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Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Honolulu: Diamond Head Cruise with Drinks and Appetizers

2. Honolulu: Diamond Head Cruise with Drinks and Appetizers

Discover the beauty of the Diamond Head volcanic cone from the water on this sailing catamaran cruise from Honolulu. Watch the sunset and delight your senses with fresh, local cuisine, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and 2 bar drinks. Treat yourself to an evening on the Honi Olani, a 53- by 30-foot sailing vessel. Try authentic Hawaiian appetizers such as avocado poke, pipikaula (Hawaiian beef), Maui onion salad, penne pasta, tortilla chips with pineapple salsa, a vegtable platter, and taro rolls with lilikoi butter. Savor a cheese, grape and cracker plate, a selection of white wines and two free bar drink tickets per adult as you take in the breathtaking landscape of the Hawaiian coast. Sailing south toward Diamond Head, you may even be so lucky as to glimpse the green flash as the sun slips below the horizon. Enjoy this peaceful evening with the ocean breeze in your hair for an authentic Waikiki experience.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

3. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

See a spectacular sunset and beautiful city lights views aboard Hawaii's only full-service bar and lounge on the sea. This will be an unforgettable yacht cruise experience with a spacious open-air top deck to experience Waikiki's lovely sea breeze and picturesque skyline. You will receive a complimentary welcome drink upon boarding. Additional drinks and packaged snacks are available for purchase. See iconic Hawaii landmarks, such as Honolulu Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Waikiki coastline from a unique vantage point. You can also sip on a cocktail in the modern air-conditioned lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for taking in coastline views.

Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

4. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

5. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

6. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

Board a modern boat at the Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor to begin your journey into the sunset. After a safety briefing and a group toast, you can explore the boat's two decks, wraparound seating, and Titanic-style front bow. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase onboard and IDs will be checked prior to boarding. Take in the beauty of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument at the golden hour. Watch surfers glide along coastal waves and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. After the sun dips below the horizon, the boat lights up in a vibrant purple hue with twinkling lights overhead. A live DJ will entertain you with contemporary beats over the surround-sound speakers as you dance to the onboard light show. The unique Honolulu skyline will glitter for you in the warm twilight breeze. Finally, head back to the harbor where you will do one last group cheers with your new ohana.

From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

7. From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

Get picked up by your guide in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle in Waikiki and travel straight to the Manoa Falls trailhead. Follow the 1.5-mile trail as it winds through a tropical rainforest used in many blockbuster films and TV shows, including Jurassic Park and Lost. As you explore the trail, take in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest and the sounds of native birds found nowhere else in the world. Discover many hidden secrets and treasures to behold along the way, including a bamboo forest and natural tree arch. Enjoy the breathtaking and lush scenery of Hawaii while your guide shares interesting Hawaiian cultural facts and history. At the end of this 45-minute walk, the trees clear to display your reward: 150 feet of cascading freshwater. Manoa Falls is the tallest accessible waterfall in Oahu, and it is a wonder to behold. It’s all downhill from there, as you head back along the trail the way you came. After the hike, enjoy a healthy power lunch and stop at the Tantalus Lookout. After your day of adventure, arrive back in Waikiki at around 1:30 PM.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

8. 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: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

9. Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

Embark on a sailing tour, absorbing from a distance the Waikiki sights. Once far enough out at sea, you will have the opportunity to partake in a thrilling snorkeling experiences where you will be able to see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. If you don’t see turtles, you will be invited to come back and redo the tour free of charge. During whale season (December through April), you will also stop to watch these majestic mammals in their natural environment. Your guides will be onboard to facilitate your experience every step of the way. Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, Waikiki, you will board your 53-foot sailing catamaran, complete with a 49-passenger capacity.

Waikiki: BYOB Sunset Cruise with Snacks

10. Waikiki: BYOB Sunset Cruise with Snacks

See a majestic Hawaiian sunset from the comfort of a boat on a sunset cruise out of Waikiki. Bring your own drinks and sip on a cold one as you see Honolulu's city lights twinkle and Diamond Head proudly standing in the distance. Sit back and relax, enjoying the warm breeze and good company onboard. Depart Kewalo Basin and glide across the ocean's blue waters with beautiful views of the coastline. Watch as the sky turns from light blue to vibrant orange, red, and golden hues. During the summer months, see the sunset at the end of the cruise, and in winter, enjoy it at the beginning, marveling at Waikiki's twinkling lights for the remainder of your cruise.

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What people are saying about Waikiki

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,428 reviews

This tour is next level sightseeing. We mostly used our iPhones and Kurt had a lot of great suggestions for settings and such. My friends and family didn’t believe I took the pics I sent them. The vibes were relaxed and chill. My only regret is not booking the longer tour. Mahalo to Kurt and Oahu photo tours for a great experience.

I had a lot of fun and the dive masters were very patient with me. It was the first time diving in the ocean and the experience was amazing!

Great amazing ‘ mo was amazing fun and real, super sweet make sure we’re picked up ! Will do it again next ! Great great experience

What a great experience! The owner really wanted everyone to have an amazing time and get on that board. 6 stars if I could ;)

It's so fun! We saw so many turtles. We even touched a sea urchin. The staffs are so friendly.