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Honolulu Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Honolulu Family-friendly activities

Oahu: Ka Moana Luau Dinner and Show at Aloha Tower

1. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau Dinner and Show at Aloha Tower

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. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities like lei making, temporary tattoos, hula, and drum lessons, coconut-headband weaving and a coconut tree-climbing demonstration. The buffet selections include: Pre-show appetizers: • Hawaiian-style ahi poke • Tahitian poisson cru • Lomi lomi salmon • Traditional poi • Taro chips • Kiawe wood-roasted organic pork Farm-to-table buffet: • Mixed greens salad • Hapa rice (brown and white rice) • Bread rolls w/ small-batch honey guava butter • Stir-fry veggies • Mahi mahi • Guava chicken • Local kalua pork Dessert: • Haupia • Ube cheesecake Complimentary beverage options: • Fresh lemonade • Water Bar menu: Enhance your Luau experience by indulging in some refreshing Ka Moana pineapple, served in a freshly cut pineapple and filled with a signature cocktail. • Island Mai Tai’s • Tropical Cocktails • Mixed premium and well drinks • Beers: Bud Light, Stella Artois, Kona Big Wave • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Passion Fruit Orange Juice, bottled water Following dinner, 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. 

Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

2. Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

If adventure is what you seek, join this daily boat tour. Enjoy the beauty of Hawaii’s South Shore as you head out from the slip in the Kewalo Basin Harbor and head toward Lē’ahi. Discover the underwater world while staying dry with the glass-bottom boat. Aboard the Haleiwa Queen, enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor as you cruise over live tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s shipwrecks. Keep an eye out for honu sea turtles, eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all from the deck of the vessel through the glass bottom boat viewports. Experience a unique perspective of Honolulu, above and below the surface.

Honolulu: 5 in 1 Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Transfers

3. Honolulu: 5 in 1 Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Transfers

Get your adrenaline pumping with a range of thrilling water sports in Honolulu. Board a catamaran for a cruise that combines snorkeling, a water slide, kayaks, a water trampoline, and stand-up paddle boards. After boarding, take your pick on which activity to do first. You could use the snorkel equipment provided to discover Hawaii's breathtaking marine life. Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping by climbing to the top of the island's biggest onboard waterslide for a splash in the sea. Make use of the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to explore the area or bounce to the sky on the water trampoline. If you're feeling brave, dive into the sea from the catamaran's second deck. When you’re not enjoying yourself in the water, enjoy a peaceful cruise and stunning panoramic views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean from the multi-level deck. Help yourself to snacks and juice before the journey back to the meeting point.

Waikiki: The Magical Mystery Show! at Hilton Waikiki Beach

4. Waikiki: The Magical Mystery Show! at Hilton Waikiki Beach

Enjoy a Victorian and Edwardian-era-themed magic show as you travel back in time to watch a parlor magic performance from world-class magicians. Sit close to the magicians in an intimate setting as they perform miracles, such as making items float, disappear, and change shape right before your eyes. See the parlor magic show, which gets its name from a trend in the past where parlors were built in homes to entertain guests in a close setting. Enter the theater and watch the show, which has a capacity of about 60 guests. During the show, receive a password for an escape room. Then, use the password so you can move through the portal. Watch in wonder as the magicians perform miracles, create illusions, and levitate in front of you. Experience the thrills and excitement of magic inside a theater that is decorated in the style of the Victorian era.

Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

5. 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 on board as you search for these majestic creatures.  

Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

6. Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a peaceful cruise off the coast of Honolulu complete with a snorkeling experience where you'll get the chance to swim with sea turtles. Water, soft drinks, and snacks are provided on board. Board your catamaran at the Kewalo Basin Harbor and set out to explore the waters off the coast of Oahu. As you cruise, sit back and relax on the multi-level deck and admire panoramic views of Hawaii's tropical scenery. Then, hop into the water and swim within a safe viewing distance of the tropical fish and turtles that regularly frequent these waters. If you visit between December and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.

Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

7. 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.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

8. 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 Beach: Private Surf Lesson

9. Waikiki Beach: Private Surf Lesson

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 private surfing lesson on the world-famous Waikiki Beach. The location of the lesson has been specifically selected by your guide, as it provides some of the best waves in Oahu for beginner and intermediate surfers. Your lesson starts 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, it’s time to head into the water where the real fun begins! 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. During your 1-hour session, you’ll receive the undivided attention of your instructor, which is the best way to build your surfing knowledge and confidence. 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 (an additional video download fee applies).

Oahu: Mele Luau Standard Ticket

10. Oahu: Mele Luau Standard Ticket

Visit Coral Crater Adventure Park and get a taste of a traditional Hawaiian luau. Watch a Hawaiian cooking demonstration, feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet, and delight in a show featuring hula. fire knife, and Tahitian dancing — and many other Polynesian dance styles. After arrival, enjoy local pupus (appetizers) and cocktails while you experience fun interactive pre-show activities, including a demonstration of imu, a traditional Hawaiian cooking method. Depending on your chosen option, enjoy an included welcome drink and a $10 or $20 drinks voucher. Before you know it, it’s time to gather for the traditional celebratory feast, featuring authentic Hawaiian luau cuisine including favorites such as Kalua pig, lomi lomi salmon, locally caught fish, poi, delicious vegetarian and vegan options, and some child-friendly favorites. Following the feast, prepare to marvel at the thrilling Mele Luau show. Admire the combination of awe-inducing Polynesian dancing, ancient legends, and a sweet love story that creates an interactive experience full of humor and energy.

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What people are saying about Honolulu

It was great!! enjoyed the atmosphere and saw lots of cool animals!! We saw turtles, dolphins, and lots of fishes. The view made it a 1,000 times better!! Definitely recommend!

the driver of the boat kind of looks like Revolver Ocelot from the series Metal Gear Solid. You should get that guy to cosplay as the character for Halloween

great day out. guides were very helpful and courteous. the 'climb' was achievable for all. the plantation was relaxing.

Tour was great! Guides were awesome. We saw fish, dolphins, and a sea turtle! Would definitely recommend.

It was just fun overall. Lots to see and guides were full of information and funny.