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Our most recommended Oahu Day Trips

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

1. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Go snorkeling through coral reefs with graceful green sea turtles on a guided boat tour from Honolulu. Jump beneath the waves at different diving spots and have the chance to see sharks, stingrays, and octopus with colorful fish. Experience beautiful views of the Waikiki coastline on the way. Make your way to the dive shop and meet your guide and group for the day. Briefly go over the different snorkeling spots before cruising off the coast towards Turtle Canyon and enjoying the views of Oahu disappearing behind you. Warm up with a light surface session and see how many fish you can spot in the crystal clear water. Move on to one of the favorite reef sites in Honolulu and have the chance to swim alongside green sea turtles in their natural habitat while keeping a safe distance. Get back into the boat and share your experience with your crew as you relax on deck and stare out into the stretching sea. Watch the shoreline of Waikiki coming quickly into view and return to the dive shop.

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

2. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

3. From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Rainforest Tour with Healthy Lunch

Explore the Manoa Valley Rainforest on a guided nature walk to the stunning Manoa Falls. Enjoy pickup and drop-off in Waikiki in an airconditioned coach. Stay hydrated with complimentary water and stit down to a delicious lunch.  Be picked up by your guide in an comfortable coach in Waikiki and travel straight to the Manoa Falls trailhead. Follow your guide along the the 1.5-mile trail as it winds through tropical rainforest that was used as a backdrop in the film 'Jurassic Park' and the TV show 'Lost.' Take in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest and the sounds of native birds. Stroll through a bamboo forest and a natural tree arch. Admire the breathtaking and lush scenery of Hawaii while your guide tells you Hawaiian cultural facts and history. Reach the end of the trail to be dazzled by 150 feet of cascading freshwater, the tallest accessible waterfall in Oahu. Capture pictures and soak up the atmosphere before heading back along the trail the way you came. Stop for a healthy power lunch and at Tantalus Lookout. Gaze out at the Diamond Head volcano cone and the Waikiki skyline from this vantage point. After your day of adventure, arrive back in Waikiki at around 1:30 PM.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

4. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

5. Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

Join us for Surfer Girl Academy's most popular surf lesson. Get the best value for top-notch instruction and supervision from lifeguard-certified instructors. The group lesson pairs individuals in a ratio of no more than 4:1 for every surfer to surf instructor. The lesson is for those who simply want to feel the thrill of surfing. The lesson entails a 20-30 minute dry land instruction on the basics of surfing along with general ocean safety and directions on how to stand up on the surfboard properly. Actual water time will consist of over 70 minutes after the land instruction is complete.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

6. 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.

From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

7. From Oahu: Wild Dolphin and Wildlife Watch with Snorkeling

Discover what more than 300,000 guests have experienced and share an unforgettable encounter with dolphins in their natural Hawaii habitat on Oahu's west shore. Take a cruise along the stunning west coast of Oahu, and take in views of wild spinner dolphins in crystal clear ocean waters. Participate in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles. Relax and enjoy the trip while trained guides, lifesavers, and free divers make sure everyone is safe and comfortable in the water. Enjoy included access to kayaks and SUP boards or relax on the boat after snorkeling, and be entertained with hula dancing and ukulele performances from staff or as they answer questions on Hawaiian culture and history.

Oahu: Authentic Hawaiian Sailing Adventure to Mokuluas

8. 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.

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

9. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

10. Oahu: Morning Snorkel Sail along Waikiki Beach

Embark on a sailing tour, absorbing from a distance the Waikiki sights. Once far enough out at sea, you will have the opportunity to partake in a thrilling snorkeling experiences where you will be able to see Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. If you don’t see turtles, you will be invited to come back and redo the tour free of charge. During whale season (December through April), you will also stop to watch these majestic mammals in their natural environment. Your guides will be onboard to facilitate your experience every step of the way. Departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor, Waikiki, you will board your 53-foot sailing catamaran, complete with a 49-passenger capacity.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,025 reviews

We had an amazing time sailing. Our captains, John & Toby, were a wealth of information about the history/cultural significance of “the Mokes”. This activity included a bit of everything…beach time, wildlife (monk seal, birds & crabs), paddling, sailing, hiking and playing in the waves. The wa’a (canoe) was very stable and none of us felt in danger, even with the wind and big waves. Paddling the canoe was easier than we thought. We did get wet, but our stuff didn’t! They supplied quality dry bags for our items. Once at the island, we hiked up to Queens Bath. Even though John and Toby hiked up barefoot, you’re going to need no slip shoes of some sort. It’s very rocky, but easy if you follow the guides. I have double knee replacements and didn’t have a bit of trouble. It has an amazing view and well worth it! Not once did we feel rushed and were so relaxed the entire time. It was a great way to end our vacation. This was by far my 13-year daughter’s favorite activity.

This is an incredible tour, so much to see, never a dull moment and a great oversight of Oahu. Our guide Felix was amazing, while waiting for everyone to join back on the bus he would serenade the guests with his Ukulele, this made what was already a great trip even more special. The Dole plantation was busy, but Felix told us where to go to be able to see and get what we wanted. Stops were frequent, and worthwhile, including the Kualoa Ranch was cool, and across the road was the Chinaman's hat. And the temple was spectacular. If you want to see a bit of everything, experiencing so much, then this is the trip for you, highly recommended.

I loved it! My tour was filled with divers so I had the snorkel instructor to myself!!!! She was amazing and helpful. They provide snacks and drinks on the boat for free! The staff was amazing. I would book another trip with them.

It was a great last minute booking tour saw all the island sights

It was our guide who really made the tour fun and informative.