Honolulu Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Honolulu Sightseeing cruises

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Cruise and Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Cruise and Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this immersive tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Oahu: Shark Cage Dive on the North Shore

2. Oahu: Shark Cage Dive on the North Shore

Swim with the sharks during this tour that offers you the unique adventure of a shark dive, while ensuring your safety at all times. Discover the wonders of the sea on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii alongside a certified guide. Bring your own masks and snorkels or use the ones provided on board. Your guide will give you a safety briefing at the start of the tour and will answer all your questions concerning this special adventure. See up to 200 feet (60 meters) in the crystal-clear, cobalt blue water. Depending on the season, you will encounter such magnificent animals as the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, playful dolphins, and Humpback whales. Admire the sharks from the ship's deck, or experience the rush of entering the shark cage which allows you to be only inches away from sharks that can grow up to 15 feet (5 meters) in length. Capture pictures with your underwater camera of their grace and majesty in the water. Have 20 minutes to marvel at the sharks and cherish this unforgettable moment. Up to 8 people can be in the cage at the same time, so you can experience the sharks with someone you love.

Honolulu: Diamond Head Cruise with Drinks and Appetizers

3. 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.

From Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

4. From Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

Admire a spectacular sunset and take in the beautiful cityscape aboard a cruise with a full-service bar and a spacious lounge. Feel the Hawaiian breeze on your face from the open-air top deck. Travel along the striking Waikiki coastline all the way to Diamond Head and enjoy a welcome drink. Board your boat and receive your welcome drink before heading out to sea. Depart from the harbor and see iconic Oahu landmarks as you travel along the Waikiki coast toward Diamond Head and back. Watch the passing landscapes from the air-conditioned lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows. Sit back as you observe the colorful sunset from the water. Make the most of your experience by purchasing additional drinks and snacks from the onboard bar.

Oahu: 3-Hour Waikiki Snorkel & Sailing Adventure with Lunch

5. Oahu: 3-Hour Waikiki Snorkel & Sailing Adventure with Lunch

Guests hop aboard the Gold Coast Catamaran, a 48-passenger vessel, to see some of the best of the Waikiki ocean. This excursion offers turtle-watching, and whale-watching (depending on the season), along with snorkeling and sailing. On-board the catamaran, spray from the warm blue water mists over the nets and seats at the front of the boat. Enjoy the smooth, quiet, stable ride that the large sailing catamaran provides. In addition to peaceful sounds of the ocean and the wind, this trip includes lunch, along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. There are also 2 convenient restrooms large enough for a change of clothing on-board the vessel.

Honolulu: 5 in 1 Water Sports Catamaran Tour

6. Honolulu: 5 in 1 Water Sports Catamaran Tour

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.

Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Afternoon Snorkel Tour

7. Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Afternoon Snorkel Tour

Hawaii is a paradise unrivaled by any other on the planet. The grand mountains, the azure ocean, and the incredible snorkeling and scuba make this the outdoor retreat of a lifetime. Today, we'll take you on a snorkeling adventure you'll never forget as we fly you to your own snorkeling platform that is inaccessible from the beach, making it one of the best places to see the bright and colorful fish of the sea! Spirit of Aloha has an exclusive access point to this island, and as it's inaccessible from the beach, you'll have unrestricted views of all the sea here has to offer. Your day will include unlimited snacks and nonalcoholic beverages from our extensive bar, and 2 free drinks with alcohol!  Come and experience the magic and beauty of Hawaii's underwater treasures with Spirit of Aloha.

Oahu: Sunset Cruise of West Oahu

8. Oahu: Sunset Cruise of West Oahu

Aboard our Gold Coast Catamaran, you will enjoy the smooth, quiet, stable ride only a large sailing catamaran can provide. When the sails go up and the only sounds you hear are the ocean and the wind, you will realize you are about to experience the most memorable moment of your entire trip. In the evening, you will enjoy great drinks & pupus (appetizers), fun company and a spectacular sunset. Relax while enjoying a variety of drinks from champagne, wine and mixed drinks -including our specialty, the "Catatonic". An array of “pupus” are on offer, including: a crudite platter with ranch dressing, homemade hummus with pitta chips, roasted garlic aioli, mango BBQ kalua pork sliders on taro rolls, oyster sauce chicken, teriyaki meatballs. Help yourself to unlimited non-alcohol beverages. Two alcoholic drinks per adult are included, and more are available for purchase.

Oahu Boat Cruise to Diamond Head

9. Oahu Boat Cruise to Diamond Head

Experience the wonder of Hawaii's breathtaking coastline on this Oahu Boat Cruise to Diamond Head. Cruising onboard a 56-foot sailing catamaran, take in the sights of rugged cliffs and deserted sandy beaches from a unique ocean going perspective. The view of famous Waikiki Beach doesn't get any better than from out at sea at a leisurely pace. Look out for exotic marine life including dolphins on the way and soak up the experience with complimentary drinks and light snacks throughout the cruise. This fully equipped vessel offer shaded and open seating so you won't miss a thing, whatever the weather.

Honolulu: Cultural Day Excursion on Polynesian Canoe

10. Honolulu: Cultural Day Excursion on Polynesian Canoe

Enjoy an immersive tour of Honolulu with a cultural day sail excursion on a one-of-a-kind Polynesian canoe. Listen to the history of the Hawaiian Islands through storytelling and song. Enjoy hands-on traditional activities and try local foods while on the beautiful ocean waters. Start your excursion with oli (Hawaiian chant) that welcomes guests to board. Follow with introductions, music, and storytelling. Hear about the history and stories of the islands as you sail along the coast from Kewalo Basin towards Diamond Head. Learn to make poi (traditional Hawaiian food) and enjoy locally grown pupus (Hawaiian snacks). Try out a hula lesson and make Hawaiian lei. Benefit from a teacher/practitioner on board for guidance. Between activities, relax and enjoy the spacious wooden decks on the Polynesian canoe that's 44 feet long and 21 feet wide. Lay in the canoe's nets while marveling at ocean wildlife, beautiful waters, and the colorful Waikiki coastline of O‘ahu. Enjoy plenty of shade under the large canopy covering part of the main deck and easy access to restrooms below deck. By the end of the tour, gain newfound cultural knowledge of authentic Hawaii with skills to share and remember forever.

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What people are saying about Honolulu

They have one of the best crews of people they have plenty of workers super friendly they make us feel safe at all times when ever I come back and I want to do this again I will definitely going back to this people.

Amazing experience. I’m not the best swimmer but with the practice and explanation divided by the guide I was able to participate and have the time of my life

We were absolutely surrounded by sharks the entire time. The boat ride out and back is a beautiful bonus but the star of the show -sharks- do not disappoint!

The crew were very helpful and informative - we had a great time and learned a lot!

Magical!!! We had a wonderful time and would definitely go again!