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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

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From USD 149.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Sail on a catamaran down Oahu's western coast during this cruise from Ko Olina. Glide through the unspoiled waters on this side of the island in search of dolphins and whales, then dive in for a snorkeling experience in a hidden local spot rich with marine life. Enjoy a Hawaiian buffet, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, before heading back to shore. Choose from three daily departure times.
  • Hear informative commentary from the knowledgeable captain and crew
  • Feast on a Hawaiian buffet with a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Includes high-quality gear, snorkeling instruction, onboard shower, and changing facilities

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Western Oahu’s rugged reputation keeps the crowds away—making it the perfect spot for serene snorkeling.

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
  • Use of snorkels, masks, fins, flotation vests, flotation noodles
  • Hawaiian meal- Please notify Ocean Joy Cruises with any dietary concerns.
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen lotion, ginger pills
  • Gratuities
  • Roundtrip Transportation is available for $25.00 per person from select Waikiki Hotels.

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Ko Olina Marina
    92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

    Please meet us behind the Ko Olina Marina Adventure Center (store is currently closed). Our waiting area is oceanside, underneath the umbrellas to the left behind the Center. Our manager on duty will greet you and check you in for our tour there!

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

If you need transportation, please ensure you choose the tour option with transportation added. There is a $25.00 additional fee for roundtrip transportation per person.

What To Expect

After pickup from select Waikiki hotels, transfer to your well-equipped 61-foot (18.5-meter) catamaran for your cruise.

Your boat glides north along the coast where you might spot marine life such as dolphins, green sea turtles, whales, and flying fish. Hear from the crew about Hawaii’s natural history along the way. Head to a secret snorkeling spot where you have time to snorkel with the provided equipment. After checking out the coral reef and tropical fish, return to the boat and rinse off in the freshwater shower.

Your crew serves up a Hawaiian buffet lunch that includes kalua pig, accompanied by up to four drinks like margaritas, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic options. Glide back to the marina and have the option to purchase photos of your cruise before your tour ends with drop-off in Waikiki.

Ocean Joy Cruises

Travel by our complimentary round trip transportation from Waikiki on a comfortable air-conditioned motor-coach to the marina where you will board our 61-foot (18.5-meter) Kai OliOli catamaran for your 3.5-hour cruise. You can choose from three departure times — morning, afternoon, or sunset — to suit your schedule. Once we depart the marina, we’ll head north along the pristine western coast of Oahu to look for dolphins, whales (seasonal), flying fish, green sea turtles, and admire the beautiful unspoiled scenery. When your captain locates a pod of dolphins or whales, your boat stops to allow you to get an excellent view of the mighty mammals from the spacious deck. Your expert crew can answer any questions that you may have about the animals you see. Afterward, your captain steers the boat into a special spot for snorkeling. We provide your snorkel gear and detailed safety and snorkeling instructions. We have a roomy, comfortable sitting area with wide steps to allow you to comfortably put your gear on and easily wade into the water. Once in, marvel at colorful corals and multitudes of fish for an hour of snorkeling with guides available to assist you with fish identification and safety. Back on the boat, you can rinse off in one of the boat’s four warm, freshwater showers. Two changing rooms and restrooms are also available. Once the snorkelers return to the boat, the crew serves a sumptuous Hawaiian buffet that includes teriyaki chicken, kalua pig (pulled pork), tossed salad, rice and fresh fruit along with your choice of beer, wine, mai tai, or margarita (up to four alcoholic drinks included). As you enjoy your meal, we begin a leisurely cruise back to the marina. Throughout the cruise Throughout the tour, we serve unlimited bottled water and soft drinks while your captain and crew share the history and legends of the Waianae Coast. A professional photographer takes photos both above and under water which you have the option to purchase back at the dock before you depart.

3 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We can accept collapsible wheelchairs and small umbrella strollers but they will be stored at the marina during the cruise. Wheelchair guests must be able to walk up a short flight of steps onto the bus and boat.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers
Operated by Ocean Joy Cruises - Oahu

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.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal?

