Experience the Deep Blue Sea with a Hawaiian Turtle Tour Today

Nick A, Senior Travelers, US
16 July 2017
The Green Sea Turtle migrates more than 2,600 kilometers to reach the spot they will lay their eggs.  Few places as magical as this exist in the world, and even fewer where you and your family can get a first-hand view of natures’ wonders.  Eighty-five to one hundred eggs are left, and the hatchlings leave in unison across a beach you will never forget.

Going on a vacation in Hawaii means that there are tons of things you can do to enjoy yourself and experience the island at the same time. You might feel a little overwhelmed with all of your options, but have you considered Hawaii Turtle Tours? These tours let you experience the island and its wildlife while having fun too. There are a few companies to choose from though, which is why I’m here to give you the rundown.

Hawaii’s Best Turtle Tours – Complete Guide

So you’ve decided you want to do a turtle tour, but which one is the best? Which tour lets you see the most? Well, I picked my tour based on price, overall experience, and if I thought it would work out great for me. To find the perfect one for you, let’s take a look.

Touring Options

When it comes to picking out your turtle tour, there are two tours in Hawaii that really stand out above the rest: the Turtle Eco Adventure of Oahu, and the Oahu Hidden Gems Tour and Turtle Snorkeling. Each of these two contains specific features within their packages, but there are some similarities between them too.

For instance, they do go to some similar locations, like Makapu’u Beach or Dole Plantation. There’s even Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, Secret Beach, the Macadamia Nut Farm, and Chinaman’s Hat as well, with both tours stopping for lunch in Turtle Town. It’s worth noting however that the Hidden Gems Tour will take you to Lai’e Point Lookout to view the Ko’olau Mountains, while the Eco Adventure takes you to the Sunset Beach for more time to enjoy the sun and sand. Both are great for smaller children, offer lunch, and last the entire day, but depending on what you want to see, will determine which tour is best for you.

Turtle Eco Adventure: North Shore Hawaii Turtle Tours

The Turtle Eco Adventure in Oahu Hawaii gives you an emphasis on the great green sea turtle, but that’s not all you do. You’ll be able to sit back and relax as you’re chauffeured around and out of Waikiki so you can experience Hawaii in its fullest. As you travel around, this package lets you see lots of locations like Makapu’u Beach, Halona Blowhole, and Dole Plantation. While you travel, eat some of the most delicious seafood dishes the island has to offer!

Of course, what you’re really looking forward to are the turtles, right? Well after all the sightseeing, you’ll be able to see those turtles up close while you get the overall history of the island and culture. This company specifically is unique thanks to its close relationships with its clients, and is perfect when it comes to family-style tours. It specializes in small groups since small groups help you get the most out of your experience, but if you’re single, the crew will make you feel right at home.

Your professional tour guide will be with you every step of the way as you visit 10 different locations, giving you some interesting cultural and historical facts as you tour for a full day and experience the island of Hawaii. People really love how comfortable the guides made them feel, and how full their experience was in only one day.

“Swim the one of Earth’s oldest creatures in the beautiful blue waters of Hawaii.  A Sea Turtle tour is a MUST on vacation”
Oahu Hidden Gems Tour and Turtle Snorkeling

Sporting a day tour as well, the Hidden Gems tour includes 10 different stops so that you can get the most out of your experience on the island. Like North Shore’s tour, you can even snorkel with the turtles!

In between your stops, while you’re led around by a friendly tour guide, relax in an air-conditioned bus and see the island comfortably. This tour is perfect either for couples or for those of you who are a part of large groups, since they can accommodate up to 25 people on their tour bus. They do need at least two people for a tour though. Families especially love this tour since you’re always moving and children never seem to get bored.

This tour also includes Lai’e Point, provides you with snacks, and does everything to ensure your experience goes great. As long as weather permits, you’ll be taken around the whole island to see every hidden gem you can, along with some great history and culture. If you want to see specific places, you can even customize a tour to your liking to get the most out of your experience, especially since tour guides give you all the photos they’ve taken of you at the end of the day!

Let’s Talk About Price

The final thing you’ve got to consider before you make your decision is price. To be honest, the prices for these two tours are quite similar. Adults pay $127 for the Eco Adventure, and only $2 more for a price of $125 on the Hidden Gems Tour. The Hidden Gems Tour is a little cheaper for children however, at a price of $103 instead of $105.

If you want to have fun doing some extra activities, it doesn’t matter what tour you choose, since you will need to bring some extra money. For instance, lunch is not included within the price, and if you want to kayak in Turtle Town during either of the tours, you’ll need an extra $20 as well. Both tours last around 9 hours and include free transportation, so try to decide based on locations rather than price.


I know there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the Hawaii Turtle Tour that will give you the best experience you can get, but I’ve managed to narrow down the list of tours to two. Both Eco Adventure and the Hidden Gems Tour are a bit similar, including that turtle adventure you’re looking for, although they do visit some different places too. Pick the tour that’ll be great for your family and for you so you can have fun for a great price!

Turtle Eco Adventure

Adult $127Child $105
Adult $127Child $105
  • 60 Min of Snorkeling at North Shore (Gear Included)
  • Lunch Stop at Turtle Town, Haleiwa (Lunch NOT INCLUDED)
  • Cruise by North Shore Beaches
  • Kayaks & Stand-Up Paddle Boards at Turtle Town
  • Turtle Viewing at Secret Turtle Beach
  • Departure 7:20am - 4:30pm (Hotel Pickup)
  • Upgrade to Gold Package ($50 per person) includes lunch, shave ice, and kayak/stand-up paddle board rental
  • Opportunities for Photographs Throughout
  • Infants (0-3) FREE

Oahu Hidden Gems Tour & Turtle Snorkeling

Adult $125.65Child $103.65
Adult $125.65Child $103.65
  • 60 Minutes of Snorkeling at North Shore
  • Lunch Stop at Turtle Town, Haleiwa
  • Cruise by North Shore Beaches
  • Kayaks & Stand-Up Paddle Boards at Turtle Town
  • Turtle Viewing at Secret Turtle Beach
  • Departure 7:20am - 4:30pm (Hotel Pickup)
  • No Upgrades Available
  • Opportunities for Photographs Throughout
  • Diamond Head, Makapu'u, and Laie Point Lookout
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