Things to do in
Honolulu

From shark dives to scenic hikes, you get a real island mix of things to do in this Polynesian capital.

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Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

1. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, and City Tour

Spend the day visiting the most important historical sites and landmarks of Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu City Hall, and more. Begin your tour with a visit to Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Enjoy the exhibits, galleries, and displays before boarding a Navy boat shuttle for a tour of the harbor along “Battleship Row.” Step off the boat to explore the USS Arizona Memorial, then continue to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater. See the historical landmark against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush foliage. Wrap up your experience with a narrated tour of downtown Honolulu. Spot the impressive state buildings and learn about the Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch and the only royal palace in the United States. Make your way to the Hawaii State Capitol grounds. See the Eternal Flame, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, Liberty Bell, the majestic statue of King Kamehameha, and Kawaiahao Church.

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

2. 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: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

3. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

Get tickets to the oceanfront dinner theatre of Ka Moana Luau and enjoy an evening of Polynesian entertainment and a tropical-themed buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome Mai Tai with the celebrity option. Upgrade your experience by choosing hotel transfers from Waikiki. Get access to Sea Life Park Hawaii. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

4. Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

A Luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast that features traditional foods and entertainment. Take this opportunity to enjoy cultural activities, performances, and a buffet dinner right in the heart of Honolulu. Sit back and relax as you go on a journey through Polynesia. This spectacular event includes unique cultural activities where you can learn the hula, delicious Hawaiian food, and an authentic Polynesian show. Begin with some cultural activities before you taste traditional flavors and finish by watching a Polynesian performance including the fireknife dance. Menu Rice Macaroni salad Tossed green salad with lilikoi dressing Kalua pig cabbage BBQ shoyu chicken Long rice noodles with garlic Steamed vegetables Cake with haupia drizzle

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

5. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

Be picked up from a select number of locations in Honolulu and spend the day exploring a part of US history in Honolulu. See Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri, and Honolulu. Arrive at Pearl Harbor and be transported back in time with an audio guide tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. See footage and memorabilia from the attack on Pearl Harbor as you admire the final resting place of the sunken ship. See Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri, up close, and walk the decks while you listen to its storied history from your guide. Visit the Battleship Missouri, also known as Mighty Mo, and walk the decks of the battleship. Learn about the history of the ship and its role in ending WWII. From Pearl Harbor, head to Honolulu. Pass Hawaii icons like the King Kamehameha Statue, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Punchbowl, the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and Kawaiahao Church.

From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

6. From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of Oahu's south shore as you sail towards the volcanic tuff cone of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) as the sun dips below the horizon on this tour from Honolulu. Hear about Waikīkī with facinating commentary from the local crew. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort. Have the chance to bring your own food and drink to enjoy while you sail. Enjoy a comfortable ride as the crew shares their knowledge about Waikīkī, the thriving farm productions, and royalty that have frequented the area throughout history. Learn about its transition into an urban society. Leave with a newfound appreciation for the people and marine life of Hawaii, and then gaze in awe as the sun reflects off the city skyline, overlooked by the towering peak of Diamond Head, at magical sunset hour.

Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

7. Honolulu: Pearl Habor Tour with Arizona Memorial

Hear fascinating stories on this tour of Pearl Harbor and downtown Honolulu. Witness the key sites and memorials to the 1941 attack, and experience the island's wartime history. Begin this tour with pickup in Waikiki. Travel first to Pearl Harbor and ride the navy launch to the USS Arizona Memorial. Visit the sombre monument above a sunken battleship from the day of the attack. Explore the memorials to the many groups who lost their lives, and pause to reflect at the wall of remembrance. Return to your waiting van for a historic tour of downtown Honolulu. Your expert guide will explain what it was like to live on the island during wartime. See sights including Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, King Kamehameha Statue and Aloha Tower as you learn about the fascinating history of this historic place.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

8. 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: Diamond Head Sunrise Hike with Acai Bowl

9. Oahu: Diamond Head Sunrise Hike with Acai Bowl

Enjoy an early morning hike to see the sunrise and taste local gourmet food. Start your day with a hike in Diamond Head, a volcanic cone famous for its crystal clusters, and finish up your tour with an acai bowl at a local hotspot. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to the trailhead to start your 30-minute hike. Take in views of Waikiki from the peak of your journey, enjoy 360-degree panoramic views, and watch the sunrise. After climbing the mountain, start your day in a healthy way with a mini acai bowl at Cafe Bogart's, a popular spot with locals, before returning to your hotel at around 9 AM.

Oahu: North Shore Zip Line Adventure with Farm Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Honolulu

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,776 reviews

It truly is a beginners course. We were safe and it was quite fun! A little confusing to get to so please watch the instructions they give you!

It was a really excellent activity. Lots of interesting facts as we drove around and the food was really good as well.

Captain Anthony and crew run a top rated sunset cruise experience in a personal and engaging atmosphere.

Great tool to get about. The narration was useful and entertaining

This tour’s is excellent, on time, and the views is amazing