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Spend the day swimming with Hawaiian green sea turtles!

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Start your snorkel adventure from the Hilton Pier or Kewalo Basin Harbor

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Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest & snorkel gear included in the tour

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Hawaiian families consider the green turtle a personal family deity or aumakua

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Relax on the spacious catamarans with indoor seating. bar & buffet

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Green turtles exhibit shell color can range from olive brown to black

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Easy access to the clear blue waters below!

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The Honi Olani departs from Kewalo Basin Harbor

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Jump into your day of snorkel adventures with Hawaii Nautical!

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The green sea turtle is the largest hard-shelled sea turtle

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Hawaii Nautical personal and attentive service is outstanding

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Experience the the best snorkeling platform as the yacht becomes your island retreat

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Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea as you snorkel at Turtle Canyon

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The Spirit of Aloha II departs from the Hilton Pier

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Green sea turtles are gentle vegetarians, feeding almost exclusively on algae

Covid-19 Update: The Hawaii Nautical snorkel trips listed here on this page are currently available and are operating at reduced capacity to promote social distancing. There are a few temporary changes to the descriptions found here. Any food provided with be individually portioned rather than a buffet and all beverages will be served in sealed containers (no mixed drinks served in cups). Transportation will no longer be offered … guests must check in at the boat’s location at Kewalo Basin. Snorkel fins and flotation vest are still provided, but guests must either bring their own mask and snorkel, or buy a new set on board the boat for around $20 per set.
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With Waikiki Turtle Snorkel Sail, you will experience the azure waters of Hawaii, Waikiki sights, and snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles.  You have the option of departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor with transportation from Waikiki or the Hilton Pier.

AM Hilton Turtle Snorkel Sail – 2.5 hours (with lunch)

Snorkel in Hawaii’s blue waters at Turtle Canyon, and see fish, reefs, even green sea turtles at play off the Waikiki coast. You will depart from the Hilton pier, and enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea. From December thru April, you may be able to see humpback whales! During This tour is convenient for those staying at the Hilton or nearby hotels (i.e. Hale Koa, The Modern, Hawaii Prince, Aqua Palms)

Schedule: This tour operates all year.  Daily except on Wednesdays from 10:30am -1pm

Check in: Check-in time for all sails is 30 minutes prior to start time at the beachfront Port Waikiki kiosk, near the Hilton Pier and the Diamond Head exterior corner of Tropics Bar & Grill lanai, at the end of Paoa Place. Click to view map

Included in tour: Unlimited lunch buffet, build your own sandwiches with meat, cheese and vegetarian options, chips, fruit, cookies, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras). Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest included.

Vessel:  Spirit of Aloha II – 65′ Gold Coast catamaran

Capacity: 80 passengers

PM Hilton Turtle Reef Snorkel – 2.5 hours (no lunch)

Departing from the Hilton pier, the Spirit of Aloha takes you to the outer side of the Turtle Canyon reef near Hilton Hawaiian Village.  You will experience the  the best snorkeling platform as the yacht becomes your island retreat to a site inaccessible from the beach.  From December thru April, you may be able to see humpback whales!  This tour is convenient for those staying at the Hilton or nearby hotels (i.e. Hale Koa, The Modern, Hawaii Prince, Aqua Palms)

Schedule: This tour operates all year.  Daily from 1:30pm – 3pm

Check in: Check-in time for all sails is 30 minutes prior to start time at the beachfront Port Waikiki kiosk, near the Hilton Pier and the Diamond Head exterior corner of Tropics Bar & Grill lanai, at the end of Paoa Place. Click to view map

Included in Tour: Bar snacks (chips, mixed nuts and chex mix) and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. An inflatable snorkel safety vest included.

Vessel:  Spirit of Aloha II – 65′ Gold Coast catamaran

Capacity: 80 passengers

Turtle Snorkel Sail with Lunch – 3 hours

Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea, and snorkel in Hawaii’s azure waters at Turtle Canyon. Experience fish, reefs, and green sea turtles at play off the Waikiki coast.  This cruise is best for people staying close or in Waikiki who would like transportation.

Schedule: This tour operates daily except on Wednesdays from all year round 11am – 2pm.

Check in: If you are not being picked up at your hotel, check-in time for all sails is 30 minutes prior to start time at the Kewalo Basin Harbor.  Click to view map

Tour Includes: Unlimited lunch buffet, build your own sandwiches with meat, cheese and vegetarian options, chips, fruit, cookies, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, & 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras). Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest  included.

Vessel:  Honu Lani – 54′ catamaran

Capacity: 49 passengers

Turtle Snorkel Sail – 2 hours

Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, enjoy the sights of Waikiki and snorkel with green sea turtles, fish, and colorful reef.  This cruise is best for people staying close or in Waikiki who would like transportation.

Schedule:  This tour operates daily from May thru November from 8:30am-10:30am.  When this tour resumes in May, the tour time will be from 8am-10am.

Check in: If you are not being picked up at your hotel, check-in time for all sails is 30 minutes prior to start time at the Kewalo Basin Harbor.  Click to view map

Tour Includes: Unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, dry snacks, 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras) Inflatable snorkel safety vest included.

General Information
What to Bring & Wear:  Wear slippers or sandals that are easy to remove, because you will be asked to remove them before entering the boat.  Bring your swimsuit and dress in comfortable clothing.

Cancellation Policy: No charge for cancellation received more than 24 hours prior to scheduled event. No refund (100% charge) for cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to scheduled event. PWC may cancel trips in case of inclement weather. Snorkeling and swimming activity may be cancelled for safety reasons in the event of inclement weather conditions. Natural occurrences in the ocean and with the weather may prevent passengers from participating in snorkeling or swimming.

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Swim along green sea turtles!
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CWaikiki Turtle Snorkel Sailsruise Ship Passengers

Cruise ship passengers can do the Waikiki Turtle Snorkel Sails, and the Kewalo Basin Harbor is a short 10 minute cab ride away.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Waikiki is a fun beach for hanging out and watching the crowds, and for swimming and even surfing if you know what you are doing. The one thing that is NOT good at Waikiki Beach is snorkeling. The bottom is 100% sand, which is great for wading and swimming but lousy for attracting fish and sea life. If you snorkel there the visibility isn’t usually all that great, and the only thing you are liking to see underwater is other people’s legs.

To appreciate the underwater world you really need to go out on a boat that will take you to clear water, reefs with fish and other sea life, and of course the star of the reef show is the Hawaiian Honu, the gentle green sea turtles that hang out in these areas. Don’t go to Hawaii and miss snorkeling with them.

These trips are handy for people staying in Waikiki hotels and condos The first two leave from the Hilton Pier, which is walking distance from most of the the Western end of Waikiki. The other two leave from Kewalo Basin that requires a drive (or Uber). Our recommendation is to do one of the Hilton trips is you are walking distance from the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. If you are far enough that you need to drive, and you have a rental car, do one of the trips from Kewalo Basin. They are a little less expensive, and parking is easier (and cheaper) than in Waikiki.