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

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Traveller Tips

You have to drive yourself to the excursion and pay for parking and the rate isn’t adjusted for them no longer providing transportation.
This tour is 30 minutes outside of Waikiki but worth the drive if you have access to a vehicle.
817 reviews
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Super fun experience
Stan_A, Nov 2022
What a great experience. We saw spinner dolphins and hundreds of fish. The food was great and the crew was amazing. Really a great trip. Highly recommend this trip
Great crew
Carl_J, Nov 2022
The crew was professional and very helpful throughout. The area we snorkeling in was perfect. The food was wonderful.
Best Experience on Hawaiin vacation
Jon_M, Nov 2022
Not only were the crew very knowledgeable and friendly, they were also extremely calm, comforting, and patient with customers. It was one of the best experiences of my vacation in Hawaii, and in recent years! Thank you to entire crew!
Great time!
Amy_S, Nov 2022
Such a great trip! Excellent meal and wonderful staff. It was a highlight to my trip and we saw a Whale Shark which is super rare! Definitely recommend
Great experience
Christina_C, Nov 2022
Great crew and service, so much fun. The food and drinks were great! We had a small group which was perfect and enjoyable.
Fun trip
Jessica_K, Oct 2022
Good, got a little sick but overall it was good. Everyone had a good time. The views were great, nice and green.
Awesome experience
Jenny_R, Oct 2022
The captain and his crew were amazing and fun! Whole experience was awesome! Food was great! Was a little apprehensive to get in due to some fears but they made me feel pretty safe to be on the water!!!
This is my first trip to...
Anna_A, Sept 2022
This is my first trip to Hawaii and I didn’t disappoint choosing viator. I booked few tours with them and would like to say they have a professional guide tours , very knowledgeable, funny who really likes what they do. Catamaran cruise was just awesome ! Sunny day , professional team , good food and drinks on a boat . Our captain and his team made this day and a whole trip very memorable and awesome!
Amazing morning cruise
Quyen_N, Sept 2022
We had a wonderful time with Captain Doug and his crew. We were lucky to see a pod of spinner dolphins, turtles, and many fishes. The crew was attentive and pleasant to interact with throughout the trip. They helped make rescheduling our excursion a breeze and pick up/drop off service was a plus. To sum up, this is a great crew who takes you to a great snorkeling spot and feeds you delicious food. Thank you Captain Doug and crew!
Able to see a family of...
Tabitha_F, Sept 2022
Able to see a family of dolphins, complimentary meal and drinks were good, the crew were very nice and accommodating 😊
Best excursion on the island!!
Jeanie_H, Sept 2022
Great crew and amazing experience!! Beautiful boat ride along the west coast of Oahu with spectacular snorkeling and a fun friendly crew! This is a must do for a highlight of your vacation!!
Fun day!
Lorie_K, Sept 2022
The entire crew was fantastic. I appreciated there was a photographer so you don’t need to buy an underwater camera. We weren’t rushed to get back in the boat. Got to see dolphins, sea turtle, stingray and plenty of beautiful fish. And lunch was delicious. Would book again next time we’re here.
Amazing cruise!
Jonathan_H, Aug 2022
Okay folks, If you haven't booked this yet, what are you even doing?! Such an amazing experience. We had a great time, from the crew, to the ship, to everything we saw, absolutely amazing. Snorkeling was amazing, the food onboard was delicious and the crew just took everything to the next level. Shout out to Captain Doug who was amazing!
Just ok ..
Ati_H, Aug 2022
Make sure you get the transportation if you’re in Waikiki, it’s an hour away . The boat was a nice catamaran but the sailboat ones looked so much nicer . The crew was ok too . Not particularly fun or engaging . They have someone who took pictures but felt it was too gimmicky. And charged $40 for pics of everyone at the end . No thank you .. We had plenty of non alcoholic choices . No snacks at all . So you starve until lunch . The lunch was ok. Pork too salty . Salad meant lettuce . We lucked out and saw dolphins and turtles . Otherwise snorkeling meant a few fish . Go to Hanamau Bay for true snorkeling. Oh and the cheap life vests will strangle you . Not the best experience.. And finally , the kids on board made it a bit crappy . Is there such a thing as adults only snorkeling cruises ? Choose that instead !
We had a great time. ...
Averil_M, Aug 2022
We had a great time. Everything was as described. This tour needs to be on your list if you are going to be on this island.
Best family experience EVER!
Ariana_G, Aug 2022
The friendliness of the crew. Being able to see dolphins and turtles. Snorkeling with fish. The FOOD
Captain Doug and Crew Make This Special!
Heather_H, Aug 2022
We went out on a beautiful day, and the cruise is exactly as described. The beat is beautiful, the captain is knowledgeable about great places to snorkel/ get pictures, Manibuta (I hope I spelled her name correctly) is a fab photographer who captures everything, the crew is professional and friendly- talk with Jace about her monk seal work-, and lunch was really tasty. We saw fish and turtles-- exactly what we wanted. My tip: swim away from the larger group. Our group had several who didn't know or follow basic snorkel etiquette, and 2 of 3 of us were kicked multiple times by others. There's lots of space in the ocean- use it, and you'll have a great time. Oh, and carefully consider whether you want to try to eat salad on the open deck of a moving boat. It's possible but messy.
Snorkeling tour not to be missed
Amelia_L, Aug 2022
The crew was excellent in boat/safety training, fish and snorkeling expertise, hospitality and kindess. We snorkeled at a great location and saw white tipped reef sharks and gorgeous fish of all kinds Food was delicious. Plenty of room for all.
You have a great crew who...
Robert_S, Aug 2022
You have a great crew who really knew the area and all about the wildlife we saw. Hope your paying them well because they really made our trip wonderful. Btw ive been to a lot of marines and the one you use may not be the most day user friendly. Get on that!!!. Boat crew and reception people were all great!!!! We will be back!!
The best coastal tour
Tera_K, Aug 2022
The crew and captain Pat were awesome and treated everyone like family. They took time to help people who had never snorkel before and set them at ease. We toured around and the captain pointed out local landmarks. The snorkel was awesome and we saw fish and turtles. Then in the boat ride back we saw dolphins. They served us lunch and drinks. Overall the trip was super fun and we can’t wait to go back again!