Dolphin Watching, Sightseeing and Snorkeling Cruise
Our cruise adventure is the only experience that will take you up the entire Waianae coast (west coast of Oahu), from Ko ‘Olina Marina to various points along Oahu's western coastline.
Learn about the magical history of our islands and the Waianae coastline as our crew enchants you with legends and history of this beautiful land.
Get your video and still cameras ready, because we’ll see with Dolphins (Nai’a), Whales (Kohola) [in season], Green Sea Turtles (Honu), and Flying Fish (Malolo) along the way! When we do meet up with the dolphins and whales, we’ll stop the boat, and sit with them as our knowledgeable crew will tell you everything you want to know about these amazing and beautiful creatures.
After an exciting ride up the coast, we’ll enjoy an hour of snorkeling in the pristine waters off Oahu's western coastline. We provide the best of snorkeling equipment for you to enjoy as you swim in the sparkling blue water of Makua amongst unspoiled reef and sea life where no other tours take you.
While still tingling from your snorkeling and dolphin watching experience, enjoy our sumptuous lunch buffet, and sip on a tropical Mai Tai, an ice-cold beer or any of our other beverages to your heart’s content. Let the cool Hawaiian breeze relax your soul as we make our way back down the coast to our luxurious Ko ‘Olina Marina home.
Oahu Cruise Highlights:
- The only tour that takes you along the entire West Coast of O‘ahu!
- Fully narrated in both English and Japanese
- Super clean and very spacious change rooms/toilets
- Six warm fresh-water showers
- Spacious cabin with lots of padded seating, perfect for enjoying the view in comfort
- High grade snorkel equipment with soft silicone seals, optical lenses and padded split-fins provided as well as instructional guidance for beginners
- Personal attention with never more than 12 passengers to every crew member
- Sumptuous buffet, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included
- Transportation to and from your Waikiki hotel included
Ocean Joy Cruises proudly adheres to NOAA's Dolphin SMART Program:
- STAY back 50 yards from dolphins
- MOVE away cautiously if dolphins show sign of disturbance
- ALWAYS put our engine in neutral when dolphins are near
- REFRAIN from feeding, touching, or swimming with wild dolphins
- TEACH others to be dolphin smart
Choose from three different cruises: the Morning Calm Cruise, The Afternoon Adventure Cruse and the Sunset Snorkel Dinner Cruise
Comparison and Itinerary:
|Time Schedule||Morning Calm Cruise||Afternoon Adventure||Sunset Combo Cruise
April 1st through Sept. 30
|Sunset Combo (Winter)
October 1st through Mar 30
|Courtesy Hotel Pick-ups||6:10 - 6:55AM||10:10 - 10:55AM||1:10 - 1:55PM||1:10 - 1:55PM|
|Arrive at Ko 'Olina Resort Marina||7:40AM||11:45AM||3:40PM||3:40PM|
|Boarding the Kai 'Oli'Oli - Snack||7:45AM||12:00 NOON||4:00PM||4:00PM|
|Depart Ko 'Olina Marina||8:00AM||12:15PM||4:15PM||4:15PM|
|Watch for Dolphins/Whales/Turtles, etc.||8:05AM||12:20PM||4:20PM||4:20PM|
|Snorkeling for about one hour||9:15AM||1:30PM||5:15PM||4:40PM|
|Hot Buffet Meal - Bar Opens*||10:15AM||2:30PM||5:15PM*||5:40PM*|
|More sightseeing and dolphin watching||10:30AM||2:45PM||6:30PM||6:15PM|
|Arrive dockside at Ko 'Olina Resort Marina||11:30AM||3:45PM||7:45PM||6:45PM|
|Depart Ko 'Olina Resort Marina||11:45AM||4:00PM||8:00PM||7:00PM|
|Arrive at Waikiki hotels||12:30AM - 1:00PM||5:00 - 5:30PM||8:45 - 9:15PM||7:45 - 8:15PM|
|TOTAL BOAT SNORKELING TIME:||1 HOUR||1 HOUR||1 HOUR||1 HOUR|
|TOTAL CRUISE TIME:||3.5 HOURS||3.5 HOURS||3.5 HOURS||2.5 HOURS|
|Approximate Total Excursion Time||6.5 Hours||6.5 Hours||6.5 Hours||5.5 Hours|
|BOOK ONLINE||BOOK ONLINE||BOOK ONLINE||BOOK ONLINE|
* If not snorkeling on the sunset cruise, alcohol beverages will be available after the last snorkeler enters the water.
