One of our boats takes you out to play volleyball on a "sand bar" in the middle of the ocean before taking you to a beautful snorkeling location.
|Snorkeling Tours on Oahu|
|Aqua Zone Scuba - Oahu Diving|
|Captain Bob's Adventure - 42' Power Catamaran|
|Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours - Discover Hidden Hawaii's Sightseeing Tours have earned a reputation of customer service and excellence on Oahu and throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands.|
|Dolphin Excursions - 32' Zodiac Mark VI|
|Dolphin Star - Star of Honolulu - 65 foot power catamaran|
|Hawaii Nautical - Snorkeling and Dolphins|
|Hawaii Shark Encounters - 32' Power Boat|
|Hawaii Turtle Tours - Swim with the noble Hawaiian green sea turtles on the north shore.|
|Hawaiian Ocean Promotions on Oahu - Hanauma Bay Snorkel Adventure|
|Iruka Hawaii - Dolphin Snorkel Tours|
|Island Magic Catamaran - 37' Sailing Catamaran|
|Island View Hawaii - 22' Hawaiian Style Radon|
|Ko'Olina Ocean Adventures - Explorer is a 46' Rigid Hull Inflatable. Pacific Passion is a 37' Thruster Power Boat.|
|Makani Catamaran - 65' Sailing Catamaran|
|North Shore Catamaran - 40' Sailing Catamaran|
|North Shore Shark Adventures - 44' Raft - Dive with the Sharks|
|North Shore Shark Adventures - Turtle Boat Tour|
|Ocean Joy Cruises - Kai Oli'Oli a 61' power catamaran|
|Port Waikiki Cruises - 54' Catamaran|
|Royal Hawaiian Catamaran - 52' Sailing Catamaran|
|Tradewind Charters - Private Sail and Snorkeling|
Oahu Snorkel Tours – What are the Best Oahu Snorkeling Tours for You?
Oahu snorkeling tours, snorkel trips and snorkel charters top the list as the most popular activities on Oahu.
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Oahu Snorkeling Spots and Locations.
Snorkeling tours and snorkeling locations can be found all over the island of Oahu. Many snorkeling tours will depart from Kewalo Basin in Honolulu and snorkel the areas off Honolulu and Waikiki but other snorkel locations are off the coast of Ko Olina, the Waianae coastline, the areas of the north shore near Haleiwa and off the coast of Kaneohe Bay and Kailua Bay on the windward side of Oahu. Hanauma Bay is also one of the great snorkeling spots on Oahu and has easy access from the shore.
Snorkeling boats and tours on Oahu.
There are numerous snorkeling boats on Oahu and they come in many shapes and sizes, take you to varied locations and come with varying agendas:
Many Oahu snorkel charters are catamarans (both sailing and power) that vary in size from 37' to 65' in length and can take a maximum of 6 passengers to a maximum of 80 passenger.
Some sailing yachts that take you on snorkeling excursions can have amenities equivalent to a penthouse suite.
One popular Oahu snorkel trip takes you over the mountains through the Pali Tunnel to Kaneohe Bay where you'll sail to a sand bar that overlooks the film site of Gilligan's Island and the picturesque island called Chinaman's Hat.
Rigid-hulled inflatables similar to zodiacs can whisk you along the Waianae coast to find the perfect snorkeling location.
Private snorkeling charters can often provide you with the best pricing for your Oahu snorkel trips depending on the size of your party.
Donned with mask and snorkel and protected by an underwater cage, snorkeling to see the array of sharks Oahu has to offer is a popular Oahu snorkeling adventure.
Some Oahu snorkeling adventures can take as short a time as two and a half hours and others can take you out for a full day.
Snorkeling tours on Oahu can also be taken on a kayak.
Never snorkeled before?
Snorkeling is simple, can be learned in a matter of minutes and mastered on your first outing. Snorkeling is easiest to learn with the assistance of one of the crew members on a Oahu snorkeling trip.
Here are some reasons people love snorkeling on Oahu:
The ocean waters surrounding Oahu are comfortably warm, have great visibility for snorkeling (often in excess of 100 feet), and are teeming with beautiful coral formations and colorful tropical fish.
You can snorkel over fantastic spires and crevices of coral, watch for eels, starfish, rays, lobster, or even a giant ulua. Many reefs like these can be found on the North Shore near Haleiwa.
In addition to beautiful reefs for snorkeling, one can generally find schools of dolphins off the leeward coast at Waianae.
Many of Oahu's snorkel boat charters will also include sailing as a part of your ocean experience.
Snorkeling trips will likely include lunch, Mai Tai's and other beverages as a part of your Oahu snorkeling adventure.
