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Ko Olina Whale Watching Tour

Snorkel and Whale Watching

Whale Watching at Ko Olina

The magnificent Humpback Whales are an endangered species, so being able to see them as they return to Hawaii from Alaska each December is a very special occasion. They come to Hawaii each year to breed and give birth, leaving the freezing waters of Alaska for the more tropical waters of the Hawaiian Islands. They are simply breathtaking to see as they breech out of the water and to some it almost seems that they are playing. Or maybe they’re just happy to leave those frigid waters and vacation in Hawaii?

Actually it is believed they might be playing, but perhaps more likely courting, looking for that perfect mate. Seeing a Humpback Whale leap out of the ocean and then slap their tail is an unforgettable sight. They are very sentient mammals and truly care for their young. They communicate through song through miles and miles of ocean and for very good reasons are often called “gentle giants”.

Available Tours

If you visit Ko Olina during whale season (December to March) you’ll have a great opportunity to see Humpback Whales as they return to the Hawaiian waters after spending the summer and fall season in Alaska. Seeing one could be one of the highlights of your trip.

Morning Calm Cruise

  • December - March (peak whale season)
  • Adult (13+): $144
  • Child (3-12): $124
  • Infant (0-2): $65
  • Boarding: 8:00am (Hotel Pick-up Available)
  • Includes: Meals, Drinks, Snorkeling Equipment
  • Excursion Time: 3.5 hrs.

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Afternoon Adventure

  • December - March (peak whale season)
  • Adult (13+): $144
  • Child (3-12): $124
  • Infant (0-2): $65
  • Boarding: 12:15pm (Hotel Pick-up Available)
  • Includes: Meals, Drinks, Snorkeling Equipment
  • Excursion Time: 3.5 hrs.

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Ocean Joy Cruises is one of Oahu’s newest tour companies. The founder of the company vacationed on Kauai for years and usually took a boat tour of the Na Pali Coast. He later joined family on Oahu and discovered the unspoiled beauty of the Makua Coast and Ka’ena Point and dreamt of a boat tour that could go where no others went. And eventually the dream became reality and Ocean Joy Cruises was born.

The captain and crew are seasoned sailors and watermen, but the boat is Hawaii's newest, most state-of-the-art power catamaran in its class, which means the latest technology, fresh ideas and enthusiastic service. The custom built 61-foot Kai ‘Oli ‘Oli is Hawaiian for “joy on the ocean”. Because of its exceptional high speed and long range, it allows the catamaran to go from Ko Olina Marina all the way up the Leeward coastline sometimes it may go past Makaha to the northernmost tip of the West coast, the sacred Ka’ena Point.

During your cruise you will enjoy the large change rooms, four outdoor warm water showers, the comfortable dry cabin and spacious swim steps. The catamaran is totally enclosed by strong railings and features a state-of-the-art audio and video system with all cruises narrated in both English and Japanese. This beautiful catamaran also carries the highest rating given to any tour boat in Hawaii.

Get your video and still cameras ready, because you’ll be seeing dolphins, whales (December to April), green sea turtles and flying fish. When you do meet up with the dolphins and whales, the captain will stop the boat so you can enjoy their antics while the knowledgeable crew tells you everything you want to know about these amazing and beautiful creatures.

After an exciting ride up the coast (about 40 miles), you’ll enjoy an hour of snorkeling at a site of the Captains choosing just off the Wai'anae Coastline. Enjoy one hour of exceptional snorkeling among the untouched coral and a reef that teems with beautifully colored tropical fish.

Back on board, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet that includes Hawaiian-style teriyaki chicken, Kalua pig (like pulled pork, but even tastier), Hawaiian-style potato-macaroni salad, white rice and fresh fruit such as honey dew melon, watermelon and cantaloupe. The tour also offers fresh buns with lettuce & tomato and various condiments to make your own sandwich. Think Kalua pig slider? Beverages include unlimited bottled water, juices and soft drinks; and, for guests over 21 and older, up to 4 alcoholic beverages during the cruise, including Mai Tais, Margaritas, wine and ice-cold beer.

Whether you choose a Morning Calm, Afternoon Adventure or Sunset Cruise with Ocean Joy, you’ll experience wondrous things, many under the sea, some jumping out of the sea and some majestic ones slapping their tails on the sea. The air, the sun, the shared experience with newfound friends - when the Kai ‘Oli ‘Oli returns to its luxurious Ko Olina Marina home you will never forget this day.

On all cruises you can purchase at nominal prices, high quality souvenirs, including hats, towels, women and men’s shirts and even underwater cameras to capture the sheer beauty of life under the sea with gliding rays, friendly turtles and all those gorgeous colored tropical fish. A professional photographer will produce a DVD with 100-plus photos of each cruise, as well as a pre-recorded video for purchase at the end of your cruise.

The Ocean Joy Cruises has a dolphin sighting guarantee on both the Morning Calm and Afternoon Adventure cruises. If you do not see dolphins and/or whales, you can return for another cruise, subject to space availability. There will be a $25 meal fee and , if used, a transportation fee of $25 will apply. All phases of the cruises, including snorkeling are at the Captain’s discretion. Full refunds are available for cancellations over 24 hours in advance of reservation. No refunds given for no-show/cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled activity. Waiver/disclaimer forms requires a signature.

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Special Marina activities and adventure deals available at the Ko Olina Marina.

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