North Shore Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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From May to September the north shore of Oahu becomes a beautiful snorkelers paradise, calm warm waters and gentle breezes ensure you will have a wonderful time.

Morning Snorkel & Sail 4 Hour Tour
The Catamaran Ho’o Nanea leaves Haleiwa Harbor and sets sail to cruise along the scenic North Shore beaches and seashore. Along the way we often see Spinner Dolphins and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. You’ll be taken along the world famous north shore towards ‘Waimea Bay’. You’ll stop and enjoy the beautiful waters around three tables snorkeling spot. There our guests can swim, snorkel and play while observing a variety of marine life, reef creatures and corals. Many days we can see turtles while snorkling. The trip will take you past the beach where the TV show ‘Lost’ was filmed, we often see the production crew out and filming on our trip. We often see turtles and dolphins, if conditions are right and the dolphins are co-operating we’ll let you in the water to swim with them. Afterwards, a smooth downwind sail takes us back to Haleiwa Harbor. Many of our guests use that time to catch some rays or rest in the shade of the big main sail.
Includes: Snorkel gear, Lunch, Drink selection includes sodas, water and juices.

Afternoon Snorkel & Sail 3 Hour Tour
This 3 hour tour includes the same features as the Morning Snorkel and Sail without lunch.
Includes: Snorkel gear. Drink selection includes sodas, water and juices.

We keep our tours nice and personal, our boat is coast guard licensed to carry 25 people, but for your comfort we never book more than 16 (unless we have a larger party who all want to come together).

What to Know

Daily during May – September

Check in: 30 minutes prior to tour at the Haleiwa Boat Harbor.
Morning tour duration: 9:00am – 1:00pm (includes lunch)
Afternoon tour duration: 1:30pm – 4:30pm (no lunch)

Please bring: Sun protection (hats, sunscreen, clothing), sweatshirt or wind breaker in case you get cold after snorkeling and a camera.
Includes: We have all the snorkel equipment you need on board. If you have your own, you are welcome to bring it.

If you have a tendency to get seasick easily, take some a sea sickness preventative at least one hour prior to the sail.

Please note: children 3 and under are no longer free. There is a U.S. Coast Guard mandated passenger maximum, and even an infant goes toward the passenger count.

FAQs [ show ]

Where do you sail from and where do you go? We operate out of Haleiwa Harbor, on the North Shore of Oahu. We sail along the North Shore and out into the deeper waters. We do not circumnavigate Oahu or sail around to the West Side. This would be a very long sail with rough upwind sailing on the way home.

How far is Haleiwa from Waikiki? It’s about a 1 hour drive from Waikiki.

What kind of experience do I need for a snorkeling or whale watching tour? None! The only thing you need to enjoy our sailing trips, are a sense of adventure and an appreciation for the ocean. We will provide all snorkeling gear and safety instructions.

Do you always see dolphins? We often see dolphins, but not every day. Like all wild animals, it is up to them when they want to be seen. On lucky days they will come right up to the boat and play.

In sailing on a catamaran different than traditional sailing? Catamarans are smoother riding than single hulled vessels. Out 40′ catamaran, the Ho’o Nanea, is the perfect size for a sailing adventure. The sailing catamaran is Coast Guard certified for 25 passengers, and all of our tours are a maximum passenger count of 20. With this intimate group, we are able to give all of our passenger’s customized service.

What sort of marine life can I expect to see while sailing? There is never a lack of Hawaii marine life on our sailing trips. We often find the spinner dolphins, and nearly every day the Honu, Hawaiian sea turtle, stops by for a visit. On our snorkeling tours, we see a myriad of diverse reef ecology beneath the surface as well as sea turtles.

Can I bring my children with me on my sailing trip? Of course! We have special rates for children. Whale watching in Hawaii is a wonderful family adventure. It is also a great educational experience for all members of the family.

Do you provide lunch and beverages? All of our tours include complementary beverages. Our 4 hour morning snorkel tour includes a complete deli lunch.

