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which provide the perfect back drop to learn about Hawaii’s geologic history. Back on the kayak, soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you go in search of the green sea turtles that call these waters their home. Next, enjoy some free time to snorkel in search of colorful marine life, have a go at boogie boarding, or simply relax on the beach.

From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

6. From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

Discover what more than 300,000 guests have experienced and share an unforgettable encounter with dolphins in their natural Hawaii habitat on Oahu's west shore. Take a cruise along the stunning west coast of Oahu, and take in views of wild spinner dolphins in crystal clear ocean waters. Participate in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles. Relax and enjoy the trip while trained guides, lifesavers, and free divers make sure everyone is safe and comfortable in the water. Enjoy included access to kayaks and SUP boards or relax on the boat after snorkeling, and be entertained with hula dancing and ukulele performances from staff or as they answer questions on Hawaiian culture and history.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

7. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

8. Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

Hawaii is known for its crystal clear waters, phenomenal waves, and exquisite snorkeling. Today, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea, as well as incredible snorkeling in the warm waters around the Spirit of Aloha turtle adventure. On your day long eco-conscious cruise, you will be able to eat, swim, and relax off the Waikiki coast! During your cruise, treat yourself to a lunch, as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks from the extensive bar! If you're interested, you can also receive two free drinks with alcohol during this cruise! After filling your belly (and resting a bit before jumping in the water), you can enter into the sea and enjoy a snorkeling adventure like none other! Swim with sea turtles, brightly colored fish, and amazing creatures like you've never seen before! The boat is equipped with the finest in immunities. There are two large restrooms on board, including a fresh water shower. If you feel like lounging on the deck, no problem! There's plenty of sun and shade, so you'll always feel comfortable.  So, come out and enjoy the magic of the ocean on the Spirit of Aloha!

Honolulu: Beginner Snorkeling Tour with Videos

9. Honolulu: Beginner Snorkeling Tour with Videos

Let your instructor guide you as you snorkel through the waters of Magic Island Lagoon. Discover the marine life under the waves and have your instructor take video clips of your adventure. Start with a quick snorkeling briefing. Be taught how to use the equipment in shallow water. Practice with the equipment until you are comfortable. Follow your instructor around the dive site. Watch as your instructor points out different sea life. Have your instructor record these moments, so you take share them or keep them as mementos. At the end of the tour, your instructor will download those videos directly to your phone.

Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

10. Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

Embark on a sailing tour, absorbing from a distance the Waikiki sights. Once far enough out at sea, you will have the opportunity to partake in a thrilling snorkeling experiences where you will be able to see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. If you don’t see turtles, you will be invited to come back and redo the tour free of charge. During whale season (December through April), you will also stop to watch these majestic mammals in their natural environment. Your guides will be onboard to facilitate your experience every step of the way. Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, Waikiki, you will board your 65-foot sailing catamaran, complete with a 80-passenger capacity.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 165 reviews

I loved it! My tour was filled with divers so I had the snorkel instructor to myself!!!! She was amazing and helpful. They provide snacks and drinks on the boat for free! The staff was amazing. I would book another trip with them.

Great very well organized tour. Very safety-conscious tour - enough helpers. Very friendly - free drinks and sweets. The seasick were also very well cared for. We saw a lot of turtles :-).

Very much enjoyed the excursion. Captain and guide were both wonderful; very nice, informative, and created a great experience. Glad we did it for sure!

It was my first time ever. The experience was incredible, I was able to get close to many turtles and even got to see an eagle ray along with many fish.

Fantastic time for the family. Swimming with turtles at sunset in the shadow of a rainbow. How did they do that? Magic!