What should I wear and bring for dolphin watching?

Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, and don’t forget your camera! Sunscreen, a light sweater or jacket, polarized sunglasses and binoculars recommended.

Can I bring my own food?

Outside food and drink are not permitted onboard.

What is the cruise route?

We’ll cruise from Wai’anae Boat Harbor toward Ka’ena Point or Ko Olina, depending on the best possible route for wild dolphin watching and the best location for snorkeling. The Captain reserves the right to alter the route depending on sea conditions.
NOTE: Select Holiday Cruises depart from Kewalo Basin. Ask for details.

How many dolphins will we see?

We typically see a few pods of dolphins (50-70) daily, with a 98% record of sightings historically. In the case of no sightings however, you will receive a “Dolphin Check” to cruise again (meal, transportation and snorkel optional). During the winter months of December through April, there are also opportunities to see whales!

Will you take a photo of me?

Yes, you can take home a souvenir photo in a paper logo jacket for $20.00.

Is there something special for repeat visitors?

Each guest receives a “VIP card” good for a free gift when returning for a future cruise.

I’d like to take great dolphin photos! Any tips?

If you have a digital camera with a view finder, turn off your LCD and take pictures looking through the view finder. This will allow the camera to respond to your fingers faster. Dolphins sometimes jump multiple times so keep aiming in the direction a dolphin has jumped. Use the sequence photo shoot mode if your camera has one. It is very hard to predict when the dolphins will surface, so by using this mode, there is a better chance of getting a great picture!

You may also take great photos and videos with cell phones. Don’t forget to share your experience on Facebook(/dolphinstarcruises), Twitter(@DolphinStarHI) and Instagram(@DolphinStarHI) and add #DolphinStarHI.

What is your keiki (child) program?

It’s an interactive, educational and fun “class” with one of our certified Naturalist crew and includes souvenir learning material!

If I’m driving out on my own, how do I find you?

Dolphin Cruises depart from Wai’anae Boat Harbor. For those arriving via own transportation, please check in 15 minutes prior to departure at the Dolphin Star®. Detailed directions once you find the harbor: After entering the parking lot, drive toward the ocean and park on the right-hand side near the restrooms. Look for the Dolphin Star®, which will be at the pier on the left-hand side by the yellow pole.

NOTE: Select Holiday Cruises depart from Kewalo Basin. Ask for details.

GPS Users: Latitude 21.450236, Longitude -158.196883

Dolphin Star Pier Address:
Wai’anae Boat Harbor
85-491 Farrington Hwy
Wai’anae, HI 96792

Why are you located in Wai’anae instead of Waikiki?

Our beautiful Wai’anae site was chosen as the best location for our cruises. Historically, the West coast of O’ahu is where the best dolphin sightings are located. Also, its distance from the city keeps it a secluded and unspoiled snorkeling spot.


What should I wear and bring for snorkeling?

Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen. A light sweater or jacket and sunglasses recommended. You can also bring your own snorkel gear (i.e. prescription goggles) if you prefer.

What does Dolphin Star® provide for snorkeling?

Snorkeling equipment (sanitized gear including mask and fins) with instruction by our crew. Vessel facilities include fresh water shower, easy step stairs into the water and onboard restrooms. A signed waiver form is required for snorkeling.