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At Pure Aloha Adventures, we pride ourselves in keeping our tour groups small to provide a more intimate and personal experience as you explore Oahu. Our tour guides are experts when it comes to Hanauma Bay snorkeling and stand up paddling, and we take you off the beaten path to show you the Hawaii we know and love. From sharing info about Hawaii’s culture to giving out secrets only the locals know, like where to get some ono grindz or hidden gems to discover, we want you to leave feeling like you are a part of our ohana, not just a guest on a Honolulu snorkel tour!  We are the experts at Oahu snorkeling and paddleboarding tours!

Since 2014, we’ve been delighting our new friends and family members with exceptional Hawaiian adventures that capture our islands’ spirit of aloha and create enchanting memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. So, come on friends, find the perfect Oahu tour for your next tropical escape with Pure Aloha Adventures!

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Discover the Hawaii our Pure Aloha Adventures guides know and love! Explore our Honolulu tours below to find the right adventure for your Oahu vacation. Whether you want to snorkel in pristine, tropical waters, or see the island from a new perspective on a stand-up paddle boarding tour, we’re confident our authentic Hawaiian adventures create wonderful, everlasting memories. Book a tour online today!

Tour Pricing

Oahu Paddleboarding & Snorkeling Tours Price
Stand-up Paddle Boarding in Ala Moana Beach Park (1.15 Hours) $79
Swim with Sea Turtles (2.5 Hours) $69
Guided Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tour (2.5 Hours) $69

We also offer Snorkel and SUP rentals for those who want to explore our beautiful waters on their own!

Looking for more adventure in Honolulu?  See all of our Honolulu adventures!

Stand-up Paddle Boarding Tour at Ala Moana Beach Park

Once you get on one of our boards you will understand why this is the fastest growing sport in the world. With personalized instruction, including a beach lesson and guided in-water tour, you will be standing up in no time on this one-hour Pure Aloha Adventures tour! Whether you are a first-time paddler or expert, you will love gliding through the cobalt blue waters of Oahu on your paddle board and looking down at the sea life below you. Our stand-up paddle boarding lessons are taught at Ala Moana beach park, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a perfect location with calm waters and turtle sightings daily.  All skill levels welcome! We simply ask that guests are comfortable in the water and have light swimming/floating skills. Kids and teens especially love getting our digital photos package where they can try out SUP yoga poses and get some exciting shots for their favorite social media pages. Honolulu SUP tours are available daily! Mornings are better before the wind picks up!

Swim Among Sea Turtles & Coral Reefs in Waikiki

If there’s one activity to do while in Hawaii, this Honolulu snorkel tour is it! Just outside the hustle and bustle of Waikiki lies a place turtles call home.   During this Honolulu snorkel tour, you have a chance to spot and swim with giant Hawaiian green sea turtles! These turtles are found in seas around the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Green sea turtles are known for their unique nesting practices. When the time comes for the female to lay her eggs, she will walk onshore, dig a hole, and lay her eggs in the sand. Later, hundreds of hatchlings can emerge from these nests, though many of them are taken by predators before arriving at the waters’ edge. While many of the young turtles will not survive, some can live as long as 80-100 years and weigh up to 500 pounds.  Green sea turtles are at risk due to many reasons. In some areas, they are hunted, while in other areas, water pollution has caused their food sources to become toxic. Please help save our turtles by using a reef safe sunscreen and also being sure to use reusable water bottles and help protect our precious resource! Enjoy this unique opportunity to see these rare creatures up close and peacefully swim with them just outside of Waikiki on this unforgettable snorkel excursion! You can even see turtles from the boat if you don’t feel like getting into the water!  Pure Aloha Adventures’ snorkel tours include your gear and certified instructor; you’ll be outfitted after the beautiful boat ride to turtle town.

Guided Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tour

Come discover Hanauma Bay on a fully GUIDED snorkeling tour to see this unique, horseshoe-shaped bay, which is one of the most popular tourist sites near Honolulu, Hawaii.  Hanauma Bay is a marine preserve and home to over 400 species of marine life and known for being home to many honu, or green sea turtles. We know where the best spots are at this ecological treasure and will not only point out and identify Hawaiian reef fish, but we also take underwater photos so you can document your experience.  As one of the few companies with an actual permit to enter the park and offer snorkel tours, we start our tour on the shore and move into the shallow waters for a proper snorkeling lesson, should you need it.  Afterward, we take you out into the pristine waters for a one-hour guided experience and show you the best parts of the bay as we search for turtles and schools of fish.  

Q What is your cancellation policy?

