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Makapuʻu Lookout, Hawaii

Makapuʻu Lookout, Hawaii

Makapuʻu Lookout, Hawaii: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Sunset Photography Tour with Professional Photo Guide

1. Oahu: Sunset Photography Tour with Professional Photo Guide

Perfect for photography enthusiasts and those who love a sunset... not only does this tour position you in perfect timing to capture the brilliant colors of a Hawaiian sunset, but you get to take pictures of the sunrays as they touch and graze the topography of Oahu Island’s windward side. Enjoy cool breezes on top of mountains, the calming effects of a Buddhist temple, delicious local food not found in Waikiki, paragliders flying over lighthouses and sea cliffs on the water’s edge. Begin your journey high above the clear waters of Hanauma Bay. Ask your guide to discuss the feature of this world-renowned bay, then drive to the Lana'i lookout. The blue colors of the Kawai channel are both breathtaking and overwhelming. Depending on the time of year, you may spot the Hawaiian-born hump-backed whale. A stop at Koko Crater Botanical garden is next on the list. Beautiful and intricate groves of plumeria will have you stopping to smell and photograph these bright tropical flowers. The spirit of this location is pleasing and benefits all visitors with a sense of inner peace, serenity and, of course, by providing the gift of beautiful images. Centered and inspired, you’ll be brought up close and personal with the Ko’olau Mountains at the Makapu'u lookout for an unforgettable experience in this protected landscape. You’ll understand why this location was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1972 because preserving the pure quality of this natural place is worth appreciating. Anyone looking for memorable things to do in Oahu will feel the value in sharing space with the majestic Ko’olau Mountains.  Watch the Halona Blow spout. You could be really lucky to see the water shoot up over your head at this movie location and favorite photo spot. After snapping the shots of the Blow Hole and Eternity Beach, you’ll prepare to photograph Hawaii’s most epic sunset on the eastern tip of Oahu, where you’ll capture the sun dropping down the sky along the sea cliff walls. 

Circle Island: Swim With Turtles And Explore Paradise Oahu

2. Circle Island: Swim With Turtles And Explore Paradise Oahu

Hawaii Turtle Tours is perfect for the whole family! Whether you're traveling with family or friends, this tour offers something for everyone. You will swim, sightsee, indulge, laugh and explore creating timeless memories as we take you through the natural wonders of truly special Oahu and the magnificent world of the Hawaiian sea turtles, locally known as "Honu”. Diamond Head Lookout: Offering panoramic views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Capture amazing photos of this natural wonder and let the beauty of Oahu's coastline take your breath away. Halona Blowhole Lookout: Where you'll witness the raw power of nature as the waves crash against the volcanic rock formations. Marvel at the stunning display of water shooting into the air as the blowhole erupts, creating a unique spectacle. Tropical Farms: A memorable location in the State of Hawai’i, real country and true hospitality! Indulge your taste buds with samples of fresh Hawaiian macadamia nuts and other tropical treats, and learn about the rich heritage and cultivation of these island delicacies on this paradise of local flavors. Chinaman's Hat: Is part of the 157 acre Kualoa Regional Park. Besides being home to very important Oahu wildlife, this little island has also been the set and backdrop for many blockbuster movies like Jumanji and Pirates of the Caribbean. Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp: No tour of Oahu is complete without tasting the island's famous seafood. Experience the mouthwatering flavors of the local shrimp cuisine, made with fresh ingredients and a blend of unique spices. Turtle Town: Immerse yourself in the paradise of Oahu's North Shore beaches as we visit this haven for Hawaiian sea turtles. Witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat as they gracefully glide through the crystal-clear waters. This is your chance to swim alongside these gentle giants, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Dole Plantation: Iconic location where you can explore the pineapple gardens, learn about pineapple cultivation, and taste the incredible flavors of this tropical fruit. Plus! indulge in their signature pineapple ice cream, only available in Disney World, Disneyland and here in their Oahu Dole Plantation! Throughout our journey, you'll catch glimpses of some notable landmarks, including: The Kahala neighborhood, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Point, Waimanalo town, the majestic Koolau Range, and the world-famous Waimea Bay. Join us on this epic adventure outside of Waikiki, where the turtles, breathtaking views, local encounters, and the warm spirit of Aloha await!

