Cruise aboard the Dolphin Star! Watch dolphins play on Oahu's scenic west coast on a morning tour or add snorkeling to your adventure with an afternoon cruise!
Set sail on an unforgettable morning expedition worlds away from Waikiki, with picturesque views of the western coast of Oahu complete with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, Flying Fish, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and during winter months, Humpback Whales! For those interested in snorkeling after the Dolphin Watch, you will head out once again after a sumptuous "Create-Your-Own Gourmet Burger" lunch to explore Oahu's underwater world, spotting abundant tropical fish and colorful coral. An escape from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, come aboard the Dolphin Star for a morning of dolphin watching!
The Waianae coastline is soooo beautiful! Best part? We saw lots of dolphins :) All tours from Paradise Cruises are top quality. The boat is clean, spacious and it has two decks and you can choose where you wanna seat. The crew is friendly and professional and the food is delicious. I love the idea that you can make your own burger, there was a buffet with a lot of of fresh ingredients.. two thumbs up! The snorkel is great for beginners, there are a lot of staff in the water watching out for us and they even provide a rope to hold on if you don’t feel too comfortable swimming. The water on the west side is super clear and ridiculously blue, there were so many tropical fishes... I felt like I swimming inside a aquarium. The snorkel trip and dolphin watch was a lot of fun. I think this tour is great for families with kids, they even have a kids program aboard to keep the little one entertained the entire cruise.
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Price & Options
Children under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
Snorkeling is NOT included on this activity.
Guests with exhaustion are not permitted to participate in this activity.
Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.
A valid government issued photo I.D. is required to consume any alcoholic beverages.
Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Drinks are available for purchase.
The menu is subject to change without notice.
You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 2.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I swim with dolphins on this tour?
No, dolphins are protected wildlife and we don't like to disturb them in their natural habitat. On rare occasions the dolphins can and will swim right up to you while you are in the water.
Do I need to be able to swim to participate?
No, being able to swim is not required. However, life jackets are required to be worn by new swimmers and other flotation devices are available to you as well.
Are you required to wear a life jacket?
Life jackets are not required to be worn for the whale watch but they are required when swimming. They are also available throughout the boat in case of emergency.
Is there a safe place to store my belongings while on tour?
There are no lockers available so it is not recommended to bring any valuables aboard. Belongings can be kept on the bench seats and tables however they can get wet and no responsibility is taken for damage or loss.
What kind of boat will be used?
The Dolphin Star is a specially-designed dolphin watching vessel that offers a one-of-a-kind experience on Oahu's waters. With multi-level decks, open-air seating, an onboard grill and shaded dining areas, this vessel produces a comfortable and relaxed environment for an ideal dolphin watching excursion. Easy access to the water and onboard showers are perfect for guests looking to snorkel or go for a swim. Best of all, there is no need to worry about the impact your trip will have on local marine life, as the Dolphin Star is full equipped with environmentally friendly features, such as EPA-compliant main engines and a hybrid power generator, all operated according to NOAA guidelines.
