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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

1. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

2. Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Take a scenic helicopter flight over Oahu and marvel at the island's highlights from the air. Choose between a shared or private tour option to best suit you. See Waikiki Beach, Makapu’u Lighthouse, the Chinaman's Hat, and much more. Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over Honolulu Harbor. See the Aloha Tower, which has been welcoming ships into the harbor for nearly a century. As you soar down the coast, go past the Waikiki beaches, looping around Diamond Head. Shortly, witness Maunalua Bay open in front of your eyes, revealing the island's world-renowned reefs. Be greeted by Makapu’u Lighthouse after the rocky cliffs before you travel up Windward Coast. Pass Lanikai Beach and then see the appropriately named Chinaman’s Hat, the island’s iconic monument. But it’s not all beach and coastline on your tour. Get a chance to experience the lush tropical landscapes of the Ka’a’awa Valley and see the beautiful Sacred Falls. On your homeward journey, catch sight of the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Get an emotional flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The top sights include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Ka’a’awa Valley, Sacred Falls, and Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Oahu: Kailua Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

3. Oahu: Kailua Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

Perfect for beginners or travelers wanting to perfect their skills, this kayak tour has been designed to show off the very best that Hawaii has to offer. Follow a qualified guide to their favorite locations around the bay, visit secluded coves, discover Hawaii’s marine life, and find the best spots to snorkel. During the tour you’ll also protect the island by helping to collect marine plastics as well as learn how to positively interact with wildlife. The tour focuses on sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as the elimination of single-use-plastics at lunch. Get kitted out with all the necessary safety gear before hopping onboard your kayak and heading into the water. The first stop of the day is the beautiful Popoi’a Island, where you can admire and learn about the nesting sea-birds which are protected here. Next, follow your guide on an easy eco-hike around the island, and explore the tide pools that line the shore. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy with a snack break. While you eat, marvel at the magnificent landscapes of dormant volcanoes and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which provide the perfect back drop to learn about Hawaii’s geologic history. Back on the kayak, soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you go in search of the green sea turtles that call these waters their home. Next, enjoy some free time to snorkel in search of colorful marine life, have a go at boogie boarding, or simply relax on the beach.

Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

4. Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

Take beautiful photographs of Hawaii on a photo tour from Waikiki. Capture the stunning colors of the island with the help of a professional photographer guide. Bring any camera you like on our tour and see the best of Hawaii on a photography tour. Visit scenic locations to see the amazing blue waters of the ocean and the skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the fantastic Makapu'u Beach lookout and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at Kailua or Waimanalo for lunch. It's a great tour for anyone who wants to see beautiful locations and spend some time capturing them on their cameras as ever-lasting souvenirs. It's also ideal for cruise ship passengers who want something different to do while in port. Tour leisurely to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape. Stops will be made at: • Tantalus lookout • Pali lookout (admission included) • Ko’olau Mountains • Waimanalo Bay • Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack (not catered)  • Makapu’u Beach lookout • Sandy's Beach Lookout • The Blow Hole • Hawaii Kai • Leonards Malasada (our treat)

Oahu: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

5. Oahu: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

This kayak tour is led by certified lifeguards and true watermen and women, ensuring that your activities for the day go off without incident. During the day you will kayak to some of your guide's favorite spots, including secret, secluded locations throughout the bay where you can discover marine life, great snorkelling spots, a place to kayak surf, discover hidden tide pools, secluded coves, and visit a sea-bird sanctuary.  You will have the opportunity to snorkel with your guide in a live coral reef inside Kailua's turtle feeding grounds and enjoy the idyllic, tropical paradise settings. During your tour, you will collect marine plastics and learn how to positively interact with local wildlife. The local partner is a leader for sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices into their tours such as eliminating single-use-plastics from their lunches.

Oahu: Chocolate, Dolphins and Beaches East Shore Day Trip

6. Oahu: Chocolate, Dolphins and Beaches East Shore Day Trip

Set off on an adventure around Oahu. Visit Halona Blowhole, the Koolau Distillery, Kualoa Ranch, Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm and Turtle Beach. This Adventure showcases Kualoa Ranch as well as other local treats on our Island. We will start our journey with dolphin, whale or monk seal searching. Then we will head to Turtle Bay for some relaxing beach time at turtle bay cove. Here you can search for turtles, snorkel, or just relax at this world class beach. Next, we will be grabbing local farm style food from one of the coolest Ranch venues in the world, Kualoa Ranch! Not only is Kuoloa Ranch the official film location for Jurassic Park and all tropical movies, it offers great locally farmed and raised food. I hope you'll be hungry, their hamburgers are all made of beef locally raised, their garlic shrimp is also raised onsite and is amazing. Don't worry vegetarians they have great vegetarian options too! Lunch is not included in the price. After a great lunch we will continue our adventure to Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm for some coffee and macadamia nuts Our next stop is one of the favorites, we will be tasting Manoa chocolate at Ko‘olau Distillery. One last stop, we will head to Halona Blowhole where Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates and whales are usually seen frolicking around. Take a closer look, to find a lava tunnel!

