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Kailua Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Waikiki: Best of Oahu Photography Tour with Pickup

1. From Waikiki: Best of Oahu Photography Tour with Pickup

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 the skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the fantastic Makapu'u Beach lookout and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at 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 leisurely to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape. 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 Lookout • The Blow Hole • Hawaii Kai • Leonards Malasada (our treat)

Oahu: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours - Full Island

2. Oahu: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours - Full Island

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you across Oahu to not-to-be-missed viewpoints, with fascinating stories, tips and directions, along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Want to explore Hawaii, beyond Waikiki? Then it’s definitely worth taking a full day from sunbathing, renting a car, and driving to tour around Oahu. Major Highlights: Byodo-In Temple* Diamond Head Dole Plantation* Hale'iwa Hanauma Bay Kailua & Lanikai Ko Olina Laie Sea Arch National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific North Shore, Sunset Beach & Banzai Pipeline Pearl Harbor* Punchbowl Crater Shrimp Trucks* The Pali Lookout Includes: Island Circle If you want to have an amazing day and see everything, then all you have to do is start early and spend a full day of sunshine driving all the way around the island. Whichever direction you choose to go around, you will hear all of the commentary and visit all the best locations. Explore Oahu's Beaches and Volcanoes If you have more than one day and you like to do the activities as well as enjoying sightseeing, this is a great route to follow that can be completed in as little as half a day - but you can easily fill a full day too. This route starts by driving from Waikiki to Diamond Head (reservations now required). It then explores the south eastern corner of the island, places like Hanauma Bay (reservations now required), Halona Blowhole and Kailua before you have the option to cut back across the island to Waikiki, via the Pali Lookout. Head to the North Shore Many visitors are excited to start their journey by heading to Oahu's most famous surfing beaches and the eclectic town of Haleiwa first and then following around the windward side of the island (clockwise). Again, you can fill a day of touring by stopping at all the suggested attractions including the Polynesian Cultural Center. Instead of going all the way around the island, you can also cut across the island back to Waikiki as a shortcut at the Pali if you don't have time to complete the full circle in daylight. Visit Pearl Harbor It's recommended to dedicate at least a half day as its own day trip from Waikiki for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center if you want to pay your respects and explore this still active naval base.

Kailua: Explore Kailua on a Guided Kayaking Tour with Lunch

3. Kailua: Explore Kailua on a Guided Kayaking Tour with Lunch

Set off on an eco-friendly kayaking tour led by certified lifeguards and discover the secluded coves and beaches of Kailua. Glimpse into the world beneath the waves with a snorkeling stop at Kailua's turtle feeding grounds and explore the stunning coral reef below. Meet your guides and pick up all the necessary safety equipment for your kayaking adventure. Kayak across the azure waters of Oahu, taking in the breathtaking views of the coastline and stunning Mokulua Islands passing you by. Scout out lesser-known locations with your guide, including tide pools and secluded coves. Marvel at the white shores of Kailua beach stretching along the coast and native wildlife at a sea-bird sanctuary. Recharge with a break complete with sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. Enjoy the chance to snorkel with your guide at Kailua's turtle feeding grounds and explore the reef and its marine inhabitants. If the waves pick up, try out kayak surfing and feel the thrill of catching the swells. If you don't know how, your guide is there to help. Throughout the tour, you will collect marine plastics and learn how to positively interact with local wildlife and the environment. Finally, make your way back to the meeting point to say goodbye after your kayaking adventure.

Mokulua Islands Self-Guided Kayak Adventure

4. Mokulua Islands Self-Guided Kayak Adventure

Explore the Mokolua Islands on this adventurous self-guided tour. The island is a seabird sanctuary and the beach is also a resting spot for monk seals. You will get the opportunity to see native wildlife and maybe a sea turtle or two as you paddle out to the islet. Kayaking out to the larger island Moku Nui from Kailua Beach is for the more adventurous and can take over an hour which gives you a good opportunity to see lots of turtles and flying fish. For the short walk on the island be sure to bring some shoes or sandals to protect your feet if they are not used to the rough lava. Experience swimming in the queens bath, an eight-foot deep ocean water swimming hole on the backside of Moku Nui. This is the best self-guided kayak tour in Kailua, something you do not want to miss!

