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Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Whale Watching Cruise

1. Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Whale Watching Cruise

It is finally that time of year where the beautiful humpback whales make their return to the Hawaiian islands after migrating from Alaska! Step aboard the Island Princess and catch the beautiful sunset on the Waikiki horizon while searching for our seasonal humpback whales! Explore the bay of Waikiki and see Diamond Head Crater (Lē‘ahi Crater), check out the gorgeous turquoise waters, and learn about the majestic creatures and the local area with our experienced and knowledgeable crew! Bring your own beverages, sit back, and enjoy the view!

From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

2. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

Waikiki Friday Fireworks Cruise with Pickup and Drop-off

3. Waikiki Friday Fireworks Cruise with Pickup and Drop-off

Discover the beauty of Diamond Head. Watch a brilliant display of colors as fireworks go off over the golden sands of Waikiki beach. Sip on 2 alcoholic drinks, water, and juice, and enjoy some snacks along the way.  Show your voucher at the ticket booth and board a comfortable boat. Cast off and make a toast with your drink as you admire the views of the coast. Capture pictures of the Diamond Head volcanic cone in the glow of the setting sun.  Cruise along the palm tree-lined Waikiki beach and watch a stunning fireworks display after the sun has set. Admire views of the city as it lights up for the night. On clear nights, see the moon rising above the water. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

Honolulu: Diamond Head Cruise with Drinks and Appetizers

4. 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 delicious local food and the fresh ocean air as you sail on a 65-foot catamaran.  Board the Honu Lani and sail out into the water. Enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and 2 alcoholic drinks. Take in the breathtaking landscape of the Hawaiian coast as you cruise along the shores of Waikiki.  Admire views of the Diamond Head volcanic cone and savor a delicious bento-style dinner with chilled beverages. 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.

Waikiki: The Magical Mystery Show! at Hilton Waikiki Beach

5. 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.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

6. 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.

Honolulu: Waikiki Submarine Tour with Commentary

7. Honolulu: Waikiki Submarine Tour with Commentary

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 20-Minute Doors On / Doors Off Helicopter Tour

8. Oahu: Waikiki 20-Minute Doors On / Doors Off Helicopter Tour

Explore Waikiki's mesmerizing views from above, all with live commentary from your guide! Start off your tour over Honolulu Harbor and move along the white sandy beaches until you see the Ala Moana Center. See the Magic Island's popular picnic grounds before you soar towards the famous Waikiki beach. Keep an eye out for surfers, swimmers and sunbathers alike! Then, begin the climb over Diamond Head where you might spot a few hikers before you approach the famous Punchbowl Crater. Wrapping up the tour, you’ll glide toward Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial. The port is steeped in history and surrounded by the beauty that is Oahu.

Waikiki: Eco-Friendly Afternoon Whale Watching Trip

9. 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.  

Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

10. Oahu: Eco-Friendly West Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Look for whales in their natural habitat aboard a beautiful catamaran or mono-hull powerboat. Set sail from Waianae Harbor and cruise the shallow waters off the west coast of Oahu in comfort. Soak up the fantastic weather, just as the warm waters surrounding the main islands attract humpback whales in large numbers. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire humpback whale population of the North Pacific travel over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in order to breed, calve, and nurse their young. Get served complimentary sodas, chips, and cookies as you look for the magnificent creatures frolicking off the shores from December to May.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 331 reviews

This was a great experience for a great price. I was a little skeptical at first that we would see any whales, as the ocean is so large and there’s no knowing when and where exactly they will show, but I booked anyway to see the beautiful Hawaiian sunset on a boat. We ended up seeing a couple of whales tails come above the water 4 different times! I appreciated that the boat captain would quickly drive the boat to any location that we saw whales off in the distance. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see whales and a beautiful sunset at the same time!

Parking was hard to come by if you aren’t staying in the area, but the tour was amazing! Lots of insight and engagement from the crew and learned a lot of neat facts. There’s no need for a jacket unless it’s cool out and pictures taken prior to boarding will cost about $50 if you want to keep the physical/digital copies.

Was a fantastic cruise with wonderful service and a very knowledgeable crew. We saw humpback whales breaching and followed about 3 whales throughout the cruise. Magical!

great evening with Greg and crew. sunset was awesome and we got to see a whale. only shortcoming was the food. Though good, it was not what we perceived as advertised.

We saw the whale that was awesome, the sunset was amazingly beautiful, and the staff were so friendly and professional, we love it!