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Oahu: Dolphin Swim and Turtle Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

1. Oahu: Dolphin Swim and Turtle Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Embark on a wildlife-watching cruise aboard a 32-foot motorboat. Search for wild dolphins and whales off the coast of Oahu and learn about each species. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel in unique spots and come face-to-face with the most vibrant reefs. Board your boat and head out on an exhilarating ocean ride. Hear about local marine life from the experienced crew as you navigate. Spot wild dolphins playing in turquoise waters and, during the winter months, enjoy the bonus of spotting humpback whales. Stop to snorkel in clear, protected bays that are teeming with sea life. Gaze at the fascinating ecosystem of Hawaii's reefs, including sea turtles and colorful fish. Hop back on board, sit back, and relax on your return trip.

Oahu: Dolphin Watching with Lunch and Ocean Sports

2. Oahu: Dolphin Watching with Lunch and Ocean Sports

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 Oahu Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, Dolphin, & Snorkel Tour

3. West Oahu Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, Dolphin, & Snorkel Tour

Experience Hawaii's stunning Leeward Coast with a boat cruise from Wai'anae. Search for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, tropical fish, and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Savor a mouth-watering breakfast and lunch onboard and relax with 2 beverages from the bar, as well as unlimited sodas and juices.  Board the boat at the Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor and set sail for the turquoise waters of the southwestern coast of Oahu. Keep a lookout for the playful spinner dolphins that often like to jump and play in the wake of the boat. Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast on your way to your pristine snorkeling spot. Explore on an eco-friendly sailboat, geared towards respecting local wildlife. Enjoy the journey on a vessel with the latest amenities, including 2 large restrooms and a fresh-water shower. Relax on the spacious shaded deck as you feel the sea breeze. Search for the graceful Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle that inhabits the waters along the coast. Learn about the life cycle and behavior of the turtles while observing them respectfully in their natural habitat, and gain a deeper insight into the external threats to their population. Pull up a chair at the bar and sip on your 2 complimentary microbrews, with more available to purchase if you wish. Stay hydrated with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks all day long. Next, arrive at the snorkeling location, receive your sanitized snorkel gear, and jump into the crystal-clear water. Your lifeguard-certified crew will be on hand to assist you as you snorkel amongst the shoals and search for more reclusive sea creatures that hide amongst the corals. Work up an appetite in the water, and then sit down to a delicious picnic lunch on the boat's comfy deck tables. After lunch, relax on the deck and soak up the views as you return to Wai'anae. Lunch menu: Lilikoi biscuit and fruit Turkey Pesto Wrap & Chips Veggie option: (advance notice required) Tomato wrap with tomato, bell peppers, cucumber, green leaf and chips Gluten-free: (advance notice required) Lettuce wrap Nut allergy: Turkey Wrap, no pesto (menu subject to change)

West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

4. West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

Explore the beautiful clear blue waters of West O'ahu. Spot wild dolphins and snorkel through the ocean while admiring the diversity of wildlife in the area. See a variety of creatures such as turtles, tropical fish, seals, and sometimes manta rays. Board a spacious 42-passenger catamaran boat to cruise the West Coast of O’ahu and enjoy a relaxing experience of dolphin watching and snorkeling among O'ahu's wildlife. Travel on a double-hulled catamaran, relax while enjoying a comfortable and stable ride, and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Look out for dolphins and snorkel in the clear waters of West O’ahu, and enjoy an experience with wild Hawaiian sea turtles and tropical island fishes. Have fun searching for O'ahu's wildlife while snorkeling, and see creatures like the Hawaiian monk seals. This dolphin watching and snorkeling tour is suitable for beginners and is a perfect choice even for families with small children.

Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

5. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales in their natural habitat aboard a beautiful catamaran or mono-hull powerboat. Set sail from Waianae Harbor and cruise the shallow waters off the west coast of Oahu in comfort. Soak up the fantastic weather, just as the warm waters surrounding the main islands attract humpback whales in large numbers. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire humpback whale population of the North Pacific travel over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in order to breed, calve, and nurse their young. Get served complimentary sodas, chips, and cookies as you look for the magnificent creatures frolicking off the shores from December to May.

Oahu: 3 Hour Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Speedboat Tour

6. Oahu: 3 Hour Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Speedboat Tour

Adventure offshore on our high-speed zodiac, the Dolphin Warrior. On this intimate 3-hour tour, you'll swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. You'll have multiple opportunities to jump in the water with the dolphins and view them from the boat. Next, we will head to the famous snorkeling beach, Makaha. Here you'll snorkel with turtles and colorful reef fish. Take in views of the stunning West Side of Oahu as we cruise along the shoreline. - Please take your seasick remedy an hour prior to your excursion. - Please note; The dolphin swimming portion of the tour is fast-paced and recommended only for advanced snorkelers/ swimmers. -Keep an eye out for whales (November - March)

