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Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

1. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

Experience Hawaii's unparalleled snorkeling with this cruise from Oahu. Look for Hawaiian spinner dolphins and tropical fish. Savor a mouth-watering breakfast and lunch onboard and relax with two beverages from the bar and unlimited sodas and juices.  Board the boat and set sail for the turquoise waters of the Ko Olina coast. Keep your eyes open for playful dolphins that like to jump and play in the wake of the boat. Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast on your way to your snorkeling spot. Ride on an eco-friendly sailboat, geared towards dolphin preservation and equipped with the finest of amenities, including 2 large restrooms and a fresh-water shower. There's plenty of shade on the deck, as well as tables and seating at the bar. Sip on two complimentary drinks from the bar and have the chance to purchase more as you go. Stay hydrated with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks all day long. Hop into the crystal-clear water and uncover a hidden world of vibrantly colored fish and corals. Work up an appetite and sit down to a picnic lunch on the boat's comfy deck tables. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise.

From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

2. From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

Get picked up by your guide in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle in Waikiki and travel straight to the Manoa Falls trailhead. Follow the 1.5-mile trail as it winds through a tropical rainforest used in many blockbuster films and TV shows, including Jurassic Park and Lost. As you explore the trail, take in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest and the sounds of native birds found nowhere else in the world. Discover many hidden secrets and treasures to behold along the way, including a bamboo forest and natural tree arch. Enjoy the breathtaking and lush scenery of Hawaii while your guide shares interesting Hawaiian cultural facts and history. At the end of this 45-minute walk, the trees clear to display your reward: 150 feet of cascading freshwater. Manoa Falls is the tallest accessible waterfall in Oahu, and it is a wonder to behold. It’s all downhill from there, as you head back along the trail the way you came. After the hike, enjoy a healthy power lunch and stop at the Tantalus Lookout. After your day of adventure, arrive back in Waikiki at around 1:30 PM.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

3. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

4. Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Take a scenic helicopter flight over Oahu and marvel at the island's highlights from the air. Choose between a shared or private tour option to best suit you. See Waikiki Beach, Makapu’u Lighthouse, the Chinaman's Hat, and much more. Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over Honolulu Harbor. See the Aloha Tower, which has been welcoming ships into the harbor for nearly a century. As you soar down the coast, go past the Waikiki beaches, looping around Diamond Head. Shortly, witness Maunalua Bay open in front of your eyes, revealing the island's world-renowned reefs. Be greeted by Makapu’u Lighthouse after the rocky cliffs before you travel up Windward Coast. Pass Lanikai Beach and then see the appropriately named Chinaman’s Hat, the island’s iconic monument. But it’s not all beach and coastline on your tour. Get a chance to experience the lush tropical landscapes of the Ka’a’awa Valley and see the beautiful Sacred Falls. On your homeward journey, catch sight of the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Get an emotional flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The top sights include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Ka’a’awa Valley, Sacred Falls, and Dole Pineapple Plantation.

From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

5. From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

Learn about Pearl Harbor and the events of December 7, 1941 on this day trip from Waikiki. Take a boat ride to visit the Arizona Memorial, see exhibits related to the attack, and take a tour of the Battleship Missouri. After pickup in Waikiki, explore World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. See museum exhibits, footage from the attack, and other park monuments. Experience a boat ride to visit the USS Arizona Memorial over the sunken battleship. Head over the Admiral Clarey Bridge and drive by the USS Oklahoma Memorial on your way to the Battleship Missouri. Enjoy a guided tour of the ship, led by an expert docent.  You’ll be dropped off back in downtown Waikiki at the end of the tour.

Oahu: 3-Hour Waikiki Snorkel & Sailing Adventure with Lunch

6. Oahu: 3-Hour Waikiki Snorkel & Sailing Adventure with Lunch

Guests hop aboard the Gold Coast Catamaran, a 48-passenger vessel, to see some of the best of the Waikiki ocean. This excursion offers turtle-watching, and whale-watching (depending on the season), along with snorkeling and sailing. On-board the catamaran, spray from the warm blue water mists over the nets and seats at the front of the boat. Enjoy the smooth, quiet, stable ride that the large sailing catamaran provides. In addition to peaceful sounds of the ocean and the wind, this trip includes lunch, along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. There are also 2 convenient restrooms large enough for a change of clothing on-board the vessel.

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.

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

8. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

9. Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

Embark on a sailing tour, absorbing from a distance the Waikiki sights. Once far enough out at sea, you will have the opportunity to partake in a thrilling snorkeling experiences where you will be able to see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. If you don’t see turtles, you will be invited to come back and redo the tour free of charge. During whale season (December through April), you will also stop to watch these majestic mammals in their natural environment. Your guides will be onboard to facilitate your experience every step of the way. Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, Waikiki, you will board your 53-foot sailing catamaran, complete with a 49-passenger capacity.

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

10. 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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based on 878 reviews

Absolutely amazing morning with the dolphins! 10/10 recommend! Would definitely do it again. We saw hundreds of dolphins & got to swim with them twice before snorkeling with a sea turtle. Jenna & Alyssa were great guides/hosts!

Das war so atemberaubend!Ich war nach dem Flug noch Stunden berauscht . Der Flug mit offenen Türen, das Glück vorne zu sitzen und dann dieses Panorama . Alles lief reibungslos von dem Team ab. Mahalo

Unbelievable! Always felt safe. Pilot was amazing and so were the team on the ground! A must do!

All the staffs were so passionate!!! Loved it!!! Great experience! And Jeremy is the best!!

Vary long hike my feet feel like rubber after hike but the guide was great