Tom's Tips - Oahu Snorkeling Tours, Snorkel Trips and Snorkeling Charters.
Mornings usually provide the best snorkeling conditions for your Oahu snorkeling adventure.
Pick-up from your Waikiki hotel is almost always included in your snorkeling tour.
Snorkeling from one of the kayak tours on Oahu is a great way to go.
Aqua Zone has the "Aukai" which is a forty-three foot catamaran. She equipped with a sound system, hammock net in the bow, bathroom and bar and features easy ladder entry and exit from the water, great for snorkeling tours and can accommodate up to forty-nine passengers. The catamaran hull design is a classic for these kinds of tours. By having a wide stance and little drag in the water because of their split hull design catamarans are able to provide a very stable ride.
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Captain Bob's Snorkel Adventure in the waters off Kaneohe Bay offers great snorkeling and much more! Are you ready for a great day of snorkeling and other water activities? A day that is both very fun and very different? Try Captain Bob's Snorkel Adventure. Can you remember the very last time you tried your hand at volleyball in a game that was played on a sandbar miles from shore surrounded by ocean in about a foot of water? I couldn't remember either, but I can honestly say I can definitely remember that day now after having gone out with Captain Bob's. Kaneohe Bay is the crystal water sanctuary where Captain Bob's performs his magic. The snorkeling location is as clear as I have ever seen. The crew is friendly and helpful, the acoustic guitar entertainment is as good as you will find on the high seas, the food and drink are a perfect complement to a perfect day, the vessel is roomy and comfortable, and the volleyball was unforgettable. This is a wonderful day for the whole family! Captain Bob's is also available for private charters.
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Discover Hidden Hawaii's Sightseeing Tours have earned a reputation of customer service and excellence on Oahu and throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands. They feature day tours on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii and One Day packages with air between many of the islands. Discover Hidden Hawaii's large fleet includes full size motor-coaches, 25-seat deluxe mini-coaches, 14-seat executive vans, luxury sedans and limousines. On Oahu their tour selection is extensive. They offer tours of Pearl Harbor
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Well sure, snorkeling is a great thing to do on Oahu, but why not include dolphin watching and swimming with the dolphins on a tour with Dolphin Excursions. Dolphin Excursions is a tour company that will pick you up by van from your Waikiki hotel and drive you out to the west shores of Oahu to the Waianae Coastline to both snorkel and spend time with these remarkable marine mammals. It is rare in Hawaii just to be able to see these Spinner Dolphins but to be able to swim and snorkel with them as well is a total "bonus" treat. The dolphins are very gentle by nature and curious as well. Don't be concerned when they come close to you for a closer view of a "human landlubber" as they are every bit as interested in you as you are in them. In addition to the dolphin interaction you will have on this tour you will also be treated to some great snorkeling as well.
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The Dolphin Star is a 65 foot, 2 deck power catamaran designed with dolphin watching in mind. This Dolphin Watching cruise includes a friendly and informative crew and a Certified Naturalist to point out and explain the behavior of Spinner Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphin, Spotted Dolphins and other marine life that may be sighted along the way. You also have the option of adding a West Oahu tour and transportation, with pick up and return from your hotel or condo in Waikiki, in a Deluxe Royal Star Motorcoach and a narrated and video presentation of passing points of interest, history and culture of West Oahu.
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Here's a boat company that does all things "nautical". How about a dolphin snorkel sail, a sunset cocktail cruise, a gourmet dinner cruise, an overnight interisland sail, a whale watch, a dive tour or a private boat charter. Hawaii Nautical is a family business and they pride themselves in being attentive to your every need. Their playground is the Waianae Coastline and their top-grade beautiful catamarans are designed for the discriminating Oahu visitor.
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Hawaii Shark Encounters is a great company to go out with to see the sharks. Although you would not typically call this a snorkeling tour, you do have an opportunity to don a snorkel mask and jump inside a metal cage which is lowered beneath the surface of the ocean so that you can see these sharks from the vantage point of beneath the surface. A fifteen minute boat ride from Haleiwa Harbor on Oahu's North Shore will get you three miles off shore to an area where you'll visit the sharks with Hawaii Shark Encounters. Take a moment to gather up you courage and jump into the steel cage and you will be having an experience that will last a lifetime. Although most of the sharks will be Galapagos, you may also see Sandbar, Grey Reef and occasionally Tiger Sharks as well.
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North Shore Hawaii Turtle Tours prides itself in providing custom client relationships through our boutique Ohana-style tours. We believe in bringing out small groups and providing incredible encounters with Oahu?s wildlife and natural beauty. We are the only circle island tour that provides snorkeling as an option and the opportunity to swim with the noble Hawaiian green sea turtles on the north shore. Come with us to enjoy a full day of exploring everything Oahu has to offer.