Oahu: Historic Honolulu Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

7. Oahu: Historic Honolulu Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Embark on a self-guided tour through the Hawaii Capital Historic District. Stroll past historical and modern landmarks while listening to the audio guide on your smartphone as we lead you on a journey through the capital city of Hawaii with the rich history and culture that defines this amazing place. Marvel at Ali'iolani Hale, home to Hawaii’s Supreme Court and the awe inspiring Hawaii Public Library. Take in the beauty of the Iolani Palace, once the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs and the only royal palace located in the United States. Appreciate Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, a magnificent place of worship and the Emma Square named for Queen Emma and James and Abigail Campbell. Learn about the Frank F Fasi Building, the origin of the Nagasaki Peace Bell and the Hawaii State Art Museum, dedicated to showcasing the art and culture of Hawaii. Hear the interesting stories behind the Sky Gate, Seagull Schools, the unique custom of Kapu Law and Father Damien and the Eternal Flame. Delight in the ancient folklore of Hawaii’s fabled "little-people" the Menehune. Learn the long history of Hawaii through the statues of King Kamehameha, Patsy Takemoto-Mink and her meaning to Hawaiians. You’ll hear about the inspiring Queen Lili’uokalani and her dedication to the people of Hawaii as well as the interesting history behind the regal manor called Washington Place. Explore the architecture in the Kana’ina Building, the impressive features of the Honolulu Hale and the Kawaiahao Church with its unusual building material and royal tomb. Visit the Hawaiian Mission Houses, among the oldest Western style houses on the islands, along with the Waianae sandstone Honolulu Police Station. Check out an example of early 20th century architecture in Honolulu at the Kuma Kahua Theatre. Stroll past the historic and cultural landmarks of the Queen’s Conference Center, the Queen’s Medical Center and the Boughaus designed Hawaii State Capitol Building. Take a break in the pedestrian-only Fort Street Mall and then check out the lavish style of the once famous “Pride of the Pacific”, now the Hawaii Theatre.

Oahu: Dolphin Watch, Turtle Snorkel, Waterslide Activities,

8. Oahu: Dolphin Watch, Turtle Snorkel, Waterslide Activities,

Your cruise begins with a traditional Hawaiian “Oli” (ancient chant) for safe passage and seeking knowledge. Voyage out to sea with us in search of wild dolphins in their natural habitat. We will be on the lookout for Pan Tropical Spotted, Bottlenose, Spinner dolphins, and whatever else we can spot as we cruise along the coastline of West Oahu. After spending time with the dolphins, we will take you to the famous snorkeling spot of Makaha. Here you can snorkel with Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles, colorful tropical fish, and more. You can enjoy the climbing wall, big floating mat, water slide, and stand-up paddle board! This is a fun family event that will be a day to remember for years. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We serve locally-made turkey wraps for lunch. Please take your seasick remedy an hour prior to your excursion. Please note; The dolphin swimming portion of the tour is fast-paced and recommended only for advanced snorkelers/ swimmers.

Oahu, Haleiwa: Da Mongoose EzRaider 1.5 hour ATV Adventure

9. Oahu, Haleiwa: Da Mongoose EzRaider 1.5 hour ATV Adventure

Experience the future of off-roading today on a Mongoose ATV! You’ve never ridden anything like this before. Our Mongoose ATVs are Israeli-made EZRAIDERS – fully electric, solo-rider ATVs that excite the senses. Take a trip into the surreal as your electric ATV effortlessly zig zags across the terrain as stealthily as a mongoose. Ride standing up and pick in-season fruit directly from your ATV or sit down, relax, and enjoy the ride. Lean into those turns and feel the rush of the wind as you grip around corners and climb red dirt hills. Take in beautiful panoramic views of the Waianae mountains and Waialua coastline. Explore the upper agricultural lands of the North Shore on private trails and farm roads. You’re in good hands as your expert guide demonstrates safe riding techniques and shares fascinating information about the sites, plants, and views along the way. Recommendations: Dress accordingly; conditions can include rain or sunshine, cool mountain breezes, or high humidity. During rain and/or muddy conditions riders can get dirty – please DON’T wear your favorite aloha shirt! Be advised that this is a rough ride; please take the proper precautions if you are susceptible to carsickness. Requirements/Restrictions: Age Requirement: Participants must be at least 18 years old. Seating Capacity: 1 guest per vehicle. Drivers may be liable for any damages to ATVs if caused by negligence or recklessness. Due to the vehicle’s sudden jerky movements caused by rough roads, we do not recommend this tour for people with back or neck problems and/or women who are pregnant. Inquire first before booking if you or anyone in your party has any physical or medical conditions that may affect their ability to tightly grip handlebars while enduring a bumpy 1.5hr-long ride. All participants are healthy and able to physically handle a rigorous off-road ride. All participants must wear closed-toe water-friendly footwear. No flip-flops. No exceptions. All participants must wear safety helmets & glasses (provided by North Shore EcoTours) All guests are required to sign a waiver & release form prior to the start of their tour. Please note that for safety reasons, the tour route may change depending on weather & road conditions.

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

10. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

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The girls were amazing!!! Knowledgeable engaging I can’t say enough good things. Everyone was great!!! We found a nursery pod of dolphins. The smaller boat and capacity size made this the absolute best way to be up front and close to the dolphins. I was so glad we weren’t on the big boats out. We wouldn’t have been able to see the baby dolphins having a blast or the ones riding our wake. Just can’t say enough good things about this tour. I have already recommended to everyone I know. Deanna

My daughter and I had a great time snorkeling with sea turtles and looking for dolphins. We did see some whales. We will return another day to see about those dolphins. The crew was fantastic!! Fresh pineapple was a treat! This was probably our best memory from the trip. We highly recommend.

It was an excellent tour we truly swam with the dolphins and snorkeled with the sea turtles and the Hawaiian fish. We could use paddle boards, the rock wall, and slide once we got to our snorkeling spot. the staff could not have been nicer I highly recommended this tour!!!

Was a fantastic cruise with wonderful service and a very knowledgeable crew. We saw humpback whales breaching and followed about 3 whales throughout the cruise. Magical!

Outstanding experience! Saw plenty of whales and dolphins. Crew was excellent and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.