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Makapu‘u Point: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

1. Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Take a scenic helicopter flight over Oahu and marvel at the island's highlights from the air. Choose between a shared or private tour option to best suit you. See Waikiki Beach, Makapu’u Lighthouse, the Chinaman's Hat, and much more. Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over 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.

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

2. 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. Select between private or shared tour options. 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.

From Honolulu: Makapuu Lighthouse or Koko Head Sunrise Hike

3. From Honolulu: Makapuu Lighthouse or Koko Head Sunrise Hike

Spend the morning exploring one of two hiking trails on Oahu's windward coast. Hike the more challenging Koko Crater Trail or opt for the less intense Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. After your climb, head to the Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach for photo opportunities. Start your day early with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu. Then, head to your hiking trail of choice to begin your climb. If you're looking for a challenging outdoor adventure, the Koko Crater Railway Trail is the one for you. Also known as the Koko Head Stairs, this route will test your endurance as you climb over 1,000 steps to reach the top. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views of landmarks such as Hanauma Bay and the coastline leading to Diamond Head. For a less intense experience, choose the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. This paved 2.5-mile hike is more moderate. And if you're visiting between November and May, you may even get lucky and catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales as you walk. At the end of your trek, hop back into your van and make your way to Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach for some fantastic photo opportunities before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

4. Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

Explore the Island of Oahu on a guided sightseeing tour. Go to the Halona Blowhole, try to spot a whale at the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and have a coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch at Shark's Cove before snorkeling and swimming and finish off the day a the Pali Lookout. Arrive first at the Halona Blowhole, the famous filming spot for Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity. Head from there to Makapu'u Lighthouse. Capture spectacular views of the east shore and seasonal whale sightseeing. Sip on a cup of coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm and try some local nutty treats and products. Arrive at Shark's Cove and take your pick for lunch from one of the food trucks. Lay on the beach, rent some snorkel gear, or just swim in the gentle waves. Finish off the adventure at the Pali Lookout. Take one more glance at the east shore, snap some photos, and return to your accommodation fulfilled from a great day in Oahu.

Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

5. Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility of a road trip. This app will take you to O'ahu's best beaches and landscapes, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems. Explore the gorgeous and green Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain for some breathtaking city views. After, visit the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery and learn about its unique significance. Experiences you can have on the tour are: •⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline •⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley •⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa •⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks) •⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation •⁠ Hike Diamond Head Crater •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay •⁠ Hike Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail •⁠ Relax at Lanikai Beach •⁠ Grab lunch in Kailua Town •⁠ Explore Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain

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

6. 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: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

7. 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

Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

8. Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

Enjoy a semi-private tour with a maximum of 5 guests in a mini-van, enjoy a funny and knowledgeable tour guide, learn about the Hawaiian history and stop at secret spots where none of the big tours can stop? This is the best tour on Oahu for you! This day trip around the beautiful island of Oahu is interesting, funny and will give you insights that you will not get anywhere else! You will see more than 30 hot spots on Oahu. The private tours are held in English or German. You will learn interesting facts about the history of Hawaii, the life on the islands and you hear facts no travel book has. Here are some of the famous tour stops and spots you will see: • Duke Kahanamoku Statue (drive-by) • World War I Memorial • Diamond Head Beach Lookout • Hanauma Bay (drive-by) • Whale watching at Makapu'u Lookout (during season) • Macadamia Nut Farm • Chinamans Hat (drive-by) • Shrimp Farm (drive-by) • North Shore Beaches • Haleiwa Town (drive-by) • Dole Plantation (drive-by)

Oahu: Exclusive Private Romantic Flight

9. Oahu: Exclusive Private Romantic Flight

Your private helicopter ride begins over the island’s South Shore for a chance to see the familiar Waikiki skyline and Diamond Head from a bird’s eye view.  Continue on to Hanauma Bay’s beautiful, sheltered waters, and the nearby cliffs and volcanic outcroppings. Rounding Makapu’u Point, follow the Windward Coast and its long stretches of white sand beaches and turquoise waters, leading to the three sharp peaks of Mt. Olomana, characteristic of its English translation, “divided hill.”  Halfway through the flight, you’ll descend gracefully into a stunning valley on the Windward Coast. Your 15-minute stay inside this private and lush oasis includes Wailua chocolates, a champagne toast, leis — all the making of lifelong memories, far away from the crowds at tourist attractions. Gaze across the verdant field, surrounded on all sides by misty mountains, rising towards the blue sky.  Hopping back into the helicopter, explore the forests and emerald cliffs of the awe-inspiring Ka’a’awa Valley, flying in close for a view of Oahu’s highest waterfall, Sacred Falls. The tour ends with a flyover of the Dole Pineapple Plantation and low-altitude views of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Propose in-flight or at the Ranch; your local partner will be sure to make it a total surprise so you get that “Yes!” you’re hoping for.

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

10. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

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What people are saying about Makapu‘u Point

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 261 reviews

This tour was really one of the highlights of our trip. The guide, Chris (Roger), was funny & took time with each person personally to give history on the sites. He also was giving people recommendations for things to do on the island, that you don't just hear everywhere. We loved hanging with him, and would've loved for the tour to have gone on longer. The small group was perfect. Nobody felt left out or ignored. And we got to spend as long as we wanted at each place. The price is amazing for the day you get. Absolutely worth it!

I brought my grandson, Tommy, to Oahu for the 4th of July. It has been 30 years since I have been, so I wanted to show him some of my memories. I booked the Circle Tour and went with Anthony. First of all, every person that I spoke to could not have been more helpful or pleasant. Maria, you are wonderful! Anthony, superstar! We so enjoyed our tour with you, and all you told us about your island. Especially, enlightening me to Howlie. Love it! We hope to see you again one day! You make friends, not just business. Thank you!

This app (self guided driving) was the highlight of our trip. To get to see the calm friendly side of Hawaii, with directions and guide right in your car not only telling you where you’re going but recommend stops! We loved learning … from bakeries to the rich history of Hawaii. I am recommending this as a must!! Worth every penny I give this app ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Had a great time on my vacation. Went to some amazing spots. Mike really knows his stuff! Definitely recommend this to anyone

Great tool to get about. The narration was useful and entertaining