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Kewalo Basin
In the heart of downtown Honolulu, just across the street and two blocks west of Hawaii’s largest mall, is the small boat harbor of Kawalo Basin and the starting point for a number of popular Honolulu water-based adventures. Deep sea charter fishing vessels moor alongside snorkel and scuba charters, parasailing vessels, winter whale watch pontoons, underwater submersible tours and even an 83-foot pirate galleon complete with water-firing cannons for daytime family fun or evening debauchery. If you’re looking to get beyond the beaches of Waikiki and out into the big blue, a stroll along its street-side dock will, at the very least, display your varied options.

Though there is no beach access here, a gentle but ridable wave that breaks left of the harbor channel is a popular surf spot with local groms (kids in surf speak). In addition to hosting the Rip Curl GromSearch competition, the break is a training ground for the Kamehameha High School surf team.

On land, the adjacent hipster enclave of Kakaako, and shopping strips in the Ward area, afford plenty of options for hungry (or thirsty) sailors and surfers. 

Practical Info

Kawalo Basin is a private harbor where individual tour companies and boat operators dock; it’s about a mile west along the coast from Waikiki and serviced by a number of local buses. Bookings are made with the individual tour operators, though some—particularly whale watch tours in season—have harbor-side information booths and ticket sales for their regularly departing trips. If it’s the surf break you’re interested in, the best way to access it is via a jump off the jetty and a paddle out to the lineup, but you’ll have to bring your board—there are no rental spots here.
Address: South Side Waterfront, Honolulu, HI, USA 96814, USA
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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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Snorkel with green sea turtles in Oahu's Turtle Canyon on this 2- to 3-hour tour departing from Waikiki. Board a power catamaran and sail along the shore of Oahu towards the island's best place to spot the resident turtles. Turtle sightings are guaranteed; if a turtle is not sighted, you will be given a free second cruise. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch (if option selected ) and two provided drinks while you keep your eyes peeled for passing marine life like dolphins and migrating whales. Snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours
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Snorkeling Cruise & Swim with Turtles in Oahu

Snorkeling Cruise & Swim with Turtles in Oahu

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Skip the crowded boat tours and enjoy a comfortable and luxurious snorkeling experience aboard a 50-foot (15-meter) yacht in a group of no more than six people. Spend your day exploring the underwater world around O’ahu and spot marine life such as sea turtles and colorful fish. Includes food and drink.
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  • 2 hours
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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Go whale-watching off the coast of Oahu on this excursion from Waikiki or Ko Olina. During the months from December to May, pods of humpback whales migrate through Hawaii's warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. With a small group of people, watch the gentle giants swim, feed, breach and play around your boat. In the rare event that you don't see any whales, you will be allowed to do the tour again for free. Snacks are included.
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  • 2 hours
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Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat

Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat

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Get out onto the water in Oahu for an express sightseeing cruise, even if you just have an hour to spare. This glass-bottom boat tour is the perfect introduction to Hawaiian sea life, as the expert captain and crew help spot creatures like green sea turtles (honu), migrating whales, and dolphins. Unlike other catamaran cruises, this one lets you look underwater through clear magnifying port holes.
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Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

Waikiki Beach Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

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Don't miss the chance of seeing some of Oahu's most exciting marine life. This tour takes you out onto the water and over tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s popular shipwrecks. As you sail, leep an eye out for honu (sea turtles), eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all visible from the deck of our vessel through the boat's glass bottom.
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Deep Sea Full Day Shared Fishing Charter

Deep Sea Full Day Shared Fishing Charter

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Whether you love to fish or are a novice, this day trip is a unique and authentic experience. Wake early and board a fishing charter boat cruising the majestic Pacific Ocean. Your expert fisherman captains take you to secret spots and equip you with the rods and reals to catch mahi mahi, ono, tuna, and maybe even Pacific blue marlin. They handle the details, you catch the fish.
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  • 8 hours
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Deep Sea Half-Day Shared Fishing Charter

Deep Sea Half-Day Shared Fishing Charter

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Drop a line into the deep waters off the coast of Oahu with a 4-hour shared fishing charter from Waikiki on a 39’ Hatteras that accommodates up to 10 people. Choose from 130 and 80 class rods and reels to take on mahi mahi, ono, tuna and Pacific blue marlin, and improve your technique with tips from the onboard guide. Soak up the Oahu sunshine as you discover secret spots and deep sea ledges where fish congregate while experiencing Hawaii fishing at its most remarkable.
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  • 4 hours
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Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Waikiki Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)

Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Waikiki Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)

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Explore Oahu’s South Shore both above and below the water's surface on a glass-bottom boat tour to Diamond Head. Cruise on a spacious 50-foot (15-meter) power catamaran while the expert crew shares the legends and history of Hawaii and helps spot passing marine life like green sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales (during migration season). Peer through the magnifying portholes for a look at the coral gardens below.
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  • 1 hour
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Afternoon Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

Afternoon Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

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Settle in for an afternoon cruise aboard the Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot power catamaran that departs conveniently from Honolulu’s harbor. Learn about Hawaii past and present from the friendly crew as you venture into the open Pacific Ocean to look for dolphins, sea turtles, and even migrating whales. As a bonus, look beneath the water’s surface at fish and coral reefs through unique magnifying view portals.
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  • 1 hour
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Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)

Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise (winter only)

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Explore Oahu's wildlife-rich waters on a sightseeing cruise that conveniently departs from Honolulu. Get a fresh perspective on Diamond Head and other South Shore landmarks as you stretch out on the spacious decks or under a shade cover. The seasoned crew helps spot dolphins, sea turtles, and occasionally humpback whales—plus, you can peer through magnifying glass portholes for a look underwater.
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  • 1 hour
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Guided Street Art Hoverboarding Tour of Kaka'ako, Magic Island, Ala Moana & More

Guided Street Art Hoverboarding Tour of Kaka'ako, Magic Island, Ala Moana & More

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Take control of an all-terrain self-balancing hoverboard and explore beyond Waikiki with a small group guided tour. See the giant murals of Kaka’ako created by some of the world’s best street artists in a yearly event. Enjoy effortlessly gliding around the many colorful street murals “officially” painted on the sides of buildings and warehouses with some hundreds of feet long and over two stories high! Cruise along the scenic waterfront park of Kakaako, the naturally beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor for an unforgettable experience.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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