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Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Oahu Snorkel Sail with Dolphins

1. 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

2. 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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From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

3. From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

Learn about Pearl Harbor and the events of December 7, 1941 on this day trip from Waikiki. Take a boat ride to visit the Arizona Memorial, see exhibits related to the attack, and take a tour of the Battleship Missouri. After pickup in Waikiki, explore World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. See museum exhibits, footage from the attack, and other park monuments. Experience a boat ride to visit the USS Arizona Memorial over the sunken battleship. Head over the Admiral Clarey Bridge and drive by the USS Oklahoma Memorial on your way to the Battleship Missouri. Enjoy a guided tour of the ship, led by an expert docent.  You’ll be dropped off back in downtown Waikiki at the end of the tour.

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Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Morning Whale Watching Excursion

4. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Morning Whale Watching Excursion

Enjoy a 2-hour 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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Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

5. Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

Take in the beautiful island of Oahu from thrilling heights on this 30-minute helicopter tour. Your tour begins on the island's South Shore where you can see the Waikiki skyline and beaches from a new perspective. After taking in the iconic Diamond Head, approach the magnificent Hanauma Bay and its glorious waters and cliffs. Makapu’u Point and its lighthouse will appear before you as you head down the Windward Coast, one of the world’s most scenic coastlines. Admire the island's crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches before you turn inland for a jaw-dropping glimpse of Mt. Olomana. Next, see the Nu’uanu Pali cliffs, carved from the volcanic fires of the island, now lined with lush rainforest. Last, but most certainly not least, come home to the famous Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial.

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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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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

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

9. 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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Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Honolulu

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 878 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.

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

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