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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.

Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

2. 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

Honolulu: Full-Day Guided Hawaiian Food and Photo Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Diamond Head Hike and Kailua Town Visit

5. From Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Kailua Town Visit

Join this day trip from Honolulu and start your morning with an invigorating hike to the summit of Diamond Head. Then, head to Kailua, a popular tourist attraction on the east coast of the island of Oahu. Enjoy the convenience of return transfers from Honolulu and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Hop aboard at one of the pickup points and set out on your Oahu adventure. First stop – Diamond Head State Monument. This iconic landmark sits near the eastern edge of Waikiki's coastline and boasts one of the island's most popular hiking trails. Set out to conquer this trail, making your way to the summit to admire breathtaking views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the surrounding area. After your hike, it's time for some retail therapy. Hop back aboard your air-conditioned carriage and head to Kailua town. Make the most of 5 hours of free time to explore this popular tourist attraction, browsing the many boutiques and dining on delicious food at great restaurants and cafes. Shop at the local Whole Foods, visit the chocolatier and sample different kinds of chocolate, or hire a bicycle and ride to the stunning Kailua Beach. End your day with a convenient and comfortable transfer back to Honolulu.

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.

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What people are saying about Kailua

Excellent. Our best tour operator yet. The itinerary was carefully thought through and well balanced. The trip represented great travel for the cost. Our booking was easy, the pre-information packet was timely and thorough. Everything worked like clockwork. However, it was the genius of the itinerary, coupled with our passionate guide, Drew (Andrew), that put this trip into the A plus category. Drew made sure we had a good time and we had a very good time. Our teenage son who did not speak much on the tour, loved it as well.

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.

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!