Oahu
Maui Whale Watch Cruise

Waikiki Turtle Canyon Snorkel (2 Hours; Ala Wai Harbor, Oahu)

Badge of ExcellenceOahu, USA
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Catch an exciting peek at the underwater world on this whale-watching cruise in Oahu. Our comfortable, spacious, vessel often attracts whales led by our expert crew who will live narrate what you are seeing firsthand. Enjoy stunning views and photo opportunities while traveling along Oahu's exquisite coastline. Your family-friendly cruise comes with a guarantee that you spot a whale during your adventure. Our crew will explain these Humpback whales’ actions between breaches, flukes, tail slaps, movements in the water and more! Booking this tour, you are supporting a directly impacted Maui, Lahaina Wildfire tour company whose home harbor was Lahaina Harbor. The Humpback Whale migration it's a must do adventure and go on a once in a lifetime experience. -We are one of the only vessels that allow you to bring your own snacks and beverages! -We offer snacks, beverages, gifts & other retail items for purchase. All proceeds go to Humpback Whale research and protection.
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or go again for free
  • Witness majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat
  • Learn about humpbacks and their behaviors from your naturalist guides
  • Choose to watch the action from the upper deck or the enclosed main cabin

What's Included

  • Expert Captain & Experienced Crew For YOUR Safety!
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Snorkel "101" lesson and instructions.
  • Snacks
  • Water Toys!
  • Local knowledge about the islands & what you're seeing underwater.
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Hotel Pick-up/ Drop-off.

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 95 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    HARBOR ADDRESS: 95 Holomoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA ---- WHERE AT HARBOR: Ala Wai Harbor; Check-in in front of the 'PAU HANA PLACE' Restaurant; near the RED AND WHITE 'OPEN' SIGN. (Boat Name: "Kaulana"). ---- (See booking confirmation ticket voucher for more information.)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Hop aboard your vessel in Honolulu and settle in on the upper observation deck or the enclosed main cabin with large viewing windows. Every 2-hour trip includes LIVE NARRATION from one of our whale experts, under water hydrophone for additional visibility, and conveniently departs directly from Ala Wai Harbor.

This tour operates during the whale migration period from December until May, when humpback whales come to Hawaii's warm waters to breed, a 3,500-mile (5635 km) departure from their feeding waters in Alaska. Keep your eyes peeled as your captain and crew help to point out any marine life that pops up, and soak up the stunning backdrop of the island’s coastline.

This tour has multiple departures times to fit your travel schedule, and concludes at its original departure point.

Our lead boat, Kaulana, is the largest, most UNCROWDED whale watching boat on Oahu! We have moved our tours to Oahu, due to direct impact from the Lahaina Wildfires. Booking this tour, you're supporting the locally Maui owned company, the captains & crew!

Our big, spacious boat and can follow the whales in comfort, no matter where they roam, throughout the Humpback Whale Sanctuary. This is the SAFEST and MOST COMFORTABLE way to experience up-close whale encounters.

Hawaii Ocean Project is Hawaii's premier supporter for WHALE RESEARCH, giving back to legitimate organizations that help both the humpbacks and all marine wildlife.

This educational and informative adventure is great fun for the entire family and offers spectacular sightseeing and photo opportunities.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour operates in most weather conditions, dress appropriately! This is a snorkel tour, so you will be getting wet.
  • For comfort we cap capacity at 80 passengers; Coast Guard Certified for 145 passengers.
  • Tour operator reserves the right to substitute vessels, routes and destinations based on vessel operations, weather and sea conditions without notice
  • All passengers must be able to provide identification upon the request of vessel personnel as proof of his/her identity. Due to these changes it is imperative that each guest have a valid ID with them at all times.
  • Check-in minimum 30 minutes prior to departure of tour at the Lahaina Cruise Company booth at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.
  • Tour boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure and closes 5 minutes before departure.
  • Departures leave promptly at designated times to avoid delays on return times.
  • Full refunds are eligible with 24-hr notice. Less than 24-hr notice due to medical circumstances a doctor visit note may be required for a full refund.
  • Restrictions • This activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Release of Liability Waiver must be acknowledged for all members of group at check in.
  • Some restrictions may apply for Wheelchair accessibility - call us for further details before booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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:Can I bring a cooler with my own drinks?

A:Due to space constraints, guests are not permitted to bring their own coolers onboard.

