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Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

1. Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a peaceful cruise off the coast of Honolulu complete with a snorkeling experience where you'll get the chance to swim with turtles. (Disclaimer: Marine life can't be guaranteed and every trip is different. Thank you for your understanding!) Board your catamaran at the Kewalo Basin Harbor and set out to explore the waters off the coast of Oahu. As you cruise, sit back and relax on the multi-level deck and admire panoramic views of Hawaii's tropical scenery. Water, soft drinks, and snacks are provided on board. Then, hop into the water and swim within a safe viewing distance of the tropical fish and turtles that regularly frequent these waters. If you visit between December and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.

Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

2. Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

A Luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast that features traditional foods and entertainment. Take this opportunity to enjoy cultural activities, performances, and a buffet dinner right in the heart of Honolulu. Sit back and relax as you go on a journey through Polynesia. This spectacular event includes unique cultural activities where you can learn the hula, delicious Hawaiian food, and an authentic Polynesian show. Begin with some cultural activities before you taste traditional flavors and finish by watching a Polynesian performance including the fireknife dance. Menu Rice Macaroni salad Tossed green salad with lilikoi dressing Kalua pig cabbage BBQ shoyu chicken Long rice noodles with garlic Steamed vegetables Cake with haupia drizzle

Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

3. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

Get tickets to the oceanfront dinner theatre of Ka Moana Luau and enjoy an evening of Polynesian entertainment and a tropical-themed buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome Mai Tai with the celebrity option. Upgrade your experience by choosing hotel transfers from Waikiki. Get access to Sea Life Park Hawaii. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

Oahu: Coral Crater Zipline Tour

4. Oahu: Coral Crater Zipline Tour

Feel your adrenaline pump while flying through the air on a zipline experience at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Have a memorable time as you glide through the air and select to ride 3 or 6 times. Follow your guides as they lead you through 3 or 6 ziplines ranging from 300 to 900 feet. This tour is for those looking to experience a safe, thrilling, high-flying experience. The ziplines feature a modern braking system, which means that zipliners do not need to control their speed or stop themselves, allowing all ages and abilities to participate in this activity. Your expert guides will be with you throughout the adventure.

Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset Luau

5. Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset Luau

Enjoy a completely intimate Luau experience in Wakiki of just 40+ people, rather than a crowded 500. Experience various cultural activities, an authentic Luau Dinner, and a Polynesian show, with a Mai Tai cocktail as your partner. Conveniently located in Waikiki, arrive at Oahu’s only penthouse luau dinner show at the Imperial Hawaii Resort. Get settled as the doors open, and participate in some fun cultural activities like shell necklace making. Sit down for your traditional Luau dinner, with delicious Kalua Pig cabbage, BBQ Shoyu Chicken, Macaroni Salad, Chicken long rice, and much much more. Partake in a piece of cake with Haupia drizzle, before the Polynesian Show begins. Watch the stunning mix between culture, dance, and presentation as the show unfolds. Sip on a Mai Tai, or cocktail of your choice, with a buy one get one offer to make it a double.

Oahu: Kids Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach (up to 12)

6. Oahu: Kids Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach (up to 12)

Whether surfing is something the kids have been begging to try forever, or you simply want something to enhance their time on Oahu, this 2-hour surf lesson should be just the ticket. Available for “keiki” (Hawaiian for “child” or “little one”) aged between 4 and 12 years old, lessons are carried out by professional, patient surf instructors that provide young surfers with the optimal surf experience and the greatest level of care. Watch as the little ones accelerate their confidence, learning surfing tips and techniques via 1-on-1 instruction. All lessons include at least 20 minutes of beach technique, how to stand up your surfboard proper way, safety and etiquette instruction, and more than an hour of open-ocean instruction. You will leave with a Surfer Girl Academy original gift sticker and surf pictures service (optional) to remember the day your kid caught a break, and you can rest assured that the surf academy comes with the best customer service reputation in the industry.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

7. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

Honolulu: Diamond Head Sunrise and Parasailing Tour

8. Honolulu: Diamond Head Sunrise and Parasailing Tour

Experience a Hawaiian sunrise at Honolulu's iconic landmark, Diamond Head, and have an unforgettable experience parasailing in the sea. Experience Oahu from mountain to ocean on this tour. Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel and hike up Diamond Head. Reach the observation deck at the top of the mountain and enjoy panoramic views of Waikiki and the vast ocean from the observation deck. Wake up with the sun and experience a refreshing morning. After your Diamond Head sunrise, make your way back down the mountain towards the sea. Get ready to parasail and choose from 3 heights to fly at. As you glide through the sky, feel like a bird while looking down at the emerald blue sea. Your tour concludes in the late morning when you will be dropped back off at your hotel so you have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.

Oahu: Sea Life Park General Admission Ticket

9. Oahu: Sea Life Park General Admission Ticket

Spend a day surrounded by marine wildlife at Sea Life Park, nestled between the majestic Koʻolau mountain range and Makapu’u Point, only a short picturesque ride away from Waikiki. This attraction is a place to marvel at marine mammals, sea lions, rays, sharks, native fish and more. With a focus on educational and interactive programs, don’t miss the numerous feedings, shows, and trainer talks held throughout the day. Explore the Humboldt Penguin habitat, where you can watch these South American birds swim, waddle, and dive. Get up close and personal at the Discover Reef Touch Pool, where you can encounter sea stars, urchins, and even baby honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) at the only active breeding colony in the United States. Crawl into the tunnel and watch native Hawaiian fish swim by. Head over to the dolphin show to see their incredible abilities, and check out the Hawaiian Reef Aquarium to see sharks and stingrays. Stroll through the aviary with its free-flying birds and experience feeding cockatiels or lovebirds during your stay. Observe sea-life in action during daily trainer talks sharing insights on the behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, penguins, and other awe-inspiring animals.  

Oahu: Aerial Adventure, Climbing, & Freefall Experience

10. Oahu: Aerial Adventure, Climbing, & Freefall Experience

Take on the challenge on the Adventure Tower at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Have access to the Aerial Challenge Course, freefall tower, and climbing wall for a thrilling experience. Explore the 2-level jungle gym Aerial Challenge Course that measures 60 feet in height. Climb, abseil, and jump along the course which features 18 obstacle elements. Try the freefall tower and take a leap from the 50-foot tower. Showcase your Ninja skills on the climbing wall and impress your friends by being the fastest one to the top. Get tips from instructors to help rope you in and give you some pointers to get you going. Improve your climbing skills and get stronger from the wall's different ability levels.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Awesome crew Well experienced Would recommend anyone for this if it's your first time Joseph and his partner was awesome and very helpful The location is amazing lots of farm animals Parking is easy and plenty of spaces Would recommend after 12pm to avoid the sun but if you don't mind Very friendly atmosphere The workers treat/greet with respect The workers show alot of love to the animals wich made me realize they are a caring and passionate crew They actually let you feed the chickens wich I was not expecting I only tried the half zipline They had a giant adult jungle gym wich I will try next time I am in hawaii I would recommend all 6 ziplines wich I wish I would ahve gotten but 3 was also fine for me One best moment was the final race at the end The location is not hard to find They also take pictures so do not worry The website also provides the photos for purchase next day but have to have valid email Well that's all folks for my review I am just typing left over characters

Great Performance, dinner was delicious well organized event and the decoration was incredible sweet and inspiring with the amazing view in the background of the stage of the beautiful Manana Island. Charming show very interactive with audience. Super fun! Definitely I will come back again and refer this phenomenal experience!

Great experience for my son, he loved every minute of this lesson. We just booked another lesson for another day.

Intimate gathering in the heart of Waikiki! Organized well, great food and amazing entertainment!!!!! Loved it!!

Such an amazing experience! Loved every minute of it. Has to be the luau with the best view!