We’re in the Kewalo Basin Harbor, about a 15-20 minute drive from most resorts in Waikiki. For GPS purposes, our address is 1109 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96814. The Haleiwa Queen is docked at slip FA1. You’ll find it at the front of the harbor along Ala Moana Boulevard, close to the entrance near the cross-street at Ward Ave.
Do you provide transportation from Waikiki?
No. Guests must make their own arrangements to meet us at the Kewalo Basin Harbor. There is plenty of cheap parking at the harbor, and taxis, app-based ride share services like Uber and Lyft.
What kind of boat is it?
The Haleiwa Queen is a 50-ft. power catamaran with glass viewing ports on the bottom so you can see what’s going on underwater without ever getting wet!
Do people get seasick often?
Our boat is very stable in the water, and so we rarely have people getting seasick. That said, if you’re worried about it or especially prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking your preferred brand of seasickness medication about two hours before boarding the catamaran.
Is the boat handicap accessible?
Passengers with mobility issues will need to be able to a step across from the dock to the boat in order to board and then guests can then be immediately seated. Our crew can assist if needed – just make sure to arrive a little bit early! Once on board, there is plenty of space for all our guests. Walkers and collapsible wheelchairs can be brought on board. Motorized chairs or scooters are not allowed.
What will we see aboard the glass bottom boat?
Expect to see local reef fish, turtles, eels, beautiful living reef formations, and the famous South Shore of Oahu. You’ll get spectacular views of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the cityscape of Downtown Honolulu. Sharks, dolphins, and whales may also be seen depending on the season.
Is there a bathroom on board?
Yes, there is one marine head on the boat.
Are any food or drinks provided?
We provide water and juice with all cruises, and limited adult drinks on the sunset cruises and Friday Fireworks cruises. Guests may also bring any food or other beverages they’d like to enjoy on board, including alcohol.
Do you allow swimming or snorkeling on your cruises?
We do not allow guests to swim on our regular public cruises. That said, guests who book a private charter can opt for a swim or snorkel stop.
When is the best time for whale watching?
Whale watching season runs from December – May.
What kind of whales are out there during the season?
You’ll see majestic humpbacks, who are in Hawaiian waters to mate and calve during the winter.