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How Do Snorkel Cruises Work?


Do you love spending time in the water? If so, then you’ll definitely want to check out snorkel cruises! These cruises are a great way to explore the beauty of the ocean and explore unique snorkeling locations. In this blog post, we will discuss how snorkel cruises work and some of the benefits that come with them. So, if you’re interested in learning more about this fun water activity, keep reading!

What Is A Snorkel Cruise?

A snorkel cruise is a day trip (or shorter) where you are taken out on a boat to go snorkeling. You typically go sightseeing or animal watching, and the captain of the ship will take you to a good snorkeling destination off-shore.

Benefits of Snorkeling Cruises:

  • Unique destinations that are hard to access without local knowledge and your own boat
  • You get to see the ocean and islands in a much different way
  • You can see animals that don’t normally hang out right near the shores
  • Relaxing on a boat!

How Do They Work?

After you’ve booked your snorkeling cruise you’re probably wondering what to expect. First off, you should have received the itinerary and instructions for the day of your trip.

Before you start your adventure, remember to eat a light meal and hydrate! Being out on the water all day can be draining, both physically and mentally. You’ll want to make sure you are well-rested and feeling good on the day of your cruise.

This may change depending on where you go and who you book with, but generally, you will leave the marina and drive around for a bit before stopping at your snorkeling destination.

What Should You Bring?

If you book with us at Ocean Joy Cruises, you don’t have to worry about bringing your own snorkeling equipment, beverages, or food! Our cruise boats are even equipped with showers and changing rooms! Our snorkeling gear provides you with fins, goggles, and snorkels.

Some items you should bring along for yourself include:

  • Sunscreen (reef-safe sunscreen!) and SPF lip balm
  • Towel
  • Sun protection clothing
  • Change of clothes
  • Any extra food or snacks that you may want
  • Motion sickness medication if you are susceptible to it
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or a visor
  • GoPro equipment if you’d like to record your adventure

Different Types of Snorkel Cruises

There is a variety of snorkeling cruises you can choose from and you can always find one that suits your needs. Most companies offer the same variety of cruises as us at Ocean Joy Cruises, but we are the only ones on Oahu that show you the best snorkeling destinations.

Morning Calm Snorkel Cruise

The morning cruise is a great way to start a day on your vacation. Hop on the boat early, and catch the beauty of Hawaiian mornings.

As you make your way to your snorkeling destinations keep an eye out for dolphins and seasonal whales.

Afternoon Snorkel Cruise

Get taken to some of the best snorkeling spots on Oahu’s coasts with this tour. Cruise around looking for marine life, and bask in the sun to get a tan.

You will enjoy breathtaking views and great service on this type of cruise.

Sunset Snorkeling Cruise

If you’re looking for romance and adventure, the sunset snorkel tour is the perfect option. Not only do you get to witness the stunning sunsets that Hawaii offers, but you also get to snorkel under the deep colors that the sunset presents.

You can listen to entertainment and stories of the island as the crew tells you all about the local legends of the island.

Whether you are looking for a romantic night or just some unique fun, a sunset snorkel cruise is one of the best options.

Enjoy Your Cruise!

No matter which cruise you pick, you’re sure to have an unforgettable adventure. With so much to explore and see during your time on the boat – it’s going to be hard to stop the urge to go again!

We hope this article has helped you learn a bit more about snorkeling cruises, and thank you for reading!

If you have any questions or concerns about your vacation to Oahu and the snorkeling cruise, reach out to experienced staff. We are more than happy to help you figure out what is best for you and your group. Mahalo, and we look forward to seeing you!

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