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Each year, Oahu's shallow, tropical waters teem with seasonal visitors—humpback whales that depart chilly Alaska for tropical Hawaii to mate and give birth. Here's what you need to know about where to go and how to spot them.

When to Go
The arrival of the season's first humpback whale—usually between August and October—is a big deal on the islands. Whale season is in full swing by November and winds down with the majority of whales departing by April. If you'll be viewing whales by boat, opt for an early morning tour when seas are calm and before the afternoon heat sets in.

What You'll See
You'll know you've spotted a whale by its spout—the characteristic funnel-shaped breath of aerated water particles shot dozens of feet above the surface. It's not uncommon to see humpbacks breaching in the waters around Oahu, smacking down in epic belly flops and leaving behind eerily still "footprints." You can also spot whales by their flukes or fins flapping at the surface.

Humpback whales aren’t the only creatures you might spot on an Oahu-based whale-watching tour. In addition to a host of seabirds such as petrels, tropicbirds, and albatross, pilot whales, Hawaiian spinner dolphins, and even the rare killer whale have been spotted. If you're very lucky, you may even catch sight of a Hawaiian monk seal, the most endangered seal species on the planet.

How to Go
Whale-watching tours are the best way to learn about and get great photos of these breaching behemoths up close. A number of speedboat, pontoon, and sailboat tours depart from areas around Waikiki—especially from Kewalo Basin Harbor opposite Ala Moana Beach Park—as well as from the North Shore and the western leeward side of the island. It may also be possible to spot humpbacks from points along the shoreline, with some hiking tours visiting good whale-watching spots. Popular lookouts for spout-spotting include the paths atop Diamondhead Crater and along the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail.
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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Go whale-watching off the coast of Oahu on this excursion from Waikiki or Ko Olina. During the months from December to May, pods of humpback whales migrate through Hawaii's warm waters, and this tour guarantees whale sightings. With a small group of people, watch the gentle giants swim, feed, breach and play around your boat. In the rare event that you don't see any whales, you will be allowed to do the tour again for free. Snacks are included.
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Whale Watching Experience in Waikiki

Whale Watching Experience in Waikiki

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Set sail on the Pacific—and see if you can spot whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life—on this family-friendly catamaran cruise. In the morning, head to the Honolulu waterfront, hop aboard your vessel, and set sail along the Waikiki shore. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views over the water, all while your guide looks out for migratory humpback whales.
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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal

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Sail on a catamaran down Oahu's western coast during this cruise from Ko Olina. Glide through the unspoiled waters on this side of the island in search of dolphins and whales, then dive in for a snorkeling experience in a hidden local spot rich with marine life. Enjoy a Hawaiian buffet, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, before heading back to shore. Choose from three daily departure times.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture

Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture

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Swim within safe viewing distance to dolphins and green sea turtles on this popular Oahu snorkel cruise from Honolulu. Sail into waters home to spinner dolphins, and then glide alongside colorful fish. Snorkel gear, kayaks, and paddle boards are available onboard to help you get the most of this outing. Hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu
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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu

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Snorkel and swim with spinner dolphins off the west shore of Oahu during this full-day excursion. Sail up the Waianae Coast, then hop in the water to commune with green sea turtles, schools of tropical fish and dolphins. From January to March, you may get an up-close look at the migrating humpback whales. All necessary snorkel gear, lunch after the cruise and round-trip hotel transportation from Waikiki hotels are provided.
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  • 3 hours
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Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail

Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail

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Sail along the Leeward Coast of Oahu on this morning cruise. Snorkel with an expert guide and watch for spinner dolphins on this family-friendly adventure off the scenic southwestern coast of the island. This excursion, complete with spectacular scenery and fun water activities includes breakfast and lunch
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

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Ride a personal, self-propelled, electric underwater scooter through Oahu's underwater world. During this 2-hour tour, cruise past Diamond Head Crater through Maunalua Bay on a power catamaran, then dive under the surface on your scooter to see green sea turtles, schools of tropical fish and other native marine life. No experience is necessary for this guided tour; all equipment is provided.
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Oahu Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise with BBQ Lunch
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Oahu Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise with BBQ Lunch

