Diamond Head, Hawaii
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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

1. 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.

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Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

2. Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, explore Oahu and the vibrant city of Honolulu that offers a little bit of everything, from lush greenery to the most stunning beaches in the world. Cruise around this tropical paradise, hike its best trails, and learn about its incredible conflict-strewn history, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. As an added perk, enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms, along many of the tour stops. After downloading the tour app (download instructions sent via email after booking), start your Oahu adventure at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial where you’ll begin to learn about the unexpected history of Honolulu. Next is Aloha Tower, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Continuing on, see Iolani Palace, the extravagant former home of Hawaii’s monarchs, as well as a statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The first beach on the Oahu tour is Ala Moana Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that was once used for something else entirely. Then, visit Waikiki Beach, where surfing superstar Duke Kanahamoku got his start before he transformed the world of surfing forever. Leaving the beaches for a moment, get an up-close look at Diamond Head State Park, an enormous volcanic crater and Hawaii’s most popular park. Head toward the volcanic China Walls next, where you’ll hear the dramatic tale of Kamehameha’s rise to power and his rival, Kalanikūpule, who was willing to do the unspeakable to take control for himself. At the Hanauma Bay Lookout, find some of the most spectacular views; be sure to have your camera at the ready. For a less crowded spot, follow the route to the next lookout, which most visitors miss. After passing some seriously scenic shoreline, spot Rabbit Island just off the coast and learn about the utterly failed rabbit farm that once operated here. Then come to Waimānalo Beach, the perfect stop for anyone seeking a little seclusion. As you approach the town of Kailua, hear a dramatic account of the Battle of Nu’uanu. If you’re a kayaker, you won’t want to miss Kailua’s beach. Up next, catch a glimpse of the last remaining Heiau on Oahu. These ancient temples were deeply sacred to the Hawaiians and still hold a great deal of significance today. Find a trail to one of Oahu’s famous waterfalls. If you’re craving more nature, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden will be just ahead, offering a staggering 400 acres of carefully cultivated flora. You might not expect a huge Buddhist temple in Hawaii, but that’s the next stop! After checking out the Byodo-In Temple, reach the Kualoa Ranch that’s become a Hollywood favorite. Wildlife enthusiasts will love what comes next: a huge wildlife refuge and Turtle Beach, frequented by the enormous Hawaiian green sea turtles. Then, head to Sunset Beach, the perfect spot to catch the day’s final rays of light. Later, head to the historic Dole Plantation, where the tour concludes.

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Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

3. Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

Enjoy a semi-private tour with a maximum of 5 guests in a mini-van, enjoy a funny and knowledgeable tour guide, learn about the Hawaiian history and stop at secret spots where none of the big tours can stop? This is the best tour on Oahu for you! This day trip around the beautiful island of Oahu is interesting, funny and will give you insights that you will not get anywhere else! You will see more than 30 hot spots on Oahu. The private tours are held in English or German. You will learn interesting facts about the history of Hawaii, the life on the islands and you hear facts no travel book has. Here are some of the famous tour stops and spots you will see: • Duke Kahanamoku Statue (drive-by) • World War I Memorial • Diamond Head Beach Lookout • Hanauma Bay (drive-by) • Whale watching at Makapu'u Lookout (during season) • Macadamia Nut Farm • Chinamans Hat (drive-by) • Shrimp Farm (drive-by) • North Shore Beaches • Haleiwa Town (drive-by) • Dole Plantation (drive-by)

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Oahu: Waikiki Beach Hoverboard Tour to Diamond Head

4. Oahu: Waikiki Beach Hoverboard Tour to Diamond Head

Start your hoverboarding adventure in front of Honolulu Zoo, where you will meet your local guide. After a safety instruction and practice session you will be able to start exploring the island. Put in your wireless audio receiver to learn about Hawaii's nature and history, and listen to traditional Hawaiian music as you hover from place to place. Start at Kapiolani Park and learn to recognize some of the most popular island trees. Take in the impressive beach views while learning about ancient Hawaiian and modern surfing on Oahu, the birthplace of surfing. Stop at a little known human sacrificial temple location and learn about Hawaii's ancient gods, kings, queens, and priestly Kahuna. Listen to Hawaiian instruments such as the slack key guitar and ukulele as you explore the bandstand, then take a profile picture-worthy photo at Diamond Head's most photogenic location. Hear about the island's volcanic birth, and learn how the fire goddess Pele created it all. Look for fish at a popular snorkeling and scuba location, then hover to the Waikiki War Memorial and Natatorium. Glide along a walkway to San Souci beach as you take in the charming historic cottages and multi-million dollar mansions. Then you'll ride up to Diamond Head Lighthouse to marvel at the panoramic ocean vistas. Stop to listen to tiki pop culture comedy songs, ride through an Indian banyan that is over a century old, and learn about Hawaii's first and last kings. See the palm tree-lined Kaimana Beach. Return to the start location listening to famous Hawaiian music.

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Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

5. Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

Enjoy a pick up from your hotel early in the morning and pass the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki. Learn more about where the sand on the beach comes from, and which movies were set in front of the scenic city. Hear stories about the formation of the island, its discovery, and see historic pictures. See the volcanic craters of Diamond Head and Koko Head. Pass Khala and head to the incredible Hanauma Bay. Look out for whales from the Makapu'u viewing platform and visit Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach, one of the most dangerous beaches of Oahu. Discover where the movie "50 First Dates" starring Adam Sandler was shot. Stroll through a macadamia nut farm and see the small islet of Chinamans Hat. Drive by the filming locations of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as the location for the Spartan Race, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple. Then, you will enjoy lunch in a local food truck. Along the north coast of the island you can see the beaches of Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea. Hear the sad story of Eddie Aikau and learn more about the surfing tournament The Eddie. Drive by Haleiwa and the Dole Plantation. Learn interesting facts about pineapples and get more insider tips for an incredible trip.

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Oahu: 10-Hour Sunrise & Scenic View Points Photo Tour

6. Oahu: 10-Hour Sunrise & Scenic View Points Photo Tour

Photograph the dramatic landscapes of Oahu on an amazing full-day tour that starts with a beautiful sunrise on the Windward coast. Visit some of the island's scenic lookout points, and capture majestic mountains, sandbars, country fruit stands and giant banyan trees on your camera. Much of the focus will be on the weather and lighting of each day to make sure you get the best photos possible. Travel all the way up the Windward coast to the North Shore where, depending on the time of year, you'll witness the famous Banzai Pipeline and daredevil surfers who test the power of the waves.  Alternatively, go in search of honu, the green sea turtle native to Hawaii, and marvel as they pose for photographs whilst they bask in the sun on the white sand beaches.

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What people are saying about Diamond Head, Hawaii

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 151 reviews

This review is sooooo late/lonnggg overdew! I went to Hawaii/Waikiki for 1st time 6mths ago in March & did this tour. It was my fav excursion out of the 3 i'd booked w/a friend. Request "Cam" he is so dope & an phoenomenal tour guide! One of my fave parts were the food truck at North Shore & Dole Plantation! This is a MUST if your in Hawaii for your 1st time

We did the doors off tour, and felt very safe! The pilot was amazing and very informative. There is nothing like seeing the beautiful views and colors from above! Highly recommended! Mahalo!

We flew doors off and it was really cool, a little terrifying when the helicopter turned and you're looking straight down but still awesome. Highly advise wearing a jacket for doors off.

Joey was awesome , he showed us Around the island and very knowledgeable ! Such an amazing experience for a first timer like myself.

Got to see all the Island and what it has to offer Matt the pilot was very informative and knowledgeable