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Maui: Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina Harbor

1. Maui: Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina Harbor

Your eco-friendly wildlife adventure departs out of historic Lahaina Harbor aboard a 65 foot, double-deck powered catamaran. The journey over to Lanai takes approximately 60 minutes as the captain passes by known wild dolphin habitats before heading to your snorkel destination. Discover an underwater oasis and world-class snorkeling with warm crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs teeming with marine wildlife. Lanai is also famous for its large populations of wild dolphins, plus toothed whales, sea turtles, and the occasional Hawaiian monk seal. On the trip over, be treated to a continental breakfast of fresh island fruit, bagels and cream cheese, and apple danishes along with hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juices. Take part in a guided reef tour with a certified marine naturalist and enjoy a leisurely snorkel. Feast on a barbecue lunch which includes chicken breasts, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato salad, veggie salad, and chocolate chip cookies. There's also all-you-can-drink water, sodas, juices and 1 complimentary alcoholic drink for those 21 and over. 

Big Island: 1-Hour Eco-Friendly Glass Bottom Reef Tour

2. Big Island: 1-Hour Eco-Friendly Glass Bottom Reef Tour

Step aboard Marian, a unique glass-bottom boat. Enjoy the comfortable and a spacious cruiser that will take you on an exciting journey exploring Kona's fantastic reef. Your tour begins as you board the vessel at Kailua Pier. Onboard naturalists share their love of the sea as you cruise over the reef. See and learn about the vibrant tropical fish, coral colonies, and other underwater wonders. Have your camera ready as the boat approaches Shipwreck Rock, so named because most ships or boats would stay clear of it. The Marian was custom-made to glide right over the rock, making for unique photo opportunities. finally, head out to the drop off where you see the bottom plunge to over 100 feet deep. Look for frolicking dolphins, or even whales.

Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel and Sail from Lahaina Harbor

3. Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel and Sail from Lahaina Harbor

Departing from historic Lahaina Harbor, your adventure begins aboard Ocean Spirit, a 65-foot luxury sailing catamaran. Relax and enjoy the sights and the sun while eating a continental breakfast of coffee, pastries, and fruit platters as we cruise up the beautiful Ka'anapali coastline to the breathtaking beauty of Honolua Bay.  Honolua Bay is protected as a marine conservation area and is one of Maui’s most scenic snorkel spots. After a safety briefing, snorkeling instruction, and fish identification session, you'll be able to enjoy the marine environment. Premium snorkel gear, including optical masks for glasses wearers, is provided, as well as flotation devices. Children can participate in the Jr. Naturalist program, and you'll get a glossy marine wildlife photo card to take home. Snorkel at two secluded spots popular with sea turtles, colorful fish, and vibrant coral and enjoy free guided reef tours by certified Marine Naturalists. Wild dolphin sightings are also common during the journey. You just never know what you'll see and every day is a unique experience. Once you're done snorkeling, feast on a delicious lunch of grilled chicken, pork, and various mouth-watering salads. Relax as we head out into the channel for a thrilling sail back to the harbor.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

4. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

5. Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

The Oahu All-Inclusive Pass provides free admission to the island's top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose between a 1- to 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price and pay nothing at the gate. Save up to 60% compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Simply check your digital guide for any instructions, including how to make advanced reservations for selected activities, then show your pass on your mobile device or in printed format at each attraction for admission. Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu All-Inclusive Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural and Historic Sights • Polynesian Cultural Center • Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor • Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor • USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at Pearl Harbor • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum • Bishop Museum • Iolani Palace • Honolulu Museum of Art • Queen Emma Summer Palace Tours and Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach Activities at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Ocean Voyage Adventure at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Aloha Aina Tour at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Malama Experience at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour (including tickets to Arizona Memorial) • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Taste of Hawaii: two bars of delicious Manoa Chocolate Outdoors • Diamond Head Hike: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Movie Sites: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Makapuu Lighthouse & Halona Blowhole: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Waimea Valley • Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii including Da Flowrider • Sea Life Park Hawaii • 3-Hour Kayak Rental • Stand Up Paddle Board 3-Hour Rental • Full-day snorkel rental near Hanauma Bay • SUP Morning Yoga by Yoga Floats • Morning Yoga under the Palms • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • 8-Hour Bike Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour Moped Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour E-Bike Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • Coconut Palm Basket Weaving on Sunset Beach • Shell Pendant Making on Sunset Beach • Hawaiian Lei Making on Sunset Beach • Lyon Arboretum • Waikiki Surfboard Rental Premium Activities (3+ day passes only) (choose 1): • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Private Group Surf Lesson (for 2+) • Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple & Turtle spotting • North Shore Dole Pineapple Farm Tour • Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission • Dolphin Aloha + Hawaiian Reef Encounter + Sea Life Park Admission Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including instructions before you go.

