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From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

1. 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) as the sun dips below the horizon on this tour from Honolulu. Hear about Waikīkī with facinating commentary from the local crew. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort. Have the chance to bring your own food and drink to enjoy while you sail. 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.

Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

2. Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This ocean adventure off the North Shore of Oahu lets you snorkel up close and personal with our marine friends. This tour operates from May 1st to Oct 31 and is closed during the high surf winter months. 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, so you can really see them strut their stuff in the pristine blue waters.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

3. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

From Honolulu: West Shore Dolphins, Rum, and Caves Tour

4. From Honolulu: West Shore Dolphins, Rum, and Caves Tour

See the highlights of Oahu's western shore, also known as the Leeward Coast, on a tour departing from Honolulu. Relax on picturesque beaches, take scenic photos, and learn about local rum production in a lesser-visited area of the island. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu. Travel towards Electric Beach and Makua Beach for some scenic photo stops. Try to spot dolphins who can often be found frolicking offshore, and admire the beautiful ocean views. Next, visit the ancient Makua Cave and admire its immense size. Hear of the legends and stories associated with this eerie location. Continue the tour to Ko'olina beach. Enjoy some free time for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, take some time to relax on the beach, as you top up your tan or do some swimming. After some beach time, embark on an Agricole rum tour with your guide. Learn about the history and production of Agricole rum on the tour, with tastings of some of the finest samples. Afterward, relax on your return journey to Honolulu.

Oahu: Snorkel & Sailing Adventure along Ko Olina Coast

5. Oahu: Snorkel & Sailing Adventure along Ko Olina Coast

Sail by catamaran to a beautiful snorkeling spot off the main island of Oahu, where our guides will take you on an unforgettable underwater adventure. Complimentary onboard snacks include potato chips, pretzels and cookies. We also provide unlimited soft drinks and two free bar drinks. We run SAILING catamarans Sundays through Thursdays, and POWER catamarans on Fridays and Saturdays.

Haleʻiwa: Private Boat Charter

6. Haleʻiwa: Private Boat Charter

Join a local and knowledgeable crew that will guide you through the most stunning views of the North Shore of Oahu. Depart from Haleʻiwa Harbor and embark on a voyage where you will see a variety of marine species including Hawaiian sea turtles, spinner dolphins, sharks, and tropical fish. Travel to a remote island and marine life sanctuary where you can “jump” in and snorkel or free dive. Discover Oahu’s pristine ocean and enjoy an active day out that is suitable for all ages.

Honolulu: Private Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

7. Honolulu: Private Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

Discover Oahu from a different perspective: on a private catamaran cruise. Feel the sun on your skin as you take in striking views of the deep blue ocean, the lush south coast of the island, and local wildlife. Jump into the cooling waters for some snorkeling among colorful reefs and fish. Depart from Kewalo Basin Harbor and make your way up the coastline to the iconic Diamond Head. Take your time and stop along the way if you spot any sea turtles, spinner dolphins, or whales. Marvel at these sea animals in their natural habitat. Once at the top of the route, discover a calm anchorage to relax at. Jump into the water to snorkel and swim or just dip your toes in the water as you soak in this relaxing day outdoors. Best of all, make the most of your private charter by playing your own music on the catamaran's speakers and bring any drinks and food you would like to enjoy during your time at sea. Learn about the island's history and culture from your local guides, soaking up their knowledge, passion, and skill en route. Head back to the harbor, feeling sun kissed and relaxed.

Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

8. Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

Every December through to April, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along and catch these beautiful mammals at their best on an exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursion.   Set sail on a 53-foot sailing catamaran, passing the Waikiki coastline on your way. Enjoy soda and snacks on board as you search for these majestic creatures.  

From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

9. From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

Discover what more than 300,000 guests have experienced and share an unforgettable encounter with dolphins in their natural Hawaii habitat on Oahu's west shore. Take a cruise along the stunning west coast of Oahu, and take in views of wild spinner dolphins in crystal clear ocean waters. Participate in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles. Relax and enjoy the trip while trained guides, lifesavers, and free divers make sure everyone is safe and comfortable in the water. Enjoy included access to kayaks and SUP boards or relax on the boat after snorkeling, and be entertained with hula dancing and ukulele performances from staff or as they answer questions on Hawaiian culture and history.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Excursion

10. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Excursion

Enjoy a sailing catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor. Whales guaranteed or come again for free.  Just as the idyllic weather beckons to tourists around the world, the warm shallow waters (less than 600 feet) surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands are a favorite destination for humpback whales. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population return to Hawaii to breed, calve, and nurse their young. They race over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in less than two months, then stay for a lengthy vacation, frolicking off our shores and entertaining spectators from December through May.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Our guides were so welcoming and really engaged with the tour. They were so excited about the animals we saw and really passionate about the marine wildlife. It was a fantastic tour and I will absolutely do it again!

Excellent people showing us amazing stuff with some added bonus on the beautiful Hawaiian culture.

I loved it, great sights and nice crew, would definitely recommend. From Australia

We had an amazing experience with your services. Thank you.

Staff Members were very helpful with Wheelchair Members.