25 Activities & Adventures To Get You Started…
With thousands of things to do on the island, we’ve narrowed it down to 25 of the experiences we love on land, sea, and way up high in the sky. Get an adrenaline rush, spark romance, dive deep into Hawaiian culture, or seek out solitude. Contact our Expedia Tour Desk at 808.697.6041 to book an excursion. Open daily, 7:00am - 6:00pm.
Experience the scenery of O'ahu's hidden rainforests, lush valleys, and beaches on this tour. You'll glide over the coral reefs of Waikiki, the extinct volcano of Diamond Head, and the tallest waterfall on O'ahu - Sacred Falls at 1,200 ft. The tour also includes views of Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, and the Battleship Missouri.
2. Swim with the Dolphins:
Enter the dolphin's playground and get up close with one of the most popular marine mammals. Enjoy a thrilling belly-ride, hug their silky skin, get an unforgettable kiss, and prepare to be splashed by their impressive leaps and dives.
3. Shark Encounter:
Say hello to the sharks of O'ahu's North Shore. Experience the thrill and splendor as they rise from the depths to greet you. Join them in their habitat 3 miles out to sea for an experience you will never forget.
4. Guided Kayak Tour:
This tour is perfect for the inexperienced as well as the expert paddler. Guides take you on a kayaking eco-tour through turquoise waters, sea-turtle feeding grounds, bird-nesting sanctuaries, deserted islands, and beautiful white sand beaches. Lunch is included.
5. Kualoa Ranch Horseback:
Escape to a 4,000-acre paradise and discover the pleasure of horseback riding. Navigate through tropical rainforests, capture panoramic ocean views, and take in the beauty of this unspoiled island paradise.
Snorkel & Sea Tours
6. Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure:
Cruise up to the west coast of O'ahu while searching for Hawaii's own wild spinner dolphins. Snorkel the sapphire blue waters of the Wai'anae coast and enjoy a sumptuous buffet as you glide across the water. Seasonal whale watching is available in the winter months.
Dive 100 feet down to the depths of the ocean in the comfort of an air-conditioned, Coast Guard approved, real life submarine. Witness a unique array of sea life around sunken ships and sunken airplanes.
8. Surfing/Stand-Up Paddle/Canoe Ride:
Learn to ride the waves, glide on a stand-up paddleboard, or take a traditional canoe ride. A professional instructor will give you a first-rate lesson combining personalized instruction and a chance to test the waters with your newly acquired skills!
9. Whale Watch:
Experience a thrilling cruise to meet the majestic humpback whales from Alaska. Have lunch on board and then head back to the observation deck. This educational and informative adventure is great fun for the entire family, offering spectacular sightseeing and photo opportunities. This tour is available December 15 through April 15.
10. Parasail/Jet Ski:
Rise up into the sky and take in a 360-degree bird's eye view of Honolulu and Diamond Head or enjoy the sheer excitement of jet-skiing in the beautiful waters of O'ahu's south shore. Combine them both for an unforgettable day on the ocean.
11. Fishing Chartres:
Do you have sea legs? Go deep sea fishing for pelagic species like Blue Marlin, Stripped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Ono (Wahoo), Ahi (Yellow Fin Tuna), and Skip Jack Tuna. Enjoy a full- or half-day charter out in the open ocean!
12. O'ahu Grand Circle Island:
See Oahu's breathtaking scenery and natural wonders such as Diamond Head Lookout, Halona Blowhole, Pali Lookout, and Dole Pineapple Plantation. Expert guides introduce Hawaii and share the Aloha spirit. Get out of the city and see the true beauty of this island.
13. Pearl Harbor WWII Beginning to End:
Stand in the shadow of heroes as you view historic displays. This is a completely narrated historic tour to the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship USS Missouri, Punchbowl National Cemetery, Chinatown, State Capitol, Kamehameha Statue, and Iolani Palace.
14. North Shore Excursion:
Experience O'ahu's amazing north shore by driving over the jagged Ko'olau Mountains to the windward size of the island. Sights include Sunset Beach - home to seasonal big surf waves, Turtle Beach, historic Haleiwa Town, and Waimea Falls.
Enjoy an educational and fun guided hike through Oahu's lush waterfalls or most popular landmarks. Travel back in time by learning about Hawaii's culture and history.
16. ATV Adventures:
Escape to the 4,000-acre paradise and discover the pleasure of ATV adventuring. Navigate through tropical rainforests, capture panoramic ocean views, and take in the beauty of this unspoiled island paradise. View the filming locations of Lost, 50 First Dates, and Jurassic Park.
O'ahu has numerous places to play your next 18-holes. View O'ahu's beauty from the most unusual place, the golf course! Home to PGA tournaments and many championship holes.
Evening Entertainment & Attractions
You will be transported to ancient Polynesia through authentic, dramatic storytelling, fantastic music, graceful hula, and awesome fire dancers. Torch lighting, imu ceremony, and a lavish buffet of local delicacies along with drinks and cocktails await at your authentic lu'au experience.
19. Dinner Show:
Enjoy a night out on the town with one of Waikiki's legendary dinner shows. From celebrity impersonations to magic shows and popular musical acts, there is something for everyone!
20. Polynesian Cultural Center:
Up to 120 entertainers relive the saga of the South Pacific showcasing seven island nations of Polynesia. Travel through time with real Polynesians as they share their culture and spirit in music and dance. Discover villages, legends, and customs dating back over 2,000 years.
21. Sunset Dinner Cruise:
Dine at sea while viewing a magnificent sunset. Enjoy live entertainment and watch the nightlights of Waikiki with Diamond Head as the backdrop, bringing the day to a perfect close. Enjoy fireworks on Friday night.
22. Sunset Cocktail Cruise:
Enjoy the beautiful sunset and view Waikiki from the ocean on an hour-long sail/cruise. Sip on a Mai Tai while soaking in the gorgeous sight of O'ahu's shoreline.
23. Big Island:
The Big Island of Hawaii is an island of wonder and diversity. Visit Rainbow Falls, Volcanoes National Park, Halemaumau Crater, Thurston Lava Tube, Orchid Gardens, Jagger Museum, steam vents, and more. Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see creation taking place!
ROAD TO HANA: Experience breathtaking views winding over steep valleys on the road to Hana. View lush rainforests and magnificent waterfalls.
HALEAKALA TOUR: Journey to the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala in loa Valley State Park and explore the town of Lahaina.
Enjoy the most untouched beauty of this ancient Hawaiian island. Witness the Waimea Canyon — the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Relax and enjoy as you cruise down the Wailua river to the famed Fern Grotto.
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