The Waianae coastline is soooo beautiful! Best part? We saw lots of dolphins :) All tours from Paradise Cruises are top quality. T...he boat is clean, spacious and it has two decks and you can choose where you wanna seat. The crew is friendly and professional and the food is delicious. I love the idea that you can make your own burger, there was a buffet with a lot of of fresh ingredients.. two thumbs up! The snorkel is great for beginners, there are a lot of staff in the water watching out for us and they even provide a rope to hold on if you don’t feel too comfortable swimming. The water on the west side is super clear and ridiculously blue, there were so many tropical fishes... I felt like I swimming inside a aquarium. The snorkel trip and dolphin watch was a lot of fun. I think this tour is great for families with kids, they even have a kids program aboard to keep the little one entertained the entire cruise. more
I've always heard about this cruise and how great the food was & sure did they not disappoint. My friend and I went on th...e Afternoon Lunch and snorkel cruise. We were picked up at the Sheraton Waikiki and the drive over to Waianae Harbor was about 70 minutes long however the bus guide was very informative and pleasant. Upon arriving we board the Dolphin Star vessel that has a top and lower deck. Lunch was build your own burger and the sides were taro chips, brownies and fruits you can chose out the basket. It was so delicious!!! As for the cruise and snorkel, we got to see so much dolphins along the way and even a turtle on our way back. My friend did the snorkel part and she got to see so much fishes. It was such a wonderful day. more
Had a wonderful time. Went on the whale & dolphin watch 2 times. First day we saw at least 45 spotted dolphins who put on qu...ite a show for us. On the second day we saw bottle-nosed dolphins and several whales. We were lucky to see something the crew said was quite rare: 4 dolphins swimming with a mother whale and her calf. If you can, do this trip more than once. You'll see something different each time. The boat was in good shape and the entire crew were courteous, informative and friendly. more
This was wonderful! The guides and captain gave us a really good time--The burgers were great! We had a little trouble finding the... place, but once we found it, everything was awesome! more
Kathy and Gerald Bratz
Enjoyed the scenery on the drive to the boat. The boat was very spacious and clean and the crew was wonderful. They were all hel...pful, attentive and knowledgeable. We saw dolphins right out of port. When not seeing dolphins or whales, the scenery is worth watching. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Great experience. more
My husband and I went on this trip and had a good time. I thought it was great seeing all the spinner dolphins and being lucky eno...ugh to see not one, but three hump-back whales at a fairly close distance. My husband thought it was a bit boring but to me it was relaxing. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The boat was very clean. The ride was peaceful, the coastline was beautiful and the marine life was amazing. I would do it again but I would not recommend this trip for small children or toddlers because it is hard to keep an eye on both the kids and the action. Luckily we had a babysitter. more
This activity was excellent from the moment they picked us up until they dropped us off. We were delighted by the dolphins and two... humpback whales and their calves. The food was great. The crew really acted like they were enjoying thmeselves which made it even more magical. I would recommend to anyone! more
I have been wanting to do this for many years, but normally, I do not visit Hawaii this time of year. I was not disappointed! We s...aw numerous whales and lots of dolphins, and the staff and crew were personable, informative and helpful. I will definitely book this activity again! more
Paula J. Ziegler
We had a great time. We saw dolphins and 2 whales. Bus ride was very enjoyable, too. We recommend to all.
Bill & Diane
It was quite an experience to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. We just loved their care-free spirits and playful antics. ... The crew did a great job of finding the dolphins and then providing interesting information about them. The snorkeling was amazing as well. We snorkeled with such a wide array of tropical creatures. It was like we were snorkeling in an aquarium. more
