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Ala Moana Beach Park: 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

Experience Hawaii from Waikiki Trolley. Cruise the streets, see the cliffs of Oahu’s east shoreline from the top of a double-decker or take an air-conditioned minibus up the Pali Highway to the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. The Waikiki Trolley also takes you to some of the best sightseeing and scenic spots around the southeast part of Oahu. Hike up Diamond Head via the Green Line, or have an unforgettable dolphin experience at Sea Life Park via the Blue Line. And with the Waikiki Trolley’s unique hop-on, hop-off system, the possibilities for planning your stay in Honolulu are limitless. The Waikiki Trolley is a fun way to discover the highlights of Honolulu. Choose which attractions to explore with five different routes and 43 stops that allow you to experience the unique history and beauty of Oahu. Schedules and timetables can be found on WaikikiTrolley.com Blue Line highlights: Scenic drive around Diamond Head State Monument and the beautiful East Oahu shoreline. Red Line highlights: Drive through historic downtown Honolulu and make time to visit the museums, eat local favorites in Chinatown, and get lost wandering around the wall art district.

Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

2. Oahu: Grand Circle Island Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, explore Oahu and the vibrant city of Honolulu that offers a little bit of everything, from lush greenery to the most stunning beaches in the world. Cruise around this tropical paradise, hike its best trails, and learn about its incredible conflict-strewn history, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. As an added perk, enjoy animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms, along many of the tour stops. After downloading the tour app (download instructions sent via email after booking), start your Oahu adventure at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial where you’ll begin to learn about the unexpected history of Honolulu. Next is Aloha Tower, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Continuing on, see Iolani Palace, the extravagant former home of Hawaii’s monarchs, as well as a statue of King Kamehameha the Great. The first beach on the Oahu tour is Ala Moana Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that was once used for something else entirely. Then, visit Waikiki Beach, where surfing superstar Duke Kanahamoku got his start before he transformed the world of surfing forever. Leaving the beaches for a moment, get an up-close look at Diamond Head State Park, an enormous volcanic crater and Hawaii’s most popular park. Head toward the volcanic China Walls next, where you’ll hear the dramatic tale of Kamehameha’s rise to power and his rival, Kalanikūpule, who was willing to do the unspeakable to take control for himself. At the Hanauma Bay Lookout, find some of the most spectacular views; be sure to have your camera at the ready. For a less crowded spot, follow the route to the next lookout, which most visitors miss. After passing some seriously scenic shoreline, spot Rabbit Island just off the coast and learn about the utterly failed rabbit farm that once operated here. Then come to Waimānalo Beach, the perfect stop for anyone seeking a little seclusion. As you approach the town of Kailua, hear a dramatic account of the Battle of Nu’uanu. If you’re a kayaker, you won’t want to miss Kailua’s beach. Up next, catch a glimpse of the last remaining Heiau on Oahu. These ancient temples were deeply sacred to the Hawaiians and still hold a great deal of significance today. Find a trail to one of Oahu’s famous waterfalls. If you’re craving more nature, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden will be just ahead, offering a staggering 400 acres of carefully cultivated flora. You might not expect a huge Buddhist temple in Hawaii, but that’s the next stop! After checking out the Byodo-In Temple, reach the Kualoa Ranch that’s become a Hollywood favorite. Wildlife enthusiasts will love what comes next: a huge wildlife refuge and Turtle Beach, frequented by the enormous Hawaiian green sea turtles. Then, head to Sunset Beach, the perfect spot to catch the day’s final rays of light. Later, head to the historic Dole Plantation, where the tour concludes.

Oahu: Hoverboard Tour of West Waikiki & Ala Moana

3. Oahu: Hoverboard Tour of West Waikiki & Ala Moana

Your tour will begin as you climb aboard your hoverboard at the ocean side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kahanamoku Lagoon. You will glide past the popular local surf break Ala Moana bowls, and view some of the islands finest private yachts at Hawaii's largest boat harbor. Next, take in the natural beauty of the 100-acre Ala Moana Beach Park, where you will ride past palm tree groves, man made lagoons, and many different species of massive "exceptional" designated trees. On the developed side of the park, you'll hover by the largest outdoor shopping center in the world, and see many new stunning ultra-luxurious condo high rises. You can keep an eye open for the mega-yachts which sometimes frequent Kewalo Basin Harbor, as you cruise along the waterfront with unforgettable views of Diamond Head. You'll see stand-up paddle boarders and swimmers along the half-mile golden sand beach park, as well as beautiful views of Waikiki from Magic Island. You will then hover along the wide Ala Wai canal pathway under exceptional weeping fig trees past the back of the convention center. Next, stop at a statue of the last King of Hawaii, and ride through the expertly landscaped tropical Fort DeRussy Beach Park and Army Museum. You will also glide along the sandy beachfront boardwalk past the Hale Koa Hotel, and much more.

