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Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

1. Kailua: 2-Hour 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: Twin Islands Guided Kailua Kayak Tour

2. 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: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

3. 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 skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the marine reserve of Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Visit Sandy Beach and the Makapu’u Point Lookout on Oahu's southeastern tip. 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 at an easy pace to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape along the way. 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  • The Blow Hole lookout • Lana’i lookout • Hanauma Bay

Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

4. Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility of a road trip. This app will take you to O'ahu's best beaches and landscapes, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems. Explore the gorgeous and green Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain for some breathtaking city views. After, visit the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery and learn about its unique significance. Experiences you can have on the tour are: •⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline •⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley •⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa •⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks) •⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation •⁠ Hike Diamond Head Crater •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay •⁠ Hike Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail •⁠ Relax at Lanikai Beach •⁠ Grab lunch in Kailua Town •⁠ Explore Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain

Oahu: Authentic Hawaiian Sailing Adventure to Mokuluas

5. Oahu: Authentic Hawaiian Sailing Adventure to Mokuluas

Sail Kailua with local watermen on the wa’a (canoe) while learning about its history and cultural significance to Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures. You will be given the opportunity to explore the ecosystem as you discover the coral reefs of Kailua with honu and other native species of fish. Enjoy the views of the Ko’olau range surrounding us as your guides tell the mo’olelo (stories) of various Ahupua’a (land divisions) that make up Kailua and the Ka Iwi coastline. Watch as the indigenous seabirds such as ‘Iwa (Great Frigate) and ‘Ua‘u kani (Wedge-tail Shearwter) fly close by. On Mokulua Nui, hike to the Queen’s Bath for a truly spectacular view. Back on the beach, taste some local treats, relax, and simply take in the serenity of the isolated beach.

From Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike, Kailua Town & Kaneohe Bay

6. From Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike, Kailua Town & Kaneohe Bay

Explore the very best of Oahu in a single day. Start with an early-morning hike, then head to Kailua town for some shopping. End your day with fun water activities on a trip to the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar. Begin your day-long Oahu adventure with a convenient pickup in Honolulu and head to your first stop for the day, Diamond Head State Monument. Hike the Diamond Head Trail and marvel at expansive, 360-degree views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the surrounding areas from the top of the crater. After your invigorating morning hike, it's time to head to the nearby town of Kailua. Located on the east coast of Oahu, this picturesque town offers a selection of incredible restaurants, boutique stores, and breweries. Make the most of your 3 hours of free time in this quaint town. Browse the local stores, check out the poke bar in whole foods, or head to the local chocolatier to sample different types of chocolate. End your day with a trip to Kaneohe Bay, one of Oahu's most idyllic areas. Hop onto a boat and head out to the Kaneohe Sandbar, a natural formation located at the center of the reef-protected bay. Spend 3 hours here, soaking up the sun and enjoying a range of water activities including a sandbar walk, snorkeling, kayaking, water volleyball, banana boat rides, and bumper tube rides. Take in the breathtaking scenery with panoramic views of the Koolau Mountains and nearby islets. Refuel with a light lunch served on the boat which includes a croissant sandwich, salad, fresh pineapple, and chips. End your day with a transfer back to Honolulu by air-conditioned bus.

Kailua: 2.5-Hour SUP Lesson

7. Kailua: 2.5-Hour SUP Lesson

Stand-up paddling combines the thrill of surfing with the techniques of paddling, which when combined create a match made in heaven. This activity offers a variety of conditions, from flat-water cruising and moderate chop to rolling waves.   Lessons generally stick to the calmest areas to practice basic strokes and techniques. Your lesson begins with paddling instructions and a brief introduction class at the beach center. From there you’ll head to the Kailua Beach Park, where your instructor will help you launch your board and eventually stand up. Your group will then head out towards Popo’ia, also known as “Flat Island”, where you will typically land to enjoy a break and island tour.

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What people are saying about Kailua

Micah was our guide on Monday and we enjoyed being driven to the beautiful locations with Micah explaining different past and current history about the island from the homes, plants, animals and neighboring islands. He shared information on different hikes we should try as well as giving us tips on how to better use our cameras and tips for our i phones. He made the day fun for each of us.

Great day for my daughter and I on the water. We got a nice workout at a really comfortable pace so we could enjoy being on the ocean and taking lots of pictures. The eco tour on the island was really fun, the tide pools, birds and "queen's bath." We had a really fun and energetic guide and a small group, which made it really fun.

Goose was amazing! Incredibly view throughout the trip and Goose was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in kayaking. We had a calm day so it was very doable, but definitely confirm with them regarding the difficulty depending on the time of the year.

Kurt was fantastic! So much good energy, I had a great day exploring the east side!

Really good fun. Lots of tips. Loved all the foodie suggestions.