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Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons 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 two-hour 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: 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. 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.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

3. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

What better way to take in Hawaii's legendary sunsets than from the deck of a catamaran, gently rocking in the waves of the Pacific? Treat yourself to an evening on the Honi Olani, our 53- by 30-foot sailing catamaran, and enjoy delicious "pupus", appetizers such as avocado poke, pipikaula (Hawaiian beef) and Maui Onion salad, penne pasta, tortilla chips with pineapple salsa, crudités platter (assorted vegetables), and taro rolls with lilikoi butter. Also enjoy a cheese, grape and cracker plate, a selection of white wines and two free bar drink tickets per adult as you take in the breathtaking landscape of the Hawaiian coast. 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.

Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

4. Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

Join an adventure and discover all of Oahu’s majestic grandeur. Be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history found at every turn. The morning sun slowly warms the sandy beaches of Waikiki as your guide takes you on a journey through the history of the island. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

5. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

See a spectacular sunset and beautiful city lights views aboard Hawaii's only full-service bar and lounge on the sea. This will be an unforgettable yacht cruise experience with a spacious open-air top deck to experience Waikiki's lovely sea breeze and picturesque skyline. You will receive a complimentary welcome drink upon boarding. Additional drinks and packaged snacks are available for purchase. See iconic Hawaii landmarks, such as Honolulu Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Waikiki coastline from a unique vantage point. You can also sip on a cocktail in the modern air-conditioned lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for taking in coastline views.

Oahu: North Shore Zip Line Adventure with Farm Tour

6. Oahu: North Shore Zip Line Adventure with Farm Tour

Take an ATV to the top of the mountain to start 410 feet (125 meters) above sea level. Enjoy constant panoramic views overlooking the North Shore’s famous beaches, lush mountains, and picturesque farms. Pass by farms, go through the jungle, and up the mountainside, seeing all the different inland landscapes Hawaii has to offer. Experience 8 side-by-side zipline runs on some of Oahu's longest, highest, and extra-quiet zip lines that range from 500 to 2,400 feet (150-730 meters). Along the tour, encounter rappels, sky bridges, scenic boardwalks, and a couple of surprises for some fun activities that challenge you in a safe and controlled way. Explore Keana Farms, a working farm that produces over a million pounds of produce each year. See papaya, apple bananas, taro, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and more. With years of experience building and operating courses around the country, this zipline tour is built upon the belief that customer experience trumps everything.

Waikiki: BYOB Sunset Cruise with Snacks

7. Waikiki: BYOB Sunset Cruise with Snacks

See a majestic Hawaiian sunset from the comfort of a boat on a sunset cruise out of Waikiki. Bring your own drinks and sip on a cold one as you see Honolulu's city lights twinkle and Diamond Head proudly standing in the distance. Sit back and relax, enjoying the warm breeze and good company onboard. Depart Kewalo Basin and glide across the ocean's blue waters with beautiful views of the coastline. Watch as the sky turns from light blue to vibrant orange, red, and golden hues. During the summer months, see the sunset at the end of the cruise, and in winter, enjoy it at the beginning, marveling at Waikiki's twinkling lights for the remainder of your cruise.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

8. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

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. 

From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

9. From Waikiki: Pearl Harbor Tour with USS Arizona Memorial

Learn about Pearl Harbor and the events of December 7, 1941 on this day trip from Waikiki. Take a boat ride to visit the Arizona Memorial, see exhibits related to the attack, and take a tour of the Battleship Missouri. After pickup in Waikiki, explore World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. See museum exhibits, footage from the attack, and other park monuments. Experience a boat ride to visit the USS Arizona Memorial over the sunken battleship. Head over the Admiral Clarey Bridge and drive by the USS Oklahoma Memorial on your way to the Battleship Missouri. Enjoy a guided tour of the ship, led by an expert docent.  You’ll be dropped off back in downtown Waikiki at the end of the tour.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

10. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

Board a modern boat at the Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor to begin your journey into the sunset. After a safety briefing and a group toast, you can explore the boat's two decks, wraparound seating, and Titanic-style front bow. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase onboard and IDs will be checked prior to boarding. Take in the beauty of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument at the golden hour. Watch surfers glide along coastal waves and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. After the sun dips below the horizon, the boat lights up in a vibrant purple hue with twinkling lights overhead. A live DJ will entertain you with contemporary beats over the surround-sound speakers as you dance to the onboard light show. The unique Honolulu skyline will glitter for you in the warm twilight breeze. Finally, head back to the harbor where you will do one last group cheers with your new ohana.

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What people are saying about Waikiki

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,230 reviews

It was amazing to see turtles up close! You also got to see beautiful tropical fish. The guides were great at pointing them out and naming them. The experience was initially divided into the experienced swimmers and those who knew how to snorkel and the second group was those who were needing extra help either with swimming or snorkeling. That way they got more attention and help with skills if necessary. The guides also offered to dive down and take pics on our phones and gopros which was really nice! Overall 10/10!

Our guide, Garfield was excellent, informative, and had great stories. The USS Arizona is a beautiful memorial. Definitely recommend the audio tour. Just wish we had like 30 more minutes there because we didn’t get to see the submarine or the film.

All the staffs were so passionate!!! Loved it!!! Great experience! And Jeremy is the best!!

Vary long hike my feet feel like rubber after hike but the guide was great

Great service. Beautiful sunset. Awesome trip. Must do!