Oahu: Wreck & Reef Scuba Dive for Certified Divers

4. Oahu: Wreck & Reef Scuba Dive for Certified Divers

Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with a sun deck and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. As a certified diver, get ready for a day of underwater adventuring through one of Hawaii's deepest recreational diving wrecks on the south shore of Oahu.   You choose to visit the Sea Tiger dive site or the YO-257 and San Pedro wreck sites. The Sea Tiger dive site is a former trading vessel which rests in 123 feet of water while the superstructure and deck are at depths of 60-90 feet, both offering you incredible sights. Begin your exploration of this beautiful wreck keeping your eyes peeled for resident whitetip reef sharks, 6-foot sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays, and massive schools of fish. The YO-257 and San Pedro are 2 other recreational wreck sites where you will explore 2 ships laid side by side with about 50 yards between them. The YO-257 rests in 115 feet of water while the superstructure and deck are at depths of 70-90 feet. As the San Pedro wreck is a bit shallower it can experience strong currents and is only dove when conditions are ideal. After your wreck dive adventure, enjoy a relaxing surface interval with refreshments and snacks on board.  Soak up your surroundings as you prepare for your next dive, a beautiful guided tour of 1 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites. Cap off the day in pristine waters filled with fascinating underwater ecosystems.  Enjoy the opportunity to see sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and more.

Honolulu: Street Art and Waterfront Hoverboarding Tour

5. Honolulu: Street Art and Waterfront Hoverboarding Tour

Hop on an all-terrain self-balancing hoverboard and explore beyond Waikiki with a small-group guided tour. See the giant murals of Kaka’ako created by some of the world’s best street artists in a yearly event. Cruise along the scenic waterfront park of Kakaako, the naturally beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor for an unforgettable experience. Meet your guide in Waikiki at the ocean side of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kahanamoku Lagoon near the outrigger canoes and beachfront food truck. After some instruction and practice, set off with your group effortlessly exploring through miles of beautiful Waikiki and Honolulu. View some of the island’s finest private yachts at Hawaii's largest boat harbor. Take in the natural beauty of the 75-acre Ala Moana Beach Park riding past palm tree groves, man-made lagoons, and many different species of massive "exceptional" designated trees. Hover by the largest outdoor shopping center in the world and the many new stunning ultra-luxury condo highrises. Cruise along the Kaka’ako waterfront beach park past the bodysurfing hotspot, Point Panic, then up to a scenic lookout. Get fantastic views of the west side of the Waianae Range, Aloha Tower, and the cruise ships in the distance. Glide through Kaka’ako’s massive street art murals painted on nearly every warehouse in the up and coming neighborhood. Stop for a photo and ponder the artists’ message, or just enjoy the many talented portraits and colorful cartoons. Take in the unforgettable view of Diamond Head heading back along the Ala Moana boardwalk riding near stand up paddle boarders and swimmers on the half-mile golden sand beach lagoon. Enjoy the beautiful views of Waikiki from Magic Island and see surfers carving up hollow waves at the popular surf break of Ala Moana Bowls.

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What people are saying about Ala Moana Beach Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 101 reviews

We ended up not "hopping off" at all. We stayed on the same trolleys for the entire rides (Red Line and Blue Line) and enjoyed the info shared by the drivers. We took these rides on the first full day we were on Oahu and they were a great way to familiarize us with what was there and what we wanted to see again.

We were able to go to most sites on our bucket list by taking the trolley. We purchased a 7 day package and it has been a great way for us to get around the area.

Great way to see around Honolulu and get your bearings. Ciso driving the red line was fantastic! Sovery funny and informative!

It was a great experience, the driver's were fun and gave a great narrative of the area.

Useful way to get around as long as you don’t want to go too early or you’re in a hurry.