- Spend your day watching the playful dolphins in their natural environment on this
- All tours are lead by seasoned island naturalists with years of experience
- Dolphins are seen daily, and humpback whales can be seen during the winter months
- Hotel pickup from Waikiki is offered on this
- Snorkel in sites teeming with marine life and considered the best in Oahu
1) Viewing Spinner Dolphins and Humpback Whales
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. Occasionally, we encounter Bottlenose Dolphins and Spotted Dolphins too.
In winter, dolphins share the waters with mighty Humpback Whales. The Nai'a I is fast and maneuverable, to get you out to the whales quickly. You'll have plenty of time to experience their breaches, fin and tail slaps. The boat's maneuverability also allows us to easily shift position for the best possible viewing, and it's low profile makes the view unforgettable. Even a baby whale (calf) appears to be enormous from your perspective. Other whale species often visit our waters from time to time like Pilot Whales.
2) Swimming with Dolphins
Playtime and photo opportunities with the dolphins includes our in-water program, known as 'The Drop'. If the dolphins are awake and playful, we conduct The Drop, allowing guests to safely get wet with the dolphins and experience the sights and sounds of dolphin play from a unique underwater perspective.
Imagine this: You're in the water, with a mask and snorkel and suddenly you are surrounded by Spinner Dolphins casually swimming by you chatting amongst each other, as they go about their business. This is an ocean safari that can not be experienced in a park.
For novice snorkelers, a professional guide will instruct you, giving advice and educating you about dolphin behavior. Snorkeling and safety gear is provided on this tour.
The Drop is successful 80% of the time
3) Snorkeling with Tropical Fish and Sea Turtles
Snorkeling takes place among some of Hawaii's most pristine reefs, teeming with colorful fish and inquisitive Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Snorkeling during the winter months is weather and surf dependent. More time is added to viewing whales if snorkeling is not possible.