Dolphins and You in Honolulu, HI

And You Creations"Pick Up Only"Honolulu, HI 96815
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Overview

Ready for the memory of a lifetime? Join in the Dolphin and You tour along the Oahu’s West Coast where you’ll swim with dolphins in the crystal clear ocean water. During your experience, you’ll snorkel with dolphins swimming in their natural habitat, hear from local trained guides, and spot manta rays, tropical fish, and coral reefs! Plus, you’ll participate in a traditional “E’ho mai” ceremony onboard the boat.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Enjoy traditional Hawaiian cultural arts like hula and ukulele.
  • Wear your swimsuit under your clothes at your designated pick-up time.
  • Waikiki area hotel pick-up and drop-off is included.
  • Take advantage of ocean activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, a water slide, and more.

Description

from Dolphins and You
Discover what more than 300,000 Dolphins and You guests have experienced: Swimming with wild dolphins in Hawaii is the memory of a lifetime! Our all new boat takes you on a cruise along the stunning west coast of Oahu, where you will swim with wild Hawaiian Spinner dolphins in Hawaii’s crystal clear ocean waters. Our trained guides, lifesavers, and free divers will make sure you're safe and comfortable in the water. Meeting dolphins up-close will be an experience you will never forget!

With transportation from Waikiki included, our tour also includes a traditional Hawaiian chant ceremony, snorkeling with tropical fish and sea turtles and live entertainment. Enjoy our sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and a new, 20-foot waterslide! Our staff are fun-loving people who have a true passion for the sea.

Sit back and relax while they entertain you with hula dancing and ukulele performances or answer your questions on Hawaiian culture and history. To top it off, we offer a delicious Taro bun cheeseburger (vegetarian options available) and snacks for lunch.

It’s no wonder our dolphin swim tour is the longest-running and highest-rated on the island!

Inclusions:
• Transportation to/from hotel and boat harbor
• Rental of snorkel, mask, fins, safety jacket
• Ocean activities (Kayaking, snorkeling and waterslide)
• Meal (w/drink) & snacks (alcoholic beverages available for purchase)
• Wetsuit rental (optional)

What to Bring:
• Swimsuit (worn under clothing at pick-up)
• Beach Towel
• Sunscreen (we recommend reef-safe), sunglasses, hat
• Long-sleeve jacket or sweatshirt
• Motion sickness medicine

NOTE: Schedule may change according to the weather, traffic and the situation of dolphins. Dolphins are often spotted, but there is no 100% guarantee of dolphin encounter. Refunds are NOT given if dolphins are not seen.

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Sherraden
"Once in a life time experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
I expected this to be fun, but this experience was amazing! We were able to spot dolphins right away and with them were 2 whales! We had to wait till the whales separated for safety, but it was so cool to see! We saw the dolphins lots of times under the water and above. Then we went to a spot to go snorkeling where we saw a massive turtle, schools of fish, an eel, and octopus! The giant water slide was a hit! The food was great. The best was the attitude of the crew, so great and made the experience! Be sure to book the photo package James was great at getting the right pictures! Thank you Dolphins and You!
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shwetz2020
"Amazing Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 11, 2020
Great Experience. Staff is amazing. Taken care of the whole trip. Wish we could give them more stars! Its a must when you visit! :)
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andrea10102020
Fresno, California
"Amazing experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
This was an overall amazing experience had a really really fun time saw so many dolphins and spotted some whales sea turtles beautiful fishes also the burgers were amazing and super fun crew members they were amazing as well
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jennarQ6535JK
Arlington, South Dakota
"The best part of my trip to Hawaii!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
This was such a fun day on the ocean! The crew was so friendly and entertaining!! We got to swim with dolphins, experience Hawaiian culture, and see sea turtles while snorkeling! Would definitely recommend to everyone!!
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iamthebat2020
Midvale, Utah
"Really relaxed and a lot of fun."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2020
They picked us up on time, made us comfortable and made us laugh. The. Few was awesome especially the dancing. The water was a little choppy and windy, despite those facts, we saw at least three pods of dolphins. We even saw a whale out into the distance. On our second location, there were not as much titles around but a lot of fish. Still very cool! The water slide was fun, yep I said water slide. We were fed on the boat which was really nice. Overall, I had a great time! Mahalo nui loa!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphins and You

What should I bring with me?

Please bring:

  • A towel. 
  • Flip flops. 
  • Sunscreen. 
  • 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). 


What is included?

  • 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:

  • 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.


Am I guaranteed to see dolphins? 

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.