Star of Honolulu Dolphin Watch Cruise in Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Star of HonoluluWaianae Boat HarborWaianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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Offering an interactive experience for guests of all ages, the Star of Honolulu Dolphin Watch Cruise is a popular eco-friendly tour in Hawaii. The eco-tour features a 149-person, two-deck catamaran, designed with panoramic decks with picturesque views of the ocean. Guests can see playful dolphins (guaranteed) and other exotic marine life while enjoying certified naturalist narration.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waianae, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen.
  • Snorkel equipment provided.
  • Dolphin watch tours available daily.
  • Remember to bring your camera.


from Star of Honolulu Dolphin Watch Cruise
See wild dolphins in their natural habitat, on a Hawaii eco-tour for all ages! The Dolphin Star is an eco-friendly 149-person, 2-deck catamaran, custom built for wild dolphin watching and snorkeling in paradise. Best facilities include open decks for a panoramic view, onboard restroom, fresh water shower and easy step stairs into the water.

Panoramic decks offer the best view of playful dolphins and other marine life. Plus best dolphin activities, with Certified Naturalists, narration, video presentation, new Keiki (child) program and Dolphin Guarantee year-round.

Snorkel option lets you explore the beautiful underwater world of Oahu's best snorkeling spot (snorkel masks, fins, and instruction provided). Just wear your swimsuit and bring a towel, sunscreen, and camera!

BBQ lunch option features Create-Your-Own Gourmet Burger freshly grilled onboard.

Departs Daily from the Waianae Boat Harbor.

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Toluca Lake, California, United States
"Not many whales BUT its still a cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2020
We have been twice and love it. The people are great and the boat is fab! I mean how can you beat this? You're on the water. LOVE being on a cruise! The only reason this is not 4-star is for one thing... no whales. But hey I know that you can not control nature BUT I wish the boat company would tell you that certain times of the year are less likely to see whales. I have bene on JAN and April and no whales. I go whale watching all the time and I know certain times of the year the whales are more present. Maybe Star of Honolulu should rename the title to dinner cruise on the waves? not sure. anyway we love them but just know that no one can promise a whale!
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United States
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2020
In past years,we sailed on two cruises aboard beautiful Star of Honolulu and, lately, we returned for new experiences: THE FIREWORKS CRUISE and THE WHALE WATCHING CRUISE! Both were awesome and surely did not disappoint. On a Friday evening, sailing out of Honolulu harbor, myself and husband could admire the iconic Aloha Tower, the amazing Waikiki skylight and majestic Diamond Head, all of which are so romantic when seen at sunset from the sea!! After the welcome Mai Tai,we thoroughly enjoyed a well prepared buffet: husband went for misoyaki chicken and plenty of yakisoba, while I liked the fish with coconut sauce and that tasty salt crusted roas-tbeef. To be honest, we weren’t impressed by dessert, though we both feasted on some macadamia nut cookies. There was a nice polynesian show as well, with talented performers. Icing on the cake were those powerful and well “built” fireworks by Hilton Hawaiian Village; we did other dinner cruises, but this spectacular show is worth every penny you spend on the Friday cruise (a bit more expensive)! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A few days after, we sailed on the Whale watch cruise: our choice was The Premier cruise, 12.00-2.30 pm; we decided to skip lunch to have more whale watching time. We so LOVED the ample outdoor space, on the four decks there was plenty of room for everyone to sunbath, to admire the coastline and to spot LOTS AND LOTS OF WHALES!! At some point we could see 7 whales AND a mum with her calf:mesmerizing beauty!! It looked like the troop was happily “putting the show up” for us,playing quite close to our vessel. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing!! Again, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the whole family
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Wanda W
Fort Myers, Florida
"Dinner cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
My girlfriend and I took the sunset dinner cruise and parts were great and part not so great. I'm allergic to dairy and even though I told them in advance, they didn't have my daily-free dinner ready. Then when they did get it ready, another crew member accidently put gravy on the meat and I had to wait for another dinner. The meat was far too rare-cool to the touch inside, and there was nothing to put on my plain white rice since I couldn't have the potatoes. So my meal, and my girlfriend's meal, wasn't great and I ended up eating after nearly everyone else by the time I finally got my dinner. The sunset was phenomenal and the show was fantastic. The crew were all very attentive and friendly. Just the food wasn't working out too well.
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"Best event for dinner and show "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020
This dinner Cruz was spectacular. Loved the steak and crab and all the entertainment. The scenery was breathtaking. Would highly recommend this to everyone. Rose was a great hostess and all the team were very attentive. Loved it.
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"Spent too much for so little (Dinner Cruise)"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 11, 2020
The experience started off on a wrong note when there was no sunset. My wife was really hoping to see a nice sunset but was disappointed. We purchased the lobster/steak dinner and were seated with four other individuals who could not speak English. So there was no interaction there. The food was subpar. The salad was bitter and I was not certain of the dressing The lobster was small with little meat. The steak was rare and tough. Pretty much everyone around me did not eat the dessert considering no one knew what it was. We took this cruise on a Friday evening when one of the hotels on Waikiki has fireworks. They were not that good especially since the ship was so far out. I guess one decent part of the evening was the show. It wasn't too bad. But I would NOT RECOMMEND this for anyone interested.
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Star of Honolulu Dolphin Watch Cruise is located at Star of HonoluluWaianae Boat HarborWaianae, Oahu, HI 96792
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Frequently Asked Questions about Star of Honolulu Dolphin Watch Cruise

Are meals provided?
Passengers receive a BBQ lunch while on board.

Where do the tours depart from?
Tours depart daily from the Waianae Boat Harbor.

Are we guaranteed to see dolphins?
Star of Honolulu Dolphin Watch Cruise boasts a 98% record of dolphin sightings. In the case that you do not see any dolphins while on your trip, you will receive a “Dolphin Check” to cruise again.

If I plan to snorkel, what should I bring?

Bring a bathing suit, beach towel, and sunscreen. Snorkels, fins, and instructions are provided to passengers.