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Visit the most popular island in Hawaii, Oahu, known for its lush green mountain ridges (featured in Jurassic Park), beautiful pristine beaches where the Beach Boys sang, and iconic historic sites like Pearl Harbor. See the natural wonders of the island while also learning about the unique history and culture of Hawaii.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Visit Pearl Harbor, the site of the Japanese attack during WWII. Pay your respects at the USS Arizona Memorial and learn about its tragic and heroic past. Spend a day hearing stories surrounding the Battleship Missouri, the USS Bowfin Submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum to learn the rich history behind one of Hawaii's most somber locations.

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

An icon of Oahu, Diamond Head began as a volcano. This popular site was also once an army base, but now is a moderate hike. Trek to the summit and take in the spectacular views of Waikiki. Guided tours are also available if you are yearning to know more of the history behind Diamond Head.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Nestled in the shade of Diamond Head rests Waikiki beach, Hawaii's most famous beach. Stroll past restaurants, shops, and colorful stands. Want to try out surfing? Take a lesson from the famous beach boys and hear the stories of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of surfing and a Hawaii legend. Not looking for thrills? Lounge on the warm white sand and enjoy the sun.

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Hidden in northern Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center boasts a spectacular display of local and Polynesian culture and customs. Wander through villages and learn the traditions of Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, and Aotearoa, or settle down for a spectacular canoe show on the water. Get a taste of Polynesia at their famed luau, or indulge in local treats as you wander through the scenic grounds.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

Welcome to Jurassic Park...and Jumanji, and more. Kualoa Ranch has been made famous on the silver screen, now see it for yourself. Go by horseback, ATV, boat, or foot and explore this 4000-acre nature preserve. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, this stunning location has views and adventures that are sure to impress.

The North Shore

The North Shore

One of the world's most famous surf spots, Oahu's North Shore is home to a plethora of activities. Shop, surf, dine, hike -- the choice is yours. Looking for a once in a lifetime activity? Grab a snorkel mask and head out to sea to cage dive with Galapagos Sharks. Hang around until sunset for scenery that can't be beat.

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

Visit Hanauma Bay and see the gorgeous marine life that made this little cove famous. Tropical fish, octopus, eels and even turtles -- this bay boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife. Head there early to beat the crowds and be sure to bring cash. The number of daily visitors is limited and the bay is closed on Mondays.

Authentic Hawaiian luau

Authentic Hawaiian luau

A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is accompanied by hula and fire dancing. Get immersed in Hawaiian culture and learn the story of Polynesia at a luau, perfect for honeymooners and families. Upgrade your experience to preferred seating to get the best views of the show.

Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum

Walk with Hawaiian royalty when you visit the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the state's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens. Learn about the history of Hawaii and see the evolution of Hawaiian royalty.

Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls

Take a walk through a Hawaiian rainforest and head to Manoa Falls. This moderate hike through bamboo forest and retired sugar plantation canals leads you to a stunning 150-foot waterfall. Watch out for mud along the way, and be sure to bring cash if you need to park your car.

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What people are saying about Oahu

On time, friendly, knowledgeable, timely

On time, friendly, knowledgeable and timely. I enjoyed our tour guide, the freedom to explore Pearl Harbor on our own and also the audio tour was definitely worth it!!! Thank you for an amazing day!

Staff and experience was absolutely amazing

I’ve never been snorkeling before and the staff was super helpful and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

A wonderful afternoon with unexpected surprises

We had a wonderful tour with Mac. We saw beautiful coastlines with the unexpected pleasure of seeing whales and turtles, as well as being lucky enough to see the blow hole blowing. The sunset did not disappoint either took so many photos.

An experience my kids haven’t stopped talking about

Crew was great and accommodating. Catamaran was fun to ride on. This was my family’s first time whale watching and it didn’t disappoint. We saw several whales during our 2 hours on the water, with one particular baby whale putting on a show for our boat. Within about a 30 minute time frame, this baby whale jumped out of the water, breached, about 20 plus times. I would definitely do this tour again.

Oahu: West Coast Whale Watching Cruise Reviewed by William, 03/21/2019

Wonderful experience with very knowledgeable and friendly staff!

A great experience! Saw several spinner dophin pods and even saw 2 baby dolphins. Dolphins were pretty close to our boat and seemed to like to show off. We also saw two whales while on this boat trip and that was amazing. All in all, a very fun afternoon even though it was a bit chilly.