Turtle Tours: My very first one
I was just standing outside a cafe in Haleiwa, a town on the north shore of Oahu Hawaii – one of the best surfing beaches in the world – when a man struck up a conversation with me. I told him how I’d just gone hang gliding in exchange for a review… that’s when he said he actually owned a tour company – Hawaii Turtle Tours – that does swimming with turtles. Half jokingly I asked, “Want a review for a free Hawaii tour?” Right away he was down. While totally a family style tour, we were going to have a ton of fun. Score. I booked in with my friend Kiana and off we went! Yeah, we were ready to snorkel with turtles in Hawaii!
Circle Island Tour
What we didn’t realize is that it was going to be an entire circle island tour, not just doing a turtle tour. It was an all day long adventure seeing the top sights of Oahu, including the Dole Plantation and a macadamia nut farm! It was great as we had enough time to stop here and there, but one could also spot places they want to go back to for more time. It’s a great way to explore the island before going to snorkel with turtles. You stop at so many great spots along the way.
Our guide, Jake, was super friendly and approachable. He gave us a ton of information as we cruised around the island, stopping for photos and finding out cool places we passed by to stop in at another time. Instead of a dry, boring explanation, he was very intriguing and fun in his way of explaining everything. This really made the whole tour even more awesome. We stopped for a delicious lunch and off we went again.
Finally, we reached the highlight of the day: the Hawaiian green sea turtles. After all it was a company called Hawaii Turtle Tours. The tour includes snorkeling to see the turtles, with all clean gear provided. Who doesn’t want to snorkel with turtles?! While I only saw one Hawaiian green sea turtle on this slow day, it was absolutely amazing and mesmerizing to swim with him in his natural habitat. Words cannot even express how awesome his was.
Finally we headed back to Honolulu after a long day of fun and the sun. We were exhausted but ever so content. What an amazing day it was thanks to this amazing company – that I found by chance and all! I very much hope to join them again! (See below – I totally did it a second time to grab some more photos. I saw a few different things the second time, too, as Jake is great at finding the best things to sneak in as well as what’s on the schedule!)
If this video doesn’t convince you, what on earth will?! I actually wound up doing the tour a second time, this time in a bigger bus, but still not one of those massive tour busses with way too many people. I got to bring a different friend the second time, to take wonderful photos as we went. As I’d just gotten a new tattoo, I couldn’t swim, leaving her to do that. While the waters were very murky, making it near impossible to see turtles, usually when it is murky like that turtles rest on shore. So rest assured – you’ll get to see your turtles one way or another! I highly recommend bringing a GoPro or similar underwater camera (though not all of them like salt water – I have lost a camera that way before!) to capture these amazing creatures in action.
Ask for Jake!
If you’re lucky you’ll get the small bus with Jake as your tour guide with Hawaii Turtle Tours. He can sort of stop where he wants as well as the marked spots he must stop at when he’s doing the small bus tour. If there’s time, he might show you some hidden spots in addition to everything else you’ve signed up to see. We got to see an animal – the name of which I can’t recall – sitting on the sand just chilling. It was awesome.
The Best Tour on the Island
So forget about your ordinary tours snorkeling with turtles or a Oahu circle island sightseeing tour. Hawaii Turtle Tours prides themselves on being the best there is. Why do just a circle island tour when you can see turtles as well? Or, why just see turtles when you can include a whole island tour of Oahu? You’ll see everything from Chinaman’s Hat to the Halona blow hole to the Dole Plantation, and, of course, the turtles, on this full day tour. Have fun, and enjoy all the beautiful things that Oahu has to offer on this amazing tour that reaches all the way to Oahu’s north shore.
And don’t forget! There are tons of other awesome things as well as Hawaii Turtle Tours to do on Oahu, like skydiving, hang gliding, zip lining, and even helicopter tours! Of course there’s also the obvious, like surfing and stand up paddle boarding, which are just as great.