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Oahu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Boat Tour

1. Oahu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Boat Tour

Watch angelfish dart in and out of underwater coral caverns and search for sea turtles using high-quality snorkeling gear on this tour from Honolulu to Turtle Canyon. Relax in the sun on the boat's floating platforms while enjoying the provided snacks and beverages.  Be greeted by the activity provider's staff at the pier and hop aboard a comfortable boat with a captain and crew made up of certified divers, lifeguards, free divers, and surfers who familar with the waters of Turtle Canyon. They can show you where to look and what to look for. Admire views of the famed Diamond Head while you head out to the snorkeling site and be provided with new, high-end snorkel gear and floatation devices. For non-swimmers there is a swim step where they can sit and put their feet in the water. Plunge into the water, swimming through schools of tropical fish. Look for the large green sea turtles that come from deeper waters to visit the shallower turtle cleaning station known as Turtle Canyons. Back onboard seasonal fruits, snacks, juice, and water are included. Unwind with an ice-cold drink and stunning views of the shore on the way back to your meeting point. 

Waikiki: Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

2. Waikiki: Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Discover the beauty of Waikiki's underwater world with this Snorkeling Tour at Turtle Canyon. Board a catamaran at the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue in Honolulu, and sail to Turtle Canyon, a renowned sea turtle cleaning station. Your expert guides know the prime spots for encountering sea turtles, octopus, and starfish in their natural habitat. Gear up with the provided snorkeling equipment and immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life below. Witness the graceful movements of sea turtles, colorful tropical fish, and elusive octopuses. After an exhilarating snorkeling session, relax on the catamaran as you cruise back to shore, leaving you with unforgettable memories of your underwater adventure in Waikiki.

From Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkeling Tour

3. From Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkeling Tour

Our ~1hour 30min tour takes our guests along the beautiful coast of Waikiki, where we anchor at the well-known snorkel location called Turtle Canyon. This reef is known for the abundance of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that come to get their shells cleaned by the surrounding reef fish. The turtles frequently come up to the surface to breathe, where they can be seen by spectators who are both in the water and relaxing on the boat. In addition to turtles, you might see other local marine life. This includes various types of reef fish, eels, octopus, urchins, rays, and dolphins. Also with a chance at seeing Humpback Whales during Dec-April. Our crew is highly experienced with guiding guests around Turtle Canyons and maximizing their experience with the wildlife. Through our intimate semi-private tour, our crew will ensure that everyone receives the best possible encounter with the marine life. When you feel satisfied with your in-water experience, hop back onboard our boat to enjoy the sun with complementary beverages.

Honolulu: Snorkel with Turtles, Water Scooter, Paddleboard

4. Honolulu: Snorkel with Turtles, Water Scooter, Paddleboard

Cruise along the shore of Honolulu on this guided group tour. To begin, head toward Turtle Canyon, Hawaii's best spot to see turtles. Snorkel with these incredible Hawaiian green sea turtles, and be amazed by these wondrous creatures. Later, have the option to enjoy some water scooters and paddleboards to boost your fun and experience. Later, enjoy some renowned musubi from Cafe Iyasume, as well as hot cup noodles and other snacks to keep you warm after the swim.

Oahu: Private Turtle Snorkeling with Customizable Itinerary

5. Oahu: Private Turtle Snorkeling with Customizable Itinerary

Discover Oahu from a different perspective: on a private catamaran cruise. Feel the sun on your skin as you take in striking views of the deep blue ocean, the lush south coast of the island, and local wildlife. Jump into the cooling waters for some snorkeling among colorful reefs and fish. Depart from Kewalo Basin Harbor and make your way up the coastline to the iconic Diamond Head. Take your time and stop along the way if you spot any sea turtles, spinner dolphins, or whales. Marvel at these sea animals in their natural habitat. Once at the top of the route, discover a calm anchorage to relax at. Jump into the water to snorkel and swim or just dip your toes in the water as you soak in this relaxing day outdoors. Best of all, make the most of your private charter by playing your own music on the catamaran's speakers and bring any drinks and food you would like to enjoy during your time at sea. Learn about the island's history and culture from your local guides, soaking up their knowledge, passion, and skill en route. Head back to the harbor, feeling sun kissed and relaxed.

Waikiki: Ocean Rafting & Turtle Snorkel (Small-group)

6. Waikiki: Ocean Rafting & Turtle Snorkel (Small-group)

Meet at the harbor conveniently located next to Waikiki. Depart on an exciting adventure ride to our snorkel spot with a few sporty maneuvers that are sure to put a smile on your face. Our boat is built to handle Hawaii's powerful ocean offering a smooth and quick ride. This means you can spend more time in the water and less time driving. Once we reach Turtle Canyon our guides will brief you on how to use our top-quality gear. We'll guide you around the reef, teaching you about the marine life we see and ensuring your safety in the water. We almost always see sea turtles up close and a variety of tropical fish. After snorkeling to your heart's content we'll shoot up the coast to check out Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head (a great photo opportunity). Lastly, we'll head offshore to get a new perspective of the coastline, and drop you back off at the harbor with a newfound love for the ocean. Keep an eye out for Spinner Dolphins and seasonal Humpback Whales during the ride (Dec – April).