I booked this tour in May 2010. After reviewing all the Dolphin Tours I chose this one because the boat has high railings which ma...ke it safest for families with children and seniors. The West part of the island is a place less traveled by visitors and it's lack of development makes this area one of the least spoiled environments. Our tour guide Sandy was 10 minutes early, very pleasant, had so much Aloha. The bus seats were very comfortable and it had the new bus smell. The ride to the boat was a little over an hour long and it was very educational. Our tour guide showed us a video on dolphin species and other sea life we expected to see. Once at the boat, the staff welcomed us on board and went over the safety briefing once we were ready. About 10 minutes into the tour we came upon 2-3 pods of dolphin. They seemed to be on both sides of the vessel as the captain maneuvered delicately around the pods. Most of the dolphin were cruising but there were about 2 or 3 that kept dartin more
The Dolphin Watch cruise was truly a success! We spent some time with a pod of spinner dolphins. We also had an opportunity to se...e spotted dolphins and humpback whales. The boat captain and crew take to time to share their knowledge. One member of our party became sea sick (which can't be helped); the staff was very kind and did their bet to help out. more
I have got to say that seeing the humpback whales and dolphins on this cruise was just totally amazing! You don't really appr...eciate just how large the whales are until you see them jump, or "breech" like how the guides called it, out of the ocean and land with this HUGE splash. The crew was amazing and everyone went out of their way to make sure that all of the passengers were happy, satisfied and well informed. Great tour! Thank you!!! more
Angelica and Ricky
I booked this cruise so that my wife and I could have a chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat and they didn't disap...point. We saw a couple of pods of dolphins at fairly close range. The crew was great. They explained how to stay safe on the boat and offered remedies for seasickness to anybody who wanted them. They even had a person to translate into Japanese, which I didn't personally need since I speak English, but I'm sure the Japanese patrons appreciated it. On the ride, we ended up standing near the captain. He was really knowledgable of the area giving us a bit of the history of the region and letting us in on some highlights in the region. A real nice guy. We didn't take advantage of the shuttle or the lunch, but it was still a great trip. I would recommend it to anyone going to the islands who wants to see the wildlife and a beautiful part of the island. more
We had the most wonderful time!! The staff was incredible, the ship was spotless and well appointed! We saw a very large pod of sp...inner dolphins, and later during the snorkeling part we got to see several very large green sea turtle. Overall we highly recommend this trip and look forward to doing the next we are in Hawaii!!! more
K&J from San Diego
It was great! The driver, cousin Jerry was very polite and informative about Hawaiian history. Then the actual cruise went smoothl...y, and we saw dolphins right after we left the harbor. There were tons of dolphins, and we got to see them spin in the air (hence spinner dolphin). I highly recommend this tour to everyone. Very family friendly. The staffs were awesome, and the lunch was great. more
My family joined Oahu Wild Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Tour for summer 2012 and we all have great time. Staffs are so friendly. Grea...t lunch on the boat. We saw dolphins and lot of fishes during snorkeling. I recommend this tour to my family and friends. more
This was my first trip snorkeling in Hawai'i and I had so much fun! The dolphin watch was amazing, we saw lot of them. They ...were so beautiful! Once we got out to the snorkeling I didn't want to leave the water. We saw sea turtles, our guide pointed out sea stars, and the water was clean and clear! All the staff on the boat were very knowledgable and helpful. They made me feel quite safe. more
We had wonderful experience. All of Hoku Naia staffs are so nice, friendly and kind. I was really surprised they gave us ginger su...pplement. Your hospitality is really wonderful! I'll be your guest again with my family! Thank you very much for the great hospitality! more
I'd never gone snorkeling or dolphin-watching before, so I didn't know what to expect. The crew of the Hoku Nai'a ...really know what they're doing. Five minutes after we left port, we were looking at dolphins. They're beautiful creatures. They swam right up to the boat, and leapt out of the water right in front of us! It was an experience eveyone should do at least once in their lives. Snorkeling was also an amazing experience, but not at first. I couldn't wrap my head around trying to breathe while submerged, and I'd never been in 25-foot-deep water before. I panicked and had to go back to the ship. The Captain and the crew were all extremely friendly and helpful, and once they helped me figure it out, I had an amazing time. I feel there should be a better way to ease first-timers into it. If you're a skeptical first-timer, just as long as you know exactly what you're in for, you'll have a great time. more
Awesome! The Crew was so informative, accommodating, and fun. Highly recommend.