Oahu: Waterfall Hike & East Side Beach Day

7. Oahu: Waterfall Hike & East Side Beach Day

Aloha this fun filled tour day begins with you being picked up at your hotel or Airbnb in one of our beautiful luxury vehicle’s, either our Mercedes van or our jeep wrangler unlimited either a vehicle will have the sunset mermaid logo on the side of the vehicle, your tour guide will be knowledgeable and experienced on all hikes and about the history and legends of Hawaii. We start with a short 15 minute drive to our 300 foot waterfall hike through Hourman magnificent Rainforest rainforest in Hawaii are the safest forest in the world there are no snakes, bugs, reptiles or insects in Hawaii that can harm you. There are no plants that can cause you any discomfort either. No poison ivy or poison oak. You’re a hike is a beautiful one and a half mile round-trip hike that most everyone can do that’s in fear to good health , after your hike, we will have a Sightseeing tour around the south east end of our island stopping at all the scenic points for viewing of whales during the winter after sightseeing around the south east end of the island we will stop in the sleepy little bitch, a Kailua for lunch after lunch, we will proceed to the beach for the second half of the day we provide beach chairs along with snorkel gear and floatations for your convenience. All you need to bring our towels from your hotel for after swimming our beaches have changing rooms, fresh water, showers, and flushing toilets. Please remember to bring plenty of sunblock so that you can protect yourself from our Hawaiian son at the end of the day, we will proceed back to your hotel for your final drop off.

Oahu Bundle: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

8. Oahu Bundle: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your ultimate companion for exploring the vibrant island of Oahu, Hawaii. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through stunning beaches, lush valleys, iconic landmarks, and cultural treasures. As you begin your tour of Oahu with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be immersed in the island's natural beauty, rich history, and unique cultural experiences. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, sharing insights into the island's geology, marine life, Hawaiian traditions, and local tips. The app will guide you through the historic district of downtown Honolulu, where you can explore attractions such as Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, and the iconic King Kamehameha Statue. Discover the vibrant food scene, explore local markets, and learn about the city's fascinating past. Continue your exploration as you venture to the North Shore, a surfer's paradise renowned for its massive waves and laid-back vibe. The app will guide you to famous surf spots like Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline, where you can witness surfers tackling the legendary breaks. Enjoy the pristine beaches, indulge in delicious shrimp from the local food trucks, and explore the charming town of Haleiwa. Discover the natural beauty of Oahu's eastern coast as the app leads you to scenic spots like the Halona Blowhole and the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views, spot humpback whales (during the season), and capture the beauty of rugged cliffs and sparkling turquoise waters. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and lushness of the island as you journey to the stunning Ko'olau Mountains. The app will guide you through scenic drives and recommend hiking trails where you can marvel at waterfalls, tropical foliage, and panoramic views of the island's interior. Experience the cultural richness of Oahu by visiting sites such as the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Byodo-In Temple. Learn about the diverse Polynesian cultures, enjoy traditional performances, and soak in the serene ambiance of the temple. As you explore the island, the Shaka Guide app will recommend local eateries, hidden gems, and cultural experiences that will enhance your visit to Oahu. Whether it's trying local Hawaiian dishes, or snorkeling in pristine waters, the app will provide valuable insights to make the most of your trip. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your tour of Oahu will be enriched with fascinating stories, natural insights, and practical information. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes and vibrant culture of Oahu, Hawaii.

Hidden Hawaii Waterfall Hike & Beach Tour (pickup + photos!)

9. Hidden Hawaii Waterfall Hike & Beach Tour (pickup + photos!)

We will start the tour by picking you up from your location/Airbnb/Hotel (in town/Waikiki) There are many hiking options here on Oahu from majestic waterfalls to amazing ridges with views of the island. I am an expert on most hikes here so I will start by asking you what type of hike you are interested in doing and how difficult you are able to manage. Hiking here is like no where else. Each hike is unique and beautiful, there is no wrong choice. (Everyone always wants to do waterfalls but ridge hikes are also quite amazing here) I can also give you my expertise on what else to do on the island. I have lived here for 14 years so I have a good knowledge on most things here. I would also love to educate you on the island and the culture. After the hike we stop by a lookout 1200 feet over the East Side of the island. Next we grab boba or a snack before heading to the beach. Then we take our snacks to the beach, most often we check out Lani Kai beach, a very beautiful and famous beach. If you want to see another beach just lmk. I’m a pretty fun and outgoing person so I trust you will enjoy your time spent with me and we will each have a new friend by the end! Aloha and Mahalo. I can’t wait to show you the secrets of Hawaii! Other things to note Be prepared to hike, bring everything you might need: water, backpack, hiking or water shoes are a must, a change of shoes-flip flops/sandals are also necessary. Also please wear your bathing suit under your clothes because there will not be a place to change. Hikes can tend to be muddy so just be prepared to get dirty!

Oahu: Honolulu Sunrise Photos Tour with Malasadas

10. Oahu: Honolulu Sunrise Photos Tour with Malasadas

The Golden Sunrise Tour is something that you can't miss! When the sun breaks over the horizon on O'ahu and lights up the sky with its brilliance, there's nothing to compare with its majesty. Wake up your senses with the dramatic feel of this spectacular dawn of the day. There are many different spots to choose from, but this tour ensures you will experience the best ones. After the sunrise, you'll explore the area for more great photos with beautiful lookouts, and secluded beaches you will also enjoy a well-earned Malasada from Leonards bakery (not included in the price). This tour is 3 hours long.  

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What people are saying about Kailua

Had a great day out with Mac. He kept us entertained the whole way with his knowledge and expertise! Got some really fantastic photos to make everyone at home jealous. Would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a shorter tour to take in a lot of beautiful sights, we even saw some whales swimming quite close to the coast. The perfect last day in Oahu!

Love this app!!! Shakra was one of the best parts of our trip to Hawaii!!! We love to go off the beaten path on our time & this app was the perfect companion!!! Can’t wait to see if future travels in other parts of the world have it available!!!

Fantastic way to see the island. We had a really memorable flight and experience

I had a great time! The tour was complete and enjoyable! Thank you

super informative. seen a lot of the island by using this app!