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Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

1. 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.

Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

2. 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

3. 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

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 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: 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.

South Oahu: Whales, Chocolate & Beaches East Shore Day Trip

6. South Oahu: Whales, Chocolate & Beaches East Shore Day Trip

Set off an adventure around Oahu's East Shore, also known as Windward Oahu, from Honolulu or Waikiki. Visit Halona Blowhole, Makapu'u Lighthouse, the Manoa Chocolate Factory, Kualoa Ranch, Kualoa Regional Park, Chinaman's Hat, and Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm. Begin your day with pickup at your hotel in Honolulu or Waikiki, then drive in an air-conditioned van to Halona Blowhole, where Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity were filmed. Next, head to Makapu'u Lighthouse for a great view of the East Shore. Be on the lookout for whales off the coast from November to May. Everyone needs a little chocolate, so make your next stop at Manoa Chocolate Factory for a chocolate tasting in the historic town of Kailua. After, grab a local farm-style lunch from Kuoloa Ranch, the official film location for Jurassic Park. Take your pick from locally farmed and raised food, including hamburgers made from locally raised beef and garlic shrimp from shrimp raised onsite. The ranch offers vegetarian options too. Lunch is not included in the tour price. After lunch, relax and hang out at the beach in Kualoa Regional Park, across the street from Kualoa Ranch. Swim, bathe, and take photos with Chinaman's Hat — an island shaped like a hat — in the background. Finally, head to the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm for some coffee and macadamia nuts. Make one last stop at Pali Lookout for a breathtaking view of the East Shore of Oahu before returning to your hotel.

Honolulu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

7. Honolulu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

Experience the flavors of Hawaii on this full-day guided food tour. Stop for incredible photos along the way while sampling authentic Hawaiian cuisine. Start your adventure in the morning and head to the coffee shop for a local dish called the musubi. Continue to the Diamond Head Lookout and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. From here, head to Leonard's Bakery and try the famous Portuguese malasada. Next, visit the Halona Blowhole and Makapu'u Lookout to capture the most amazing photos of Hawaii. Now it's time for the famous plate lunch. Try it with shrimp or steak or a combination of both and see why it's one of the most popular meals on the island. Then, treat yourself to a trip to the chocolate factory in Kailua. Learn about Hawaii's history of chocolate and the movement to make it a sustainable industry. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the Ko'olau mountains, and stop at a popular poke shop. Get a sample plate of poke to try the different flavors of this local dish. If you're not interested, don't worry, your tour guide will eat it for you. After, head to a local family spot for a large selection of traditional Hawaiian dishes to sample. Here, enjoy the diverse flavors of Hawaiian food. Finish your tour at one of the most popular shave ice places near Waikiki. Pick up one of these famous treats before being dropped off at the departure point.

Oahu: Sunrise Photo Tour with Professional Photo Guide

8. Oahu: Sunrise Photo Tour with Professional Photo Guide

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.  

From Honolulu: Kailua Shuttle with Hotel Pickup

9. From Honolulu: Kailua Shuttle with Hotel Pickup

Book a round trip shuttle to quaint Kailua and take advantage of plenty of free time to explore every corner at your own pace. This little town is home to excellent restaurants, cafes, antique stores, boutiques, breweries, and, of course, beautiful beaches. Leave your Honolulu hotel early in the morning and enjoy a short ride in an air-conditioned vehicle. Once in Kailua, treat yourself to local food, such as poke bowls and shaved ice. Sample different types of chocolate or rent a bicycle to explore Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach. You can also experience the Lanikai Pillbox Trail, a popular trail on Oahu. Make the most of your time without a strict schedule and head back to your shuttle to be dropped off straight at your hotel.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Kailua

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.

We had the very best tour guide! He was perfect and the places he took us were stunning 10/10 amazing- give Mac a raise!!! One very happy customer!!

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

Awesome!!! Not windy at all, not cold up there. Great experience!