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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.

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

2. 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.

Honolulu: Private Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

South Oahu: Whales, Chocolate & Beaches East Shore Day Trip

7. South Oahu: Whales, Chocolate & Beaches East Shore Day Trip

Set off an adventure around Oahu's East Shore, also known as Windward Oahu, from Honolulu or Waikiki. Visit Halona Blowhole, Makapu'u Lighthouse, the Manoa Chocolate Factory, Kualoa Ranch, Kualoa Regional Park, Chinaman's Hat, and Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm. Begin your day with pickup at your hotel in Honolulu or Waikiki, then drive in an air-conditioned van to Halona Blowhole, where Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity were filmed. Next, head to Makapu'u Lighthouse for a great view of the East Shore. Be on the lookout for whales off the coast from November to May. Everyone needs a little chocolate, so make your next stop at Manoa Chocolate Factory for a chocolate tasting in the historic town of Kailua. After, grab a local farm-style lunch from Kuoloa Ranch, the official film location for Jurassic Park. Take your pick from locally farmed and raised food, including hamburgers made from locally raised beef and garlic shrimp from shrimp raised onsite. The ranch offers vegetarian options too. Lunch is not included in the tour price. After lunch, relax and hang out at the beach in Kualoa Regional Park, across the street from Kualoa Ranch. Swim, bathe, and take photos with Chinaman's Hat — an island shaped like a hat — in the background. Finally, head to the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm for some coffee and macadamia nuts. Make one last stop at Pali Lookout for a breathtaking view of the East Shore of Oahu before returning to your hotel.

Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

8. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales in their natural habitat aboard a beautiful catamaran or mono-hull powerboat. Set sail from Waianae Harbor and cruise the shallow waters off the west coast of Oahu in comfort. Soak up the fantastic weather, just as the warm waters surrounding the main islands attract humpback whales in large numbers. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire humpback whale population of the North Pacific travel over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in order to breed, calve, and nurse their young. Get served complimentary sodas, chips, and cookies as you look for the magnificent creatures frolicking off the shores from December to May.

Honolulu: Private Catamaran Sunset Cruise with A Guide

9. Honolulu: Private Catamaran Sunset Cruise with A Guide

Discover Oahu with a guide on a private catamaran sunset cruise. Head to Diamond Head to spot marine wildlife and cruise past Waikiki. Jump into the turquoise waters to swim or snorkel with the gear provided or relax in the cabin with your own music playing via the onboard Bluetooth sound system. 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 (January to March). Marvel at these sea animals in their natural habitat. Move onward to take in striking views of the deep blue ocean and the lush south coast of the island. Once at the top of the route, discover a calm anchorage to relax at. Dive into the water to snorkel and swim or just dip your toes in the water as you soak in this relaxing end to the day. 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 as they share their knowledge, passion, and skill en route. Head back to the harbor as you watch the sun set in the sea.

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What people are saying about Honolulu

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Jose the tour guide was nice and very knowledgable! Lots of great activities and sights to see! Very convenient to be picked up/dropped off right at the hotel. Would highly recommend to other travelers, will try other tours offered by Jose in the future!

Absolutely amazing morning with the dolphins! 10/10 recommend! Would definitely do it again. We saw hundreds of dolphins & got to swim with them twice before snorkeling with a sea turtle. Jenna & Alyssa were great guides/hosts!

Ich kann die Tour nur weiterempfehlen. Auch wenn wir Mitte/Ende April wenig Chancen hatten auf Wale zu treffen. Die Aussicht, der Service....alles ein Erlebnis!

All the staffs were so passionate!!! Loved it!!! Great experience! And Jeremy is the best!!

Such a memorable experience! Book your tickets. You won’t regret.