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Things to Know

About Ocean Adventures & Tours on Oahu, Hawaii

Top Things to Know When Visiting Oahu

Make Your Experience Extra Special With These Tips

Our tours are unique because we focus on quality over quantity. We operate small group tours of up to 6 people so that you can enjoy a more intimate experience with the wildlife. The dolphins are more likely to come closer and stay longer when it’s a smaller group!

In addition, we want to connect with each of our guests and ensure that they have a great time. Our crew and captains are happy to go the extra mile to make sure everyone feels valued.

Enjoy the smooth ride onboard our 2019 Robalo R272 for the ultimate ocean adventure. This 30ft boat moves swiftly through the water allowing us to cover ground quickly. Our ability to cover the entire coastline gives you the best chances of spotting wildlife!

The boat is equipped with many amenities such as wrap-around cushioned seating, pop-up table, restroom, surround sound, LED lighting, and more!

  • Snorkel gear
  • Built in cooler for byob and food
  • Live well and fish box
  • Rod holders and outriggers
  • Cup holders throughout the vessel

Our captains and crew have spent many years on the Waianae coastline building knowledge and experience. Our team is educated on the geography of the coastline, marine life information, ocean safety, and Hawaiian history. They are happy to share their knowledge with you and will ensure you feel safe throughout the entire tour.

Yes! NOAA regulations prohibit anyone from swimming with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins within 2 nautical miles from the shore. However, there are over 20 other species of dolphin that we can swim with.

swim with Bottlenose, Spotted, Rough-tooth, and Pilot whales (2nd largest dolphin species!).

When visiting Hawaii, there are so many different types of wildlife that you may encounter. Although this is very exciting, it is important to remember that we must respect the wildlife and not interfere. Here are some general rules to follow:

  1. Give all wildlife an appropriate amount of space
  2. Do not touch or feed them
  3. Read and respect signs
  4. Don’t use flash photography

 

Example: On our tours we often encounter green sea turtles. We ask all of our guests to give them at least 6 feet of space and to be cautious of waves that might push you closer to them. Many don’t realize that by touching green sea turtles you remove their protective layer of bacteria and the oils from our skin will make them very sick.

Being prone to seasickness doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy boat tours! There are many preventative measures you can take to prevent yourself from feeling seasick. The most common is to take dramamine. It is important to remember that this should be taken 1 hour before going on the boat or it may not be as effective. There are also pressure point bands worn on your wrist that can help alleviate nausea. Lastly, some guests like to wear seasickness patches on their skin that can help to calm your symptoms.

If you do happen to get seasick on the tour, please first let a crew member know so they can better assist you. Drink water, get fresh air, and focus on a still point such as the island’s mountains.
Swimming with the dolphins is a new experience everyday! What species we find, where we find them, how many there are, and how close they come is always different. After leaving the harbor we will make our way offshore and up the coast looking out for any splashing or fins sticking out. There is no tracking the wild dolphins, we find them by looking over the water with our eyes. After finding the dolphins, the crew will assist you in getting your gear on and the captain will position the boat. We will drive ahead of the dolphins and jump into the water. They boat will move away from us and we will group up together and wait calmly in the water. Depending on the conditions and dolphin behavior we may have to swim around to position ourselves correctly. The crew will spot and direct you towards the dolphins in the water. After they pass, we will reboard the boat and jump in again if conditions allow.

Since the dolphins are wild, sightings are not guaranteed. However, our captains keep detailed notes of all of our sightings so that we can better estimate where they will be. There are many species of dolphins in Hawaii but there are four that we see most often.

  1. Spotted dolphins get their name from the little white spots on their bodies. The older they get the more spots they will have. We often see them in large pods and they usually pass by us in the water in small groups.
  2. Bottlenose dolphins are larger and more independent. We often find them in smaller pods from 2-20. They are extremely smart and usually keep more distance when passing us in the water.
  3. Rough-toothed dolphins are almost always found offshore. We find them in smaller pods as well but have experienced one or two curious members of the pod who came to check us out for a while.
  4. Pilot Whales are the 2nd largest species of dolphins in the world. They are a dolphin species but look like mini whales! They can be anywhere from 13-20 feet in length and have an average weight of 1,800lbs.

Oahu’s coastline is home to many types of marine life! Besides dolphins, turtles, and fish we may be lucky enough so see the following:

  • Hawaiian Monk seal
  • Humpback whales
  • Green sea turtles
  • Whale Shark
  • Spotted eagle ray
  • Starfish
  • Octopus
  • Sharks