We booked our trip to Hawaii kinda last minute for the busiest part of the year so, naturally, I was primarily concerned with finding a place to stay. I lucked out with a great deal at Vive Waikiki – but more on that later.
Once flights and accommodations were settled we were left with trying to find activities that weren’t already overbooked with the influx of tourists. While most of our evenings were booked with family dinners, our days were free and we needed to find ways to entertain ourselves and two boys.
B and I actually sailed on Holokai Catamaran 2 years ago when we went to Oahu for the first time together to attend his cousin’s wedding and it was amazing. Honestly, it’s got to be the best way to see the Waikiki shoreline. When we saw they had openings for their ‘Turtle Canyon Adventure Sail’ we booked right away. I snagged some footage with my GoPro and put a video together showing my experience onboard.
The crew on Holokai are all rockstars. They’re helpful, funny and well informed regarding sea life in the area. We chatted with a few of them during the trip and overall the vibe was super chill. They told us the catamaran sees equal numbers of locals and tourists throughout the year because everyone loves being on the water. I could not believe how relaxed the turtles, aka ‘Honu’ were with all of us gawking at them and I’m so glad I got to see these amazing creatures up close.
Things to Know
- Currently, the snorkel cruise goes twice a day: 9am & 12pm.
- Tours depart from Waikiki Beach and last approx 2.5 hrs.
- Pricing is approx $60PP. Please contact Holokai directly for the most accurate pricing.
- Price includes snorkel mask, life jacket, and snacks. They do not have fins, but you can rent them on the beach right next to the check-in station.
- There is a cash bar onboard.
- Snorkeling is best for comfortable swimmers and you’re welcome to stay onboard the whole time if you’d rather not get in the water.
- The life jacket will give you a wedgie. The turtles will make you forget.
- There IS a bathroom onboard and little open cubbies to help keep loose items from being thrown about.
- I don’t know about honey badgers, but green turtles embody idgaf and will swim within mere feet of you if left undisturbed.
Visit the Holokai Catamaran website to learn more.
Sidebar: I decided to use this trip to make my jump into creating more video content (yikes!). I’ll be posting new episodes from the trip every few days on my grand-spanking-new channel here: YouTube/Mazeratie Sweet
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