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Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

2. Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

Embark on a sailing tour, absorbing from a distance the Waikiki sights. Once far enough out at sea, you will have the opportunity to partake in a thrilling snorkeling experiences where you will be able to see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. If you don’t see turtles, you will be invited to come back and redo the tour free of charge. During whale season (December through April), you will also stop to watch these majestic mammals in their natural environment. Your guides will be onboard to facilitate your experience every step of the way. Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, Waikiki, you will board your 53-foot sailing catamaran, complete with a 49-passenger capacity.

Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

3. Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

Hawaii is known for its crystal clear waters, phenomenal waves, and exquisite snorkeling. Today, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea, as well as incredible snorkeling in the warm waters around the Spirit of Aloha turtle adventure. On your day long eco-conscious cruise, you will be able to eat, swim, and relax off the Waikiki coast! During your cruise, treat yourself to a lunch, as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks from the extensive bar! If you're interested, you can also receive two free drinks with alcohol during this cruise! After filling your belly (and resting a bit before jumping in the water), you can enter into the sea and enjoy a snorkeling adventure like none other! Swim with sea turtles, brightly colored fish, and amazing creatures like you've never seen before! The boat is equipped with the finest in immunities. There are two large restrooms on board, including a fresh water shower. If you feel like lounging on the deck, no problem! There's plenty of sun and shade, so you'll always feel comfortable.  So, come out and enjoy the magic of the ocean on the Spirit of Aloha!

Honolulu: Beginner Snorkeling Tour with Videos

4. Honolulu: Beginner Snorkeling Tour with Videos

Let your instructor guide you as you snorkel through the waters of Magic Island Lagoon. Discover the marine life under the waves and have your instructor take video clips of your adventure. Start with a quick snorkeling briefing. Be taught how to use the equipment in shallow water. Practice with the equipment until you are comfortable. Follow your instructor around the dive site. Watch as your instructor points out different sea life. Have your instructor record these moments, so you take share them or keep them as mementos. At the end of the tour, your instructor will download those videos directly to your phone.

Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

5. Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

Explore the Island of Oahu on a guided sightseeing tour. Go to the Halona Blowhole, try to spot a whale at the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and have a coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch at Shark's Cove before snorkeling and swimming and finish off the day a the Pali Lookout. Arrive first at the Halona Blowhole, the famous filming spot for Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity. Head from there to Makapu'u Lighthouse. Capture spectacular views of the east shore and seasonal whale sightseeing. Sip on a cup of coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm and try some local nutty treats and products. Arrive at Shark's Cove and take your pick for lunch from one of the food trucks. Lay on the beach, rent some snorkel gear, or just swim in the gentle waves. Finish off the adventure at the Pali Lookout. Take one more glance at the east shore, snap some photos, and return to your accommodation fulfilled from a great day in Oahu.

Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

6. Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

The Oahu All-Inclusive Pass provides free admission to the island's top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose between a 1- to 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price and pay nothing at the gate. Save up to 60% compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Simply check your digital guide for any instructions, including how to make advanced reservations for selected activities, then show your pass on your mobile device or in printed format at each attraction for admission. Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu All-Inclusive Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural and Historic Sights • Polynesian Cultural Center • Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor • Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor • USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at Pearl Harbor • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum • Bishop Museum • Iolani Palace • Honolulu Museum of Art • Queen Emma Summer Palace Tours and Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach Activities at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Ocean Voyage Adventure at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Aloha Aina Tour at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Malama Experience at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour (including tickets to Arizona Memorial) • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Taste of Hawaii: two bars of delicious Manoa Chocolate Outdoors • Diamond Head Hike: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Movie Sites: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Makapuu Lighthouse & Halona Blowhole: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Waimea Valley • Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii including Da Flowrider • Sea Life Park Hawaii • 3-Hour Kayak Rental • Stand Up Paddle Board 3-Hour Rental • Full-day snorkel rental near Hanauma Bay • SUP Morning Yoga by Yoga Floats • Morning Yoga under the Palms • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • 8-Hour Bike Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour Moped Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour E-Bike Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • Coconut Palm Basket Weaving on Sunset Beach • Shell Pendant Making on Sunset Beach • Hawaiian Lei Making on Sunset Beach • Lyon Arboretum • Waikiki Surfboard Rental Premium Activities (3+ day passes only) (choose 1): • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Private Group Surf Lesson (for 2+) • Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple & Turtle spotting • North Shore Dole Pineapple Farm Tour • Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission • Dolphin Aloha + Hawaiian Reef Encounter + Sea Life Park Admission Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including instructions before you go.