Service was very nice from bus pick up until then drop off. Every staff is very friendly and take good care of customers. Dolphin ...watch was amazing we saw group of 20-30 dolphins jumping near the boat. The boat is also very nice, they also provide all natural pills for motion sickness. It's worth every penny :) more
We saw soooooo many dolphins! My friends and I got picked up in Waikiki and taken to another part of the island where the dolphins... always are. The bus ride out is great because you can enjoy the different types of scenery around the island. The boat was very open, giving everyone a chance to see the dolphins and would stop when we saw the dolphins, allowing people to try to get pictures (I somehow couldn't get good ones!). We had a delicious lunch before heading back to the harbor. The people who were snorkeling were headed back out, and since it was so sunny and I was jealous! A great time and a unique opportunity to see these awesome creatures in the wild! more
This was a fantastic tour. We're here for a tournament so I didn't want to do anything that would wear my son out, but ...I wanted a fun experience for us. Seeing the dolphins was a great experience and the tour guides were great. more
Got to see wild dolphins having fun in their natural habitat, as well as a manta ray and several flying fish. Then we sailed up th...e west coast to the corner of the north shore. BBQ was great as well, and I wish I would've done the snorkeling! more
We had a fantastic time on this cruise. We managed to see 2 dozen plus dolphins swimming around the boat and jumping out of the wa...ter. The snorkeling was great as well, so many different things to see. The icing was when we saw a female whale and her calf. The captain changed course an took us closer where I got some fab pictures. The crew were a delight, nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. Will definitely go again when we return. more
The staff on the Dolphin Star shared their knowledge of the dolphins; that was great! Thanks.
We saw them all. Staff was pleasant and courteous. We had a great time.
We drove to the venue and were late but the crew members were very gracious and waited for us. The food was great and everyone was... knowledgeable and very very helpful. Snorkelling was so much fun and we saw dolphins and whales. Thanks to all the crew members we had a great time. more
I wanted my son to experience the Dolphins for the first time, he wasn't disappointed! My parents were delighted as well, the... crew was excellent, friendly and informative. We got to see the Hawaii spinning dolphins, and they are beautiful. We also had the meals which is a good option if you don't get seasick! more
This was a great trip from start to finish...the boat crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. They found the dolphins and kept ...pointing them out as they moved. When we moved on to the snorkeling area, they made sure we were all safe and having fun. Oh, and the food was great!!! Highly recommended!!! more
There were enough staffs to assist passengers. They do their best to entertain us and make sure we have fun. Lunch was good, and s...norkeling was enjoyable. We saw dolphins pretty close and some turtles about 60 feet away. I recommend this cruise to anyone even to families with small children. more
Unfortunately the sea was too choppy to snorkel, but the crew made sure we saw plenty of dolphins! We were able to see a whale, so...me tiger sharks and a ton of dolphins (in seperate areas of course). The crew was friendly, entertaining and educating. more
We attended the morning Dolphin watch cruise aboard the Dolphin Star, and had an amazing experience. The dolphins were swimming, j...umping, and spinning right off the side of our boat. I didn't expect to see so many, or be that close. We also had two close encounters with Humpback whales. The crew was friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and seemed to really want us to have a great experience. Well done!!! more
We had a fantastic day, extremely well organized, very friendly staff, customer service was wonderful. Our snorkeling tour guide ...was great, always making sure everyone was ok, and not going too fast. We saw lots a slots of dolphins and even whales too. Was definitely a highlight only our holiday more
The bus was on time to the Aloha Landing at the Sheraton and the driver was very nice. We got to the dock safely in Waianae after ...nearly an hour on the road. It was well worth the drive, because the weather was perfect and the waters were fairly calm for the late morning hours. The dolphins are easy to spot spinning and jumping in the air. Lunchtime was filling, with a grilled burger and some veggies. The snorkel was refreshing and it felt like I got a little exercise following around the guide. We saw some pretty fishes and I even got to hold a sea urchin! All in all a good trip and well worth the trek outside of Waikiki. more
I had a great time at the morning dolphin watch. I got a little seasick during the tour but it wasn't too bad. I prepared som...e ginger tea beforehand and sipped it whenever I felt queasy. Everyone was so happy when dolphins started appearing near the boat. It is such a big difference seeing wild dolphins in their natural habitat than in captivity. We got to see 3 types of dolphins at different points throughout the tour. Lunch was delicious too. Freshly grilled BBQ burger with all the fixings! The boat was a little cramped but overall, I had a great time. It's a great way to see pods of adorable dolphins at home in the sea! more
We had a good time! The crew was wonderful! Our captain Julie (I think was her name) was very pleseant & great to talk to.... Robin was great! She took the best pictures of us & it is a great memory to have. I do not remember all the crews name but they made the trip worth it! Thanks! more
Really enjoyed the dolphins and whales,the boat was clean and the crew helpful and friendly. Also keep using the taro(purple) hamb...urger buns,they are the best tasting ever. more
roy muench, Az.
