Have you ever tried sailing on one of the beautiful beaches of Hawaii? How about snorkeling and swimming with large green sea turtles? On our recent trip, we joined a tour which included both activities – snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles and sailing in Honolulu! We were even lucky enough to encounter a group of dolphins while sailing. It is one of the highlights of our awesome trip and I highly recommend it for your next vacation in Hawaii.
Before joining a tour, we drove to Hanauma Bay and tried to find the Hawaiian green sea turtles on our own. We brought our brand-new snorkeling gear and flippers with us. We were so ready! Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy to spot the turtles in Hanauma Bay. This made us decide to join a tour. Despite our failed attempt, it was still a wonderful experience! Hanauma Bay has large beautiful reefs and various tropical fish.
Turtle Canyon Adventure Sail Tour
There are many similar tours available in Honolulu. We booked our tour with Holokai Catamaran at $60 each for a 2.5-hr Turtle Canyon Adventure Sail Tour. We were guaranteed a 95% chance of seeing some turtles!
Snorkeling and swimming with the Hawaiian green sea turtles
The tour sailed to Turtle Canyon in Kaneohe Bay, not far from Waikiki beach. In a matter of minutes after our boat settled, a very large green sea turtle appeared beside the boat.
It’s hard to contain our excitement. All of us couldn’t wait to jump off the boat!
Our tour guide explained that Turtle Canyon is also known for being a “turtle cleaning station.” Turtles go there to have their shells cleaned by the reef fish. True enough, we witnessed three green sea turtles being cleaned by reef fish!
We knew the tour was worth the money we paid for because we saw the large Hawaiian green sea turtles numerous times. We also saw different tropical fish swimming along with us.
Sailing with the catamaran
After the snorkeling activity, we sailed along the Oahu coast by catamaran. We were treated with Waikiki’s beautiful skyline and a view of the famous Diamond Head. We relaxed for 30 minutes under the sun, listening to beach songs, admiring the scenery and recounting the fun experience we had with the turtles and fish.
While we were sailing, our tour guide mentioned that they sometimes see dolphins near the Diamond Head. We didn’t realize we were that lucky until the sail was about to end. Our tour guide caught a glimpse of dolphins and followed that direction. In a few minutes, a group of dolphins were swimming along with the catamaran. It was an amazing ending to the great tour.
Watch the full video here.
Things to Bring:
- Camera and gopro
- Snorkel (optional) – they provide snorkeling gear but bring one if you prefer your own
*Life vests are provided. For more information about the tour, click here.
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