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Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

1. 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: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

2. Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

Join us for Surfer Girl Academy's most popular surf lesson. Get the best value for top-notch instruction and supervision from lifeguard-certified instructors. The group lesson pairs individuals in a ratio of no more than 4:1 for every surfer to surf instructor. The lesson is for those who simply want to feel the thrill of surfing. The lesson entails a 20-30 minute dry land instruction on the basics of surfing along with general ocean safety and directions on how to stand up on the surfboard properly. Actual water time will consist of over 70 minutes after the land instruction is complete.

Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

3. 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.

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

4. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Afternoon Snorkel Tour

5. Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Afternoon Snorkel Tour

Hawaii is a paradise unrivaled by any other on the planet. The grand mountains, the azure ocean, and the incredible snorkeling and scuba make this the outdoor retreat of a lifetime. Today, we'll take you on a snorkeling adventure you'll never forget as we fly you to your own snorkeling platform that is inaccessible from the beach, making it one of the best places to see the bright and colorful fish of the sea! Spirit of Aloha has an exclusive access point to this island, and as it's inaccessible from the beach, you'll have unrestricted views of all the sea here has to offer. Your day will include unlimited snacks and nonalcoholic beverages from our extensive bar, and 2 free drinks with alcohol!  Come and experience the magic and beauty of Hawaii's underwater treasures with Spirit of Aloha.

Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

6. Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Morning Snorkel with Lunch

Hawaii is known for its crystal clear waters, phenomenal waves, and exquisite snorkeling. Today, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at sea, as well as incredible snorkeling in the warm waters around the Spirit of Aloha turtle adventure. On your day long eco-conscious cruise, you will be able to eat, swim, and relax off the Waikiki coast! During your cruise, treat yourself to a lunch, as well as unlimited nonalcoholic drinks from the extensive bar! If you're interested, you can also receive two free drinks with alcohol during this cruise! After filling your belly (and resting a bit before jumping in the water), you can enter into the sea and enjoy a snorkeling adventure like none other! Swim with sea turtles, brightly colored fish, and amazing creatures like you've never seen before! The boat is equipped with the finest in immunities. There are two large restrooms on board, including a fresh water shower. If you feel like lounging on the deck, no problem! There's plenty of sun and shade, so you'll always feel comfortable.  So, come out and enjoy the magic of the ocean on the Spirit of Aloha!

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

7. 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 Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

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

Explore the Manoa Valley Rainforest on a guided nature walk to the stunning Manoa Falls. Enjoy pickup and drop-off in Waikiki in an airconditioned coach. Stay hydrated with complimentary water and stit down to a delicious lunch. Be picked up by your guide in an comfortable coach in Waikiki and travel straight to the Manoa Falls trailhead. Follow your guide along the the 1.5-mile trail as it winds through tropical rainforest that was used as a backdrop in the film 'Jurassic Park' and the TV show 'Lost.' Take in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest and the sounds of native birds. Stroll through a bamboo forest and a natural tree arch. Admire the breathtaking and lush scenery of Hawaii while your guide tells you Hawaiian cultural facts and history. Reach the end of the trail to be dazzled by 150 feet of cascading freshwater, the tallest accessible waterfall in Oahu. Capture pictures and soak up the atmosphere before heading back along the trail the way you came. Stop for a healthy power lunch and at Tantalus Lookout. Gaze out at the Diamond Head volcano cone and the Waikiki skyline from this vantage point. After your day of adventure, arrive back in Waikiki at around 1:30 PM.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

9. 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.

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

10. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

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Overall rating

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We had a great tour guide and the food afterwards was really good ! We had tuna sandwiches. The hike was beautiful and somewhat difficult on our feet due to the rocks you have to walk on to climb to the falls. You will need a walking stick so you don't slip and fall on the wet rocks and mud. Be prepared for rain....mud and slippery walking trail. We enjoyed ourselves with our group!!

On this day the group was smaller so it felt like a personal tour with an awesome guide Jose!! He provided details and knowledge that only a true islander would know. Now as mainlanders have a much higher respect and knowledge of the island. Thank you for a day of memories that will last a life time.

This was definitely worth it! I am a 50 yr old who had no surfing experience and I was able to stand up on a board and coast on a wave soon into the lesson. Catching waves on one's own is another story but this was perfect.

My 7yr old dud the class this morning it was amazing.. K was really attentive of him, he wants to do it again

All the instructors were informative and looked out for you! They were also very involved! Loved it!