very nice tour.the staff was very friendly.real good about pointing out whales to us.when we snorkled we had some first timers,th...ey were very good about watching over them and helped them have a good time. more
The guided tour area is not what we usually do, so this was quite crowded and getting slapped in the face with flippers and peop...le kicking alot of bubbles into the water by inexperienced snorkellers is not what we enjoy. For a first timer this would be a great thing. Not many fish. The guides were great with the showing of the life but not alot of fish or color. more
Yup, get to see the dolphins as guaranteed. We were lucky to catch site of a whale too albeit from a distance. A photo will be tak...en before the vessel sets off. This is optional at $18. Good for guests to know in advance. Drinks (non-alcoholic) and brownies are served complimentary - pleasant surprise. more
Had a great time
WE REALLY ENJOYED THE TOURS, SAW MANY DOLPHINS AND THE CREW WERE PLEASANT AND INFORMATIVE, RECOMMENDED FOR ALL
Guides were good. Instruction for snorkeling was alright. Personally didn't like the life jackets they supplied, they weren...039;t very buoyant. However I don't think anyone is going to drown. Food was pretty good for a burger. more
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We saw dolphins, tons of fish, star fish and three sea turtles on our excursion. The staff were ...knowledgable, friendly and fun. They were also very compassionate to those on the trip who got a little sea sick. They made you feel special and we would definitely go with them on another trip! more
The Peffley Family
My husband and I really enjoyed the activity of "Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise". This was first time to watch the wild do...lphin at cruise, both of us. When we went to dolphin watching, unfortunately it was not good weather, sometimes in hard rain and wind. However we could watch a lot of wild dolphins after ship departures around 30-40 minutes. During enjoyed the dolphin watching, It was coming up tasty BBQ smells from cabin. The dolphins star departures around 9:30, and lunch started at 10:30. Before started lunch, weather was getting bad and Ship was rolling hardly. And I got a seasick, but crew found my bad condition quickly, and she gave to bring ice bag and advice me how to recover seasick. My condition was not recover until back to land territory. It was hard to eat lunch burger which smells very nice. This activity was awesome, and we was very enjoyed !! Thank you!! more
Worth joining if you're interested in sea animals and/or the landscapes of Oahu. We were able to see a school of dolphins (ar...ound 4-5 on the day we joined), and one of them came close to the boat that we could recognize its figure. Weren't able to see them jumping, as what we imagine from the movies (it's wildlife so depends on your luck). The scenary from the sea was also beautiful! Some tips for those considering joining the activity: ・Air-con on the bus from Waikiki to the harbor may get cold, so better to have something to wear on top. ・There were medicine for motion sickness on the boat (my wife and I didn't take it, and both got sick; better to take if not confident). ・The hamburgers were good, and patties fresh from the grill. We took the morning tour, and the serving time was from around 10:30 AM. Better not to have a big breakfast if you're keen to try! more
Thank you for a great time! We could meet not only dolphins but also turtles a few times.My sons were very excited and looked hap...py to see dolphins. more
Our family expect to watch whale, but couldn't. We had seen many whale in Maui early winter, so think we could.
I recommend the dolphin swim than the snorkel tour. Food was ok but the snorkel itself was terrible. There was not much to see at ...the snorkel point, worst of all my 6 year old got held on to in the water by a chinese who probably couldn't swim and panicked even with a life vest on so I had to literary pull him off my boy by pushing his face so that my son wouldn't drown. If I hadn't realized this was happening he would of, and none of the staff did. We had to hold a line first when we got into the water and it was crowded and dangerous because everyone stuck together kicking each other trying to swim and the water was bouncy. You can see more fish and turtles swimming at the shores, no need to pay so much for so little and for a dangerous experience. more
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