What should I bring on my snorkeling tour? Be prepared for lots of fun! You should be prepared for the warm Hawaiian sun and the occasional passing shower. Please bring a light jacket, your camera, sunscreen, a bathing suit and a hat.

Can I get seasick during your sailing trips? Our catamaran is very stable and few people get seasick. However, if you are prone to sea sickness, or have never been on a boat, it would be wise to take a sea sickness preventative at least one hour before the trip. We recommend Bonine, a chewable tablet, that can be purchased at most stores.

How far in advance should I book my tour? The earlier you book your tour, the better! (Especially if you have a large group.) Sometimes there is space available on very short notice, so make sure you check with us no matter when you have the idea to book.

Can I charter the whole boat? Yes, of course. We have special charter and group prices. Contact us for cost and availability.

How do I get there? See the driving directions below. Most people rent a car for the day and explore the North Shore and Haleiwa after their Sailing tour. Public transportation via The Bus (allow 2.5 hours) is also an option.

Where can we rent underwater cameras, wetsuits and prescription masks? We provide regular masks and snorkels in small, medium and large sizes on the boat. We do not provide wetsuits. We have the one-time use underwater cameras for sale on board. But if you are looking for something more substantial and would like to rent special equipment contact: Deep Ecology Dive Shop at 1-800-578-3992 or Surf N Sea at 1-808-637-9887. Both shops are located in Haleiwa.

Is there anything else to do in the area for those in my party that are not going on the boat? Absolutely. The harbor is surrounded by beautiful public beaches. The harbor is located within walking distance of lots of great shops and site seeing in Haleiwa town.

Driving Directions [ show ]

From the Kailua/ Kaneohe
take H-3 to H-1 then follow directions from Honolulu.

From Honolulu:
Take the H1 freeway west from Honolulu to the H2 freeway north. Stay on H2 until freeway ends (8 miles) and becomes Route 99. After freeway ends, go straight through 4 stoplights then turn right at the sign indicating “North Shore”.

Follow the signs towards North Shore / Haleiwa, staying on Route 99. As you come down the hill with the ocean in view, you will reach a traffic signal where you will turn left to enter Haleiwa Town.

Go through “Historic” Haleiwa Town (1 mile) then turn left immediately after the 76 gas station on left side of road. (If you pass through a narrow bridge you missed your turn at the Gas Station).On your right is the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Turn right at the sign into the harbor. Stay to the right and follow the road as it curves out to the big two story building in the middle of the harbor. Park next to our sign “North Shore Catamaran Charters”. The catamaran Ho’o Nanea will be moored at the loading dock or on her way! You will check in directly on the boat.

From Turtle Bay:
When you leave Turtle Bay Hotel, turn right (north) on 83 to the North Shore and Haleiwa town. It’s about a half hour drive (can take longer if there is a surf contest going on on the North Shore!).

There will be a traffic signal and a sign pointing you into “Historic” Haleiwa Town. Turn right and follow the road over the white, narrow bridge. Immediately after, turn right again before the 76 gas station (right after Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant)

On your right will be the Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Turn right at the sign into the harbor. Stay to the right and follow the road as it curves around and out to the big two story building in the middle of the harbor. Park next to our sign “North Shore Catamaran Charters”. The catamaran Ho’o Nanea will be moored at the loading dock or on her way! You will check in directly on the boat.

** Our prices include harbor fees!!


Check In: 30 minutes prior to tour
Boat departs: 9:00am and 1:30pm daily
Food Served: Lunch served on morning tour only
End Time: 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Duration: 3 hrs
(All times approximate and subject to change)
Includes: Snorkel equipment, complimentary beverages
Bring: Light cover up, sun protection, swimsuit, camera
Required: n/a
Location: Haleiwa Boat Harbor (about a 1 hour drive from Waikiki)
and Parking:
No transportation provided. Parking available at harbor.
Notes: • Please call for wheelchair accessibility
• Tour runs daily May – September
• If you tend toward seasickness, please consider taking preventative measures before the sail


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