Dolphin Excursion

Oahu Dolphin Excursion
(With Transportation)

Times and Duration
Daily, 7:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Duration: 3 hours

Adult Ages 13+ $140
Child Ages 4 - 12 $95

Take an Unforgettable Dolphin Tour in Oahu

We begin as Nai’a I departs from Waianae Boat Harbor and travels along the scenic west coast in search of spinner dolphins. Take some of the most incredible photographs of your vacation as the spinners come to visit you and perform their superb aerial stunts. Few people have the opportunity to see these spectacular displays. Passively observing Spinner Dolphins while in the water is one of our goals. We follow guidelines that are dictated by Federal Law protecting these animals. We will make sure you observe these animals under an eco friendly leadership giving you a safe open ocean safari you will remember. We will also snorkel at sites with Hawaiian Sea Turtles and tropical fish. Occasionally, we encounter Bottlenose and Spotted dolphins too. During the winter months, we may even get to see a Humpback Whale or two or several. Excursions are led by seasoned island naturalists with years of experience on the Waianae Coast.

Dolphin Excursion Overview

  • View spinner dolphins and humpback whales (in the winter). Occasionally, we encounter bottlenose dolphins and spotted dolphins too!
  • Take incredible photographs of marine life.
  • Swim with dolphins, tropical fish, and sea turtles.
  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch at Spinners Cafe.
  • Roundtrip transportation from Waikiki and Ko Olina hotel  

Optional Photo Packages
$55 + tax Standard Photo Package for parties of one to six adults
$10 per adult + tax Group Photo Package for parties of seven or more adults
*Photo packages may be pre-ordered at time of booking or purchased that day after your tour with us. Need more time to think about it? No worries, you can always give us a call up to three months after your tour date to order and pay by phone.


7:00 a.m. Boat Departure:

6:30 am check in at the Waianae Boat Harbor, next to Spinners Cafe. Waikiki pick up is between 5:00 and 5:15 am, return around 12:30 pm. Ko Olina pick up is around 6:00 am, return around 11:00 am. (Return time may vary depending on traffic).
10:30 a.m. Boat Departure:

10:00 am check in at the Waianae Boat Harbor, next to Spinners Cafe. Waikiki pick up is between 8:30 am and 8:45 am, return around 4:30 pm. Ko Olina pick up is around 9:30 am, return around 3:00 pm. (Return time may vary depending on traffic).
2:00 PM departures are available and customizable upon request. Dolphins are not guaranteed at this later time. However, during Whale Season (January to March) this is still a great time to observe the big guys.

Duration Details
30-minute check-in
Three hours on the boat/snorkeling dock to dock
30-minute complimentary meal at air-conditioned Spinners Cafe
Four hours total if you drive yourself to the harbor
If you are being picked up from Waikiki, add an additional hour and 15 minutes of drive time to and from Waianae Boat Harbor (six and a half hours total with Waikiki pick up).

Roundtrip transportation from Waikiki and Ko Olina hotels. We can also pick you up at the Aloha Tower Marketplace if you’re coming in by cruise ship, or near the Airport at the Best Western Plaza Hotel. Due to strict permitting, we cannot pick up at the cruise ship or airport terminals directly.
Snorkel gear: Mask (prescription masks available), snorkel, fins, and a life vest. Wet suits are available to rent for $10.00 at check-in.
Lunch at Spinners Café: Choose from an assortment of breakfast or lunch local grinds.

Seattle, Washington

Reviewed October 21 2019

3hrs on and in the water!!

Bring your sunblock because you will be in and out of the warm , beautiful water searching for sea turtles, tropical fish, coral and of course dolphins!

the team is very experienced and they respect the reef and its inhabitants which is a huge bonus!

they have prescription masks for vision impaired participants, too!

lunch was excellent, i got the tuna sandwich and it was plenty after several hours in the water and sun. at check-in you get to choose your meal and the options are so good, i had a hard time deciding!

the photographer, Paul, was very attentive and had lots of ideas for great shots. it takes about a week to get them, so be prepared to wait.

if i get a chance to come back to O‘ahu i will definitely be back for another trip with this team!

thanks for such a great experience!

Becky E

Reviewed October 20, 2019

Just wow! Best tour...

This trip was incredible and the best thing we did whilst in Oahu. We were recommended it by a local as the best tour we could do so of course we could not pass that up. It was so worth it. The crew were so friendly and knowledgeable. It was lovely to see people so good at their job, and so respectful of the dolphins and turtles etc.. They were able to get us up close with a huge number of dolphins and turtles whilst still coaching the whole group on how to behave in order to not disturb them. This was quite different to another dolphin excursion we saw nearby where people were shouting loudly as the dolphins came past.

The experience of seeing the large pod of dolphins swim closely past us, including with baby dolphins, was truly incredible and something I will never forget. I can't wait to see the photos!

Cannot more highly recommend this excursion, they will definitely be seeing us again next time we make it to Hawaii.