FOR ALL TOURS: A credit card is required at time of booking and your card will be charged at the time of booking. You may cancel or change your reservation at any time prior to 48 hours before your tour and you will be given a full refund. In the event of a no-show, late arrival, or last-minute cancellation no refunds will be given. No exceptions.

We recommend that you do not book your tour the same day you will be arriving in case of airline delays or cancellations. We also highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in case of such instances.

Please plan for Oahu’s well known traffic problems and arrive to Hanauma Bay early. If you are late, your guide will most likely not be able to wait for you, as we have to be fair to all guests. In such a case, please note that no refunds will be given and rebooking will most likely not be possible as our tours fill up weeks ahead of time. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour time to allow for traffic and parking situations.

All tours are subject to wind, waves, and weather conditions. In the event of dangerous conditions we may be required cancel tours for your safety. In this case, a full refund or transfer of tour to another date will be given.

Please note: Tours will not be cancelled in the event of rain.

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL THOROUGHLY SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT THE DAY OF YOUR TOUR.

Q Is there an age requirement for snorkeling?

Not necessarily. We’ve taken people from three to 85 on our tours. It’s all about each particular person. Young children will most likely not be in the water for the full hour. They simply get cold or bored usually after 20 to 30 minutes. This is plenty of time for them to experience snorkeling, have fun, and be excited to do it again in the future. We never force children to stay in the water longer than they want. We want them to have a great memory of it even if it means only seeing a few fish and being stoked on that!

Q I cannot swim, can I still snorkel?

This is a tricky one. The way we answer this question is to assure you that you do not need to be an amazing swimmer to snorkel. But… you must be somewhat comfortable in water. Snorkeling is more about floating than swimming but if you’re terrified of water, there’s not going to be a whole lot we can do for you in an hour. Although first-timers may join our Honolulu Sail and Snorkel, at our “turtle town,” we recommend all first-timers to join the Hanauma Bay tour first! Here, we specialize in “nervous nellies” first-timers, and people of all skill levels and we absolutely love watching people get out of their comfort zone, getting over fears, and trying something new! We are there for you every step of the way and will even hold your hand if we have to! The great thing about the Bay is that you don’t have to go very deep to see amazing wildlife. Nervousness is ok, the ocean is a powerful thing and one should respect it, but trust us when we say YOU CAN DO IT!

Q I wear contacts, can I still snorkel?

Yep! We have guides who do it every day!

Q I wear glasses, can I still snorkel?

Glasses cannot be worn under snorkel masks unfortunately. We recommend wearing contacts or if your eyes aren’t that bad simply going without as most people do. Water does magnify things by 33% so most people end up seeing fine without.

Q Should I shave my mustache before snorkeling?

My advice: Ask your wife first!

Just kidding of course, but guys, be aware that the mustache that you love so much will cause your mask to leak water. No recommendations here, just be aware and make your own decision on that one!

Q Do I have to wear a floatation device?

Nope! We have them on every tour and recommend them for everyone, but we do not require them. They do make your life a little easier though. After all, you are on vacation so why not relax a little more and use one!

Q Where is Hanauma Bay located?

Hanauma Bay is located about 30 minutes east of Waikiki. Take the H1 East which turns into Kalanianaole Highway. You pass Koko Marina and then go up a hill and Hanauma Bay is on your right-hand side. Turn down into the Bay and continue to the parking lot on the left-hand side. ALL GUESTS WILL MEET AT THE FRONT OF THE ENTRANCE LINE NEAR THE GIFT SHOP. Directions and a link to Google Maps can be found in your confirmation email.

Q How long does it take to drive there?

Drive times vary according to traffic conditions and time of day.

Standard times are as followed.

From Waikiki: 30 minutes

From the North Shore: one hour and 15 minutes

From Koolina: one hour and 15 minutes

These are, of course, best case scenarios and do not account for Oahu’s well-known traffic problems or road closures. Please account for this when planning your trip. Google Maps times in the evening will be much different than in the morning rush hour traffic.

Q What time should I book my tour?

This depends on two things.

Do you have a rental car?
Are you staying in Waikiki?
We recommend the morning Hanauma Bay snorkel tour for anyone who has their own rental car and is staying in the Honolulu area. The parking lot fills up by 7:30 a.m. and is closed off and on throughout the day. You will have no issues with parking if you book the 7:30 a.m. tour time as you are asked to arrive 15 minutes early anyway.

