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Honolulu Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended Honolulu Neighborhood tours

Honolulu: Whale Watching Cruise with Pickup and Drop-Off

1. Honolulu: Whale Watching Cruise with Pickup and Drop-Off

Cruise along the coast of Waikiki to the area with a crew that knows where the whales are most active on this tour from Honolulu. Discover the joy of watching whales as they play in the sea. Take a cruise where sightings are guaranteed or your next trip is free.  Board a comfortable and spacious double deck catamaran that provides plenty of exceptional viewing angles. Embark on a whale-finding mission off the coast of Oahu. Watch Humpback whales as they gather in Hawaii between the months of December and April to mate, give birth, and nurse their young. Witness these playful and surprisingly acrobatic animals in the wild. Learn about the strong cultural value they have to native Hawaiians, as a whale is the representation of Kanaloa, the god of all ocean life. Try to spot some frolicking dolphins along the way. Stay hydrated and keep your energy up with snacks, juice, and water onboard. Get help from the crew with spotting the whales. Return to your meeting point at the end of your whale watching experience. 

Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

2. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands.  Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions.  Follow your guide through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Stop at the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Hear about how this plant became a symbol of Hawaii before returning to your accommodation. 

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

3. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at iconic Halona Blowhole Lookout – 15-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm •Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck. Choose from any of their signature entrees: butter garlic shrimp / spicy garlic lemon shrimp / & coconut shrimp. Non-shrimp and vegetarian options available. LUNCH INCLUDED · Stop at and enjoy the delicacies of a local fruit stand ! · Waimea Valley beautiful and lush, swimming optional · Byodo-In Temple-set back against the Koolau Mountains, this is a replicia of a 900+ year old temple in Japan! •Visit historic Haleiwa Town: famous for surfing shopping and shave ice! Stroll the town and take in the North Shore ambiance and flavors- ask your guide his or her recommendations! •A stop at famous Matsumoto Shave ice- purchase optional •Dole Pineapple Plantation – A 30-minute stop, home of the original “Dole Whip.”

Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike and North Shore Experience

4. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike 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 snap some great pictures at Haleiwa 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.

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

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

Find more in Hawaii than just the sights, and board the Waikiki Trolley and take in the soaring mountains that meet the sea to all the historic landmarks, including shopping and dining. Make the choice yours. Board the breathtaking Blue line, called the Coastline/Diamond Head Line. Find yourself at Diamond head, a natural landmark of Hawaii and explore through the Kalanianaole Highway. This place is famous for its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean scapes. On the Red Line, learn of Hawaii's rich cultural past all the way to the modern present. Hawaii has its own story to tell for anyone interested in listening. Travel through the cultural and historical history, from the time of kings and queens through its importance in WWII and even the cultures that influence it to this day. If you're looking for some iconic shopping and dining, board the Pink Line and find the epicenter of the Pacific. Delight in Asian cuisine mingling with popular American comfort food, high-end fashion alongside popular streetwear that suits everyone's comfort and style. You can find all these throughout Waikiki, but your Hawaiian vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Ala Moana Center–Hawaii’s Center–where all things shopping and dining collide into a truly Hawaiian experience. So much so that Ala Moana isn’t just for visitors–it’s a popular shopping mall for locals as well.

Oahu: Surfing Lessons for 2 People

6. Oahu: Surfing Lessons for 2 People

Learn to surf in the warm Pacific waters of Oahu’s south shore. Enjoy a surfing lesson that keeps to a 2:1 ratio of students per surf instructor for a highly personalized experience. Enjoy fun-packed lessons for any couple that is looking for a thrilling surf session. Ideal for husband and wife, brothers and sisters, or just a couple of friends, the lesson entails a 20-30 minute dry land instruction on the basics of surfing along with general ocean safety and directions on how to stand up on the surfboard properly. Actual water time will consist of over 70 minutes after the land instruction is complete. The only surf school in Hawaii to be sponsored by Hurley, you will be kitted out with quality Hurley surf apparel, reef shoes, a surf leash, and a surfboard. All instructors are certified lifeguards and love to have fun. Experience a brilliant combination of technique, and the simple thrill of surfing the waves.

