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Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

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Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

2. Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

If adventure is what you seek, join this daily boat tour. Enjoy the beauty of Hawaii’s South Shore as you head out from the slip in the Kewalo Basin Harbor and head toward Lē’ahi [ Diamond Head ]. Aboard the Haleiwa Queen, enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor as you cruise over live tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s shipwrecks. Keep an eye out for honu [sea turtles], eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all from the deck of the vessel through the glass bottom boat view ports. Experience a unique perspective of Honolulu, above and below the surface.

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From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

3. From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of Oahu's south shore as you sail towards the volcanic tuff cone of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) at the end of the day. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort.  Enjoy a comfortable ride as the crew shares their knowledge about Waikīkī, the thriving farm productions, and royalty that have frequented the area throughout history. Learn about its transition into an urban society. Leave with a newfound appreciation for the people and marine life of Hawaii, and then gaze in awe as the sun reflects off the city skyline, overlooked by the towering peak of Diamond Head, at magical sunset hour.

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Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

4. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

What better way to take in Hawaii's legendary sunsets than from the deck of a catamaran, gently rocking in the waves of the Pacific? Treat yourself to an evening on the Honi Olani, our 53- by 30-foot sailing catamaran, and enjoy delicious "pupus", appetizers such as avocado poke, pipikaula (Hawaiian beef) and Maui Onion salad, penne pasta, tortilla chips with pineapple salsa, crudités platter (assorted vegetables), and taro rolls with lilikoi butter. Also enjoy a cheese, grape and cracker plate, a selection of white wines and two free bar drink tickets per adult as you take in the breathtaking landscape of the Hawaiian coast. Sailing south toward Diamond Head, you may even be so lucky as to glimpse the green flash as the sun slips below the horizon. Enjoy this peaceful evening with the ocean breeze in your hair for an authentic Waikiki experience.

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Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ + 21 y/o

5. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ + 21 y/o

Board a modern boat at the Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor to begin your journey into the sunset. After a safety briefing and a group toast, you can explore the boat's two decks, wraparound seating, and Titanic-style front bow. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase onboard and IDs will be checked prior to boarding. Take in the beauty of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument at the golden hour. Watch surfers glide along coastal waves and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. After the sun dips below the horizon, the boat lights up in a vibrant purple hue with twinkling lights overhead. A live DJ will entertain you with contemporary beats over the surround-sound speakers as you dance to the onboard light show. The unique Honolulu skyline will glitter for you in the warm twilight breeze. Finally, head back to the harbor where you will do one last group cheers with your new ohana.

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Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

6. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Experience Hawaii from Waikiki Trolley. Cruise the streets, see the cliffs of Oahu’s east shoreline from the top of a double-decker or take an air-conditioned minibus up the Pali Highway to the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. The Waikiki Trolley also takes you to some of the best sightseeing and scenic spots around the southeast part of Oahu. Hike up Diamond Head via the Green Line, or have an unforgettable dolphin experience at Sea Life Park via the Blue Line. And with the Waikiki Trolley’s unique hop-on, hop-off system, the possibilities for planning your stay in Honolulu are limitless. The Waikiki Trolley is a fun way to discover the highlights of Honolulu. Choose which attractions to explore with five different routes and 43 stops that allow you to experience the unique history and beauty of Oahu. Schedules and timetables can be found on WaikikiTrolley.com Blue Line highlights: Scenic drive around Diamond Head State Monument and the beautiful East Oahu shoreline. Red Line highlights: Drive through historic downtown Honolulu and make time to visit the museums, eat local favorites in Chinatown, and get lost wandering around the wall art district.

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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

7. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

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Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

8. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

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Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

9. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

Start your morning by hiking up Diamond Head Crater. Reach the lookout point and enjoy beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu. Stop at Halona Blowhole on the east side of Oahu to begin your sightseeing adventure. Head around the east side and make your way through to the north shore of Oahu. Visit the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts and have the chance to sample a variety of locally grown macadamia nuts. Experience The Kahuku Sugar Mill which contains many fantastic food trucks. Have the chance to purchase the popular and tasty garlic shrimp plates. Spend some time on the North shore and stop at Haleiwa Town for some shave ice at Matsumoto's or snap some great pictures at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park. Finally, visit the Dole Plantation and check out their vibrant pineapple garden. Try some of the plantation's famous Dole Whip, and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.

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Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Waikiki Coast Cruise

10. Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Waikiki Coast Cruise

Hike up to an extinct volcano with this tour from Honolulu. Marvel at sweeping ocean views from one of Waikiki's most beautiful lookout points at Diamond Head Crater. Stop for a sweet Acai fruit bowl. View Waikiki from the water on a relaxing boat cruise. Be picked up from your accommodation in Honolulu. Get ready for your hike with bottled water, iced coffee, or a Hawaiian fruit drink. Take in views of the the countryside and shore as you walk. Admire panoramic views of Waikiki from the summit. After your climb, cool off with a local Acai fruit bowl made from blended Acai and berries, and topped with banana, granola, and honey. Embark on an sea cruise along the shore. See the volcanic tuff cone of Diamond Head Crater from the water.

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What people are saying about Diamond Head, Hawaii

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,307 reviews

Hike was worth it alone! Cruise was riding along to drop off the people going on the submarine tour, which we had already done. If we had understood that, we wouldn’t have gone on the boat (again). Lovely guide and skipped the line at the hike; got there just in time for the sunrise.

The app worked as advertised. Could not have explored Oahu is such depth without the app. Loved the experience. We would like more food suggestions - we are experiencing Hawaii culture through food!

Great crew and the boat was very well maintained. Even without a sunset because of the weather it was a fun trip.

Got to see all the Island and what it has to offer Matt the pilot was very informative and knowledgeable

Shannon O’Brian did a great job showing us the island He was energetic and very informative