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Snorkel and Whale Watching Ocean Joy Cruises

Besides snorkeling at a rarely visited site and on your way up the leeward coast seeing spinning dolphins, green sea turtles, your chances of seeing Humpback Whales is fairly high during their season of December to March. Protected from whaling for many years, the Humpbacks come to Hawaii from the frigid waters of Alaska to breed and give birth. It is hard to find an adjective that can truly do them justice.

Often called “gentle giants”, they are sentient mammals that care for their young and communicate throughout miles of ocean. And they love to leap out of the ocean and slam their tails on the water. They are loving, funny, caring and just a marvel of nature. To see one breech out of the water is something you’ll always remember.

Morning Calm Cruises leave the marina at 8 am with the Afternoon Adventure departing at 12:15 pm. The Sunset Combo Cruise leaves at 4:15 pm with all three cruises having a total excursion time of 6.5 hours. The Winter (October 1 to March 30) Sunset Cruise leaves at 4:15 pm with a cruise time of 2.5 hours.

Available Tour Cruises

Morning Calm Cruise Afternoon Adventure
Adult (13+): $144
Adult (13+): $144
Child (2-13): $124
Child (2-13): $124
Infant: $65
Infant: $65
Boarding: 7:45am
(Hotel Pick-up Available)
Boarding: 12:00pm
(Hotel Pick-up Available)
Snorkeling Equipment: Provided Snorkeling Equipment: Provided
Includes: Meals, Drinks Includes: Meals, Drinks
Excusion Time: 6.5 hrs. Excusion Time: 6.5 hrs.
Boat Time: 3.5 hrs. Boat Time: 3.5 hrs.

For more information or to reserve our
Snorkel Tours
Please call Ko Olina Activities at 808.679.1090
Disney Ko Olina Club Members call 808.675.2900

Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises

Snorkel and Dolphin Tour Cruises

Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises

Snorkel and Dolphin Tour Cruises

Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises

Snorkel and Dolphin Tour Cruises

Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises

Snorkel and Dolphin Tour Cruises

  • Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises
  • Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises
  • Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises
  • Ko Olina Dolphin & Snorkeling Cruises

Ocean Joy Crew

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.

Tour Cruise Details

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.

Ko Olina Marina Activities

Ko Olina Resort & Marina is an active family resort community. Seven translucent lagoons and over a mile of seashore pathways ensure accessibility to an abundance of activities.

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