Oahu: Kailua Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

5. Oahu: Kailua Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

Perfect for beginners or travelers wanting to perfect their skills, this kayak tour has been designed to show off the very best that Hawaii has to offer. Follow a qualified guide to their favorite locations around the bay, visit secluded coves, discover Hawaii’s marine life, and find the best spots to snorkel. During the tour you’ll also protect the island by helping to collect marine plastics as well as learn how to positively interact with wildlife. The tour focuses on sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as the elimination of single-use-plastics at lunch. Get kitted out with all the necessary safety gear before hopping onboard your kayak and heading into the water. The first stop of the day is the beautiful Popoi’a Island, where you can admire and learn about the nesting sea-birds which are protected here. Next, follow your guide on an easy eco-hike around the island, and explore the tide pools that line the shore. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy with a snack break. While you eat, marvel at the magnificent landscapes of dormant volcanoes and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which provide the perfect back drop to learn about Hawaii’s geologic history. Back on the kayak, soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you go in search of the green sea turtles that call these waters their home. Next, enjoy some free time to snorkel in search of colorful marine life, have a go at boogie boarding, or simply relax on the beach.

Kailua Bay & Popoia Island Self-Guided Kayaking

6. Kailua Bay & Popoia Island Self-Guided Kayaking

Meet in Kailua at the Active Oahu storefront where friendly staff will help you load your kayaks and gear. From there drive a few minutes to Kailua Beach and park at the end of the first lot to launch near the bridge. A short section of water will be shallow before you continue walking across the beach to the ocean. Kayaking out to Popoia island is an easy and enjoyable experience and takes around 15 minutes to arrive at the small sandy area. For the short walk around the island be sure to bring some shoes or sandals to protect your feet from the sharp lava rock. The island is a bird sanctuary to many shearwaters that you will be able to see. When you are done exploring Kailua Bay meet us back at the storefront where we will help you unload.

East Oahu Shoreline Drive: Audio Tour Guide

7. East Oahu Shoreline Drive: Audio Tour Guide

Hey there, buddies! Get ready for a super fun adventure along the East Oahu Shoreline Drive. It's like a big road trip with awesome views and cool stories. So put on your imaginary seatbelt and let's go! As we drive, keep your eyes open for amazing stuff like waterfalls and beaches that look like they're from a picture book. And guess what? We might even see some sea turtles – they're like the rockstars of the ocean! But it's not just about nature. We'll also learn about Hawaiian history and legends. Think of it like hearing really cool stories from long ago. And who knows, maybe we'll even hear a spooky ghost story! Now, let's talk snacks. Exploring makes us hungry, right? Don't worry, we'll find the best places to munch on yummy Hawaiian food like poke and shave ice. It's gonna be delicious! Stops included in the tour: Diamond Head Hanauma Bay Halona Blowhole Sandy Beach’s Shorebreak Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail Waimanalo Kailua Waimanalo Bay Kailua Beach Historic Ulupo Heiau Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Pali Lookout and Judd Trail So get comfy, listen to the waves, and enjoy the ride along the East Oahu Shoreline Drive. It's gonna be a blast – just don't forget your sunscreen!

Oahu: Kailua Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

8. Oahu: Kailua Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

Stand-up paddling combines the thrill of surfing with the techniques of paddling, which when combined create a match made in heaven. This activity offers a variety of conditions, from flat-water cruising and moderate chop to rolling waves.   Lessons generally stick to the calmest areas to practice basic strokes and techniques. Your lesson begins with paddling instructions and a brief introduction class at the beach center. From there you’ll head to the Kailua Beach Park, where your instructor will help you launch your board and eventually stand up. Your group will then head out towards Popo’ia, also known as “Flat Island”, where you will typically land to enjoy a break and island tour.

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(107 reviews)

Great value for money. The driving directions were very clear and easy to follow allowing plenty of time to get into the right lane for turn offs and options for length of tour and points of interest. Loved all of the historical and cultural snippets during the drive. Would definitely use again.

It worked very well for us. Some sites we might not of found on our own. The narratives were very good. Wished we had it on our road trip to Australia

Our favourite thing about our tour was our guide, Andrew was such a phenomenal host. He shared a lot of knowledge and interesting camera with us :)

Fantastic way to see everything on the island. Driving instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Tips on how to take the best pictures at the respective spots.