What should I bring with me?
What is included?
- A towel.
- Flip flops.
- A light jacket.
- A bathing suit.
- Cash or card for additional services (i.e., wetsuit rentals, photo packages, PSI bands, alcoholic beverages).
- A shirt and/or swim shorts if you’re looking for more protection from the sun. We offer wetsuits rentals for $10 per person.
- A waterproof camera. Dolphins and You recommends purchasing a professional photography package for an additional $79, so talented photographers can do the work for you!
- Seasickness medication. You can pick up seasickness tablets cheaply from local drugstores, or, if you only ever experience very mild motion illness, ginger-based drinks can help stave it off. We offer motion ease aromatherapy or reusable PSI bands for purchase on the bus for $25 (pack of two).
- Professional guide who will explain safety and facility.
- Hawaiian chant ceremony to pray for guidance and protection.
- Cruise the ocean off the Waianae Coast in search of dolphins.
- Once dolphins are found, guests enjoy snorkeling while watching dolphins.
- Afterward, Snorkel, kayak, paddle-board, or slide down a 15ft water slide at snorkel spot with tropical fish and sea turtles.
- Water, tropical fruit, lunch (cheeseburger), snacks, and juice are served.
- Hawaiian music and dance show.
Please note: additional services such as wetsuit rentals, photo packages, and PSI bands are NOT included in the trip price. These charges will be collected at check-in. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased on the boat.
What if I can’t swim?
The tour crew is made up of safety-certified lifesavers and free-divers. Additionally, life vests are made available to all guests to keep you afloat.Is there an age limit for swimming with the dolphins?
We recommend that only guests who are two years and older join our tours. We recognize that it can be difficult for traveling families to find a babysitter, however, so it is possible to bring an infant on the boat. But we ask parents; please consider these important factors:
Am I guaranteed to see dolphins?
- The boat is not child-proof.
- We do not have a changing table on board.
- Infant life vests are stored at our harbor, and it is the responsibility of the parent to alert our crew of the need for an infant life vest before the vessel departs.
- We do not offer a discount for children less than two years old.
Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins are wild marine animals, so we cannot guarantee with absolute certainty that we will encounter them. However, the vast majority of our tours (more than 90 percent) do see and swim with dolphins.Can I touch the wild dolphins?
No. Touching marine life and coral is illegal by Hawaii state law. Contact with human skin can make dolphins and sea turtles more susceptible to disease and cause them stress. But the animals often come close by our guests, and simply being in their presence is incredible.What is the water temperature in Hawaii? Will I need a wetsuit?
Hawaiian waters range from about 77℉ (25℃) in the wintertime to 82℉ (28℃) in the summertime. Though this is much warmer than the natural ocean temperature in most parts of the world, you still may feel cold in the shade or rain in just a swimsuit. We offer wetsuits for rent at $10 per person. (charges will be collected at check-in).Can I bring my own camera?
You may bring your own camera on board. But we recommend letting our professionals capture your experience so that you can fully enjoy your tour without worrying about getting the shot! If you want to bring a camera underwater, make sure it is waterproof and that it floats. Dolphins and You offer professional photography for an additional $79 (charges will be collected at check-in.) The photo packages usually contain around 300 over- and under-water shots of the entire tour, including everyone on board. We document the experience from beginning to end.Does Dolphins and You provide transportation?
We provide transportation to and from 10 locations within Waikiki and Ko Olina free of cost. It is included in your trip price. Alternatively, you may meet us at the Waianae Boat Harbor if you would like to provide your own transportation.Is there a restroom onboard?
There is a public restroom in the harbor, and there are two full restrooms on board the boat. There is no restroom on the tour bus.Can a person in a wheelchair participate?
Our boat is not wheelchair friendly, and wheelchairs are not permitted on our bus transportation. We have a ramp onto the boat, but it is only 19 inches wide, and it does not have railings.Can pregnant women participate?
We allow pregnant women to take part in our tour but advise that it may not be safe during later terms. Please be careful not to slip and fall on board.Are we allowed to drink alcohol on the boat?
Alcoholic beverages are available to purchase on the boat after all swimming activities have completed. Please bring cash or card if you are interested in purchasing.Are tips required?
Tipping the crew is appreciated but not solicited. A tip jar is made available to guests at the end of each tour.Are tours available daily?
Yes. Two tour times are offered daily.