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On this two-hour Oahu eco-tour, explore the shoreline of Oahu’s western coast in search of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. In addition to the pods of playful dolphins that leap and spin in the air, there’s also the chance you’ll find Bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, and whales (December-April). Build your own burger from the BBQ lunch station aboard the boat. A fun outing for the entire family!
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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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Snorkel with green sea turtles in Oahu's Turtle Canyon on this 2- to 3-hour tour departing from Waikiki. Board a power catamaran and sail along the shore of Oahu towards the island's best place to spot the resident turtles. Turtle sightings are guaranteed; if a turtle is not sighted, you will be given a free second cruise. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch (if option selected ) and two provided drinks while you keep your eyes peeled for passing marine life like dolphins and migrating whales.
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  • 3 hours
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Swim with Sharks (cage-free)
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Swim with Sharks (cage-free)

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Leave your preconceptions about sharks at the door and get up close to these sleek creatures on this unique ocean experience. Head out from Haleiwa, on the North Shore of O’ahu, and spend roughly half an hour swimming with the sharks living in the area. Don’t worry, though: even if you aren’t swimming in a cage, you’re still in safe hands, with a guide on board and a safety diver swimming with each group.
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Oahu Shark Dive

Oahu Shark Dive

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Set out from Oahu’s scenic North Shore to the depths of the big blue Pacific, where you have the chance to observe wild sharks from inside an underwater shark cage. Thanks to your professional, experienced crew, the Oahu shark dive is completely safe as they know the predators’ behavior, and the underwater cage provides proven safety against all different species of sharks. Whether you’re in the cage with sharks right in front of you or watching from up in the boat, Oahu shark diving is a Hawaii activity you’ll definitely never forget.
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Moana’s 2-Hour Guided Turtle Snorkel Adventure at Waikiki

Moana’s 2-Hour Guided Turtle Snorkel Adventure at Waikiki

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What makes the snorkel adventure on the Moana Catamaran is the comfort of the vessel, the quality of the gear supplied, and the experience the certified crew offers, including at least 1 lifeguard on a rescue board accompanying the guests while snorkeling.
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Private Whale Watching Adventure

Private Whale Watching Adventure

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**Private boat tour for up to 6 people.** Escape the crowds and join us on 2-hour private whale watching cruise you won’t soon forget. Want to see some whales? Come find them with us. We can cover more ground in our whale watching adventures because we can go farther and faster than other tour boats, ensuring that you get a good look at these graceful giants. From the east side to the west side, we can reach the entire southern coast of Oahu on this trip. Because this is a private charter, the experience is fully customizable and the adventure is up to you! *Whales are wild animals in their natural environment. They do not keep an organized schedule, and therefore we obviously cannot guarantee that we will find them during your scheduled tour. We will do our best, however, and our best is better than most. We usually succeed in finding them.
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Swim with Dolphins in the West Coast line of Oahu

Swim with Dolphins in the West Coast line of Oahu

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Discover the beauty of Oahu's coastal scenery—and spot its marine life, including pods of dolphins—on this half-day swimming and snorkeling boat tour. Following pickup from your hotel, head to your catamaran and hop aboard. After you set sail, embark on a swimming or snorkeling session to see fish, octopuses, and more wildlife in its natural habitat.
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Private Adventure Boat Charter with Snorkeling

Private Adventure Boat Charter with Snorkeling

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Escape the crowds and join us on 2 hour private cruise you won’t soon forget. We can go faster and farther than anyone else in town, offering spectacular coastal sightseeing, incredible sea life (turtles, fish, dolphins, and whales—in season), and even snorkeling. This private boat charter offers exclusively offer private charters. Fully customizable itineraries are available as the adventure is up to you.
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North Shore Oahu Snorkeling Tour
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North Shore Oahu Snorkeling Tour

