My husband and I chose this tour to get away from the large crowds, running from one side of the boat to the other...the "best of the west" tour offered a personal and eco sensitive experience. Captain Tori and first mate Ashley actually asked us what we wanted to see most and then made sure our wishes came true. We had whales literally beside our boat and listened to their wonderful songs. We all got to benefit from Tori's vast experience studying the whales - her knowledge was incredible. Swimming with the wild dolphins and the turtles was a huge highlight. We highly recommend this first class tour. Incidentally - we took the local bus from Waikiki and had no issues.