Summer is in full swing and you know what that means? It’s the best time for snorkeling! Climb aboard the Dolphin Star and enjoy our cruise that combines a dolphin watch, lunch and snorkeling at our secret reef spot in crystal clear waters. We caught up with Captain Wade Matsueda of the Dolphin Star to see what makes the Wild Dolphin Watch BBQ & Snorkel so special. Check our Q&A with him below!

Q: Where do your summer snorkel cruises go?

A: Our Dolphin Star vessel departs from the centrally located Wai‘anae Boat Harbor allowing us the flexibility to cruise towards Ka‘ena Point or Ko Olina. Depending on the sea conditions, our Captain will determine the best spot of the day for snorkeling off the Wai’anae coast.

Q: Are there certain activities/specials that you add only for the summer season?

A: We offer a “Child FREE” Special (ages 3-11) from July 1 to September 30, 2018. When guests purchase one adult ticket for our morning Wild Dolphin Watch cruise, they will receive one child’s ticket (a $40 value) for FREE! Plus, upgrades to BBQ lunch and snorkel are available for just $27.

All year-round, dolphin sightings are guaranteed. If a dolphin is not sighted, guests can cruise again (meal and transportation optional).

Q: Why is summer an especially good time for visitors to enjoy Hawaii’s snorkel cruises?

A: Summer is an ideal time for snorkeling in Hawaii because this season offers the best water and weather conditions. During this time of year, it’s sunnier, the ocean feels refreshing and the waves are calmer. These conditions are perfect for snorkeling and seeing marine life.

Q: What onboard amenities do you offer that are particularly noteworthy?

A: The Dolphin Star is Oahu’s largest eco-friendly dolphin watching vessel and designed for amazing comfort. She features open-air, panoramic wrap-around decks with a shaded dining and bar area for guests to enjoy while having their lunch or sipping their “Blue Dolphin” cocktail. For snorkeling, we provide easy access to the water, freshwater showers for rinsing off and onboard restrooms, plus snorkel mask, fins, instruction and educational tours.

Water you waiting for? Visit Dolphin-Star.com/wild-dolphin-watch3/ and book your Wild Dolphin Watch BBQ & Snorkel tickets today!

In May, the event of Hawaii Island’s Kilauea volcano eruption made worldwide news, and our hearts truly go out to those impacted.

While some potential visitors may worry to visit the islands due to the volcanic eruptions on Hawaiʻi Island (also known as the Big Island), the crews of Star of Honolulu and Dolphin Star assure you that we are safe and continue to operate our daily cruises on the island of Oʻahu, which is nearly 200 miles from Big Island.

The impact of the Kilauea eruption is limited to a small corner of the Big Island and you can comfortably and safely travel to Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, Kauaʻi and even Big Island without being impacted by the volcano.

Come and experience the Star of Honolulu and Dolphin Star, Where Fun Begins®!

Kilauea Volcano Update