Can you swim to Turtle Canyon?

Can you swim to Turtle Canyon?

The answer to this question is simple – no. Swimming and snorkeling to Turtle Canyon on your own is not a practical option. It requires more than just endurance and swimming skills.

Even if you’re an exceptionally strong swimmer, we do not advise you to swim to get there. The challenges aren’t just about the distance but also the depth of the waters. In some areas the ocean reaches depths of approximately 40 feet, making it unsuitable for a safe swim.

Can you kayak to Turtle Canyon?

Kayaking to Turtle Canyon is indeed feasible, but it’s advisable to embark on this journey with an experienced local guide.

We do no recommend to kayak on your own, especially if you are new to the area. Without detailed knowledge of the locale, pinpointing the exact location can be challenging. Moreover, navigating these waters solo can be risky due to the complexities of the ocean environment and the need for region-specific expertise.

But then how can you get there?

The most safe and enjoyable way to experience the wonders of Turtle Canyon is through an organized snorkeling tour. It will provide not only safe passage but also the necessary equipment and guidance to fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of marine life. We recommend the following tours.

Turtle Canyon snorkeling tour from Waikiki

  • An immersive experience in the diverse habitat of Hawaiian marine species.
  • An exploration of one of Waikiki’s top snorkeling spots.
  • Refreshing complimentary beverages on board, adding comfort to your adventure.
  • A tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, back to the serene embrace of nature.


Embark on a captivating 2-hour snorkeling excursion from Waikiki to the mesmerizing Turtle Canyon. This journey invites you to plunge into the vibrant Hawaiian marine life. You’ll have the chance to swim alongside the majestic green sea turtles and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Every detail is taken care of, with all essential snorkeling equipment provided for a seamless experience.

Under the guidance of a knowledgeable expert, you’ll navigate the bustling underwater world. Depending on the time of year, keep an eye out for the playful spinner dolphins, the gliding flying fish, or the awe-inspiring humpback whales.

Turtle Canyon snorkeling tour from Waikiki

  • A scenic cruise along the breathtaking coastline of Oahu.
  • Access to top-notch snorkeling gear for a hassle-free underwater exploration.
  • Flexible tour schedules to accommodate your preferences.
  • A small group setting, ensuring individualized attention and guidance from our expert guide.

Experience the thrill of the ocean and its majestic inhabitants with our semi-private boat snorkel tour to Turtle Canyon, setting sail from Honolulu. This exclusive excursion welcomes you to a small, intimate group, embarking on an unforgettable journey to a renowned turtle sanctuary. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to swim alongside the elegant sea turtles and immerse yourself in their natural habitat.

This adventure doesn’t just stop at turtles; it’s your gateway to potentially marvel at dolphins, monk seals, and a colorful array of tropical fish.

Remember, this snorkeling spot is beyond the reach of swimmers and snorkelers from the shore. A boat is your key to this marine kingdom.