Afternoon Cruise in Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Glass Bottom BoatKewalo Basin HarborHonolulu, HI 96814
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Embark on a 90-minute cruise around Oahu’s South Shore from the comfort of a mystifying glass bottom ship, the Haleiwa Queen. Along the way, you’ll see sea turtles, tropical fish, eels, and so much more as you sail towards Diamond Head with epic views of the ocean and Oahu as your backdrop. Cruises also include complimentary beverages and captivating stories of Hawaii from the crew.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 90 minutes long.
  • Bring a camera to take pictures of the views along the way.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled cruise.
  • Free parking is available near the restrooms at Kewalo Basin Harbor slip FA1.


from Afternoon Cruise
If adventure is what you seek, join us for one of our daily daytime boat tours. Enjoy the beauty of Oahu's South Shore as we head out from our slip in the Kewalo Basin Harbor and head toward Le'ahi (Diamond Head).

During your 90 minutes aboard the Haleiwa Queen, enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor as we cruise over live tropical reefs and one of Hawaii's shipwrecks. Keep an eye out for honu (sea turtles), eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all from the deck of our vessel through our glass bottom boat viewports. Enjoy complimentary beverages and amazing stories shared by crew members.

Tour Operation:
Daily - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor slip FA1

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
Up front parking is $1/hour. Free parking near the restrooms and in the far back.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Deondre Sanders
Kaneohe Bay, HI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Glass Bottom Boat Cruise"
January, 2019 NEW
The punctuality of the crew was above expectations. Their humor an knowledge of certain scenic points and water ways is exceptional. I would gladly continue to seek out a crew as fine as this one. The entire cruise is age friendly so there wont be any issues or conscerns.
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Tip: They serve complimentary drinks on board and the timeframe of the entire cruise meets the exact length mentioned on their website.

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Alan Kruzicki
Plover, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Relaxing in beauty."
October, 2018
It was a very relaxing and scenic tour with good stories, music, and dancing. We were able to see some fish and turtles along the way. Well worth the price.
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Candice Johnson
Pearl City, HI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Relaxin and maxin’ On the Ocean"
October, 2018
We have family in town and it is there 3rd time visiting and was looking for something unique and different too that wasn't too far on the extreme side. A few friends recommended Hawaii Glass Bottom Boat Tours and I think it was the perfect fit. They offer a few rides during the day and also at sunset and the evening. You can't go wrong with the view at all. You will see diamond head ana great view of the city that you can probably post on a picture in your home. The fishes were a little slow today but they had back up with some fish food to bring them out which was great for the kids onboard. A few turtles popped up and overall my family was pleased and had great pictures and video to show their friends and family back home. I would highly recommend for anyone that wants to see a little bit of awesomeness of the sea life here but still stay chill at the same time!
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Tip: Eat Some sort of Ginger or ginger cookies prior in case the motion of the ocean is not your friend

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Audrey Willey
Kingman, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful Refreshing Cruise"
June, 2018
My Daughter booked the Glass Bottom boat tour as a last minute tour, and were very pleased that we did. Very nice crew aboard and a Pod of Porpoises followed out boat for some time. We did see a few Turtle's but a little to far away to photograph, The water was so beautiful and the cool breeze was very welcome. We very much enjoyed our trip. Thank You Reserve Direct for a very welcome trip. Will gladly recommend to anyone.
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Tip: Book and pay all of your tours in advance. It makes everything run so much smoother.

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Jacqueline Vigil
Honolulu, HI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Cruise"
May, 2018
We were looking for a fun and kid friendly cruise for Mother's Day and it and perfect. Timing was just right for a 4 and 2 year old and the tour guide was great. Very informative and awesome sightseeing. Using Reserve Direct allowed us to save a little to which was nice. Would go again!
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Tip: Great for young kids, informative tour guides

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"Excellent afternoon on the water!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
We had a fantastic day out on the sunset glass bottom boat tour. We took my mother out for afternoon and she had an absolute ball. Whales, dolphins, turtles, fish and sunsets. Couldn't ask for more! Tour guide was a legend and super accommodating. Would recommend!
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"Sunset cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
The crew was great with good information. Didn't see a lot of wildlife but what we did see was good. The sunset was very nice.
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Karen B
Boston, Massachusetts
"Good excursion for the price, however..."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2019 NEW
Paid $35 each for a 1.5 hour tour. Company is advertised as a glass bottom boat for turtle and whale watching,which was what excited us. The boat had only 4 little shafts to look down into. A little misleading to me. Otherwise we got what we paid for, a few schools of fish and a turtle in the distance. Could have done without all the corny jokes by the crew.
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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 18, 2018
An awesome experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting or even living here in Hawaii. We were able to see and feed come fishes, we saw two turtles and we also saw some dolphins. My wife and I definitely enjoyed it.
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Gail Z
"Best. Day. EVER!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018
Just took this fun ride around Diamond Head with my daughter and it was fabulous!!! The tour guide was friendly, hilarious 🤣 and his presentation very informative with lots of tips and personal insights. Got to see several sea turtles and fish. Plus, the price is very reasonable. Would highly recommend taking this tour on a Friday night during the evening fireworks show off of Waikiki. Thank you, crew, for a memorable day. Mahalo 🌺
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Frequently Asked Questions about Afternoon Cruise

How long is the cruise?
The cruise is approximately 90 minutes long.

How many cruises are available per day?
Cruises depart at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm daily.

Where do I meet for the cruise?
Cruises depart from Kewalo Basin Harbor slip FA1.

Is parking available?
Yes. Up front parking is $1/hour. Free parking is offered near the restrooms and in the far back.

Is food available onboard?
No, however, complimentary beverages are available.

When should I arrive for my cruise?
It is recommended that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled cruise time.

What should I bring?
It is recommended that guests bring a light jacket, a camera, sunglasses, a hat, and any other personal items that you deem necessary.

Can I bring children on the cruise?
Yes. The cruises are all ages.

How many people are on a cruise at a time?
The boats can accommodate up to 49 people at a time.