Oahu Activities: Whale Watching Tours and Dolphin Excursions
During December to May, you can watch as majestic Kohola, or Humpback Whales swim around Oahu's southern seas.
Enjoying a Whale Watch or Dolphin excursion is a popular Oahu activity that will be a highlight of your visit to the island.
About Oahu Whale Watching Tours & Dolphin Excursions:
Oahu Whale Watching Tours and Dolphin Excursions are a very popular family activity. Peak times for enjoying Whale Watching off Oahu is from the months of December through May when the pods of Humpback Whales can be found swimming along Oahu’s surf.
Other Whales may be seen at other times of year, but December to May is the best time to enjoy Humpback Whales. Dolphins are also active throughout the year and can be seen in many areas around Oahu.
There is nothing like watching Dolphins frolic and play in their natural environment. During peak times, it is not unusual for tours to be fully booked so it is recommended that you reserve your tickets ahead of time.
Humpback Whales venture to the warm waters of Hawaii to breed and to give birth to their new calves.
If you want to try your luck and save the cost of a Whale Watching Tour, you can often watch Whales and Dolphin from Oahu’s many beaches and from southeastern Oahu spots like the scenic Makapuu Lighthouse, Hanauma Bay, and along the overlook by Leahi (Diamondhead)
Many of the companies offering Whale Watching Tours offer Dolphin Excursions as well as other water activities such as Snorkeling Tours.
Here are a few of the top reviewed companies offering Whale Watching Tours and Dolphin Excursions:
Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching
Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-491 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792
During the months of January to March, join us to watch Humpback Whales migrate, feed and give birth to calves. Spend the day snorkeling with marine life and cruise along the Waianae Coast of Oahu. You’ll see Spinner Dolphins and Sea Turtles riding the ocean waves.
You can Snorkel in calm waters among the Dolphins and enjoy the beauty of many species of tropical fish, coral reef and enjoy a hot or cold lunch after the cruise. They offer guest pick up from selected Oahu Hotels.
Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Address: 1025 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814
During the Winter months of December to March, we offer tours to watch Humpback Whales migrate, feed and give birth to calves. Throughout the year our tours snorkeling and Dolphin-watching. Guests enjoy a buffet lunch of Hawaiian fare and drinks on the comfortable Catamaran. The Catamaran also features a shower and changing facilities. Snorkeling gear and instruction are provided.
They offer morning or afternoon departures with round-trip transportation to and from select Waikiki Hotels.
Wild Side Specialty Tours
Address: Waianae Boat Harbor, 85-371 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792
Touted as the #1 Best Whale Watching, swimming with Dolphins and snorkeling tour on Oahu, and deemed one of the top 5 Whale-Watching tours in America! Whale Watching Tours are most active in the months of December to March. Swimming with wild Dolphins year-round, charters include guided Snorkeling Tours over Sea Turtle reefs on Oahu.
Six to ten passenger charters (two boats) with published Marine-Biologist. Awarded Hawaii Ecotourism Associations' Sustainable Tourism Certificate, Wild Side Tours is an internationally recognized Marine Tours company conducting environmentally responsible marine interactions.
Address: Honolulu, HI 96801
Dolphins or Whales are guaranteed on many trips or come back free! Kona-Kohala, Waikiki, and Near Marriott & Disney Ko Olina Catamaran Dolphin Snorkel sailing, Scuba, Whale watching, dinner cruises, Waikiki options and more. Come experience our 5-star service. Daily cruises in Kona-Kohala, and Catamaran sailing departures near Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, Beach Villas at Ko Olina and more.
Also try Port Waikiki Cruises from the Hilton Hawaiian Village pier. Hawaii's first Dolphin Smart recognized operator for proper viewing of Dolphins.
Star of Honolulu
Address: 1 Aloha Tower Dr., Honolulu, HI 96813
Experience Hawaii’s most popular Whale Watch Cruise! The Star of Honolulu is the best vessel for viewing Whales, with its 60’ high observation deck, 4 walk-around decks. Enjoy our friendly and professional crew of Naturalists, most Whale activities and selection of packages. We offer a ‘Whale Guarantee’ – if you do not see Whales on your tour, you receive a “Whale Check” to cruise again and we have a “Child Free” per paid adult special package.
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