Swim with Dolphins Adventure
Imagine this: You're in the water, with a mask and snorkel, surrounded by Spinner Dolphins as they go about their everyday activities. Watch them swimming or playing and if your lucky, maybe they'll do a spin for you!
Novice snorkelers.... No Problems.
Your professional guide will instruct you, giving advice and pointing out dolphin behavior. (Snorkeling and safety gear provided) Getting Wet with the dolphins is an event that is certain to make your day, if not your entire vacation!
Spinner dolphins are the most common cetacean found around the Hawaiian Islands. They average 6 feet (2 m) in length and 175 pounds (80 kg). Pod size ranges between 10-100 individuals. Spinners travel far offshore at night to their feeding grounds and return close to shore each morning to rest. Rest behavior is characterized by swimming in tight groups, surfacing synchronously to breathe and gliding along the sandy bottom in a "carpet" formation. Aerial activity, such as spins, head and tail slappings, increases as they "awaken" during the late morning hours and through the afternoon.
Cetacean Swim Guidelines
It is our hope that these suggestions will help to protect Hawaii's dolphins from unintentional harm.
1) Let the dolphins approach you. Maintain a quiet, relaxed manner when swimming among or near them. Avoid separating dolphins from the pod at large. 2) Swim with your hands by your sides. Chasing after, reaching for, or touching the dolphins will frighten or startle them, and they will move away. Be as quiet as possible when moving through the water. 3) Leave foreign objects aboard, such as rope, plastics, or play toys. Dolphins prefer to find and play with leaves and other organic debris. Follow their lead. 4) Trust in nature's food supply. To attempt to feed wild dolphins would be harmful to their health needs as well as their social behaviors and it is illegal. 5) Be sensitive to dolphin behaviors. If they are in a state of rest or traveling, please respect that they may choose not to interact with you. Honor their habitat. 6.) Be considerate. Watch out for other swimmers, allowing them adequate space for an intimate encounter. 7) Be cautious approaching the dolphins. Watch for swimmers. When near the dolphins, go slowly, quietly and with focused attention so as not to disturb or change their course or behaviors. 8.) Avoid sudden actions or noise. Erratic changes in speed, direction, or sound can confuse or startle dolphins.9.) Avoid diving down with dolphins. Dolphins play out a cat-and-mouse game with their predators everyday of their life. In the unlikely event that a predator does charge a dolphin you do not want to be close to them underwater. Your guides on the boat will explain.
Early Bird Swim with Dolphin Adventure
Early Bird 3 hour Swim with Dolphin Adventure: Adult - $120.00 plus tax. Children (4 -12 years old) - $85.00 plus tax. Hotel pick up...5:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Leaves boat harbor...7:00 a.m. Returns to Waikiki... 1:30 p.m. Limited to 22 passengers. Our boat has a capacity for 30 guests, for our excursion we limit the number to 22 guests, this limit and the fact that the dolphins are more playful during mornings gives a better opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Playtime and photo opportunities with the dolphins (30-40 minutes). Snorkeling among some of the most pristine reefs, teeming with colorful fish and inquisitive Hawaii Green Sea Turtles (30 - 45 minutes weather permitting). Excursion duration on the water 3 hours. This tour operates seven days a week.
Swim with Dolphin Adventure
3 hour Swim with Dolphin Adventure: Adult - $120.00 plus tax. Children (4 -12 years old) - $85.00 plus tax. Hotel pick up...8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Leaves boat harbor...10:30 a.m. Returns to Waikiki... 3:30 p.m. Limited to 22 passengers. Our boat has a capacity for 30 guests, for our excursion we limit the number to 22 guests, this limit and the fact that the dolphins are more playful during mornings gives a better opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Playtime and photo opportunities with the dolphins (30-40 minutes). Snorkeling among some of the most pristine reefs, teeming with colorful fish and inquisitive Hawaii Green Sea Turtles (30 - 45 minutes weather permitting). Excursion duration on the water 3 hours. This tour operates seven days a week.
After your tour with us, we will bring you to our dolphin house for a nice sit down lunch.
Select from our Eight Item Lunch Menu when you check in and we will have it ready for you when you return.
Hot Local Plates
Love Me Tenders: Boneless fried chicken with two scoops rice and one scoop macaroni.
I Got Stew Babe: A hearty bowl of beef stew with two scoops rice and one scoop macaroni.
Bento: Japanese style lunch box which includes a slice of Spam, teriyaki beef and a hot dog over rice
Subs 'n Chips
Stop! Hammertime: Deli ham sub sandwich with lettuce, tomato and cheese. A classic. Served with your choice of chips.
Signature Tuna: Sub sandwich with tuna salad atop a bed of tomato and lettuce. Delicious and oh so fresh. Served with your choice of chips.
Let's Talk Turkey: Deli turkey sub sandwich with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Another classic. Served with your choice of chips.
Veggie Sub: You no like the meat? No worries, we got a sub for you with lettuce, tomato, onion and mushrooms. Comes with your choice of chips.
Garden Salad: A lighter fare with lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, cucumbers and croutons for crunch.
All items come with your choice of beverage: assorted sodas, juice and bottled water.
Things we reccommend for you to bring along....Swimsuit, towel, Cameras (including video), lots and lots of film, sunscreen, light clothing for coverup and a small bottle of water. Gear included with your excursion; Snorkeling gear, flotation tube, Baja Bags (for dry storage), raingear (rarely needed) and all safety equipment is provided. Please note that the boat ride is very dry therefore cameras and video equipment will be safe and are very welcome onboard.
CANCELLATION POLICY: A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to cancel any reservation. A full refund will be paid on any reservation canceled prior to this minimum notice. In the event of dangerous weather or ocean conditions, we may cancel your tour, you may choose to transfer your activity to a later date or receive a full refund.
We pick up at all Waikiki hotels. If you prefer to driver yourself, Please write down or print these instructions. Our dolphin tour does not leave from Hanauma Bay. We leave from the Waianae Boat harbor.
Please ensure that you arrive and checkin at the Waianae boat Barbor at least 30 minutes before your excursions time.
Allow 75 minutes driving time from Waikiki hotels.
Take the H1, West (follow signs for Wainae)
Go past the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park (look for water slides on your right)
H1 narrows down to 2 lanes and becomes Farrington Highway (Hwy 93)
Continue on 93 until you see the Taco Bell restaurant, on your right side.
Move into the left lane
After the next traffic light (3 blocks from Taco Bell)
take the next LEFT TURN LANE, into Waianae Boat Harbor
Look for the Dolphin Excursions crew outside the 2 story office building.