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on the island of Oahu is one of the best snorkel locations on the island. Hawaiian Ocean Promotions will pick you up from you're hotel in Waikiki and take you on a thirty-minute or so ride to Hanauma Bay. Hawaiian Ocean Promotions will provide you with the snorkel gear you will need to view this underwater marine treasure. Depths in the shallow part of Hanauma Bay are about thirteen-feet deep and the far reaches of the bay will descend to as much as thirty-feet.
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Board Island Princess catamaran and begin to cruise the ocean off the Waianae Coast to search and swim with dolphins (whales can be seen from December through April). Stop at the chosen snorkeling spot where there are tropical fish and turtles. For the people of Hawaii, the sea turtle is the guardian deity of the sea. Since the turtles are on the verge of extinction, you cannot touch them.
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The Island Magic Catamaran is the most photographed boat in the Hawaiian Islands. It is a jewel of Waikiki with its lovely pink sails that catch every eye. But don't let its beauty fool you. This catamaran has the speed to catch the fast flowing swells of Oahu. This "state of the art" twin hulled, catamaran is easily able to accommodate 25 people and in addition to its snorkel sails and sunset sails is available on a private charter basis as well. This boat is beautifully maintained and is an excellent choice for a sail off the Waikiki coastline.
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Explore the North Shore's coastline aboard a 22-foot Hawaiian-style Radon named the Mo'o. This boat was built by John and Dave Martin in 1978 and was the original escort boat to the world famous Hokule'a sailing canoe.
It was rebuilt from 2010 to 2012 by Captain Kaiwi Berry and father David Berry. It is powered by twin four stroke Suzuki 115 engines with a cruising speed at 20+ knots. The Mo'o (the Hawaiian word for gecko), offers a comfortable ride for six passengers.
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Snorkeling is excellent on Oahu's Waianae Coast and the boats used by Ko'Olina Ocean Adventures are great boats to take on these wonderful snorkels. Ko'Olina Ocean Adventures primarily uses two separate boats upon which to snorkel, the thirty-five foot custom power boat "Pacific Passion", and the thirty-seven foot "Ko'Olina Explorer". The reef in this area is one of Hawaii's most protected and is found just two-hundred and fifty feet from the shoreline. Both these boats are very fast, stable and comfortable power vessels that deliver you to your destination quickly. In addition to your snorkel you will in all likelihood be treated to the antiques of one of the roving pods of dolphins that are frequently found along this coastline.
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The Makani Catamaran is one of the newer catamarans in Oahu's fleet of boats having been built in 2006. This is one of the most beautiful vessels you will find on the island and has fantastic modern amenities. Their offerings include snorkeling along with many others and the vessel is ideal for private charters as well as their normally scheduled tours and they can accommodate as many as eighty persons. If you're looking for a special outing for your group that will be first class, the Makani is a fabulous choice. With regard to snorkeling the folks at Makani Catamaran have put together one of the most interesting programs. Everyone is aware that the snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is some of the best to be found on Oahu and Makani Catamaran has a program that includes round-trip transportation from you Waikiki Hotel or condominium out to Hanauma Bay where you will spend the better part of two hours enjoying this remarkable under-water marine reserve. Your snorkel gear will be provided. When finished you will be picked up and whisked away to Kewalo Basin for a two hour sail aboard the Makani where lunch will be served. Lunch generally will include turkey dogs, tuna, ham, cheese, potato salad, pastries and fresh baked cookies with one complementary drink (however others can be purchased on board). A different three hour snorkel sail is also provided on Makani at the lovely snorkeling location known as Turtle Canyon. This tour is generally in the morning hours between nine and Noon.
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North Shore Catamaran Charters sails out of the quaint North Shore town of Haleiwa on its snorkeling tours. This is the famous coastline you've heard about that has some of the biggest surf in the world at places such as Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay and Pipeline. During the winter months the surf is often enormous and conditions are too radical to allow for snorkeling off the coast. During this season the boat is mostly used to see our visiting humpback whale population and other marine animals. During the summer the coastline is ideal for snorkeling adventures and offers great visibility and fabulous reef-life. Sunset cruises are available all year long as are private charters for groups of twenty-five or less. This boat is beautiful and is a great choice for an intimate snorkeling experience. This coastline is gorgeous and a great place to snorkel but remember that it will take about an hour to make the drive from your Waikiki hotel to the North Shore. Morning snorkel sails are usually four hours in length and the afternoon snorkels are usually just three hours.