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Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This personalized ocean adventure on the North Shore of Oahu will find you the safest and best spot to snorkel up close with our ocean friends. Dolphins, rays, turtles, and native Hawaiian reef fish are known to frequent the area. Some of the reef fish are found nowhere else in the world. Humpback whales make their annual journey to Hawaii between the months of November to April. Our thrilling and personalized North Shore snorkeling tours also bring you closer to beautiful sharks in their natural environment. Sign up for our shark adventure tours, so you can swim, dive, and interact with these graceful sea creatures in the crystalline Hawaiian waters. Our boat is always staffed by an experienced waterman who is trained and experienced to keep everyone on board safe and having the time of their life!
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  • 2 hours
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Half-Day Scuba Diving Experience in Oahu with Snacks
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Half-Day Scuba Diving Experience in Oahu with Snacks

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Join us on select mornings or every afternoon as we explore a local west side Oahu dive site. This is for SCUBA divers of all skill levels with a minimum of an Open Water Scuba Diver certification. Come see why the Waianae west coast is regarded as the best diving on Oahu. We will explore a popular dive site on the west side, possibly including the Makaha Caverns when conditions permit. Come experience converging lava tubes that form a spacious underwater well-lit cavern. Enjoy Hawaii’s unique sea creatures, including sea turtles, octopus, eels, dolphins, ray and coral formations. All equipment is included with the price and three hours of boat time and free use our underwater propulsion devices or scooters. Take your experience to one you will NEVER forget and add the Navy SEAL Helicopter Jump for an additional fee per person.
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Dolphins and You Private Boat Charter

Dolphins and You Private Boat Charter

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Celebrate a special occasion, or simply treat yourself, by chartering a 55-foot (17-meter) power boat and take to the water around O'ahu.. Spot marine life and customize your tour with Hawaiian cultural performances, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, and/or a 20-foot water slide. Includes lunch and refreshments.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Snorkel Trip from Oahu on a Yacht

Private Snorkel Trip from Oahu on a Yacht

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There are snorkeling trips, and then there are snorkeling trips on a famous, 46-foot yacht with three bedrooms, three restrooms, a full kitchen, lounging areas, a fully-stocked bar, and a prepared lunch. If you’re up for leaving your luxurious accommodations, follow your guide on a 45-minute tour of a reef and the wildlife that calls it home. After snorkeling, return to the yacht (not boat) and bask in the Hawaiian sun as you sail back to the marina. Snorkeling equipment, lunch, drinks from the bar, and bean bags for lounging included.
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Private Boat Charter North Shore Oahu
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Private Boat Charter North Shore Oahu

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Our North Shore adventure tours are perfect for people of all ages. Bring your family or friends and create new memories. Turn the tour into a corporate activity that strengthens team spirit. Or organize a unique military group activity that’s relaxing. The private boat charter can also host your engagement and wedding photo shoots. Tell us how you want to spend your day on the beautiful Oahu coastline. We’ll make it happen for you.
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  • Free Cancellation
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Snorkel with Turtles

Snorkel with Turtles

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Join us on a guided tour of two beautiful reefs on the south shore of Oahu. As a snorkeler, experience Hawaii’s unique seascape during one of our daily charters with an experienced guide. After a relaxing surface interval, enjoy a second snorkel site at another one of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, and cap the day with the best diving experience offered on Oahu. You will have the opportunity to see sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and more! Board Dive Oahu’s boat and ride in comfort and style. 
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Waikiki Coast Sunrise Sailing Experience

Waikiki Coast Sunrise Sailing Experience

Enjoy the Hawaiian Ocean, your way! The “MOANA” (moh-AH-nah), the Hawaiian word meaning Ocean, will be showcased in this customizable experience. From November to May, Guests can look forward to Humpback Whale watching at no additional cost. Dolphins, Sea turtles, and other sea life are also often sighted year-round. Unfortunately, sea life cannot be guaranteed on every trip! The Moana Catamaran is certified to carry 48 passengers by the U.S. CoastGuard and features, Ample cushioned seating, A high-quality stereo sound system, Articulating swim ladder, Lounging Nets, and 2 restrooms, as well as built in coolers where customers can store any drinks they bring.
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Private Cruise Swim with Dolphin