The exception to this is if you’re staying in Koolina or North Shore. During morning rush hour it is not unlikely that drive times double or even triple from stated times above. If this is the case, we recommend for you the 10 a.m. time slot. It’s your vacation after all and who wants to wake up before 5 a.m. and sit in traffic on their vacation?

The 1 p.m. tour is hit or miss with the parking lot situation but we do recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early for this time slot. Also, if an earlier tour is available we would recommend the earlier slot as water is generally a little more calm in the morning.

Q What if I do not have a rental car?

In order to get the most out of your Oahu trip we highly recommend renting a car and getting out of Waikiki at least for a day or two. But if you choose to forgo a rental car you can get to Hanauma Bay by city bus #22 or using an Uber or Lyft taxi. NEW USERS MAY SIGN UP FOR UBER OR LYFT USING THE CODES IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL FOR FREE RIDES.

Q What do I do if the parking lot is full upon arrival?

Please, please, please arrive early! If the lot is full, no worries, simply go to the alternative parking (directions in your confirmation email), call us, and we can pick you up there and drive you in. We do pick-ups 20 – 30 minutes before your tour time. Our guide will call or text you to touch base 30 minutes before your time to check and see if you’re going to need a ride or you’re on public transportation so PLEASE KEEP CELL PHONES HANDY.

Q I'm really early and no one is answering the phone?

During tour times phones ring directly to the guides. Meaning if they’re in the water, no one will answer the phone. If you are going to need a ride from the alternative parking simply leave us a message or send us a text and your guide will touch base as soon as they are back on dry land. If you are SUPER early we recommend looping around once or twice and hoping they open the lot and you can catch a spot as someone else is leaving.

Q Once at Hanauma Bay, where do I meet my guide?

Great question and this one confuses a lot of people. Meeting time is 15 minutes before your Oahu snorkel tour at the bench just outside the gift shop. Hanauma Bay is a nature preserve and we are not allowed to have booths set up or hold any sort of signage so your guide will be there looking for you/calling your name. Gift shop is located just near the front of the entrance line, not down on the beach.

Q The line to get in is really long, what do I do?

Great news! When you join our guided tour you don’t have to wait in that crazy line! Simply go to the bench and have a seat and your guide will meet you there 15 before your tour time!

Q Do we still have to watch the orientation video?

Yes, all guests must watch a quick seven-minute video about the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Although we agree it’s a little cheesy and could use a revamp, it gives you some awesome information about the Bay, wildlife, and dos and don’ts while being a guest at one of the greatest places to snorkel in the world!

Q Do I have to pay the entrance fee?

Yes, entrance fees will be paid direct to Hanauma Bay upon arrival. Please bring cash and your guide will meet you 15 minutes before your tour time and skip the line to purchase everyone’s tickets for entrance and orientation show time. Your tour time is your video time so that’s why you must arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to scheduled tour times.

Exceptions: Kama’aina, Active Duty Military with proper ID, and children under 12.

Q Can we stay longer at the Bay if we want?

Absolutely and we encourage it! Just be aware that we do have to “check-in” and “check-out” together. They want to make sure we are keeping our numbers to a maximum of five people per tour and also that we bring everyone out safely and they have it documented we did so. After your Hanauma Bay snorkel tour, you head back up to the entrance where we check-out and also give you the opportunity to see your photos and get anything out of our vehicle that we may be holding onto for you. After that you are free to go back down to the beach and hang out all day, if you like.

Q Aren’t there lockers on the beach?

Yes, but as with everything in Hawaii they are very expensive. About $10 each. We are happy to lock your stuff in our vehicle to save you some money or give you a moment to go back to your car and leave anything in there you don’t need. Just be sure to keep your cell phones handy until you meet your guide! Very important!

Q Do you take photos during our tour?

You know it! We take photos during your excursion and usually end up with 50 – 100 photos. Photo packages are $29 per family and includes all the photos from your tour time.

Q Will I see turtles during this excursion?

We sure do hope so!! We know where they like to hang out and we can usually find them but we cannot promise or guarantee them. They are wild after all. What we can promise is lots of fish, fun, and friendship!

Q My family wants to go but I just want to watch and not snorkel, is that ok?

Well we don’t know why anyone would not want to at least give it a try, but of course. Any non-snorkeler can hang out on the beach and take photos or soak up some of that amazing Hawaiian sun. They will still have to pay the entrance fee, but we do not ask that they pay us anything.

Q How long will we be snorkeling?

Both Hanauma Bay and our Honolulu Sail and Snorkel have one hour of in water time. But expect to be with us for at least two and a half hours. We take our time and are never in a hurry… as we say, “We stay on Hawaii Time.”

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