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Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

1. Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

A Luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast that features traditional foods and entertainment. Take this opportunity to enjoy cultural activities, performances, and a buffet dinner right in the heart of Honolulu. Sit back and relax as you go on a journey through Polynesia. This spectacular event includes unique cultural activities where you can learn the hula, delicious Hawaiian food, and an authentic Polynesian show. Begin with some cultural activities before you taste traditional flavors and finish by watching a Polynesian performance including the fireknife dance. Menu Rice Macaroni salad Tossed green salad with lilikoi dressing Kalua pig cabbage BBQ shoyu chicken Long rice noodles with garlic Steamed vegetables Cake with haupia drizzle

Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

2. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

Get tickets to the oceanfront dinner theatre of Ka Moana Luau and enjoy an evening of Polynesian entertainment and a tropical-themed buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome Mai Tai with the celebrity option. Upgrade your experience by choosing hotel transfers from Waikiki. Get access to Sea Life Park Hawaii. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset Luau

3. Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset Luau

Enjoy a completely intimate Luau experience in Wakiki of just 40+ people, rather than a crowded 500. Experience various cultural activities, an authentic Luau Dinner, and a Polynesian show, with a Mai Tai cocktail as your partner. Conveniently located in Waikiki, arrive at Oahu’s only penthouse luau dinner show at the Imperial Hawaii Resort. Get settled as the doors open, and participate in some fun cultural activities like shell necklace making. Sit down for your traditional Luau dinner, with delicious Kalua Pig cabbage, BBQ Shoyu Chicken, Macaroni Salad, Chicken long rice, and much much more. Partake in a piece of cake with Haupia drizzle, before the Polynesian Show begins. Watch the stunning mix between culture, dance, and presentation as the show unfolds. Sip on a Mai Tai, or cocktail of your choice, with a buy one get one offer to make it a double.

Oahu: Kids Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach (up to 12)

4. Oahu: Kids Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach (up to 12)

Whether surfing is something the kids have been begging to try forever, or you simply want something to enhance their time on Oahu, this 2-hour surf lesson should be just the ticket. Available for “keiki” (Hawaiian for “child” or “little one”) aged between 4 and 12 years old, lessons are carried out by professional, patient surf instructors that provide young surfers with the optimal surf experience and the greatest level of care. Watch as the little ones accelerate their confidence, learning surfing tips and techniques via 1-on-1 instruction. All lessons include at least 20 minutes of beach technique, how to stand up your surfboard proper way, safety and etiquette instruction, and more than an hour of open-ocean instruction. You will leave with a Surfer Girl Academy original gift sticker and surf pictures service (optional) to remember the day your kid caught a break, and you can rest assured that the surf academy comes with the best customer service reputation in the industry.

Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

5. Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to perfect your existing skills, experience the thrill of catching a wave on your trip to Hawaii. In the company of a professional big-wave surfer, enjoy a 1-hour semi-private surfing lesson on the world-famous Waikiki Beach and benefit from the instructor's undivided attention on you and your partner. Waikiki's slow-breaking waves make it the perfect spot to learn how to surf and you are guaranteed to stand up by the end of your lesson. Kick off your lesson on the sandy shoreline where you’ll learn all the basics, as well as special techniques, so you can stand up on your board. After a few demonstrations, head into the water and let the fun begin. In the warm tropical waters, put your newfound skills to the test in the company of your instructor who will target areas to help enhance your technique and progress.