Oahu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling & Hula Dance

7. Oahu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling & Hula Dance

Embark on a snorkeling trip along the Waikiki coast and explore vibrant reefs full of marine life. Admire Diamond Head, savor complimentary snacks, and enjoy Hawaiian cultural performances onboard. Following departure at the Kewalo Boat Harbor, begin the boat ride by reciting a Hawaiian chant called, "E’ho mai". It is a prayer to the gods of the sea for a safe trip with plentiful marine life. After arriving at the destination and a snorkel briefing, it’s time to jump in the water and explore. Hawaii’s clear waters and a sunny day will produce beautiful colors, bringing the reef to life. You’ll see Hawaiian reef fish and turtles. After snorkeling, guests will have an opportunity to explore different parts of the boat, from the wraparound bow to the 2nd-floor deck for optimal scenic viewing. The boat also has a Titanic-style bow and a bathroom on board. Learn about Hawaiian marine life, such as turtles, dolphins, and whales from your crew. You may even see some dolphins and whales during your journey. After a fun-filled adventure, head back to the harbor. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the crew’s Hula Show. In the end, join in with the crew dancing together to spread Aloha and give thanks.

Oahu : Waikiki sailing turtle snorkeling in small groups

8. Oahu : Waikiki sailing turtle snorkeling in small groups

Witness the brilliant colors of a sunrise over Diamond Head crater. Ideal for early birds, couples or families who are up at the crack of dawn during their Hawaiian vacation due to time zone changes. As we start out our tour from Alawa’i boat harbor towards Diamond Head alongside of the Waikiki coast, it will be a short boat ride to reach the Turtle Canyon snorkeling site. This spot is known for the large numbers of sea turtles that float above the reef while the reef fish swim around them and clean their shells. When the turtles come up to breath, they can even be seen by our guests relaxing on the boat! After our snorkeling adventure we will set our sails and head towards Diamond head, these early morning hours are the best chance to see the Hawaiian spinner dolphins playing and swimming around the boat.

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Semi-Private Boat Tour

9. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Semi-Private Boat Tour

Turtle Canyon Snorkel Tour (Semi-Private Tour) in Waikiki, Hawai'i About the Tour: Experience snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Turtle Canyon, Waikiki's premier turtle snorkeling spot. This adventure-packed tour is 1.5 hours long and promises an unforgettable marine encounter. Turtle Canyon is teeming with tropical fish, sea turtles, sea urchins, octopus, eagle rays and more! - Duration: 1.5 hours - Boat Ride: 10-minute high-speed adventure to the snorkel spot - Snorkel Time: 45 minutes- 1 hour - Group Size: Only 6 people per tour - Age Limit: Suitable for ages 5 and up (For younger children, please call ahead) Experience Level: Suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced snorkelers Tour Highlights: High-Speed Adventure Boat: Our 32ft high-speed inflatable Zodiac boat ensures a thrilling and smooth ride to the snorkel spot. Small Group Tours: Enjoy an intimate experience with only 6 passengers per tour. Swimming with Turtles Guaranteed: Encounter these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat. Marine Life Encounters: Apart from the enchanting sea turtles and tropical fish, keep an eye out for a diverse range of marine life.

Oahu: Waikiki Kayak Tour and Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

10. Oahu: Waikiki Kayak Tour and Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

Grab a paddle and cruise along the shoreline of Oahu and snorkel with the turtles and tropical fish at Turtle Canyon. Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is provided on this guided kayaking trip from Waikiki. Paddle along the Waikiki shoreline on a guided kayak tour with panoramic views of the coast from the water. Spot passing dolphins, rays, or even whales at certain times of the year. Arriving at Turtle Canyon, dive into the warm Pacific Ocean to find a colorful variety of tropical fish. Turtle Canyon is a popular spot to see green sea turtles resting, feeding, and getting cleaned by cleaner wrasse. Enjoy sharing the water with these mostly slow-moving marine creatures.

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What people are saying about Turtle Canyon

I had the best experience for the turtle dive. The team looked after us so well, the we’re accommodating and tried to cater to everything we hoped to see. It was close and intimate unlike the boats that had 40 people on board. We only had 4 on our tour and we had all the attention needed. I would recommend captain Max to everyone I know that are going to Hawaii.

Best tour in Honolulu! The girls are all super nice and chill! Very professional and lead us to see multiple sea turtles! I really appreciate the sweet and juicy pineapple when returning. Overall, super recommended and definitely would do it again! Trust 中国人不骗中国人

Wonderful and beautiful experience that really added to my friend and I’s magical Hawaii trip! Saw lots of sea turtles, even a rare one! Our tour guide, Christina, was so wonderful, and there was a great variety of snacks & beverages!

So much fun! Saw a lot of turtles and fish. The crew was amazing. Would definitely recommend and will go back to the same company in the future!

The water was kind of murky, but we did see several turtles and some good fish