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“First time swimming with Turtles!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Island Magic Catamaran

Island Magic Catamaran
1025 Ala Moana Blvd., Slip A01, Honolulu, Oahu, HI (Ala Moana - Kakaako)
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Ranked #74 of 356 Activities in Honolulu
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Santa Clara, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
36 attraction reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“First time swimming with Turtles!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This was a great trip that took us to Turtle Canyon. It was a nice ride on the Catamaran that took maybe 20-30mins to get out to the turtle hot spot. It's situated in the middle of the ocean but you can see the shoreline (which looks like Waikiki I think). The directions aren't super clear on how to get to the place - we eventually found it after calling them about 3 times on the way. (We were worried they weren't going to get there on time) But they were generous and didn't leave until everyone was there.

I am confident with snorkelling but my boyfriend isn't so I stayed with him a lot to help him. Unfortunately some people go on this tour not knowing how to swim which is a little silly as you are swimming and snorkelling with the turtles. They provide snorkels but not flippers. They also provide noodles for you to float on. You can bring your own snacks/drinks (even alcoholic ones on board).

Steven was our captain and Lindsay was the (skipper?) assistant. She was super great and took photos and helped everyone out in the sea and on the boat.

Overall it was really fun - from Groupon. Also if you go back a second time just say that you are a repeat offender and they will give you a discount.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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248 reviews 248 reviews
182 attraction reviews
Reviews in 108 cities Reviews in 108 cities
449 helpful votes 449 helpful votes
“Worthwhile excursion from Groupon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This was a fun little excursion with great customer service. This was my first time swimming with turtles, and there were a few of them all in one condensed area.

I found it ironic that the departure port for this trip is a bit of a ways outside of the touristy Waikiki area, and yet the catamaran takes you back to the Waikiki beach vicinity, where Turtle Cove is located. For those of you that are strong/smart swimmers, perhaps you could get to Turtle Cove from Waikiki Beach with a surf or paddle board (although maybe it’s a lot further than it looks). From the beach, just look for where the boat/catamarans congregate, and that will let you know where Turtle Cove is found. For weak swimmers like myself, the catamaran excursion is ideal.

I liked that the trip included swimming noodles if you needed it. And staff do a great job of spotting turtles and sea life for you, in addition to taking pictures of you. And the pictures are posted on facebook.

Bring sun screen with you, as you spend a few hours on the boat and swimming in direct sun. There was no shelter from the sun on the catamaran.

As other reviewers indicated, it is annoying with many people swimming around the turtles from different boats. Whenever a turtle surfaces for air, it is a mad rush of people swimming to the turtle – flailing limbs and all. And expect to be bumped and kicked by clueless tourists.

Visited June 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Sunset cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Excellent and courteous crew.... they allow passengers to bring their own drinks ( with or without alcohol) and snacks. They also provide water for sale as well. No restrooms on board....but there were some restrooms close by in the marina to use before you go on the boat. Also, parking is $1 an hour... bring cash for that. AND cash for a tip.... they were great!!!! Bring a camera for some excellent shots of the city and sunset. They also take a lot of photos and make them available on Facebook for no charge! wow... unheard of. very nice. We went on the sunset cruise, they also have a snorkeling trip and a fireworks cruise on Friday nights. Unfortunately we were unable to go snorkeling with them on this trip.... but we will the next time we go back!!!!!..... they made our 1st visit to Hawaii such a great experience!!! Highly recommend!!!

Visited August 2013
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Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Highly Recommended!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Forget about ANY negative reviews and focus only on the positive ones. Chris (the diver) is very experienced and gifted at finding/diving for schools of fish, turtles, and octopus -- that yes, I actually held one for the first time ever!! Steve, the captain, who is very personable, did an excellent job heading the catamaran and making sure we were all safe. Kelli is very personable as well, was extremely helpful on deck and off deck even taking pictures when asked. Great crew that work extremely well together and love what they do. This is the best deal around as well, my best excursion yet in Waikiki. Very easy to get to --IF you follow the directions/landmarks on their website. (Btw - Hi Kelli, it's the other Kelli with and "I"!!)

Visited July 2013
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Irvine, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fun Turtle Excursion!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We went on the swim with the turtle excursion on 7/15/13 and had a great time. The boat is nice and the available snorkel equipment and noodles made for a successful and enjoyable experience. I was surprised at how many turtles we saw! The noodles made it easy to stay in the water and enjoy the experience without having to worry about staying afloat and getting tired. They take pictures for you which is certainly a nice touch above other companies. I look forward to seeing the pictures posted on Facebook.

Visited July 2013
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