Oahu Island: The North Shore Dole Pineapple Day Trip

6. Oahu Island: The North Shore Dole Pineapple Day Trip

With exclusive access to the Dole pineapple fields, follow the Dole's process from planting to packaging pineapples on this day trip to Oahu's North Shore. Also, enjoy visits to GreenWorld Coffee Farms, Waialua Sugar Mill, Old Haleiwa Town, and the King Kamehameha Statue. Start the day with a quick trip to GreenWorld Coffee Farms for a local cup of coffee before heading to the Dole pineapple fields. At Dole, see the field workers planting, picking and processing the pineapples with a local guide. Enjoy a pineapple straight from the fields and receive a complimentary one to take home. After lunch at a local food truck, visit the historical Waialua Sugar Mill and stop for photos at the North Shore Beach. To wrap up the day trip, learn about Hawaii's agricultural history at the statue of King Kamehameha.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

7. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor and discover Humpback whales frolicking in their natural habitat on this cruise. Discover the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy snacks and drinks as you sail. Explore the shores of the main Hawaiian Islands, which are a favorite destination for humpback whales. See families of whales breach the water's surface, a spectacular sight to behold. As you ride along the waves, enjoy sodas, cookies, and chips as you watch for the whales. Enjoy the views from the double-deck power catamaran, a great vantage point for whale watching.

Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

8. Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

Every December through to April, thousands of Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii. Come along and catch these beautiful mammals at their best on an exciting eco-friendly whale watching excursion.   Set sail on a 53-foot sailing catamaran, passing the Waikiki coastline on your way. Enjoy soda and snacks on board as you search for these majestic creatures.  

Waikiki: Surf Lesson

9. Waikiki: Surf Lesson

Experience the thrill of catching a wave on your trip to Hawaii. Enjoy an introduction to surfing if you are a complete beginner or hone your existing skills in the company of a professional big-wave surfer. Take a 1-hour small-group surfing lesson on the world-famous Waikiki Beach. The location of the lesson has been specifically selected by your instructor, as it boasts slow breaking waves that are consistent all year long. Start your lesson on the sandy shoreline where you’ll learn all the basics such as how to pop up onto your board. After a few demonstrations, it’s time for the group to head into the water where the real fun begins! In the warm tropical waters, put your newfound skills to the test with your attentive instructor who will target areas to help enhance your technique and make sure you are having an awesome time. As an added bonus, your surf lesson can be captured on camera so that you can share videos and photos of your experience with your family and friends, at an additional cost.

Oahu: Van Sightseeing Tour with Coffee and Pineapple Farms

10. Oahu: Van Sightseeing Tour with Coffee and Pineapple Farms

Explore Oahu with this van tour that includes pickup and drop-off from several hotels on the island. Drive through areas like the North Shore and enjoy some free time at Haleiwa Town. Taste some farm fresh flavors at the Dole Plantation, the Green World Coffee Farm, and a Macadamia Nut farm. Be picked up from the comfort of select hotels on Oahu. Sit back and relax in a spacious and air-conditioned van. Travel from Waikiki along the east coast of Oahu and stop to take some photos at the Diamond Head Beach Park lookout and at Blow Hole lookout. Make your way to the Dole Plantation. Sample farm-fresh pineapple products and visit the Country Store where you can buy original goods and souvenirs or some tasty DoleWhip®. Head through the North Shore where the world's best surfers compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing competition at Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline. Arrive at Haleiwa Town where you will have some time to stretch your legs, shop for souvenirs at the vibrantly-colored boutique shops, or purchase some delicious shaved ice. Take in th atmosphere of Old Hawaii where time passes more slowly than in Honolulu. Visit the Green World Coffee Farm, a coffee farm which has a stylish café. Buy a cup of fresh coffee while viewing the natural beauty of Hawaii. Try various macadamia nuts at a macadamia nut farm.  Return to your hotel after a satisfying day on Oahu's North Shore.

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What people are saying about Honolulu

This was a fantastic time and very informative, we learned so much about the land and culture here. Would definitely recommend it if you want to cover a lot of ground and visit a lot of fantastic places.

Johnny was a terrific guide for our tour of Oahu. Great information and a fun filled day. Highly recommend touring Oahu. Can’t say enough about this tour.

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

Cousin Shorts is wonderful. Such a beautiful human. Great trip around Oahu.

Awesome experience! Jim and Kiki were excellent hosts.