Oahu: Private Custom Island Tour

3. Oahu: Private Custom Island Tour

Tailor your Oahu experience with our fully customizable private tour. Ideal for families, couples, or private groups. Contact our local partner to craft your itinerary or trust the guide to unveil the best spots. Enjoy the journey in a private luxury vehicle—ultimate relaxation awaits! Free Pick Up in Waikiki, Spacious Luxury Vehicle, Cold AC, Experienced Guide and lots of ALOHA. Possible Stops • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center - The guide shows you around the Pearl Harbor Museum • USS Arizona Memorial - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack • Turtle Beach Laniakea - High chance of Green Sea Turtles lounging on the beach • North Shore beaches and surf spots - See the big waves during surf season • Dole Plantation - Learn about Dole and the success of pineapple in Hawaii • Kualoa Ranch - Movie location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji 2, Hawaii Five-0, Godzilla, Elvis Blue Hawaii etc • Haleiwa Town Shopping - Stroll the streets of the famous surf town • Aloha Tower - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii • I'olani Palace - Only royal palace in the US • King Kamehameha Statue - First King of all of Hawaii and a famous spot in the Hawaii Five-0 TV show • Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii • Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest outdoor shopping mall in the USA • World War I Memorial - Salt water swim stadium • Secluded Beach in Waikiki - Home of Hawaiian Monk Seals • Diamond Head Beach Lookout - Whale watching during the season • Hawaii Five-0 Movie Spots - Different spots along the route • Most expensive neighborhood on Oahu - mansions and Japanese Mafia • Military in Hawaii - Schofield Barracks • Sunset Beach - Visit one of the most popular spots for surf competitions • Shrimp Farms - Where the famous North Shore Shrimp are raised • Lunch (not included in the cost of the tour) for example at Kahuku local food trucks - Variety of freshly prepared Hawaiian food, Korean BBQ, poke bowls, vegetarian, North Shore Shrimp, and more • Chinamans Hat - Basalt island off the coast • Macadamia Nut Farm - Free coffee and macadamia nut tasting • Makapu'u Lookout - WWII bunkers and whale watching during season • Sandy Beach Lookout - Most dangerous beach in the USA • Halona Blowhole - Volcanic lava tube spouting water • Eternity Beach - Movie spot for Pirates of the Caribbean and From Here to Eternity • Hanauma Bay - Great snorkeling spot for beginners • Koko Head Lookout - Diamond Head and Koko Head crater view Seize the moment! Customize your Oahu adventure with our exclusive private tour. Perfect for families, couples, or groups. Don't miss out—book now before this sought-after experience sells out! Create lasting memories in paradise.

Oahu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

4. Oahu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

Experience the flavors of Hawaii on this full-day guided food tour. Stop for incredible photos along the way while sampling authentic Hawaiian cuisine. Start your adventure in the morning and head to the coffee shop for a local dish called the musubi. Continue to the Diamond Head Lookout and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. From here, head to Leonard's Bakery and try the famous Portuguese malasada. Next, visit the Halona Blowhole and Makapu'u Lookout to capture the most amazing photos of Hawaii. Now it's time for the famous plate lunch. Try it with shrimp or steak or a combination of both and see why it's one of the most popular meals on the island. Then, treat yourself to a trip to the chocolate factory in Kailua. Learn about Hawaii's history of chocolate and the movement to make it a sustainable industry. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the Ko'olau mountains, and stop at a popular poke shop. Get a sample plate of poke to try the different flavors of this local dish. If you're not interested, don't worry, your tour guide will eat it for you. After, head to a local family spot for a large selection of traditional Hawaiian dishes to sample. Here, enjoy the diverse flavors of Hawaiian food. Finish your tour at one of the most popular shave ice places near Waikiki. Pick up one of these famous treats before being dropped off at the departure point.

Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

5. Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

Enjoy a pick up from your hotel early in the morning and pass the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki. Learn more about where the sand on the beach comes from, and which movies were set in front of the scenic city. Hear stories about the formation of the island, its discovery, and see historic pictures. See the volcanic craters of Diamond Head and Koko Head. Pass Khala and head to the incredible Hanauma Bay. Look out for whales from the Makapu'u viewing platform and visit Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach, one of the most dangerous beaches of Oahu. Discover where the movie "50 First Dates" starring Adam Sandler was shot. Stroll through a macadamia nut farm and see the small islet of Chinamans Hat. Drive by the filming locations of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as the location for the Spartan Race, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple. Then, you will enjoy lunch in a local food truck. Along the north coast of the island you can see the beaches of Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea. Hear the sad story of Eddie Aikau and learn more about the surfing tournament The Eddie. Drive by Haleiwa and the Dole Plantation. Learn interesting facts about pineapples and get more insider tips for an incredible trip.

Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

6. Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

Enjoy a semi-private tour with a maximum of 14 guests in a spacious 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. Visit a Macadamia Nut Outlet and try Macadamia Nut Coffee and Macadamia Nuts. Try local food at the famous Food Trucks on Oahu's North Shore. See some of the most beautiful beaches Hawaii has to offer and explore popular and secret spots all around the island. This is the best tour on Oahu for families, friends and even large groups! 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) Interested in a private tour? Feel free to contact Daniels Hawaii Customer Service to learn more about private tours on Oahu.

Oahu: North Shore Circle Island Small-Group Tour

7. Oahu: North Shore Circle Island Small-Group Tour

Circle Island Tour - Unveil the Beauty of Oahu! Embark on a captivating journey through the diverse landscapes of Oahu with our Circle Island Tour. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Hawaii as you discover iconic landmarks, local gems, and the rich history that shapes this tropical paradise. Convenient Pick-up and Start - Begin your adventure with a hassle-free pick-up at around 9 AM from your Waikiki hotel. - Step into a spacious, air-conditioned van, ready to transport you to the wonders of Oahu. North Shore Odyssey - Delve into the world-famous North Shore of Oahu, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and surf culture. - Explore the iconic DOLE pineapple plantation, a symbol of Hawaiian sweetness and hospitality. - Pass by the laid-back historic Haleiwa, a charming surf town with unique shops and local charm. Local Flavor at Food Truck Paradise - Indulge your taste buds in a culinary adventure at the North Shore's famous food trucks (lunch not included). - Discover the vibrant flavors of Hawaii through local dishes and exotic treats. Surfing Wonders - Witness the thrill of the world's most famous surf spots, including Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay, and iconic Waikiki. - Hear tales of legendary surfers and feel the energy of the waves that have shaped the island's identity. Discover Hidden Treasures - Uncover both must-see attractions and lesser-known, local spots that showcase the authentic beauty of Oahu. - Your experienced guide will narrate captivating stories, providing insights into Hawaii's history, culture, and traditions. Beach Bliss - See pristine beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters, soaking in the sun and the aloha spirit. - Capture Instagram-worthy moments against the backdrop of Hawaii's stunning coastal scenery. Family and Friends Adventure - Bring your loved ones along for a day of exploration and bonding. - Learn intriguing facts about Hawaii, fostering a deeper connection with the island and its people. 6-7 Hours of Pure Enjoyment - Lean back, relax, and savor every moment of this 6-7 hour tour that showcases the real essence of Hawaii. - Create lasting memories as you traverse the island's landscapes, guided by our knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. This immersive experience promises a day filled with adventure, discovery, and the vibrant spirit of Aloha!

