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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet

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Overview
Head to the country side of Oahu's West coast where years of minimal development helped to bolster and maintain a flourishing abundance of marine life, coral reefs, and clear water. We visit areas frequented by pods of dolphins and turtles and many other sea life. Humpback whales migrate here annually from Alaska during our winter months of November and April putting on a show for our guests. Snorkel in the warm, crystal clear blue waters that you've seen in movies then enjoy a buffet meal on us. We provide complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, and round trip transportation from Waikiki.
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You'll start at
Ko Olina Marina
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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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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

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary round-trip transportation is available. We pickup from centralized locations in Waikiki based on your hotel name. Please be sure to provide it during your booking process or you can call us any day between 6 am and 9 pm Hawaii time. After providing your hotel name, please be sure to carefully read your pickup instructions since we may not pickup directly in front of your hotel. If we don't receive your hotel name you will miss the bus and may have to take a taxi which we will not cover.
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centralized Waikiki locations. HOTEL NAME REQUIRED
  • Beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
  • Use of snorkels, masks, fins, flotation vests, flotation noodles
  • Buffet meal
  • Sunscreen lotion, ginger pills
  • Entry/Admission - Ocean Joy Cruises
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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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 travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This whole experience was amazing for our family. From my 70 year old dad to my 12 year old daughter, we had an amazing time. The knowledge and professionalism of the staff and crew made us feel completely comfortable and to know the photographer was taking amazing pics helped
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Response from OceanJoyCruises, Owner at Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Responded 2 days ago
Aloha jackieotravels, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We look forward to seeing you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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We had a wonderful time on the Kai 'Oli'Oli tonight. We were lucky enough to see a sea turtle, numerous whale sightings and spinner dolphins playing with the whales. Photographer was fabulous talking photos underwater as well as on the boat. Clyde, Chris and Antonio rounded out
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Response from OceanJoyCruises, Owner at Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Responded 2 days ago
Aloha F4351RLdeboraht, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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Ocean View provided a beautiful boat, an amazing captain and crew, an awesome lunch and an overall beautiful day filled with whales, dolphins, turtles and all that is beautiful under the sea.
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Response from OceanJoyCruises, Owner at Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Responded 2 days ago
Aloha 187kcp, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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The most amazing time in the ocean. A must experience! Captain and crew are a 5*!! The weather was ok cloudy and cooler but it didn’t matter the day is going down as best day EVER!!! It was my first time snorkeling, they helped me along the way. ALOHA
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Response from OceanJoyCruises, Owner at Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Responded 2 days ago
Aloha kellieh754, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We are very happy to know you enjoyed your experience despite the clouds. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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The crew was awesome. The trip was fun and we even got to see whales. What a great excursion. They were able to accommodate our family of 9 and the food they provided was very good.
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Response from OceanJoyCruises, Owner at Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Y9001ZZtraviss, Mahalo for cruising with us and sharing your review. We hope to see you again and please tell your friends about us. Aloha, Ocean Joy Cruises
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travishJ8347UJ
Alexandria, Virginia
20
Definitely worth the money
I lived Hawaii for three years and have done a decent amount of the tours. A lot of them are expensive due to the
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jackieotravels
10
Amazing trip for ages 7 to 70!!
This whole experience was amazing for our family. From my 70 year old dad to my 12 year old daughter, we had an
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Companion249676
Tucson, Arizona
20
Great experience. Good value.
I don't that many tourist things to do in Hawaii can be labeled a good value, but this sure was. The experience
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F4351RLdeboraht
50
Sunset cruise with snorkeling and buffet.
We had a wonderful time on the Kai 'Oli'Oli tonight. We were lucky enough to see a sea turtle, numerous whale
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187kcp
10
best day ever
Ocean View provided a beautiful boat, an amazing captain and crew, an awesome lunch and an overall beautiful day
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kellieh754
10
A day paradise.
The most amazing time in the ocean. A must experience! Captain and crew are a 5*!! The weather was ok cloudy
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greggburrell
10
Great Trip
Great trip! Crew was terrific! Saw two Humpbacks and two sea turtles and lots of fish. Buffet lunch was good
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Y9001ZZtraviss
10
Great Time, Great Crew, Great Fun
The crew was awesome. The trip was fun and we even got to see whales. What a great excursion. They were able to
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boblynch6
Fredericksburg, Virginia
10
Rainy January
Even in rainy January, the ocean cruise was great. Oahu actually causes it’s own rain so the best thing to do is
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Deamcbride55
10
Dorothea
The cruise was awesome. Outstanding customer service. The cruise far exceeded my expectations. We saw several
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Joyfulandamazed
10
Ocean Joy
This cruise was fantastic and worth every penny! We saw turtles, whales and dolphins. The crew was informative,
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ANNE K
Toowoomba, Australia
105144
Fabulous morning cruise
This is is one of the best crises that we have done. The whole trip very organised , from pick up from our hotel
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694pattyt
20
Great Crew!
Great experience, crew was amazing, would recommend pics they are phenomenal just make sure to stay close to
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Sparberg
Burbank, California
40
Fun for the whole family
My family of four went out with Captain Bobby and his amazing, fun and accommodating crew! We saw whales, fish and
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julesv7
Dublin, Ireland
10
Awesome
This was my 3rd time doing this cruise. But my 1st time with my boyfriend. We had a great time! The crew are
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  • Duration: 6h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Japanese
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