Dolphin Excursion Snorkel Adventure + Lunch

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Tour Date

Online reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your
tour departure. within 48 hours, please call us at (808) 371-0432


Tour Time

Adult

Child (4-12)

Lap Child (0-3) free

Hotel Name

Tour 109
Subtotal:
$129.30
Description

Tour #109: Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventures + Lunch

( Includes Transportation R/T from Waikiki or Ko' Olina Hotels )

Per Person Charges Special Online Price
Adult $129.30 USD
Child (4-12) $84.20 USD
Lap Child (0-3) free $0

 

About Your Tour

Operates: Daily, Tour Departs:  7:00AM & 10:30AM

Tour location: Oahu,  Duration: 3 hours, Departs from: Waianae boat harbor

7:00 AM Boat Departure: 6:30 am check in at the Waianae Boat Harbor, next to Spinners Cafe. Waikiki pick up is between 5:00 and 5:15 am, return around 12:30 pm.  Ko Olina pick up is around 6:00 am, return around 11:00 am. (Return time may vary depending on traffic).

10:30 AM Boat Departure: 10:00 am check in at the Waianae Boat Harbor, next to Spinners Cafe. Waikiki pick up is between 8:30 am and 8:45 am, return around 4:00 pm.  Ko Olina pick up is around 9:30 am, return around 3:00 pm. (Return time may vary depending on traffic).

2:00 PM departures are available and customizable upon request.  Dolphins are not guaranteed at this later time.  However, during Whale Season (January to March) this is still a great time to observe the big guys. (808)371-0432

Duration

30 minute check in… 3 hours on the boat/snorkeling dock to dock… 30 minutes complimentary meal at air conditioned Spinners Cafe (so 4 hours total if you self drive to the harbor).  If you are being picked up from Waikiki, add an additional hour and fifteen minutes drive time to and from Waianae Boat Harbor (so 6.5 hours total with Waikiki pick up).


If you plan on visiting Hawaii, we invite you to join us for the most exciting dolphin tour on the remote west shore of Oahu.

This area is well known for having the calmest and clearest waters around the island. It’s perfect for snorkeling and home to both Spinner Dolphins and those mighty winter visitors — Humpback Whales.

Swimming with the dolphins is an event that is certain to make your day, if not your entire vacation!

We begin as Nai’a I departs from Waianae Boat Harbor and travels along the scenic west coast in search of spinner dolphins. Take some of the most incredible photographs of your vacation as the spinners come to visit you and perform their superb aerial stunts.

Few people have the opportunity to see these spectacular displays. Passively observing Spinner Dolphins while in the water is one of our goals. We follow guidelines that are dictated by Federal Law protecting these animals.

We will make sure you observe these animals under an eco friendly leadership giving you a safe open ocean safari you will remember. We will also snorkel at sites with Hawaiian Sea Turtles and tropical fish. Occasionally, we encounter Bottlenose and Spotted dolphins too. During the winter months, we may even get to see a Humpback Whale or two or several. Excursions are led by seasoned island naturalists with years of experience on the Waianae Coast.


Included

Round trip transportation from Waikiki and Ko Olina hotels:  We can also pick up at the Aloha Tower Marketplace for those coming in by cruise ship.  Also near the Airport at the Best Western Plaza Hotel.  Due to strict permitting, we can not pick up at the cruise ship or airport terminals directly.

Snorkel gear: mask (prescription masks available), snorkel, fins and a life vests.  Wet suits are available to rent for $10.00 at check in.

Lunch at Spinners Café: Choose from an assortment of breakfast or lunch local grinds.  See our menu for more detail.  The same menu is available for both tours.

About Us

We specialize in safely leading small groups on our state of the art 34-foot rigid inflatable boat with our lifeguard certified crew. We also provide roundtrip transportation to and from Waikiki and Ko Olina hotels

Guidelines For Swimming With Dolphins

It is our hope that these suggestions will help to protect Hawaii’s dolphins from unintentional harm.

  1. Let the dolphins approach you. Maintain a quiet, relaxed manner when swimming among or near them. Avoid separating dolphins from the pod at large.
  2. Swim with your hands by your sides. Chasing after, reaching for, or touching the dolphins will frighten or startle them, and they will move away. Be as quiet as possible when moving through the water.
  3. Leave foreign objects aboard, such as rope, plastics, or play toys. Dolphins prefer to find and play with leaves and other organic debris. Follow their lead.
  4. Trust in nature’s food supply. To attempt to feed wild dolphins would be harmful to their health needs as well as their social behaviors and it is illegal.
  5. Be sensitive to dolphin behaviors. If they are in a state of rest or traveling, please respect that they may choose not to interact with you. Honor their habitat.
  6. Be considerate. Watch out for other swimmers, allowing them adequate space for an intimate encounter.
  7. Be cautious approaching the dolphins. Watch for swimmers. When near the dolphins, go slowly, quietly, and with focused attention so as not to disturb or change their course or behaviors.
  8. Avoid sudden actions or noise. Erratic changes in speed, direction, or sound can confuse or startle dolphins.
  9. Avoid diving down with dolphins. Dolphins play out a cat-and-mouse game with their predators every day of their lives. In the unlikely event that a predator does charge a dolphin you do not want to be close to them underwater. Your guides on the boat will explain.
  10. Everyone will be wearing a life jacket for the dolphin swim.
Swimming with Dolphins
Observe the Law

Dolphins are protected by U.S. Federal law under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, Amended in 1994. Under the act, it is illegal to harass, hunt, capture, collect, or kill any marine mammal. Swimmers and boaters should make every effort to avoid disturbing them in their natural environment. For a more detailed look at the law, please ask the captain for the Marine Mammal Protection Act Record.

Know Your Limits
Stay within a safe distance from the boat, (a safe distance would be only as far as your willing to swim back alone.) Watch for changing weather and sea conditions (the captain and crew are also watching for changes.) If you have any concerns about your safety before you get in the water stay aboard the vessel, while in the water, use the signal shown to you by our crew for help if you feel you need it, we will come to your aid.
Common Behaviors

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are found feeding in the coastal waters offshore at night. During the day, they move into waters near shore and protected bays to rest and play. Dolphins at rest will surface for only brief periods of time, sustaining long deep dives together as a pod for 1.5 to 2 minutes. In this state, they show little interest in humans.
Play mode is indicated by an increase in their aerial behavior, vocalization, splitting into smaller groups, and speeding up, generally favorable conditions for dolphins to initiate an encounter with humans.

Waianae boat harbor + Fuel Surcharge + Harbor Fees, adding at check out, Taxes & Fees

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the day of service and will result in a 10% credit card service charge. Cancellations made in a shorter period of time (less than 24 hours prior to the day of service) will result in a 100% charge being incurred/No refund. No shows will incur full charges/NO REFUND.

Tours and activity prices, departure times, departure locations, descriptions and other information on Hawaii Tour Adventures website are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Online reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to tour departure. For reservations within 48 hours please call: (808) 371-0432

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