One of the best things to do in O’ahu, for that matter, is to take to the water. From humpback whales migrating in the winter to pods of dolphins playfully swimming near the sandy shores along Ko Olina, the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean hold innumerable treasures.
A 40-minute drive west from Waikiki takes you to Ko Olina, a low-key enclave on O’ahu's leeward side known for its renowned hotels—the Ko Olina Four Seasons and the kid-friendly Aulani, Disney Resort & Spa. Once an ancient Hawai’ian fishing village, Ko Olina was converted into a retreat for Hawai’ian royalty. Today, the area is a relaxed alternative to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Dolphins call the area surrounding Ko Olina home, and some of the best snorkel spots on O’ahu reside here.
Wondering where to view O’ahu's migrating whales in the wintertime? Spot these massive mammals while whale watching in Ko Olina—the North Pacific humpback whales travel great distances on their annual mating and birthing journey through O’ahu's waters en route to Maui.
Since 1983, Captain Bruce's Hawai’i boat tours of Ko Olina have allowed countless guests to see the beauty of our islands from a different perspective. Set sail in style and comfort aboard Coppélia, our private luxury yacht charter on O’ahu, and you're guaranteed a memorable experience.
Ko Olina Marina Access