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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: Incredible 2-Hour Shark Dive on the North Shore

2. Oahu: Incredible 2-Hour Shark Dive on the North Shore

Swim with the sharks during this 2-hour tour that offers you the unique adventure of a shark dive, while ensuring your safety at all times. Discover the wonders of the sea on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii alongside a certified guide. Bring your own masks and snorkels or use the ones provided on board. Your guide will give you a safety briefing at the start of the tour and will answer all your questions concerning this special adventure. The crystal clear cobalt blue water lets you see up to 200ft (60 m) into the deep. Depending on the season, you will encounter such magnificent animals as the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, playful dolphins and Humpback whales. If you prefer to stay on board, you still have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the sea and watch the sharks. For those who are a bit more adventurous, the shark cage allows for you to be only inches away from the majestic sharks. They can grow to be more than 15ft (5m) long, and you'll be right up close to witness their graceful demeanor. Make sure to bring your underwater camera, as you can take impressive pictures of the fish. You'll have 20 minutes to marvel at the sharks and cherish this unforgettable moment. Up to 8 people can be in the cage at the same time and enjoy the shark adventure.

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Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

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

Hawaii's snorkeling is unparalleled, with its crystal clear waters and warm ocean currents. On this beautiful cruise, go in search of the famed Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. As you board the boat headed for the turquoise waters of the Ko Olina coast, you'll keep your eyes open for these playful creatures, who like to jump and play in the waves of the boat – just like you! As you set sail, be treated to a tasty continental breakfast, and later on to a picnic lunch as well. There's a great bar on board, and your first 2 alcoholic drinks are free! There are unlimited non-alcoholic drinks all day long, and cheap beer and wine for those inclined to a bit more indulgence. When you jump into the water you'll understand why Hawaii is such a magical place. You'll get a perfect view of the colorful fishes, corals, and underwater creatures. You'll be riding 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. Come out and see the wonders of Hawaii's underwater life on this wonderful snorkeling adventure, complete with breakfast and lunch.

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Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

4. 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. 

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Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

5. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

•Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at Hanauma Bay Lookout –A 15-minute stop. •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Nu’uanu Pali Lookout – 10-minute stop. Breathtaking ocean & mountains views •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 •Kahuku Fruit Stand – Known for its fried local banana! Try their locally grown exotic fruits! •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.”

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Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

6. Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Climb aboard the luxury 34-foot state-of-the-art cruise vessel “Nai’a I,” and see dolphins and whales playing in the lovely waters of Oahu. The 3-hour excursion will get you close to spinner dolphins and other colorful marine life of the Pacific Ocean. A friendly and experienced team will make sure you have the time of your life, with opportunities to snorkel among some of the best reefs in Hawaii. You will travel in small groups to ensure everyone gets a great view of the sea life. Choose from 2 daily excursions, departing at either 07:00 or 10:30, from the westside of Oahu. Dolphin sightings and swimming in the water with the dolphins is a daily event; although the captain reserves the right to have the final word on letting guests in the water for the safety of you and the dolphins. Snorkel among clear, protected bays that are teeming with sea life. During the winter months of December and May, enjoy the bonus of spotting humpback whales as you look for lovable dolphins.

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Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

7. Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

Join an adventure and discover all of Oahu’s majestic grandeur. Be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history found at every turn. The morning sun slowly warms the sandy beaches of Waikiki as your guide takes you on a journey through the history of the island. 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. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

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Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

8. Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

Join us for Surfer Girl Academy's most popular tour! Get the best value for top-notch instruction and supervision from our lifeguard-certified instructors. The group lesson pairs individuals in a ratio of no more than 4:1 for every surfer to surf instructor. The lesson is for those who simply want to feel the thrill of surfing but want the luxury of doing so at their own pace. Whether for those who might feel intimidated by the ocean, or for someone who just wants to feel the stoke of surfing, come join our professional and encouraging staff today. The lesson entails a 20-30 minute dry land instruction on the basics of surfing along with general ocean safety and understanding. Actual water time will consist of no less than 90 minutes after the land instruction is complete. Overall time of the activity including transportation should be around 2.5 hours. This surfing lesson is for ages 12+, and for participants with confidence and a desire to learn. No minimum numbers are required.

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Honolulu: Beginner Scuba Diving Adventure

9. 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.

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Oahu: 45-Minute Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

10. Oahu: 45-Minute Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over the 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.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 19 reviews

This was a really beautiful experience and the crew was very friendly. We saw about 6 whales and a pod of 20 dolphins that swam with our boat for a while. The water was crystal clear and full of fish where they brought us to snorkel. I definitely recommend!

Great experience with a knowledgeable team. We got luck-saw dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. I know not everyone gets this chance but it was awesome.

Great trip! The crew were all amazing and did a great job. The boat was comfortable and provided room for all aboard.

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

Fantastic tour our captains were so engaged and loved the animals and their jobs