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Magic Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waikiki: Scenic Gondola Cruise with Drinks and Pastries

1. Waikiki: Scenic Gondola Cruise with Drinks and Pastries

Experience an unforgettable journey on the only Venetian gondola boat tour in Hawaii. Access a third and fourth passenger ride at a discounted rate. Be captivated by the most amazing views on this finely crafted Italian boat and experience for yourself the wonders of the coastline of Honolulu. Enjoy refreshing drinks and delicious pastries while cruising the calm waters and taking in the sights and famous Oahu landmarks. Your expert gondolier will guide the vessel throughout a musical ride as you sit back and relax. Gondolas provide a more intimate alternative to catamarans, perfect for guests that want a smaller group experience, being able to go where no other commercial watercraft can go. You will traverse under 3 bridges in Waikiki, glide along the harbor, and pass by Magic Island and Diamond Head. The tour never goes out into the sometimes choppy, wavy ocean so a smooth stable ride is enjoyed by all.

Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

2. Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

Venture into the depths at Magic Island Lagoon in Honolulu with this scuba diving trip that is designed for those with no scuba diving experience. Follow your guide through waters teeming with life on this group tour. Get a quick scuba diving briefing from your professional scuba diving instructor. Start a tutorial on how to use the equipment in shallow water. Once you are comfortable, explore the dive site gradually. Watch as your guide points out different sea life. Take home your memories with the videos that your instructor takes of your adventure. Have all these videos downloaded directly to your phone so you can instantly share these moments.

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

3. 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.

Honolulu: Beginner Snorkeling Tour with Videos

4. Honolulu: Beginner Snorkeling Tour with Videos

Let your instructor guide you as you snorkel through the waters of Magic Island Lagoon. Discover the marine life under the waves and have your instructor take video clips of your adventure. Start with a quick snorkeling briefing. Be taught how to use the equipment in shallow water. Practice with the equipment until you are comfortable. Follow your instructor around the dive site. Watch as your instructor points out different sea life. Have your instructor record these moments, so you take share them or keep them as mementos. At the end of the tour, your instructor will download those videos directly to your phone.

Honolulu: Street Art and Waterfront Hoverboarding Tour

5. Honolulu: Street Art and Waterfront Hoverboarding Tour

Hop on an all-terrain self-balancing hoverboard and explore beyond Waikiki with a small-group guided tour. See the giant murals of Kaka’ako created by some of the world’s best street artists in a yearly event. Cruise along the scenic waterfront park of Kakaako, the naturally beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor for an unforgettable experience. Meet your guide in Waikiki at the ocean side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kahanamoku Lagoon near the outrigger canoes and beachfront food truck. After some instruction and practice, set off with your group effortlessly exploring through miles of beautiful Waikiki and Honolulu. View some of the island’s finest private yachts at Hawaii's largest boat harbor. Take in the natural beauty of the 75-acre Ala Moana Beach Park riding past palm tree groves, man-made lagoons, and many different species of massive "exceptional" designated trees. Hover by the largest outdoor shopping center in the world and the many new stunning ultra-luxury condo highrises. Cruise along the Kaka’ako waterfront beach park past the bodysurfing hotspot, Point Panic, then up to a scenic lookout. Get fantastic views of the west side of the Waianae Range, Aloha Tower, and the cruise ships in the distance. Glide through Kaka’ako’s massive street art murals painted on nearly every warehouse in the up and coming neighborhood. Stop for a photo and ponder the artists’ message, or just enjoy the many talented portraits and colorful cartoons. Take in the unforgettable view of Diamond Head heading back along the Ala Moana boardwalk riding near stand up paddle boarders and swimmers on the half-mile golden sand beach lagoon. Enjoy the beautiful views of Waikiki from Magic Island and see surfers carving up hollow waves at the popular surf break of Ala Moana Bowls.

Honolulu: Mermaid Snorkel Adventure with Videos

6. Honolulu: Mermaid Snorkel Adventure with Videos

Start with a quick snorkeling and mermaid briefing. Walk a couple of minutes to the private Mermaid area where you can put on your mermaid tail with the help of your instructor. Watch as your instructor shows you a series of mermaid poses, including the hair flip. Keep these moments to save or share as your instructor captures it all on video. Find out how to use the mermaid equipment in shallow water. Explore the dive site and let your instructor point out all of the different sea life. Enjoy the wildlife as your instructor takes some short video clips throughout your tour of the drive site. Once the tour has concluded, your instructor can download those videos directly to your phone, so you can instantly have those memories.

Oahu: Hoverboard Tour of West Waikiki & Ala Moana

7. Oahu: Hoverboard Tour of West Waikiki & Ala Moana

Your tour will begin as you climb aboard your hoverboard at the ocean side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kahanamoku Lagoon. You will glide past the popular local surf break Ala Moana bowls, and view some of the islands finest private yachts at Hawaii's largest boat harbor. Next, take in the natural beauty of the 100-acre Ala Moana Beach Park, where you will ride past palm tree groves, man made lagoons, and many different species of massive "exceptional" designated trees. On the developed side of the park, you'll hover by the largest outdoor shopping center in the world, and see many new stunning ultra-luxurious condo high rises. You can keep an eye open for the mega-yachts which sometimes frequent Kewalo Basin Harbor, as you cruise along the waterfront with unforgettable views of Diamond Head. You'll see stand-up paddle boarders and swimmers along the half-mile golden sand beach park, as well as beautiful views of Waikiki from Magic Island. You will then hover along the wide Ala Wai canal pathway under exceptional weeping fig trees past the back of the convention center. Next, stop at a statue of the last King of Hawaii, and ride through the expertly landscaped tropical Fort DeRussy Beach Park and Army Museum. You will also glide along the sandy beachfront boardwalk past the Hale Koa Hotel, and much more.

Honolulu: Singles' Date Night Cruise with Fireworks & Drinks

8. Honolulu: Singles' Date Night Cruise with Fireworks & Drinks

Join an intimate cruise from the bay of Ala Moana on a gondola navigated by a gondolier who doubles as your chaperone. Sail around Magic Island and Waikiki’s Grand Canal on a tour designed to ignite new romances. See Honolulu illuminated at night from the serene water. Get in the spirit with a flower lei and chat freely with your fellow passengers, whether you’ve known each other for some time or have just met on the night. Sit back with a relaxed vibe and help yourself to drinks and pastries. Feel free to bring your own alcoholic drinks to have on board. Slowly cruise past yachts all lit up on the shore of this tropical paradise and enjoy the atmospheric music as you go under the 3 bridges of Waikiki's Grand Canal. See a fireworks display that’s bound to make sparks fly on the boat as well.

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What people are saying about Magic Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 141 reviews

We had an amazing experience on the Gondola. We were greeted with the classic Hawaiian lei necklace. Took a few pictures with our very knowledgeable and pleasant gondolier. He gave us a history lesson about the gondola and also the city’s sites and sounds. The drink was cold and refreshing considering the warm weather. Locals waved as we passed by. We had a great time. I will definitely recommend this ride. Very relaxing and private.

This was one of the best things on our trip. It's so much better than renting a car. Our drivers were great tour guides. This is something that you need to do at the start of your trip so you know where to go and what to do later in your vacation.

Best deal next time I go to Hawaii I won’t rent a car you can do it all with the trolley My driver big Tony and humu where on point don’t now how they found the perfect worker for the job lots of knowledge

The staff handed me a leaflet containing informations on the time of each trolly be their departure or arrival at the base. Drivers are very helpful , they have lits of informations to share to tourists.

I spontaneously bought a 1-day pass for only left and then rode the red and blue ones. Both were great!