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Review of Hawaii Nautical

Hawaii Nautical
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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion
Ranked #1 of 16 Tours in Kapolei
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Dolphins or whales guaranteed on many trips, or come back free! Kona-Kohala, Waikiki, and Near Marriott & Disney Ko Olina catamaran dolphin snorkel sailing, scuba, whale watching, dinner cruises, Waikiki options and more. Experience Hawaii Nautical's unparalleled adventures. Family-owned and family-friendly. Locations islandwide. Come experience our five-star service. Daily cruises in Kona-Kohala, and catamaran sailing departures near Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina (Disney catamaran exclusive itineraries), Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, Beach Villas at Ko Olina and more. Also try Port Waikiki Cruises from the Hilton Hawaiian Village pier. Looking for swim with dolphins in the wild? See them instead in a sustainable, eco-conscious way. Federal Noaa guidelines say "Do not swim with wild spinner dolphins." Hawaii's first Dolphin Smart recognized operator for proper viewing of dolphins, a program sponsored by Noaa & the National Marine Sanctuaries to educate about dolphin conservation & harassment. They advise not to pursue close wild dolphin interactions.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Took the 9am Snorkel-Dolphin cruise with family of 4 (parents, 10YO boy, and 5YO girl.) This was the highlight(s) of our 1 week trip to Ko Olina. Trip involved a ½ hour shuttle from the resort to the Waianae marina. A few minutes out we pulled up to a few other boats and saw the spinner dolphins jumping and spinning, as advertised. The crew gave all the interesting details about these beautiful creatures.

Next, we proceeded to a nearby reef to snorkel with the fish and sea turtles. The crew swam with us and kept a watchful eye over our little snorkler. The bar was good with pretty much all the drinks you wanted ($1 for extras).

We did have an issue with a late shuttle for our group and Captain Mosh asked if we wanted to stay for the afternoon cruise, or just enjoy ourselves on the deck with a personal happy hour till the shuttle arrived. We chose the latter, and were also given a return trip due to the delay in the shuttle. (Frankly, we had more fun lounging on deck with another group than we would have at our resort pool, but the re-ride pass was greatly appreciated and shows that this company takes care of you.)

We returned two days later for free to another fun crew (Captain Jacob and ladies), and had another great day (hence the highlights).

A few tips, comments:
1. You will get about 45min-1hr to snorkel. (Most passengers are out of the water eating lunch in under ½ hour.)

2. Winds in the morning are not really favorable to a real sail, but the boat ride is fun nevertheless.

3. Not top-shelf liquor, but good drinks nonetheless. Factor in 2-3-4 drinks, continental breakfast, and pulled pork/sandwich lunch, this would cost over $50 at any Ko Olina resort. If you don’t drink, there may be less value for you.

4. Don’t go if you’re offended by young ladies (crew) in small bikinis, who can swim down 10-15 feet to bring up urchins, and hoist a main sail.

Thank D760
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

My wife &I took the excrsion from Disney Aluani Resort. We were pick up at the resort and driven up the western coast of Oahu to the marina. The crew was very personable & energetic. We had a great time. We saw 20-30 dolphins for about 20 minutes. They came right up to the boat. We took tons of pics & video. A 10 minute ride north and we snorkled ona nice reef withsea turtles and fish. After we had a surprisingly good lunch. Excellent pulled pork. Capt. Mass & his crew were great. A definite good time.

Thank Rick M
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Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

We were a group of four, picked up from Waikiki who did the dolphin, snorkel and sail trip.

From my initial contact the staff were informative and helpful.

We were scheduled for our trip earlier in the week but it was postponed due to the weather. The staff called to confirm the trip the day before but then called in the morning to reschedule.

Our pick up was slightly delayed but that was due to no fault of our driver but other passengers. She was informative and helpful on our way out.

The captain and crew were fun and helpful. Their humour and attitude are really what makes this trip.

The breakfast and lunch were good, plentiful and tasty. And the drinks were also good.

The snorkel itself was great. We got to see some turtles which was wonderful. They provided everything which was good. My only complaint is that we didn't get to snorkel long enough (45 mins) but I could have stayed in there all day!

I would definitely recommend this trip. Captain Jacob and his posse of merry women are lovely and the trip was very enjoyable. I would do again when in Hawaii.

Thank Jacqueline A
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This was a fun afternoon whale watching. The crew was fun and knowledgeable and the "captain" worked very, very hard to find whales for us, even in extremely rough waters. Not inexpensive, but nothing in Hawaii is. Light snacks and beverages, including beer and drinks, available for free.

Thank graciousgranny
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Had an amazing time with Capt. Mash and crew! They struck the right balance between professional and fun. We saw whales, turtles, and plenty of other sea creatures! The crew took especially good care of my father, who has difficulty walking. They helped him on and off the boat, and took great care to get him situated and make sure he had a great time. Can't wait to go again.

Thank JeffWLasVegas_Nevada
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