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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet provided by Ocean Joy Cruises

Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 21/01/15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/01/15 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Everything’s taken care of on this half-day catamaran cruise off the western coast of Oahu, which includes snorkeling and dolphin-watching. Enjoy a buffet lunch of Hawaiian fare and drinks on the comfortable catamaran, equipped with shower and changing facilities. Snorkeling gear and instruction, round-trip transportation from select Waikiki hotels, and choice of morning or afternoon departures are included for ease. It’s the perfect outing for all ages and experience levels.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ko Olina Marina
    92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
    Due to limited operations, we are currently unable to offer transportation at this time. We will resume transportation as soon as possible.
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    Ocean Joy Cruises
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    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.
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  • You'll end at
    Ko Olina Marina
    92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
    Due to limited operations, we are currently unable to offer transportation at this time. We will resume transportation as soon as possible.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Oahu cruise from Ko Olina with snorkeling, buffet lunch, and drinks
  • Take in the scenery from the catamaran's spacious deck or indoor cabin
  • Snorkel at a coral reef surrounded by colorful fish 
  • Includes snorkeling gear, instruction, onboard shower, and changing room
What to Expect
After pickup from select Waikiki hotels, transfer to a 61-foot (18.5-meter) catamaran for your cruise. Glide north along the coast where you might spot marine life such as dolphins, green sea turtles, whales, and flying fish, and hear from the crew about Hawaii’s natural history along the way. Head to a secret snorkeling spot and use the equipment provided. After checking out the coral reef and tropical fish, return to the boat and have the option to rinse off in a freshwater shower. Your crew serves up a Hawaiian buffet lunch that includes kalua pig, accompanied by up to four drinks including margaritas, wine, beer, or non-alcoholic options. Head back to the marina where you can purchase photos of your cruise if desired. Your tour ends with drop-off in Waikiki.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Ko Olina Marina, 92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
  • Use of snorkels, masks, fins, flotation vests, flotation noodles
  • Prepackaged meals
  • Sunscreen lotion, ginger pills
  • Entry/Admission - Ocean Joy Cruises
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers
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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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Stanislav N wrote a review 19 Apr
Seattle, Washington1 contribution
The vessel is cool and comfortable, the team is friendly and helpful, the views are spectacular, the water is clean, the dolphins are playful, the turtles are big, the equipment is appropriate (extra credit for a snorkeling mask with -5 lenses), the showers are warm, the drinks
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Date of experience: April 2021
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60mila wrote a review 18 Apr
Cupertino, California68 contributions41 helpful votes
Went for the afternoon cruise. Easy parking. They do not provide transportation to Ko olani resort anymore. Luckily we had a rental car. One couple in our group spent $110 dollars one way via Uber. The staff is great and friendly. We started off with some warm muffins and a
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Michele S wrote a review 11 Apr
Long Beach, California46 contributions49 helpful votes
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I took the morning snorkel tour. There was a maximum of 23 guests due to COVID and that was the perfect size group. The crew said pre-covid group size was double that and I wouldn't have enjoyed the boat if it were that crowded. But the small size made for an enjoyable morning.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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joelle39 wrote a review Mar 2021
Crown Point, Indiana7 contributions
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We had an awesome day relaxing out on the water. While out, we enjoyed snorkeling, whale watching, and food/drinks. We were able to see a couple of whales that were being very playful, so Captain Mason even let us go back past our time. We also saw a few sea turtles, but
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Akira S. wrote a review Mar 2021
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Great experience and great service. The crew made sure you felt special and their attention and knowledge was great. Definitely created a lasting memory for my Teo daughters and I. A definite must do. Everything was great! Food, snorkeling, etc. I highly recommend them
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Date of experience: March 2021
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Ocean Joy Cruises
kh957
kh957
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Glad that the Friday night fireworks cruise was canceled
We booked an evening Friday fireworks cruise but it was canceled due to COVID. We took advantage of a $100 excursio
pandoell
pandoell
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Great Morning on the Ocean!
The Marina was right across the street from my hotel. Had a great time watching Dolphins and Turtles in the Ocean.
Nicholas H
Nicholas H
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Ocean Joy Morning Calm
We took my mom on this cruise when she visited the island and it’s an excellent way to see the west coast and prist
eugenej832021
eugenej832021
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Magnificent!
This was our first time in Hawaii and snorkeling all together. It was a great experience and the crew made us all f
Tour656897
Tour656897
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Awesome Time
Did the sunset cruise and had spectacular views of the sun setting. Saw humpback whites and flying fish. While sn
nseghe1
nseghe1
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Great cruise!
We got to see tons of dolphins, turtles, and some whales. The staff and captain were incredibly friendly and attent
colleenfloyd530
colleenfloyd530
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Amazing day!!!!!!
We got to see whales, dolphins, Sea turtles and lots of fish snorkeling! The crew is amazing! Highly recommended
Kristin60613
Kristin60613
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Sunset Cruise
We had an amazing time on the Sunset Cruise. The boat was clean and the service was great. The only reason I prov
ami8718
ami8718
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Great Experience
Everyone had a great time on the boat. The kids got to be at the ‘wheel’ which was exciting. They enjoyed snorkelin
Mamaof62021
Mamaof62021
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Definitely recommend
The cruise was amazing and the staff even better. Even when I was sea sick they checked on me regularly and really
chaleiatamashiro1
chaleiatamashiro1
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THE REALEST REVIEW EVER BRAH
If you’re looking for the dopest dolphin/whale tour , you’ve just hit the jack pot . Stop looking for other places
wendib24
wendib24
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Wonderful trip despite the conditions
We had a wonderful time. It rained and was a little bumpy on the way home but the Captain and Crew did a great job
Brie2564
Brie2564
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The cruise was great!
The boat was very nice and the crew allowed us to queue our own music. During COVID, there was also enough space fo
rickysu2020
rickysu2020
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Friendly, Fun, Worth It!
I made my reservation just a few hours before the boat departure. Due to COVID, there is no pick up, but I was able
Basel K
Basel K
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Captain Pat is Excellent!
Captain Pat and his crew did an excellent job! We are so happy we took the time to check out Ocean Joy and we hope
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