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Perhaps snorkeling is the wrong term to use when discussing the adventures to be had on the North Shore Shark Adventures. In all actuality you do have a mask and a snorkel but under general snorkeling conditions you will have the luxury of swimming unencumbered in the open ocean. In the case of the North Shore Shark Adventures you will don your mask and snorkel but remain behind the safety of a steel cage which is lowered behind the boat that takes you out to the shark location about three miles off the coast. This will prove to be one of the very most thrilling adventures you will have ever taken. Please keep in mind that these trips leave from the little boat harbor of Haleiwa which is about an hour's drive from Waikiki. Transportation can be provided for an additional fee upon request.
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Enjoy snorkeling along the Waianae Coast of Oahu with Ocean Joy Cruises. This coastline is famous not only for its great snorkeling reefs but also for its numerous dolphin sightings. Snorkeling tours ca happen in either the morning or the afternoon hours. These snorkel tours are taken on a clean and stable sixty-one foot power catamaran touring yacht. This coastline is one of the most beautiful to be found on Oahu and Ocean Joy Cruises, in addition to touring you on this delightful snorkel
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If you're planning on staying in the Waikiki area and are looking to do a snorkel trip then you might want to consider looking into the snorkeling trips that are offered with Port Waikiki Cruises. These cruises depart right from the Hilton Pier on Waikiki Beach (which is very conveniently located if you're staying close by). From the pier they will take you out to the "Turtle Canyon" snorkeling area where you will be able to look for the green sea turtles that live in the area.
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Snorkeling tours on Oahu are very popular and one of the beautiful Hawaii designed boats the takes snorkel cruises off the Honolulu shoreline is provided by Royal Hawaiian Charters. Royal Hawaiian Charters uses a boat that was designed by the noted Hawaiian boat builder Rudy Choy. Rudy has produced a number of vessels over the years and they all sit high in the water and permit ocean swells to simply float underneath so they are some of the smoothest sailing boats to be found. The Royal Hawaiian takes you to wonderful snorkel spots along the coast and will provide you with all the snorkel gear, and instruction you will need in addition to a nice picnic lunch after you water activities.
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Snorkel sails and snorkel cruises are available for you in Oahu on a private basis on Tradewind Charters. Your party could be as small as just a couple or as large as eighty people and you'll be treated with luxury and privacy on one of Tradewind Charters beautiful sailing yachts. There are a number of yachts available for your use ranging from forty foot sailing yachts to forty-five foot catamarans to sixty-five foot sailing catamarans. The intimate and relaxing ambience of these charters will make your visit to the islands all that more enjoyable. There is no question that taking a snorkel cruise or having a sailing charter on a boat that is exclusively for your party, whether it be large of small, is the best way to go. The question always comes up however about the price. People often think that these costs would be prohibitive but in many cases the absolute reverse is actually the case. Tradewind Charters generally has their pricing based upon the number of hours that you would want the boat. The price charged could seem fairly expensive if there is just a few of you in the group but if you have larger amounts of people the pricing will get progressively better as your number of people grows. In many cases the actual price per person can become even lower than the price charged per person on other boats that are not a private. Tradewinds Charters is always worthy of consideration when viewed in this light as it might actually not only be your best choice for comfort, relaxation and overall ambience but it also might be your best choice regarding price as well. Keep in mind that Tradewinds Charters has many varied choices of cruises available including sunset sails, dinner cruises, a delightful Mimosa Sunrise Cruise, a champagne and chocolates cruise, private whale watching cruises, sailing cruises and even sailing lessons, memorial service and ash scattering, snorkel cruises, overnight and inter-island cruises, wedding and vow renewals at sea and even bachelor or bachelorette party cruises.
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Snorkeling in Oahu - As is the case with all the Hawaiian Islands, snorkeling on Oahu is among the most favorite of activities. The water on Oahu is warm enough to swim in comfortably all year and there are lots of areas to see great coral formations, turtles, dolphins and reef fish. Snorkeling tours can be found all over Oahu and on a wide variety of vessels. If it works for you try to arrange one that is a half a day or longer so you can savor the total ocean experience. Snorkeling always makes me hungry and its great to have a wonderful lunch prepared and waiting along with a cold beer after a tough day of morning snorkeling. There's also something quite relaxing about just lounging about on deck of your boat soaking up the Oahu sunshine and working on a tan. I don't know if it works this way for you but when I'm visiting on the mainland dreaming about Hawaii my mind often goes directly to those glimpses imprinted in my memory of an idyllic blue sky day with sunlight shafts lazering their way through a colorful reef complete with dozens of fish swimming about. The snorkeling is great on Oahu.