Captain Bruce Kaneohe Bay Sandbar Snorkel, Paddleboard And Turtle Watch Tour

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Even though Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, is located on Oahu, the island also offers a wide range of exciting activities both within and beyond the city. One of Oahu’s best activities is going on Kaneohe sandbar tours. Kaneohe, located on the windward side of Oahu, is a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and Honolulu.

The Kaneohe sandbar is a popular swimming and snorkeling spot on the island of Oahu. However, getting there is difficult if you don’t own a boat. When you take the Captain Bruce boat tour, we’ll take care of the details so you can sit back and enjoy the sights while we cruise to the sandbar, where you can swim, spot different marine creatures, or simply unwind. Keep reading to learn more about this unique adventure!

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About Kaneohe Sandbar

A local favorite, the Kaneohe sandbar is one of Oahu’s best-kept secrets. Although only accessible at low tide, this three-acre, mile-long white sandy island is considered the largest saltwater sandbar on Earth and is situated in Kaneohe Bay. The sandbar is a thalassophile’s paradise because it is the only inlet in Hawai’i surrounded by a barrier reef. An abundance of coral reefs protects the area from waves, providing an enjoyable and unique experience on the sea.

Cruise the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar for two to three hours on a tour led by Captain Bruce. We’ll take you to sea in a spacious, well-equipped power catamaran from the Heeia Kea Boat Harbor. Granola bars and chips are also provided as snacks during the tour, but you’re welcome to bring your own food and beverages to the sandbar and enjoy! Alcoholic beverages are also allowed, but only in cans. A cooler is available on board.

Aside from swimming with Oahu’s underwater creatures and exploring a barrier reef bursting with marine life, guests on Captain Bruce’s private boat will also have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding through the calm bay waters and enjoy some time in the sun on the white-sanded sandbar, which can only be reached at low tide.

Take advantage of the sandbar’s shallow waters, which make for great photo opportunities against the gorgeous backdrop of the Koolau Mountains. The Koolau is not your ordinary mountain range, but the eroded remnants of a gigantic shield volcano. Numerous cinder cones have been formed along the Koolau over the last hundred thousand years because of several eruptions. Today, you can enjoy its rugged and dramatic appearance from afar.

Get up close and personal with Hawaiian green sea turtles, locally known as honu, by taking a snorkeling tour of the turtle reef. Protected by both state and federal law, these magnificent creatures must always be viewed from a safe distance. Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay sandbar is an excellent snorkeling spot because of the surrounding reefs.

Snorkelers may look forward to pristine waters rich with aquatic life and colorful coral. There are about 40 different kinds of coral to see, such as the likes of rice coral and finger coral, among others. Aside from green sea turtles, guests are likely to encounter urchins, sea cucumbers, rays, damselfish, parrotfish, and other reef fish at the sandbar during a pleasant day out on the warm tropical waters.

Packages And Pricing

There are four Captain Bruce Kaneohe Bay Sandbar Snorkel, Paddleboard and Turtle Watch Tour packages you can choose from:

2-Hour Early Morning Sandbar Snorkel Cruise

This tour begins at 7:00 AM. It includes a light meal of Spam musubi, mochiko chicken, chips, fruits, and cookies. Here are the rates per person:

    • Adult (Age 12 & over): $134
    • Child (Age 2-11): $124
    • Infant (Age 0-1): Free

 3-Hour Morning Sandbar Snorkel Cruise

This tour begins at 9:30 AM. Here are the rates per person:

    • Adult (Age 12 & over): $134
    • Child (Age 2-11): $124
    • Infant (Age 0-1): Free

3-Hour Afternoon Sandbar Snorkel Cruise

This tour begins at 1:00 PM. Here are the rates per person:

    • Adult (Age 12 & over): $134
    • Child (Age 2-11): $124
    • Infant (Age 0-1): Free

Private Charter Morning And Afternoon Turtle Watch And Snorkel

This excursion is ideal for large groups of friends or families. There will be no food provided, but attendees are free to bring their own. The cost per charter is $4,020 and can accommodate up to 30 people.


What things should I pack for this trip?

Guests are encouraged to bring a beach towel, swimwear, and reef-safe sunscreen. Other useful things to have are sunglasses, reef shoes, a rash guard, or long-sleeves.

Are we allowed to bring our own snorkeling gear?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your own snorkeling gear with you.

Does the tour serve alcoholic beverages?

No, the tour does not serve or sell alcohol. However, you are free to bring your own beverages, and each boat comes equipped with a shared cooler.

Activity Notes

Here are some things to keep in mind when you book Kaneohe sandbar tours:

  • If fewer than five people have signed up, the tours may be canceled.
  • This activity is suitable for people of all ages. However, all guests under the age of 18 are required to have an adult present.
  • Weather and traffic conditions may cause changes or cancellations to the planned activities.

Book a Captain Bruce Kaneohe Bay Sandbar Snorkel, Paddleboard and Turtle Watch Tour Today!

If you’re looking for things to do in Oahu that are away from the crowds and great for the whole family, think about going on Captain Bruce Kaneohe Bay Sandbar Snorkel, Paddleboard and Turtle Watch Tour. Take part in a variety of activities, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, or simply relaxing on the beach. Explore the ocean’s pristine blue waters and rich marine life. Kaneohe Bay is truly one of the places on Oahu that you shouldn’t miss.

If you want to tour the entire island of Oahu instead, we’re the #1 private Oahu tour service provider.

Learn more about our private Oahu tours here. Or, contact us at (808) 425-9896. You may also create and book your fully customizable Oahu private tour directly online here.

In any case, we hope that you enjoy your trip to Hawaii! Mahalo!

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Notice: Currently, we are not able to offer Sunset Beach and Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach) as tour stops as commercial vehicles are not allowed in those areas. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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