The Makani Catamaran was part of our Go Oahu Card deal. We did see turtles and several types of fish; I just didn’t get them on digital. Read more about our tour and see other links at our Oahu page. Find out if the Go Oahu Card is worth it.
Going into the Pacific with Makani Tours is a pleasurable,relaxing experience. The catamaran is bigger than it looks from the dock, and many of the smaller tourists (children) will take a seat on the netting at the front of the boat. Smart adults who don’t experience motion sickness will also sit on the netting, but use the bean bags as back rests. (Those who experience motion sickness may want to head toward the back of the boat where the least amount of motion is, or look at a fixed point just above the horizon in an attempt to trick the brain into believing that you aren’t moving.)
Don’t worry about the number of people on the dock; your boat will fit them all and still give you enough room to move around comfortably. You’ll be able to go from the front to the back and from side to side with little problem – unless wildlife is spotted. When everyone moves to the right side to see the whales, the shorter guests may have a hard time seeing them if they aren’t at the rail (guests or whales). Sea turtles are easier to see because they don’t move as quickly as whales. Trigger fish and tangs will be enticed to surface with an offering from the first mate. Sitting at the front of the boat will give you the best opportunity to see flying fish,too.
The cruise took us out past Diamond Head, which we hiked in the morning. It was cool to see the other side of it and look at the size of it from a vantage where it actually looked like a crater. The trip comes with a free drink, and the first mate talks about and points out the wildlife and will happily take your picture.