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Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

1. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

Get tickets to the oceanfront dinner theatre of Ka Moana Luau and enjoy an evening of Polynesian entertainment and a tropical-themed buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome Mai Tai with the celebrity option. Upgrade your experience by choosing hotel transfers from Waikiki. Get access to Sea Life Park Hawaii. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

From Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

2. From Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a peaceful cruise off the coast of Honolulu complete with a snorkeling experience where you'll get the chance to swim with sea turtles. Water, soft drinks, and snacks are provided on board. Board your catamaran at the Kewalo Basin Harbor and set out to explore the waters off the coast of Oahu. As you cruise, sit back and relax on the multi-level deck and admire panoramic views of Hawaii's tropical scenery. Then, hop into the water and swim within a safe viewing distance of the tropical fish and turtles that regularly frequent these waters. If you visit between December and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.

Honolulu: Diamond Head Sunrise and Parasailing Tour

3. Honolulu: Diamond Head Sunrise and Parasailing Tour

Experience a Hawaiian sunrise at Honolulu's iconic landmark, Diamond Head, and have an unforgettable experience parasailing in the sea. Experience Oahu from mountain to ocean on this tour. Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel and hike up Diamond Head. Reach the observation deck at the top of the mountain and enjoy panoramic views of Waikiki and the vast ocean from the observation deck. Wake up with the sun and experience a refreshing morning. After your Diamond Head sunrise, make your way back down the mountain towards the sea. Get ready to parasail and choose from 3 heights to fly at. As you glide through the sky, feel like a bird while looking down at the emerald blue sea. Your tour concludes in the late morning when you will be dropped back off at your hotel so you have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

4. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor and discover Humpback whales frolicking in their natural habitat on this cruise. Discover the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy snacks and drinks as you sail. Explore the shores of the main Hawaiian Islands, which are a favorite destination for humpback whales. See families of whales breach the water's surface, a spectacular sight to behold. As you ride along the waves, enjoy sodas, cookies, and chips as you watch for the whales. Enjoy the views from the double-deck power catamaran, a great vantage point for whale watching.

From Waikiki: Private E-Bike Ride and Manoa Falls Hike

5. From Waikiki: Private E-Bike Ride and Manoa Falls Hike

Ride by e-bike from Waikiki to the starting point of the scenic Manoa Falls Trail. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the route and, after the hike, stop by either a local poke restaurant or grab a refreshing shave ice if you wish. Depart from Waikiki and head toward the town of Manoa until you arrive at the starting point for the hike. Park your e-bike and step onto the beautiful Manoa Falls Trail, the location where Jurassic Park, Lost, NCIS Hawaii, and other movies and TVs show have been filmed. After the hike, ride to some of the great restaurants in Manoa and make an optional stop at either Off the Hook Poke Market or Waiola Shave Ice before heading back to Waikiki.

Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

6. Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to perfect your existing skills, experience the thrill of catching a wave on your trip to Hawaii. In the company of a professional big-wave surfer, enjoy a 1-hour semi-private surfing lesson on the world-famous Waikiki Beach and benefit from the instructor's undivided attention on you and your partner. Waikiki's slow-breaking waves make it the perfect spot to learn how to surf and you are guaranteed to stand up by the end of your lesson. Kick off your lesson on the sandy shoreline where you’ll learn all the basics, as well as special techniques, so you can stand up on your board. After a few demonstrations, head into the water and let the fun begin. In the warm tropical waters, put your newfound skills to the test in the company of your instructor who will target areas to help enhance your technique and progress.

Honolulu: 5 in 1 Water Sports Catamaran Tour

7. Honolulu: 5 in 1 Water Sports Catamaran Tour

Get your adrenaline pumping with a range of thrilling water sports in Honolulu. Board a catamaran for a cruise that combines snorkeling, a water slide, kayaks, a water trampoline, and stand-up paddle boards. After boarding, take your pick on which activity to do first. You could use the snorkel equipment provided to discover Hawaii's breathtaking marine life. Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping by climbing to the top of the island's biggest onboard waterslide for a splash in the sea. Make use of the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to explore the area or bounce to the sky on the water trampoline. If you're feeling brave, dive into the sea from the catamaran's second deck. When you’re not enjoying yourself in the water, enjoy a peaceful cruise and stunning panoramic views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean from the multi-level deck. Help yourself to snacks and juice before the journey back to the meeting point.

Oahu: Kids Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach (up to 12)

8. Oahu: Kids Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach (up to 12)

Whether surfing is something the kids have been begging to try forever, or you simply want something to enhance their time on Oahu, this 2-hour surf lesson should be just the ticket. Available for “keiki” (Hawaiian for “child” or “little one”) aged between 4 and 12 years old, lessons are carried out by professional, patient surf instructors that provide young surfers with the optimal surf experience and the greatest level of care. Watch as the little ones accelerate their confidence, learning surfing tips and techniques via 1-on-1 instruction. All lessons include at least 20 minutes of beach technique, how to stand up your surfboard proper way, safety and etiquette instruction, and more than an hour of open-ocean instruction. You will leave with a Surfer Girl Academy original gift sticker and surf pictures service (optional) to remember the day your kid caught a break, and you can rest assured that the surf academy comes with the best customer service reputation in the industry.

Oahu Island: The North Shore Dole Pineapple Day Trip

9. Oahu Island: The North Shore Dole Pineapple Day Trip

With exclusive access to the Dole pineapple fields, follow the Dole's process from planting to packaging pineapples on this day trip to Oahu's North Shore. Also, enjoy visits to GreenWorld Coffee Farms, Waialua Sugar Mill, Old Haleiwa Town, and the King Kamehameha Statue. Start the day with a quick trip to GreenWorld Coffee Farms for a local cup of coffee before heading to the Dole pineapple fields. At Dole, see the field workers planting, picking and processing the pineapples with a local guide. Enjoy a pineapple straight from the fields and receive a complimentary one to take home. After lunch at a local food truck, visit the historical Waialua Sugar Mill and stop for photos at the North Shore Beach. To wrap up the day trip, learn about Hawaii's agricultural history at the statue of King Kamehameha.

Waikiki Beach: Private Surf Lesson

10. Waikiki Beach: Private Surf Lesson

Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to perfect your existing skills, experience the thrill of catching a wave on your trip to Hawaii. In the company of a professional big-wave surfer, enjoy a 1-hour private surfing lesson on the world-famous Waikiki Beach. The location of the lesson has been specifically selected by your guide, as it provides some of the best waves in Oahu for beginner and intermediate surfers. Your lesson starts on the sandy shoreline where you’ll learn all the basics, as well as special techniques, so you can stand up on your board. After a few demonstrations, it’s time to head into the water where the real fun begins! In the warm tropical waters, put your newfound skills to the test in the company of your instructor who will target areas to help enhance your technique and progress. During your 1-hour session, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your instructor, which is the best way to build your surfing knowledge and confidence. As an added bonus, your surf lesson can be captured on camera so that you can share videos and photos of your experience with your family and friends (an additional video download fee applies).

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What people are saying about Honolulu

The staff very friendly and helpful. Food was Fair, The Entertainment, Now That was Great!! The different Class's offered were very nice associates were very nice. Location was very fitting for the Luau,. Over all, very Organized Event! Good Job! Cousin!

My friends and I had a great time. Everyone was super nice. It was amazing to learn about the culture and the dances were beautiful. One of cast members looks just like Moana.

They were all amazing genuine loving a great way to start or end your vacation great food and great people amazing time!

The whole experience was amazing. It was beyond expectations. Food was great. People were great. Food was great.

Wonderful entertainment and delicious food/desert.