Private Cruise Swim with Dolphin

Exclusive private cruise for up to 20 guests on a 40 passenger catamaran boat ideal for parties and anniversaries. An Impressive Swimming Experience with Wild Dolphins at the West Coast of Oahu. Learning about the ecosystem of wild animals (dolphins, sea turtles, etc.). Visiting natural, cultural and historical sites in Hawaii (Waianae Mountains, etc.). Includes snack and drinks and you can bring your own alcohols and food.
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What people are saying about Whale Watching in Oahu

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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion
"This was a great event. Enjoyed being out on the water and had great views. The captain and crew were the best making the most of the event. We saw whales on the way back to shore. Extra bonus was the captain’s amazing playlist! Great way to spend a couple of hours!"..."
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Whale Watching Experience in Waikiki
"Amazing tour! Up close and personal with the whales! Must do! Friendly crew! A+! This was the highlight of our trip!"..."
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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal
"Snorkeling with turtles was amazing. Our tour guides were great at finding sea life. Food was amazing and crew made it a great time."..."
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Snorkel with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and experience Hawaiian Culture
"It was amazing to see the dolphins swimming under me. Truly beautiful. The crew was really nice and helpful."..."
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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu
"Our group of 6 enjoyed the snorkeling, but never saw the dolphins on the excursion. So free return vouchers for all. We visited 2 different snorkeling spots, and swam with the turtles on the second spot. A little better communication between the spotter and captain would be nice though."..."
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Leeward Coast Dolphin and Snorkel Sail
"This was our first time snorkeling & it was the best experience! The crew on the ship was great! The captain Jesse was very courteous & always went around asking if we were ok! We were able to see dolphins & a sea turtle. Also one of the crew was able to fish up a star fish!"..."
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
"Going underwater in the sub scooter. Being able to swim while waiting for my turn. The pictures that were taken by the crew were awesome!"..."
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Oahu Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise with BBQ Lunch
"Very friendly crew. We saw dolphins and flying fishes. The food was also pretty good. We had a great time. However the place is bit far from Waikiki. I would probably take the bus next time instead of driving myself."..."
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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise
"We were able to see 5 turtles including a baby turtle and dolphins on out trip. The staff was very helpful and friendly! I would recommend you hydrate the day before. We took the 11:00 tour and I felt like I was rocking until 9pm. If I would have hydrated better the day before I don’t believe it would have been much of an issue."..."
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Swim with Sharks (cage-free)
"Amazing experience, one in a lifetime. There were 2 big sharks and 1 barracuda. I still didn't get video because have an android, but hopefully will get it soon by email."..."
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Oahu Shark Dive
"The overall experience was great! Our guides were fantastic and gave so much information and facts about the sharks! Definitely an experience we'll never forget!"..."
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Moana’s 2-Hour Guided Turtle Snorkel Adventure at Waikiki
"Excellent!!!!!!!!! My wife isnt super mobile due to a lung transplant and recent cancer surgery, but the staff was more than helpful getting her in the water"..."
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Private Whale Watching Adventure
"Amazing experience and the crew was exceptional! We would do it again in a heart beat! Thank you for a great day!"..."
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Swim with Dolphins in the West Coast line of Oahu
"Loved Julie and her crew. We saw Dolphins early on and got 6 or 7 passes from a pod that had 20-30 dolphins. They went right underneath us and overall it was a fun experience. They were super fun and very respectful of the wildlife."..."
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Private Adventure Boat Charter with Snorkeling
"Amazing day on the water. Thank you!!! Fun and professional hosts who know the secrets of the island"..."
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North Shore Oahu Snorkeling Tour
"Amazing experience! My first time snorkeling and Jarvis and Ford were great with making the trip fun! Definitely would go again!"..."
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Half-Day Scuba Diving Experience in Oahu with Snacks
"For my first time scuba diving in the ocean the crew made me feel really safe and they were all great!! Definitely will be booking them again!"..."

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