West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

6. West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

Explore the beautiful clear blue waters of West O'ahu. Spot wild dolphins and snorkel through the ocean while admiring the diversity of wildlife in the area. See a variety of creatures such as turtles, tropical fish, seals, and sometimes manta rays. Board a spacious 42-passenger catamaran boat to cruise the West Coast of O’ahu and enjoy a relaxing experience of dolphin watching and snorkeling among O'ahu's wildlife. Travel on a double-hulled catamaran, relax while enjoying a comfortable and stable ride, and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Look out for dolphins and snorkel in the clear waters of West O’ahu, and enjoy an experience with wild Hawaiian sea turtles and tropical island fishes. Have fun searching for O'ahu's wildlife while snorkeling, and see creatures like the Hawaiian monk seals. This dolphin watching and snorkeling tour is suitable for beginners and is a perfect choice even for families with small children.

Big Island: Luxury Catamaran Trip along the Kona Coast

7. Big Island: Luxury Catamaran Trip along the Kona Coast

If you are seeking an exclusive getaway at sea then this is the tour for you. With a maximum of 6 guests aboard the luxury catamaran, it is ensured this elevated experience is both intimate and fun. Soak in the beauty and grandeur of the Kona coast and its most bejewelled under-water treasures. Snorkel locations will be chosen based on the day’s best conditions and with guest input and can include marvelous sites such as Pawai Bay noted for its caves, arches, and swimthroughs. Pawai Bay is a protected marine sanctuary which is an amazing spot for swimming and snorkeling. Discover more than 600 species of tropical fish, moray eels, manta rays, green sea turtles, and wild dolphins. This catamaran is set up for living outside and enjoying tropical cruising. The Lagoon 500 is a new high-performance boat designed for ocean cruising, emphasizing on luxury without compromising efficiency, ease, or aesthetics. The decks are wide, and below deck, cabins have plenty of space to relax in shade. The stateroom spares no expense in layout and design. From its furnishings, to the indulgent shower stall, the stateroom is reminiscent of a pricey hotel suite instead of a living space aboard a ship. Enjoy a lunch aboard, you can select from the following options: Option A: • Deli sandwich with ham or turkey • Tropical fruit cup • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Maui potato chips • Potato macaroni salad • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies Option B: • Island-style curried chicken wrap • Tropical fruit cup • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Maui potato chips • Potato macaroni salad • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies Option C: • Garden vegetable spinach wrap • Tropical fruit cup • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Maui potato chips • Potato macaroni salad • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies Option D: • Bento box with grilled fish • Seasonal catch of the day is seasonal such as Ono or Mahi Mahi • Furikake rice • Korean chicken • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Tamagoyaki • Grilled garden vegetables • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies

Maui: Pali Sea Cliff Kayak and Snorkel Tour

8. Maui: Pali Sea Cliff Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Experience the West Coast of Maui on the ultimate kayaking adventure. Start your day of adventure on the white sand beaches, just down the way from the iconic Pali sea cliffs. From here, your guide will lead your group out to a section of coast that’s inaccessible by land. Along the way, you will have many opportunities to stop and snorkel through crystalline coves where you will see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and tropical fish. It is common that your group may spot gliding manta ray and see Humpback whales in the winter. Take a break and enjoy a deli-style lunch on an isolated white sand beach. On this tour, you will kayak 4-mile during this 4-hour tour. Your experienced guides will ensure you have a safe and fun round-trip to the Pali lighthouse and back! This small-group tour is limited to 10-people to ensure a personalized experience. The Pali Sea Cliff tour departs from the beach amidst swaying palms trees and heads toward the remote and rugged sea cliffs of an area known as the “Pali”. The views here are epic and the cobalt ocean is full of life.

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I highly recommend booking with Indigo ocean tours! Every aspect of our experience with Indigo ocean was amazing! When we were picked up for R we were picked up for our excursion John was so hospitable and friendly and very informative with information as we got to arcadimaran there we met the owner Julie And the rest of the crew. When we got on the boat it felt like we were going out with family. JB was the captain of our ship and he was so much funAnd so was the rest of the crew. We got to visit with Julie on our way out to find the dolphins and got to hear her storyAnd how her company came about. It was very personable Kind of like old friends getting together for the 1st time in a long time. They got us on the dolphins right awayAnd directed us the whole time we were snorkeling so that we could all get the experience of seeing them. The food they served on the boat was traditional Hawaiian food and was so Good I highly recommend booking this tour.

Savanah was super helpful. And we got an amazing snorkeling experience with very attentive lifeguards and saw a school of spotted dolphins. Couldn't be happier and we got memories that'll last a lifetime.

Had an amazing day! We saw lots of dolphins, the ocean water was perfect! The boat crew shared stories and history along the ride, it was so awesome! Definitely recommend!!

The dolphins swam to us!! It was amazing. All crew members are super friendly and helpful. They did a great job to organize this tour.

It was fun and my family and I had the best experience!