Oahu: Honolulu Sunrise Photos Tour with Malasadas

8. Oahu: Honolulu Sunrise Photos Tour with Malasadas

The Golden Sunrise Tour is something that you can't miss! When the sun breaks over the horizon on O'ahu and lights up the sky with its brilliance, there's nothing to compare with its majesty. Wake up your senses with the dramatic feel of this spectacular dawn of the day. There are many different spots to choose from, but this tour ensures you will experience the best ones. After the sunrise, you'll explore the area for more great photos with beautiful lookouts, and secluded beaches you will also enjoy a well-earned Malasada from Leonards bakery (not included in the price). This tour is 3 hours long.  

Oahu: 10-Hour Sunrise & Scenic View Points Photo Tour

9. Oahu: 10-Hour Sunrise & Scenic View Points Photo Tour

Photograph the dramatic landscapes of Oahu on an amazing full-day tour that starts with a beautiful sunrise on the Windward coast. Visit some of the island's scenic lookout points, and capture majestic mountains, sandbars, country fruit stands and giant banyan trees on your camera. Much of the focus will be on the weather and lighting of each day to make sure you get the best photos possible. Travel all the way up the Windward coast to the North Shore where, depending on the time of year, you'll witness the famous Banzai Pipeline and daredevil surfers who test the power of the waves.  Alternatively, go in search of honu, the green sea turtle native to Hawaii, and marvel as they pose for photographs whilst they bask in the sun on the white sand beaches.

O’ahu: Custom Private Island Tour of O'ahu

10. O’ahu: Custom Private Island Tour of O'ahu

Embark on a personalized adventure through O'ahu, Hawaii, with a fully custom private tour. Your experienced guide will tailor the itinerary to your preferences, ensuring a day filled with exploration and discovery. Begin your journey with a pick-up between 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and set off to marvel at the majestic Ko'olau volcano from the Hawaii Kai lookout. Witness the natural phenomenon of the Blow Hole at From Here to Eternity Beach and soak in panoramic views at Makapu'u Lookout. Indulge in local delicacies with a stop at Leonard's Bakery truck for Malasadas and savor the flavors of Hawaii. Capture stunning photos at Chinaman's Hat/Kualoa Ranch before enjoying a delicious meal at Fumi's Garlic Shrimp. Continue your adventure with a visit to Turtle Beach and Haleiwa town, where you can explore shops or treat yourself to shave ice at Matsumotos. Learn about local produce at Wailua Coffee and Chocolate outlet, and Soap Factory, before concluding your tour at the iconic Dole Pineapple Plantation. With optional stops at Iolani Palace/King Kamehameha Statue or Tantalus lookout, immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking landscapes of O'ahu.

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Christine took the Ohau island tour with us. Despite the rainy weather, we were able to enjoy great atmosphere along the coast. We were also impressed by the mystical rainforests with the large trees. Christine gave us a lot of information, she responded to our wishes and she is also a safe driver. Bravo! It was great for us that we could talk to her in German. Daniel and Beatrice from Switzerland

sorry just saw this review opportunity. This is Twila, with Kay and Karen. We absolutely loved the places we were taken and our guide was a lot of fun!! thankful for him showing us way to use our camera also, very patient!! Thanks for the fun. I did take a few pics with him in it and could send them upon your request where to send them. Love Hawaii!!!

Sierra our guide so an amazing person, she knew everything about the island and the culture as a native person. She made the experience very warm as we strolled through the places she grew up in. She showed our daughter few things that only native people know. And she left us very well connected to Hawaii and its culture

This tour was wonderful. Our tour guide Ric showed us all the important places we needed to see. He was knowledgeable and shared many things about Oahu and the North shore . We did not feel rushed as he was patient and kind.

Sierra was a fantastic guide. Extremely knowledgeable. She personalized everything for us. She takes great pride in her heritage and we learned a lot. Fantastic experience.