Jun 2023

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Reviews

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Amazing!
Sylinuth_A, Apr 2024
The beautiful views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. The ocean is beautiful, weather is perfect, and the staffs are pleasant.
Fantastic tour
Jenifer_B, Apr 2024
The crew was absolutely wonderful! They were very informative. They knew exactly where to find the whales. It was a wonderful experience for me and my family! I highly recommend to anyone wanting to go on a whale watching tour.
We had a great time on...
Jonathon_C, Apr 2024
We had a great time on the whale watch! Captain and crew were very attentive and informative. We saw turtles, dolphins and whales. We’d definitely go back.
Whale watching trip was...
Ed_G, Apr 2024
Whale watching trip was awesome we saw 6 different whales. They were very active. The crew was great!
Great experience!
Sarah_B, Apr 2024
My kids and I really enjoyed this experience. The boat captain was very knowledgeable about the area, having worked with the Navy in Hawaii for many years. Saw a total of 9 humpback whales. Aside from that: plenty of facts about whales, captain deftly piloted the boat to avoid choppiness and thus seasickness, and friendly staff who proactively came and offered to take family photos with your own phone.
Actually seeing the...
Gloria_H, Apr 2024
Actually seeing the whales and dolphins and sea turtles. It was fantastic experience. Thank you so much!!
End of season
William_T, Apr 2024
They took the time to make sure we saw the whales at the end of the season. Also gave great information on the whales.
Relaxing Boat Ride!
Shelly_J, Apr 2024
We went second week of April so we did not see any wales since it was end of season. We did see a sea turtle and had a fun boat ride. The crew was very attentive and friendly. They offered us another free trip out to try again but due to time constraints we declined. I would recommend this activity for all ages!
Whale watching yes, but a whole lot more!
Leonard_Z, Apr 2024
As far as whale watching is concerned it was all right. However the thing that stood out to me was the relocation of the Lahaina company to Oahu due to the wildfire last year. The harrowing escape of Captain Dave was an unforgettable description of what it really was like at the time. I was happy to support this business and hope that the company will recover and return to Maui soon.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
A Fun Experience
David_H, Apr 2024
Even though it was late in watching season, we saw several whales! The captain was friendly and knowledgeable (though difficult to hear on the small onboard sound system,) and the crew was personable and helpful and the boat was very accommodating. Was likely just the weather that day, but would recommend preparing for strong winds. Take this trip!!👍
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Captain and Crew couldn't...
Beth_L, Apr 2024
Captain and Crew couldn't have been any nicer, since the weather wasn't great and we didn't see many whales the Captain said anyone who wanted to could stay on the boat for the next tour or come another day. Who else would do that.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Windy but fun
Jim_Z, Apr 2024
The crew was very friendly and welcoming. The captain forewarned us that due to high winds and waves he would not be able to sail to deep water so our chances of seeing the whales would be minimal. He gave us the option to opt out before we set sail. We chose to go anyway. While quite choppy, we enjoyed the experience. The captain thought he saw a whale just before returning to shore. We didn’t actually see it. We were given a voucher for a free return trip. Since we were flying home that same day we shared the voucher with a local who might be able to use it. Thanks to the friendly staff, the trip was worth it.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Whales
ROBERT_M, Apr 2024
The water was really blue. I unfortunately got sick. We did not see any whales because the water was really choppy.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aloha - thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear you got sick, I hope our crew was extremely helpful and paid attention to your concerns and gave support.
Needle in Haystack
Cassy_S, Apr 2024
Hearing that there are only 10 whales in the area was disappointing. That’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack! Go to Maui to watch whales. Also, the water was very choppy so people were getting sick and vomiting. Awful.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
I'm sorry to hear about your lack of enthursiasm about the tour. We do strive to create an epic and memorable experience for our guests. With that being said, of course these animals are wild and we always attempt to put you in the best viewing position. Please feel free to contact our reservations team about an experience recovery.
Whales whales whales
CHONTEL_C, Apr 2024
This tour is a must. We saw so many whales. The boat was big enough to move around and everyone had a front row view. The crew was wonderful. They were wonderful in accommodating my elderly father who decided the ride would make him ill. They refunded his money.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Great whale watching and coastal cruise
Robert_H, Apr 2024
I chose this option for whale watching because of the high ratings and guarantee of whale sightings or another trip. I knew that meant there was a high probability. We saw several groups of whales and a seal. It was a fun experience for the family.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Nice relaxing ride
Joseph_E, Apr 2024
Heading back to shore we were at a nice speed hitting the waves with some nice wind at our face. It was refreshing
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
A must sign up
Terrie_H, Apr 2024
The boats history from whale support, a rescue from the horrific fires on Maui and continuing whale education.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Get ready to see whales😃!
Paul_T, Mar 2024
What a beautiful day it was out on the water😃! I had never experienced such scenic views before. Our ship sailed out around 9:00am, which happened (on that day) to be perfect for seeing the whales! It was the first time I had seen several whales all in one area. The captain explained that they were younger whales out playing together😃. The captain and crew did a phenomenal job taking care of everyone on the ship. They also suggested moving around the ship for closer pictures and/or videos of the whales 🐳. This experience was incredible and I would gladly do it again!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
Awesome
Connie_F, Mar 2024
Loved being able to see the whales and got awesome pictures. Great family fun vacation, some first time boat ride.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for taking the time to join us, and leave a review! It helps support our locally owned and operated business - mahalo!
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