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Sea Turtles are Friendly, Fascinating, and Fun to Watch

Waikiki Turtle Snorkel Sail



Highlights

  • Sailing catamarans departing from Waikiki Beach and Kewalo Harbor
  • Sea Turtles Guaranteed!
  • Snorkel gear included or bring your own
  • Free drinks ... lunch included on select tours

Description

Join the crew of Hawaii Nautical on board one of their beautiful sailing catamarans for a encounter with Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles (guaranteed sightings!) With Waikiki Turtle Snorkel Sail, you will experience the azure waters of Hawaii, Waikiki sights, and snorkeling with tropical fish and the friendly honu (turtles). You have the option of departing from the Hilton Pier right at Waikiki Beach, or from Kewalo Harbor which is just 10 minutes or so away.

The Hilton Waikiki location is walking distance from hotels and condos on the west side of Waikiki. Guests staying in Central Waikiki and those staying toward Diamond Head may find the Kewalo Harbor depature more convenient as you may drive yourself there or the tour operator will provide transportation for $15 per person.

Turtle sightings are GUARANTEED on any of the trips on this page ... you will see turtles or go again for free! (We've never had anyone actually need to use that guarantee.)


HILTON WAIKIKI DEPARTURES


 

Check in Location: Check-in time for all Hilton Waikiki 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 and Grill lanai, at the end of Paoa Place. Click to view map

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

Capacity: 80 passengers

Reserve Hilton Turtle Snorkel

2.5hr 10:30am Hilton Turtle Snorkel Sail with Lunch Rate (HN6)

$177.00 per Adult, $88.50 per Child (4-12), Toddler (under 4) FREE   (plus 8.712% Hawaii sales/harbor tax)

Schedule: This tour operates all year from 10:30am to 1:00pm daily except Wednesdays. Check in 30 minutes prior to departure.

Included in tour: Lunch, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras). Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest included. You are encouraged to bring your own snorkel gear if you have it, but it will be provided onboard if you do not bring your own.


2.5hr 1:30pm Hilton Turtle Snorkel Sail Rate (HN7)

$143.00 per Adult, $71.50 per Child (4-12), Toddler (under 4) FREE   (plus 8.712% Hawaii sales/harbor tax)

Schedule: This tour operates all year from 1:30pm to 4:00pm daily except Wednesdays. Check in 30 minutes prior to departure.

Included in tour: Snacks, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras). Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest included. You are encouraged to bring your own snorkel gear if you have it, but it will be provided onboard if you do not bring your own.


KEWALO HARBOR DEPARTURES


 

Check In Location: Round-trip transportation from Waikiki Hotels to Kewalo Harbor is available for for $15 per person. 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 Harbor. Click to view map

Vessel: Honu Lani - 54' catamaran

Capacity: 49 passengers

Reserve Kewalo Turtle Snorkel

3hr 11:00am Kewalo Turtle Snorkel Lunch Sail Rate (HN2)

$149.00 per Adult, $99.00 per Child (4-12), Toddler (under 4) FREE   (plus 8.712% Hawaii sales/harbor tax)

Schedule: This tour operates all year from 11:00am to 2:00pm daily except Wednesdays. Check in 30 minutes prior to departure.

Included in tour: Lunch, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras). Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest included. You are encouraged to bring your own snorkel gear if you have it, but it will be provided onboard if you do not bring your own.


2hr 8:00am Kewalo Turtle Snorkel Sail Rate (HN1)

$99.00 per Adult, $65.00 per Child (4-12), Toddler (under 4) FREE   (plus 8.712% Hawaii sales/harbor tax)

Schedule: This tour operates from May through November from 8:00am to 10:00am daily except Wednesdays. Check in 30 minutes prior to departure. December through April the 8:00am slot is operated as a Whale Watch instead of a Turtle Snorkel.

Included in tour: Snacks, unlimited nonalcoholic beverages, 2 free bar drink tickets per adult ($1 beer/$2 mixer extras). Use of inflatable snorkel safety vest included. You are encouraged to bring your own snorkel gear if you have it, but it will be provided onboard if you do not bring your own.


Details

What to Bring and Wear: Bathing suit, light jacket, towel, reef safe suncreen, snorkel gear (if you have your own ... if not it will be provided)

Reservations: Advanced reservations required ... for those who are planning ahead this event is "RESERVE NOW PAY LATER"; we need a credit card on file to finalize your reservation but we do not charge you for this event until a few days before the beginning of your vacation!

Minimum Notice for Cancellations / Changes: At least 48 hours before the start of the event.


Kevin at Falls

Kevin's Activity Tips:

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 if 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.