Dolphin Snorkel Tour- Ko'Olina Ocean Adventures
As you leave Ko'Olina Marina and head north along the coast line you soon see the pods of dolphins that play along the coastline daily. Roughly 200 spinner dolphins live along the leeward coast and you can enjoy viewing them as they swim by and do their aerial jumps. Continuing along your aquatic adventure, stop and snorkel at two top fish and sea turtle sites, dependent on weather and conditions, snorkel alongside the dolphins with top of the line snorkel gear. Whale sightings are an added bonus in the winter months (December - March), which guests can hear with the on board hydrophones.
Operates: Daily tour times at 6:30 am and 11:00 am. Check in 45 minutes. Pick up for the AM tour starts around 5:15 am and returns around 12 noon. Mid-day tour around 9:15 am returns around 4:30pm.
Departure Point: Ko'Olina Harbor. Pick up from various hotels in the Waikiki area is available.
Duration: 4 hours.
Equipment: Ko'Olina Explorer a 44 foot Rigid Inflatable Boat or Pacific Passion a 37 foot powerboat. Both have an onboard restroom
Capacity: 27 or 30 passengers.
Snacks of muffins, tea, cocoa at check in, morning tour only.
Hawaiian style kalua pork, teriyaki chicken or garden burger on a kaiser bun, with a fresh fruit salad, served after the tour.
Bottled water available on board.
Inclusions: Waikiki hotel pick up and drop off, mask, fins, snorkel, flotation vest and lunch.
Exclusions: Customer has the option to pay $20 direct to vendor at check in for a "See a Dolphin or Whale Guarantee" or get a full refund. Wet suit top rentals, cameras and fish food are available for purchase.
Serves Alcohol: There is not any alcohol available during the activity.
Foreign Language Translation: Japanese translation is available during the activity.
Handicapped Accessible: This tour is not suitable for handicapped individuals.
Required Certifications: The participant is not required to have any certification or special license in order to participate.
Restrictions: Cancellations of this reservation cannot be made within forty-eight hours of the scheduled check in time.
This activity is not accessible by wheelchair or walker. All participants must sign a liability waiver and release agreement prior to the tour. Dolphin and whale sightings are not guaranteed and are subject to natural occurrences. Only one infant under 3 is allowed per family. This tour has a 48 hour cancellation policy. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 10% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid.
Infant 3 and Under
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(All bookings are backed by Tom Barefoot's "Low Price Guarantee". Online orders may take up to 24 hours to be processed. The availability displayed above is frequently updated and always subject to change.)
- # 36-50 Feet
- # Mono Hulled Power Yacht
- # Zodiac Raft / Speedboat
- # 16-30 People
- # Honolulu/Waikiki
- # Snorkeling
- # Observe Wild Dolphins From A Boat
- # 4-6 Hours
- # Tours With a Guide
- # Not Handicapped Accessible
- # Hotel Pickup is Available
- # Includes Breakfast
- # Includes Lunch
- # Swim Stop Included
- # No Certification or Special License Required
- # Does Not Serve Alcohol
- # Moderate
- # Midday
- # Morning
- # Sea
- # Japanese Translation Available
- # No Minimum Age
- # West Oahu
- # Ko'olina Marina
There have been 4 reviews written about the Dolphin Snorkel Tour with Ko'Olina Ocean Adventures.
Average Product Rating: 3.8 / 5
Good service. We saw both a swimmingpool turtlle and a lot of swimming dolp=
hins. We also swam in the water egen the dolphins swam under us.
December booking - arrival time 6 a.m. (we arrived a little before 6) and it was dark. Directions to arrive were not clear, where to park was not clea r, poorly lit parking lot(s). Departure time we were told was 6:30 a.m., but we did not leave until after 7 a.m.. The duration says 4 hours, but we were not out that long. The crew was great - both Jen and Austin were very pleasant and did a great job. Unfortunately we did not see any dolphins the whole time we were out on the water. We went on a excursion to see a supposed killer whale sighting which turned out to be a false report. Snorkeling was nice at both spots, but not worth $365 to just snorkel, as you can go to Kailua Beach, Shark Cove, KoOlina Lagoons, or many other spots around the island for free or Hamauma Bay for a much smaller fee and see the same beautiful coral, fish, and sea life. Apparently you can pay an additional $20 per person to "guarantee" a dolphin sighting/swim or your money back, but this was not explained to us at the time of the booking and it was not offered to us that morning. We were told Ko Olina guaranteed their sightings when we booked it. Afterwards, when we called to get a credit back, they did not pick up the phone or return my call. Barefoot Tours did call back and made a concession/goodwill gesture to us as Ko'Olina Ocean Adventures told Barefoot Tours they would not do anything. All in all, we were disappointed in the excursion for the price. I do hope your percentages for dolphin sightings online are accurate at a posted "95% success rate" and you are not misleading the tourists into a false sense of hope.
Crew was great but so many people on the boat makes it tough and you feel a bit like a cattle being herded. Understand why but considering price I expected more. Good for someone who has very limited experience being in water. Regardless, my kids enjoyed themselves and I was generally pleased.
We saw Dolphins, fish and sea turtles! Great tour and we felt lucky...but always get the $20 "insurance" so that in case there are no sightings, you get your money back!