Honolulu: Private Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

7. Honolulu: Private Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

Discover Oahu from a different perspective: on a private catamaran cruise. Feel the sun on your skin as you take in striking views of the deep blue ocean, the lush south coast of the island, and local wildlife. Jump into the cooling waters for some snorkeling among colorful reefs and fish. Depart from Kewalo Basin Harbor and make your way up the coastline to the iconic Diamond Head. Take your time and stop along the way if you spot any sea turtles, spinner dolphins, or whales. Marvel at these sea animals in their natural habitat. Once at the top of the route, discover a calm anchorage to relax at. Jump into the water to snorkel and swim or just dip your toes in the water as you soak in this relaxing day outdoors. Best of all, make the most of your private charter by playing your own music on the catamaran's speakers and bring any drinks and food you would like to enjoy during your time at sea. Learn about the island's history and culture from your local guides, soaking up their knowledge, passion, and skill en route. Head back to the harbor, feeling sun kissed and relaxed.

From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

8. From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

Discover what more than 300,000 guests have experienced and share an unforgettable encounter with dolphins in their natural Hawaii habitat on Oahu's west shore. Take a cruise along the stunning west coast of Oahu, and take in views of wild spinner dolphins in crystal clear ocean waters. Participate in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles. Relax and enjoy the trip while trained guides, lifesavers, and free divers make sure everyone is safe and comfortable in the water. Enjoy included access to kayaks and SUP boards or relax on the boat after snorkeling, and be entertained with hula dancing and ukulele performances from staff or as they answer questions on Hawaiian culture and history.

From Waikiki: Circle Island Snorkeling Tour

9. From Waikiki: Circle Island Snorkeling Tour

Explore the natural beauty of Oahu as you visit unique spots on and off the beaten path with an expert guide. Discover the local culture and tick off the best highlights on the Island. Start at Diamond Head Beach Lookout where you'll enjoy panoramic views along Diamond Head Road and a stop at the Amelia Earhart Monument. Next, head to the Halona Blowhole for views of Oahu's East Coast and the locally beloved Sandy Beach. Then visit a macadamia nut farm and sample local coffee, chocolate and macadamia nuts. Stop at the Mokoli’i Viewpoint, where you can snap some photos of the famous off-shore cone-shaped island. Enjoy lunch at the famous North Shore Shrimp Trucks. Then head to the famous Sunset Beach, for a stroll along the white-sand beaches. You may even see some turtles! Take the chance to paddleboard, kayak, or snorkel in Haleiwa, with all necessary equipment included. Finally, before driving back to Waikiki, visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation, enjoy a sweet treat and pick up some souvenirs.

Honolulu: Mermaid Snorkel Adventure with Videos

10. Honolulu: Mermaid Snorkel Adventure with Videos

Start with a quick snorkeling and mermaid briefing. Walk a couple of minutes to the private Mermaid area where you can put on your mermaid tail with the help of your instructor. Watch as your instructor shows you a series of mermaid poses, including the hair flip. Keep these moments to save or share as your instructor captures it all on video. Find out how to use the mermaid equipment in shallow water. Explore the dive site and let your instructor point out all of the different sea life. Enjoy the wildlife as your instructor takes some short video clips throughout your tour of the drive site. Once the tour has concluded, your instructor can download those videos directly to your phone, so you can instantly have those memories.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 157 reviews

Absolutely loved it. I swam literally 4 feet away from a turtle for about 5 minutes!!!! Extremely helpful, dedicated, passionate and pumped up instructors. My wife didn’t know how to swim, and one of the instructors really eased her into all the snorkeling tips and techniques by guiding her separately and ensuring that she gets to see the turtles etc. Special shout-out to Abe and Austin! - Himank & Arundhati

This was an amazing experience we brought our three-year-old and four-year-old daughters with us and they loved it. The staff was very kind and helpful. This exceeded my expectations. We even were able to see dolphins! The snorkeling was great so many different species of marine life and quite a few turtles.

It's so fun! We saw so many turtles. We even touched a sea urchin. The staffs are so friendly.

Sadly not a lot of turtles on our trip.. Although I did see ONE, and a lot of fish.

Everyone was super nice and friendly. It was a nice experience with the family.