ALL CRUISES include one hour on a snorkel site of the captain's choosing (according to conditions of the day) with the same professional quality gear and instruction from the friendly crew.
Additional Note: This is a barefoot cruise and your shoes will be stored at the dock.
Cruise Prices (includes tax):
|Cruise||Adult (13 and up)||Child (3-12 years old)||Infant|
|Morning Calm Cruise||$144.00||$124.00||$65.00|
|Sunset Snorkel Dinner||$144.00||$124.00||$65.00|
|Sunset Snorkel Dinner (winter)||$124.00||$104.00||$45.00|
Waikiki Hotel Pick-ups (Provided by royal star hawaii transportation):
|Morning Calm||Afternoon Adventure||Sunset Snorkel Dinner|
|New Otani Hotel (Kalakaua)||6:00AM||10:00AM||2:00PM|
|Waikiki Beach Marriott (Paoakalani)||6:05AM||10:05AM||2:05PM|
|Hyatt Regency (Koa Avenue)||6:15AM||10:15AM||2:15PM|
|Ohana Waikiki West (Walina Street)||6:25AM||10:25AM||2:25PM|
|Sheraton Waikiki (Bus Depot)||6:30AM||10:30AM||2:30PM|
|Embassy Suites (Beach Walk)||6:35AM||10:35AM||2:35PM|
|Maily Sky Court / Ambassador (Namahana)||6:40AM||10:40AM||2:40PM|
|Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower)||6:45AM||10:45AM||2:45PM|
|Hawaii Prince (Holomoana)||6:50AM||10:50AM||2:50PM|
|'Ilikai (Ala Moana Bvld by flagpole)||6:50AM||10:50AM||2:50PM|
|Ala Moana Hotel (Mahukona)||6:55AM||10:55AM||2:55PM|
Subject to minor time changes due to seasonality
All cruises include a sumptuous hot buffet meal, unlimited bottle water, juices and soft drinks, and up to 4 alcoholic beverages*
The meal consists of Hawaiian-style teriyaki chicken, Kalua pig (pulled pork), delicious Hawaiian-style potato-macaroni salad, white rice and chopped assorted fresh fruit, such as cantaloupe, honeydew melon and watermelon. Fresh buns, lettuce and tomato are provided to make sandwiches if desired. *Alcoholic beverages include beer, wine, mai tais and margaritas. Vegetarian meals are available by requesting them at least 4¼ hours ahead of cruise departure time.
Hats, caps, various men's and women's shirts, towels and underwater cameras are available for purchase at nominal prices on all cruises. A professional photographer will produce a DVD with 100-plus high quality photos of each cruise, as well as pre-recorded action video, for purchase at the end of the cruise.
If you've recently enjoyed one of our cruises and would like to get a copy of your time aboard the Kai 'Oli'Oli, please e-mail us at email@example.com for more information.
Dolphin Sighting Guarantee:
On the Morning Calm and Afternoon Adventure cruises, if you do not see Dolphins and/or Whales, you may return for another cruise, subject to space availability. A $25 meal fee and, if needed, a transportation fee of $25 applies. All phases of each cruise, including snorkeling, are at the Captain's discretion. Full refunds for cancellation over 24 hours ahead. No refunds given for no-shows/cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled activity. Waiver/disclaimer forms require signature.