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Koko Head

Koko Head: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

1. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Find more in Hawaii than just the sights, and board the Waikiki Trolley and take in the soaring mountains that meet the sea to all the historic landmarks, including shopping and dining. Make the choice yours. Board the breathtaking Blue line, called the Coastline/Diamond Head Line. Find yourself at Diamond head, a natural landmark of Hawaii and explore through the Kalanianaole Highway. This place is famous for its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean scapes. On the Red Line, learn of Hawaii's rich cultural past all the way to the modern present. Hawaii has its own story to tell for anyone interested in listening. Travel through the cultural and historical history, from the time of kings and queens through its importance in WWII and even the cultures that influence it to this day. If you're looking for some iconic shopping and dining, board the Pink Line and find the epicenter of the Pacific. Delight in Asian cuisine mingling with popular American comfort food, high-end fashion alongside popular streetwear that suits everyone's comfort and style. You can find all these throughout Waikiki, but your Hawaiian vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Ala Moana Center–Hawaii’s Center–where all things shopping and dining collide into a truly Hawaiian experience. So much so that Ala Moana isn’t just for visitors–it’s a popular shopping mall for locals as well.

Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

2. Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

Enjoy a pick up from your hotel early in the morning and pass the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki. Learn more about where the sand on the beach comes from, and which movies were set in front of the scenic city. Hear stories about the formation of the island, its discovery, and see historic pictures. See the volcanic craters of Diamond Head and Koko Head. Pass Khala and head to the incredible Hanauma Bay. Look out for whales from the Makapu'u viewing platform and visit Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach, one of the most dangerous beaches of Oahu. Discover where the movie "50 First Dates" starring Adam Sandler was shot. Stroll through a macadamia nut farm and see the small islet of Chinamans Hat. Drive by the filming locations of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as the location for the Spartan Race, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple. Then, you will enjoy lunch in a local food truck. Along the north coast of the island you can see the beaches of Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea. Hear the sad story of Eddie Aikau and learn more about the surfing tournament The Eddie. Drive by Haleiwa and the Dole Plantation. Learn interesting facts about pineapples and get more insider tips for an incredible trip.

From Honolulu: Makapuu Lighthouse or Koko Head Sunrise Hike

3. From Honolulu: Makapuu Lighthouse or Koko Head Sunrise Hike

Spend the morning exploring one of two hiking trails on Oahu's windward coast. Hike the more challenging Koko Crater Trail or opt for the less intense Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. After your climb, head to the Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach for photo opportunities. Start your day early with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu. Then, head to your hiking trail of choice to begin your climb. If you're looking for a challenging outdoor adventure, the Koko Crater Railway Trail is the one for you. Also known as the Koko Head Stairs, this route will test your endurance as you climb over 1,000 steps to reach the top. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views of landmarks such as Hanauma Bay and the coastline leading to Diamond Head. For a less intense experience, choose the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. This paved 2.5-mile hike is more moderate. And if you're visiting between November and May, you may even get lucky and catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales as you walk. At the end of your trek, hop back into your van and make your way to Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach for some fantastic photo opportunities before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

4. From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

This private tour is fully customizable and perfect for families, couples, and private groups. Contact the local partner and figure out which places you'd like to see or have the guide show you the best spots and stops on Oahu. Either way, lean back and relax in a private luxury vehicle. Tour options • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center - The guide shows you around the Pearl Harbor Museum • USS Arizona Memorial - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack • Turtle Beach Laniakea - High chance of Green Sea Turtles lounging on the beach • North Shore beaches and surf spots - See the big waves during surf season • Dole Plantation - Learn about Dole and the success of pineapple in Hawaii • Kualoa Ranch - Movie location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji 2, Hawaii Five-0, Godzilla, Elvis Blue Hawaii etc • Haleiwa Town Shopping - Stroll the streets of the famous surf town • Aloha Tower - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii • I'olani Palace - Only royal palace in the US • King Kamehameha Statue - First King of all of Hawaii and a famous spot in the Hawaii Five-0 TV show • Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii • Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest outdoor shopping mall in the USA • World War I Memorial - Salt water swim stadium • Secluded Beach in Waikiki - Home of Hawaiian Monk Seals • Diamond Head Beach Lookout - Whale watching during the season • Hawaii Five-0 Movie Spots - Different spots along the route • Most expensive neighborhood on Oahu - mansions and Japanese Mafia • Military in Hawaii - Schofield Barracks • Sunset Beach - Visit one of the most popular spots for surf competitions • Shrimp Farms - Where the famous North Shore Shrimp are raised • Lunch (not included in the cost of the tour) for example at Kahuku local food trucks - Variety of freshly prepared Hawaiian food, Korean BBQ, poke bowls, vegetarian, North Shore Shrimp, and more • Chinamans Hat - Basalt island off the coast • Macadamia Nut Farm - Free coffee and macadamia nut tasting • Makapu'u Lookout - WWII bunkers and whale watching during season • Sandy Beach Lookout - Most dangerous beach in the USA • Halona Blowhole - Volcanic lava tube spouting water • Eternity Beach - Movie spot for Pirates of the Caribbean and From Here to Eternity • Hanauma Bay - Great snorkeling spot for beginners • Koko Head Lookout - Diamond Head and Koko Head crater view

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

5. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

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What people are saying about Koko Head

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 208 reviews

This was one of the best things on our trip. It's so much better than renting a car. Our drivers were great tour guides. This is something that you need to do at the start of your trip so you know where to go and what to do later in your vacation.

Best deal next time I go to Hawaii I won’t rent a car you can do it all with the trolley My driver big Tony and humu where on point don’t now how they found the perfect worker for the job lots of knowledge

The staff handed me a leaflet containing informations on the time of each trolly be their departure or arrival at the base. Drivers are very helpful , they have lits of informations to share to tourists.

Santiago is great guide, He is very knowledgeable and took us to all the top scenic spots. Highly recommend this tour.

I spontaneously bought a 1-day pass for only left and then rode the red and blue ones. Both were great!