Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

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2 15 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

From USD 40.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Don't miss the chance of seeing some of Oahu's most exciting marine life. This tour takes you out onto the water and over tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s popular shipwrecks. As you sail, leep an eye out for honu (sea turtles), eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all visible from the deck of our vessel through the boat's glass bottom.
  • Glass-bottom boat tour: Excellent opportunity to see marine life
  • Learn about resident marine life from your guides
  • Canopy-covered deck: Keep your cool in the afternoon heat
  • Complimentary water: No need to bring your own

What's Included

  • 60-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Marine life viewing (dolphins, turtles, whales during the season
  • Experienced captain and crew
  • Canopy-covered deck for shade and comfort
  • Bottled water
  • Parking($1/hr Metered parking is available upfront closest to Waikiki and Diamond Head.)
  • Gratuity
  • Alcoholic beverages (guests may BYOB)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hawaii Glass Bottom Boats
    1025 Ala Moana Blvd Slip F21, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

    1009 Ala Moana Blvd. Kewalo Basin Harbor, slip F21 (Look for the big RED sign that says Hawaii Glass Bottom Boats)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Kewalo Basin

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Waikiki Beach

Admission Ticket Free

Diamond Head State Monument

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • We cannot accommodate power wheelchairs. There is one step across from the dock to board the boat
  • We recommend bringing infants in a car seat or hands-free carrier
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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 Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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 Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise?

A:Yes - There is metered parking available nearby.

Mar. 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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 Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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 Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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 Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise appropriate for pregnant women?

A:Yes, absolutely!

Mar. 2021

Q:Is there a restroom onboard during the Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise?

A:Yes, there is a restroom on board.

Mar. 2021

Q:Should I worry about seasickness during the Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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 Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat 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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Traveller Tips

Snorkeling boat trip would be preferable to see more marine life.


417 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Amazing views!
Tammy_H, Sept 2023
Seeing turtles and enjoying the beautiful view. The guides Austin and Stokes were awesome! I will do the again and refer others.
Beautiful tour!
Melody_F, Sept 2023
The tour guides were fantastic! Very funny and accomodating Made the whole experience so much fun. We saw several turtles and schools of fish along the way.
Turtles, fish, and tunes!
Brittany_R, Sept 2023
My family and I had so much fun on our tour. We saw a lot of fish and sea turtles! Our guides were welcoming, full of knowledge, and played awesome music!
Such an amazing time
Nancy_G, Sept 2023
Had an amazing time. Got to see turtles, fishes. And DOLPHINS! We also had two fun and entertaining hosts. Told us a lot of history of Waikiki and Diamond Head. I would definitely do this again when I visit.
Nice boat trip
Bradley_M, Sept 2023
Great experience. We had a wonderful time. Nit much fish and turtle to watch but the narrative part of the trip was very informational. The staff are very friendly and nice
Great time
Michelle_A, Sept 2023
We saw a couple of turtles 🐢, lots of fish. The operator was very nice and informative. There were several beautiful views.
A good and happy experience
sauwanbessie_m, Sept 2023
Water area shallow , fishes varieties not much and the glass bottom too small. The arrangement is good. The guides give us a full explanations .
Amazing trip
neil_h, Sept 2023
The scenery was beautiful and the crew members were lovely. Saw lots of sea turtles and fish. Amazing tour, highly recommended.
Great, Easy Experience
Nathaniel_C, Sept 2023
This is a great way to go out from Waikiki Beach and see tropical fish and sea turtles from Turtle Canyon for those not wishing to get wet and/or avoid getting sunburned (the boat is covered).
Two Thumbs Up
Debbie_G, Sept 2023
It was a really great boat ride. No dolphins, but knowledgeable crew. And great views. I would recommend.
Beautiful view of Waikiki...
Leihua_H, Sept 2023
Beautiful view of Waikiki is much prettier from sea than land. Fishes swimming along the boat was amazing.
Dolphins and a turtle
Christopher_B, Sept 2023
Saw a turtle and a whole pod of dolphins! Your guide was fantastic. It rained and wouldn’t change a thing. Worth every penny.
Augustus_J, Sept 2023
It was fun and very interesting and informative. The guides were great!!!!They made the tour enlightening.
Good sea trip
Louisa_W, Sept 2023
Seeing the Dolpine and turtles a good crew with information of surrounding area . Great photo options.
Definitely worth the price of admission!
Kimberly_P, Sept 2023
We had a beautiful tour, fun captains, great music, and a few turtles, fish and even a ray. It was a fun first experience for my daughter and grandson. Highly recommend! Captain Ford and his dad jokes added to our enjoyment.
Relaxing Boat Ride
William_C, Sept 2023
The scenery was beautiful looking at Diamond Head from the water-- relaxing boat ride - plenty of tropical fish to see!
Cynthia_A, Aug 2023
Great tour. My family had a great time and we made new and wonderful memories. The tour guides were excellent. I will definitely come back.
They care about your experience
Emma_G, Aug 2023
This was such a cool experience! The tour guides were really chill and nice. I did think the whole bottom would be glass but there was only specific viewing “windows” looking down, you did kinda have to fight to get a glimpse but wasn’t a deal breaker. The guide even took us for a small detour where we got to see a nursery pod of dolphins! Such a neat experience and appreciate him going out of his way for us to see it! He also was very knowledgeable about the sea creatures and lay of the land. Overall very fun
Don’t go
sarge1150, Aug 2023
This trip is very misleading. The glass bottom has nothing to do with this adventure. For what you get it’s very over priced
Brief and inexpensive up-close introduction to sea life in Hawaii.
Jason_L, Aug 2023
Tristan was insightful, funny, and witty. Never short on an answer to a question regarding Hawaii's unique characteristics and landmarks only visible by boat. The whole crew was nice and communicated the dos and don'ts clearly. The ride out was breezy and under a shade. The viewing inside the glass bottom boat itself, though, was a bit underwhelming as the four viewing windows are recessed just far enough it makes it seem farther away despite being a convex shape. For those that can't swim, this is a good way to see a bit of sea life with almost no risk. As it is appears to be a catamaran hull, the boat is mostly stable, too, for those with sea motion sickness. The water cups they give you are a bit tiny but you can grab as many as you want. We saw some turtles but no dolphins or whales. Tristan fed the fishes generously to come out and be visible for everyone.

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