Things to do in Waianae

Our most recommended things to do in Waianae

From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

1. From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

Explore the remote Wai‘anae coast of O‘ahu and experience an adventure of a lifetime. Step aboard the beautiful double-decker catamaran, the Eco, and perform a Hawaiian ‘Oli (chant) with the crew to permit safe passage on your journey. Start the adventure by looking for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins close to the majestic and mountainous coastline. Learn about the marine and local culture. You'll explore deeper chartered waters to drop in and swim with bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Voyage back inland and moor the boat in the absolutely stunning and pristine Makaha bay. Here, you'll participate in ocean activities such as the waterslide, rock climbing wall, floating mat, and paddle boards, put on some good local tunes, snorkel with turtles and exotic fish, and enjoy a delectable locally crafted lunch. Finish the tour by traveling back to the harbor with the chance to try out the optional photo packages of your adventure.

Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

2. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

Experience Hawaii's unparalleled snorkeling with this cruise from Oahu. Look for Hawaiian spinner dolphins and tropical fish. Savor a mouth-watering breakfast and lunch onboard and relax with two beverages from the bar and unlimited sodas and juices.  Board the boat and set sail for the turquoise waters of the Ko Olina coast. Keep your eyes open for playful dolphins that like to jump and play in the wake of the boat. Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast on your way to your snorkeling spot. Ride on an eco-friendly sailboat, geared towards dolphin preservation and equipped with the finest of amenities, including 2 large restrooms and a fresh-water shower. There's plenty of shade on the deck, as well as tables and seating at the bar. Sip on two complimentary drinks from the bar and have the chance to purchase more as you go. Stay hydrated with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks all day long. Hop into the crystal-clear water and uncover a hidden world of vibrantly colored fish and corals. Work up an appetite and sit down to a picnic lunch on the boat's comfy deck tables. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise.

Oahu: Dolphin Watch, Turtle Swim, & Sea Slide w/ Lunch

3. Oahu: Dolphin Watch, Turtle Swim, & Sea Slide w/ Lunch

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.

Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

4. Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Embark on a wildlife-watching cruise aboard a 32-foot motorboat. Search for wild dolphins and whales off the coast of Oahu and learn about each species. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel in unique spots and come face-to-face with the most vibrant reefs. Board your boat and head out on an exhilarating ocean ride. Hear about local marine life from the experienced crew as you navigate. Spot wild dolphins playing in turquoise waters and, during the winter months, enjoy the bonus of spotting humpback whales. Stop to snorkel in clear, protected bays that are teeming with sea life. Gaze at the fascinating ecosystem of Hawaii's reefs, including sea turtles and colorful fish. Hop back on board, sit back, and relax on your return trip.

West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

5. West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

Explore the beautiful clear blue waters of West O'ahu. Spot wild dolphins and snorkel through the ocean while admiring the diversity of wildlife in the area. See a variety of creatures such as turtles, tropical fish, seals, and sometimes manta rays. Board a spacious 42-passenger catamaran boat to cruise the West Coast of O’ahu and enjoy a relaxing experience of dolphin watching and snorkeling among O'ahu's wildlife. Travel on a double-hulled catamaran, relax while enjoying a comfortable and stable ride, and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Look out for dolphins and snorkel in the clear waters of West O’ahu, and enjoy an experience with wild Hawaiian sea turtles and tropical island fishes. Have fun searching for O'ahu's wildlife while snorkeling, and see creatures like the Hawaiian monk seals. This dolphin watching and snorkeling tour is suitable for beginners and is a perfect choice even for families with small children.

Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

6. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales in their natural habitat aboard a beautiful catamaran or mono-hull powerboat. Set sail from Waianae Harbor and cruise the shallow waters off the west coast of Oahu in comfort. Soak up the fantastic weather, just as the warm waters surrounding the main islands attract humpback whales in large numbers. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire humpback whale population of the North Pacific travel over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in order to breed, calve, and nurse their young. Get served complimentary sodas, chips, and cookies as you look for the magnificent creatures frolicking off the shores from December to May.

Oahu: Snorkel & Sailing Adventure along Ko Olina Coast

7. Oahu: Snorkel & Sailing Adventure along Ko Olina Coast

Sail by catamaran to a beautiful snorkeling spot off the main island of Oahu, where our guides will take you on an unforgettable underwater adventure. Complimentary onboard snacks include potato chips, pretzels and cookies. We also provide unlimited soft drinks and two free bar drinks. We run SAILING catamarans Sundays through Thursdays, and POWER catamarans on Fridays and Saturdays.

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

8. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

Oahu: Dolphin Watch and Snorkeling Adventure

9. Oahu: Dolphin Watch and Snorkeling Adventure

Explore the remote Wai‘anae coast of Oahu and experience an adventure of a lifetime. Step aboard the beautiful double-decker catamaran, the Eco, and perform a Hawaiian ‘Oli (chant) to permit safe passage on the journey. Board the boat at  Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor. Start the adventure by looking for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins close to the majestic and mountainous coastline. Learn about marine biology and local culture as you search. Afterwards, moor the boat in the absolutely stunning and pristine Makaha bay. Here, take part in ocean activities such as the waterslide, rock climbing wall, floating mat, and paddle boards. Enjoy local tunes and soak up the typical Hawaiian atmosphere. Hop into the clear blue waters and enjoy some time for snorkeling with turtles and exotic fish. After working up, enjoy a delectable locally crafted lunch. Afterward, head back to the starting point on O‘ahu.

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What people are saying about Waianae

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 310 reviews

Amazing time, The tour guides were very helpful and had no problems taking their time with non swimmers and handling a lot of questions. They took us to see several whale pods as well as dolphin pods. They got as close as they could without disturbing the animals and they allowed them to come to us to get some great pictures. The snorkeling was very fun as well, we went to 2 different snorkel spots and swam for around 30 minutes per spot which was a good amount of time and the Lifeguard El stood with Girlfriend for the entire snorkel since she couldn’t swim an El made it fun, safe, and comfortable for her. Everything was as advertised and I would recommend this to anymore. The captain was even nice enough to give my girlfriend and I a ride into the closest town because Uber’s aren’t very plentiful on that side of the island but once we got to the town it was way to catch one. Great experience

The experience was amazing, perfect for our anniversary, and the crew accommodated us with prescription goggles, stayed with those who couldn’t swim to see the dolphins, and the snorkeling area was beautiful.

Young, agile team that you can tell enjoy their job. We had a great time although I get seasick. The team is very careful to ensure that all safety measures are followed and that every guest has fun! Was fun!

It was a great time! We got lucky and there was only 6 of us on the boat, plus the captain and the other two workers. We got to see pilot whales and snorkel. Unfortunately no dolphins, but that happens.

This was a nice entertaining trip with great marine wildlife encounters. I would do that again at any time.