Dolphins and You in Honolulu, HI

And You Creations"Pick Up Only"Honolulu, HI 96815
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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 8 hours long.
  • 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.


from Dolphins and You
Discover what more than 200,000 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!

• Transportation to/from hotel and boat harbor
• Rental of snorkel, mask, fins, safety jacket
• Ocean activities (Kayaking, snorkeling)
• Meal (w/drink) & snacks
• Wetsuit rental (optional)

What to Bring:
• Swimsuit (worn under clothing at pick-up)
• Beach Towel
• Sunscreen, 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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Napa Valley, California
"***** Best experience in life *****"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
This was the most entertaining and beautiful tour of our lives. Staff was very engaging and very friendly especially Karen who was very vibrant and full of life. We saw many dolphins of dolphins , a lot of fish and two sea turtles . I would definitely recommend this experience and would love to do it again.
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Peoria, Arizona
"Dolphins and You excursion in Oahu"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
Spectacular experience all around. Great staff, especially Oliver and Danielle.... they were great with my kids. The dolphin snorkeling in their own environment was breathtaking. Food, entertainment was fabulous. Kid loved the water slide and the snorkeling. Best trip and the memories we will cherish forever
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Waikiki, Hawaii
"Dolphins and you"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
A good feeling tour Raised my consciousness about our ocean family and also shows DAY stewardship is strong Crew handled all situations very well
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Darren H
"Trip was ok, but really didnt appreciate the photo pre-sale scam"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
All, This is what I wrote to the operator, I would strongly suggest that anyone taking this trip DO NOT pre buy the photo package, since while the staff say doing so and having a wristband on in the water means the photographers will take more pictures of your family. We bought the wristbands and there's not a single picture of my family, there's lots of a boy with pink shorts on ... and ironically no wristband!!! Here's my response to the tour operator ... I am very unhappy that your team pre sells the pictures on the bus, saying if you pay now you get a wristband, so we take more photos of you! There's not one photo in the water of my boys or even going down the slide. I originally thought that you may have mixed up the pictures, since there's lots of pictures of a boy in pink shorts. But I realised that your team just gave us all the photos, especially when I noticed that the boy in the pink shorts didn't even have a wrist band. The tour was rushed, the sighting of dolphins was short and at a distance. Overall for a total of $600AUD for the three of us it felt like a rip off. Oh and the cheeseburger was a joke! Very disappointed and feel very ripped off. If you're going to sell the idea of "you get more pictures" if you buy the photo's before you see them ... then follow through and take pictures of people with wrist bands! This experience really spoiled what was otherwise a fabulous trip to Hawaii, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Regards, Darren To conclude, sadly it seems that tour operators are selling the dream rather than the reality. Catch phrases like "Dolphins and You" and "Journey of Self Development" are simply misrepresentations... the Dolphins were 10's of meters away and the only thing I developed was anger at being ripped off from the photo scam. I rarely give reviews, but even now I'm still angry at the photo pre-sale, that I signed up for ... just because .... we would have more pictures taken of us!!! Turned out a boy with no wristband in pink shorts was the shot of the day! I'm more annoyed at myself for going against my gut, which said ... wait until you see the pics! So the scam that I'm furious about is the sales tactic ... "If you pre-pay, we give you a wristband ... and make sure we take more pictures of you and your family" This was a lie! Raise your standards tour operator, its just deceitful. I've said my piece! Regards, Darren
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Everything that it said on the box - and more!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
This was an amazing experience which exceeded expectations in every way. The initial booking was easy online and the company followed up 2-3 times by phone before the due date to confirm arrangements for pick up. Austin and Leah arrived on time for pick up and the transport to the boat was comfortable in a well-sized air conditioned coach. The boat was in great condition and the staff were super-well organized and friendly and made us feel very comfortable that we were going to be safe and have a great time - and we did! Everything about the trip was excellent - the crew were so friendly, accommodating and professional in every way, the opportunities to observe, and swim with, the dolphins were plentiful and well structured. The fun activities (water slide, paddle boarding, free swim/snorkeling) on the boat after the dolphin swim were great and well organized and the crew were always 'ring fencing' all swimmers to make sure that no-one got too far from the boat. Overall then a great excursion made even better by the professionalism, and personality of the entire crew and their attention to both safety and ensuring that everyone was well-looked after.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphins and You

What should I bring with me?
Please bring:

  • Flip flops 
  • A bathing suit 
  • A towel
  • Sunscreen
  • A shirt and/or swim shorts if you’re looking for more protection from the sun. We also offer wetsuits for rent for $10 per person.
  • A light jacket
  • Cash or card for wetsuits or photo packages
  • 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 also offer reusable PSI bands for purchase on the bus for $25 (pack of two).
  • A waterproof camera. Dolphins and You provides professional photography and videography for an additional $60 (photo only) or $100 (photo and video combo)

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 2 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 2 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.

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 offers professional photography and videography for an additional $60 (photo only) or $100 (photo and video combo). The photo packages usually contain around 300 over- and under-water shots and the video is usually around 20 minutes long. 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 on board?
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?
Alcohol is not permitted on board the boat. Safety of the passengers is our primary concern.

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.