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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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Honolulu, United States
Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
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Snorkel with green sea turtles in Oahu's Turtle Canyon on this 2- to 3-hour tour departing from Waikiki. Board a power catamaran and sail along the shore of Oahu towards the island's best place to spot the resident turtles. Turtle sightings are guaranteed; if a turtle is not sighted, you will be given a free second cruise. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch (if option selected ) and two provided drinks while you keep your eyes peeled for passing marine life like dolphins and migrating whales.
  • Sea turtle snorkeling tour from Waikiki
  • Sail along the Oahu coast by luxury catamaran
  • Snorkel with green sea turtles at Turtle Canyon
  • Admire the Waikiki skyline and Diamond Head from the water
  • Choose a 2-hour morning tour or a 3-hour midday tour
  • Includes snacks, beverages and two alcoholic drinks
  • Midday tour includes lunch on board

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Even beginner snorkelers can enjoy this tour Guides help with gear so you can focus on spotting marine life.
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2 alcoholic drinks
Unlimited nonalcoholic drinks
Deli lunch (midday tour only)
Professional guide
use of snorkel gear
All taxes, fuel, fees and handling charges

Departure Point

Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Once aboard the 'Honi Olani', find a spot on the deck and make yourself comfortable for the 15-minute ride to Turtle Canyon. Listen to music on the surround-sound speaker system and enjoy the scenery as Diamond Head comes in to view. Cash in your two included drink tickets for a selection of cocktails, white wine, sparkling wine or beer. Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks are also available. 

Enjoy the sun and the island breeze while you scan the horizon for marine life like spinner dolphins and migrating whales, which pass through the area between December and April. 

The captain will moor the boat at Turtle Canyon, where you will get a safety briefing. Slip in to the water by climbing down a safe stairway off the boat and spend about an hour to 90 minutes among the turtles with your snorkel guide. 

Back on board after your snorkeling adventure, feel free to take a freshwater shower or change in to dry clothing. Enter the the covered cabin for a deli sandwich buffet (midday tour only), or hang out on the deck to relax and snap photos of Waikiki and the Ko'olau Mountains as you sail back to shore.
Pass By:  
Kewalo Basin
departs from Kewalo Harbor
Pass By:  
Hawaii Nautical
Pass By:  
Waikiki Beach
Enjoy the view of the Waikiki coastline from the ocean.
Pass By:  
Diamond Head State Monument
Enjoy the view of the iconic Diamond Head.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • This is a barefoot cruise; your shoes will be kept at the pier while you're on the boat
  • Green sea turtles are almost always spotted, but if you don't see any on your tour, you book another tour with the local operator at no charge (re-rides only; no refunds)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As of April 2020 - Transportation has been temporarily paused. Meet at harbor only.
  • Bring your own snorkel and mask or buy a new one on board
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Nautical

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Next time, take medication along just in case, otherwise, beautiful skorkeling, great crew, and deli meal and drinks if you get to enjoy it!" See review
  • "If your an avid snorkeler, probably best to select a smaller venue." See review
  • "I highly recommend taking time to fit this into your vacation." See review


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Fun Tour for All Ages
, Jul 2021
Crew was really nice, informative, and friendly. Snorkeling was great with the turtles and even got to hold a sea urchin.
Over crowded with other tours
, Jul 2021
Nice boat ride as for the snorkeling I wasn’t too happy due to the fact that I didn’t know we would be sharing a snorkel spot with 4 other boats . Which made it way to crowded . I didn’t expect to be packed together with a bunch of people from other tours. If I would have known that I would have just went on a cruise
Great staff
, Jul 2021
Great attentive staff made the tour special! We were impressed the way they guided us to turtle sightings while snorkeling. The boat was roomy providing all types of, whether up top on the railing or inside our of the sun. Great Hawaiian memory!
Everything good except the snorkeling site
, Jul 2021
Fair number of tourists on board, so COVID measures perfectly in place. Boat in perfect shape, staff awesome, snorkeling site really poor. If you are a regular snorkeler I suggest do not take this trip, full of other boats and snorkelers.
Awesome experience!
, Jul 2021
The crew was so nice! Gorgeous views, we saw lots of turtles and had a great time! My only critiques were that we snorkeled in such a small area that people were all on top of each other which wasn’t great, but necessary to see the turtles because they're in one spot. Also they said get there by 10:40 and didn’t come out to check us in until after 11 so quite a bit of waiting at beginning and then we started late. Other than that, we loved it! Yummy drinks! I’d recommend it for sure!
Loved it!
, Jul 2021
We had a great time! The crew was fun and helpful. The sea turtles were so fun to see. Riding in the catamaran was amazing fun to see the water below you feet too.
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, Jul 2021
Very happy with the experience. Only issue was finding the slip. I wish there were more signs. Otherwise very satisfied!
My experience
, Jul 2021
This cruise was awesome had such a fun time, they provided us with food and water. The only thing I didn’t like was when we went snorkeling to see the turtles there were to many people from other tours in the area. I was being hit by peoples fins and arms because of how crowded it was. It was ridiculous.
Not worth the money
, Jul 2021
The crew members were amazing, but we were expecting more! More turtles, clearer water, and more experience. The picture when we booked was very misleading. Disappointed
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Enjoyable snorkel adventure
, Jul 2021
The crew was very helpful & made the experience fun for it being our first time snorkeling!! Would definitely recommend to others

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