Oahu: Sunset Photography Tour with Professional Photo Guide

7. Oahu: Sunset Photography Tour with Professional Photo Guide

Perfect for photography enthusiasts and those who love a sunset... not only does this tour position you in perfect timing to capture the brilliant colors of a Hawaiian sunset, but you get to take pictures of the sunrays as they touch and graze the topography of Oahu Island’s windward side. Enjoy cool breezes on top of mountains, the calming effects of a Buddhist temple, delicious local food not found in Waikiki, paragliders flying over lighthouses and sea cliffs on the water’s edge. Begin your journey high above the clear waters of Hanauma Bay. Ask your guide to discuss the feature of this world-renowned bay, then drive to the Lana'i lookout. The blue colors of the Kawai channel are both breathtaking and overwhelming. Depending on the time of year, you may spot the Hawaiian-born hump-backed whale. A stop at Koko Crater Botanical garden is next on the list. Beautiful and intricate groves of plumeria will have you stopping to smell and photograph these bright tropical flowers. The spirit of this location is pleasing and benefits all visitors with a sense of inner peace, serenity and, of course, by providing the gift of beautiful images. Centered and inspired, you’ll be brought up close and personal with the Ko’olau Mountains at the Makapu'u lookout for an unforgettable experience in this protected landscape. You’ll understand why this location was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1972 because preserving the pure quality of this natural place is worth appreciating. Anyone looking for memorable things to do in Oahu will feel the value in sharing space with the majestic Ko’olau Mountains.  Watch the Halona Blow spout. You could be really lucky to see the water shoot up over your head at this movie location and favorite photo spot. After snapping the shots of the Blow Hole and Eternity Beach, you’ll prepare to photograph Hawaii’s most epic sunset on the eastern tip of Oahu, where you’ll capture the sun dropping down the sky along the sea cliff walls. 

Honolulu: Waikiki Friday Fireworks Cruise w/ Drinks & Pickup

8. Honolulu: Waikiki Friday Fireworks Cruise w/ Drinks & Pickup

Discover the beauty of Diamond Head. Watch a brilliant display of colors as fireworks go off over the golden sands of Waikiki beach. Sip on two alcoholic drinks, water, and juice, and enjoy some snacks along the way.  Show your voucher at the ticket booth and board a comfortable boat. Cast off and make a toast with your drink as you admire the views of the coast. Capture pictures of the Diamond Head volcanic cone in the glow of the setting sun.  Cruise along the palm tree-lined Waikiki beach and watch a stunning fireworks display after the sun has set. Admire views of the city as it lights up for the night. On clear nights, see the moon rising above the water. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

9. Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on Oahu with a sightseeing tour to the North Shore and along the Hanauma Bay coastline. See the famous Banzai Pipeline, where pro-surfers ride the waves. Head to Waimea Bay Beach Park or Waimea Falls (optional) to hike and see some gorgeous waterfalls.  For lunch, dig into some of the best shrimp on the island. Grab a plate, relax, and enjoy yourself. Finish the day at the Dole Plantation for a serving of tasty pineapple ice cream. End the tour with a ride south, where you will enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes on Oahu.

From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Hike and Oahu Tour

10. From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Hike and Oahu Tour

Find yourself at Manoa Falls after hiking through a tropical forest and enjoy a tour of Oahu on this day trip from Waikiki. Stop at scenic beaches and see wildlife before visiting a historic Hawaiian town and macadamia nut farm. Your tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Waikiki. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle as you drive towards the starting point of your hike. Trek through the vibrant green forest and be stunned as you approach the towering Manoa Falls. Return to your vehicle and rest as you make your way to the east side of Oahu. Stop at scenic locations and idyllic beaches before making a lunch break at a beloved shrimp truck (at your own expense). From lunch, head towards the North Shore to look out for local wildlife, like sea turtles and monk seals. During your search, stop at the only working macadamia nut farm in a historic Hawaiian town before your return to Waikiki.

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based on 27 reviews

We had an awesome time with Waikiki Crawling! I've been to Hawaii a few times, but I confess that I didn't know a lot about the history of this beautiful place. Waikiki Crawling was super laid back and did a great job of mixing a casual bar crawl with super digestible history lessons. Our guide Maggie was super friendly and accommodating and told great stories. Would highly recommend!

I really enjoyed my experience with Waikiki crawling. I enjoyed the different bars we visited and the walks in between them. Our guide Maggie was really fun and knowledgeable and she made the history lessons very interesting!

I and an amazing time on this tour and the driver made it super fun with his enthusiasm personality. He made the trip super enjoyable and got us all laughing. Totally recommend this tour.

The boat ride was very nice. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales, but the crew tried very hard and contacted other boats again to see if whales had been spotted anywhere.

This is an awesome way to spend some non-beach time in Hawaii! Perfect duration - a little over 2 hours, great guide, and yummy beers in cool spots. Highly recommend!