Diamond Head, Hawaii
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Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ + 21 y/o

1. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ + 21 y/o

Board a modern boat at the Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor to begin your journey into the sunset. After a safety briefing and a group toast, you can explore the boat's two decks, wraparound seating, and Titanic-style front bow. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase onboard and IDs will be checked prior to boarding. Take in the beauty of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument at the golden hour. Watch surfers glide along coastal waves and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. After the sun dips below the horizon, the boat lights up in a vibrant purple hue with twinkling lights overhead. A live DJ will entertain you with contemporary beats over the surround-sound speakers as you dance to the onboard light show. The unique Honolulu skyline will glitter for you in the warm twilight breeze. Finally, head back to the harbor where you will do one last group cheers with your new ohana.

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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

2. 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: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

3. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

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Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Waikiki Coast Cruise

4. Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Waikiki Coast Cruise

Hike up to an extinct volcano with this tour from Honolulu. Marvel at sweeping ocean views from one of Waikiki's most beautiful lookout points at Diamond Head Crater. Stop for a sweet Acai fruit bowl. View Waikiki from the water on a relaxing boat cruise. Be picked up from your accommodation in Honolulu. Get ready for your hike with bottled water, iced coffee, or a Hawaiian fruit drink. Take in views of the the countryside and shore as you walk. Admire panoramic views of Waikiki from the summit. After your climb, cool off with a local Acai fruit bowl made from blended Acai and berries, and topped with banana, granola, and honey. Embark on an sea cruise along the shore. See the volcanic tuff cone of Diamond Head Crater from the water.

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Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

5. Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

Discover the delicious cuisine and natural beauty of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Soak up the views and experience local flavors on a foodie sightseeing tour. Start your tour with pickup at selected hotels. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Diamond Head Lookout. Admire panoramic views and taste a local favorite Poi donut from Kamehameha Bakery. Continue along the coast to the famous Halona Point blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Visit the famous Halona Point blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Drive into the Koolau Mountains and take in breathtaking views from the Pali Lookout, the site of a fierce battle in 1795. Head to the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm, to sample coffee, chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Stop for lunch (cash only, lunch not included in tour cost) at the Shrimp Truck and Kahuku Fruit stand. Head to Haleiwa town, where you can go shopping, and try delicious ice cream and other bites. End your tour with a taste of Dole Whip, a dairy-free pineapple dessert, at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

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Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

6. Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

Take beautiful photographs of Hawaii on a photo tour from Waikiki. Capture the stunning colors of the island with the help of a professional photographer guide. Bring any camera you like on our tour and see the best of Hawaii on a photography tour Visit scenic locations to see the amazing blue waters of the ocean and skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the marine reserve of Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Visit Sandy Beach and the Makapu’u Point Lookout on Oahu's southeastern tip. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at Kailua or Waimanalo for lunch. It's a great tour for anyone who wants to see beautiful locations and spend some time capturing them on their cameras as ever-lasting souvenirs. It's also ideal for cruise ship passengers who want something different to do while in port. Tour at an easy pace to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape along the way. Stops will be made at: • Tantalus lookout • Pali lookout (admission included) • Ko’olau Mountains • Waimanalo Bay • Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack (not catered)  • Makapu’u Beach lookout • Sandy's Beach  • The Blow Hole lookout • Lana’i lookout • Hanauma Bay

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From Waikiki: Oahu Day Trip With Lunch and Snorkeling

7. From Waikiki: Oahu Day Trip With Lunch and Snorkeling

Explore the natural beauty of Oahu as you visit unique spots on and off the beaten path with an expert guide. Discover the local culture and tick off the best highlights on the Island. Start at Diamond Head Beach Lookout where you'll enjoy panoramic views along Diamond Head Road and a stop at the Amelia Earhart Monument. Next, head to the Halona Blowhole for views of Oahu's East Coast and the locally beloved Sandy Beach. Then visit a macadamia nut farm and sample local coffee, chocolate and macadamia nuts. Stop at the Mokoli’i Viewpoint, where you can snap some photos of the famous off-shore cone-shaped island. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the Shrimp Truck. Then head to the famous Sunset Beach, for a stroll along the white-sand beaches. Here you'll be allowed to surf as well since your guides are certified lifeguards. You may even see some turtles. Finally, before driving back to Waikiki, visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation, enjoy a sweet treat and pick up some souvenirs.

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Oahu: Waikiki Beach Hoverboard Tour to Diamond Head

8. 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: Half-Day Sunset Photo Tour from Waikiki

9. Oahu: Half-Day Sunset Photo Tour from Waikiki

Starting in the early afternoon before the magic light appears your guides will pick you up at your Waikiki Hotel five hours before sunset to take guests on an enchanted visual road trip around half of the island. Guides have carefully picked several locations where guests create stunning images of coastal vistas, tropical lush valleys, dramatic waterfalls, ancient ruins, and a scene from ancient Hawaii. When the magic light arrives they have three different locations you'll go to depending on the weather and light. Sometimes you'll be on top of a mountain overlooking Diamond Head and the Pacific coastline other times you find yourselves close to the ocean near the beach with silhouetted palms for the classic Hawaii shot. Learn to photograph a waterfall with your DSLR or iPhone. Then guides will drive guests back to Waikiki in time for dinner. The itineraries vary with each tour but here are some spots the guides might include depending on time of year and current weather Lanai Point, Sandy’s beach, Makapu’u point and beach, Ulupo Heiau, Pali Lookout, and one of the sunset locations.

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

10. 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 130 reviews

Hike was worth it alone! Cruise was riding along to drop off the people going on the submarine tour, which we had already done. If we had understood that, we wouldn’t have gone on the boat (again). Lovely guide and skipped the line at the hike; got there just in time for the sunrise.

I don’t remember all of the names of the crew members but this boat ride was AMAZING!!!!! It was a all girl crew and they were ALL absolutely awesome!!!! The DJ was great!!!! They were accommodating and exciting!!! Please go!!!!

Considering the weather rain, rain and more rain we had a wonderful day touring the island. Uncle D made it all good, his knowledge about the island and all of the history kept everyone engaged.

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

It was even better than we had hoped. Calvin was a fabulously awesome guide.