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Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this two-hour tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

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

2. 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. 

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

3. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

Be picked up from a select number of locations in Honolulu and spend the day exploring a part of US history in Honolulu. See Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri, and Honolulu. Arrive at Pearl Harbor and be transported back in time with an audio guide tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. See footage and memorabilia from the attack on Pearl Harbor as you admire the final resting place of the sunken ship. See Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri, up close, and walk the decks while you listen to its storied history from your guide. Visit the Battleship Missouri, also known as Mighty Mo, and walk the decks of the battleship. Learn about the history of the ship and its role in ending WWII. From Pearl Harbor, head to Honolulu. Pass Hawaii icons like the King Kamehameha Statue, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Punchbowl, the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and Kawaiahao Church.

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

4. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Snorkel over coral reefs with green sea turtles on a guided boat tour from Honolulu. Look beneath the waves and have the chance to see sharks, stingrays, octopus, and 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 at 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: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

5. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

See a spectacular sunset and beautiful city lights views aboard Hawaii's only full-service bar and lounge on the sea. This will be an unforgettable yacht cruise experience with a spacious open-air top deck to experience Waikiki's lovely sea breeze and picturesque skyline. You will receive a complimentary welcome drink upon boarding. Additional drinks and packaged snacks are available for purchase. See iconic Hawaii landmarks, such as Honolulu Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Waikiki coastline from a unique vantage point. You can also sip on a cocktail in the modern air-conditioned lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for taking in coastline views.

Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

6. Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This ocean adventure off the North Shore of Oahu lets you snorkel up close and personal with our marine friends. This tour operates from May 1st to Oct 31 and is closed during the high surf winter months. Dolphins, rays, turtles, and native Hawaiian reef fish are known to frequent the area. Some of the reef fish are found nowhere else in the world. Humpback whales make their annual journey to Hawaii between the months of November to April, so you can really see them strut their stuff in the pristine blue waters.

From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

7. From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of Oahu's south shore as you sail towards the volcanic tuff cone of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) as the sun dips below the horizon on this tour from Honolulu. Hear about Waikīkī with facinating commentary from the local crew. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort. Have the chance to bring your own food and drink to enjoy while you sail. Enjoy a comfortable ride as the crew shares their knowledge about Waikīkī, the thriving farm productions, and royalty that have frequented the area throughout history. Learn about its transition into an urban society. Leave with a newfound appreciation for the people and marine life of Hawaii, and then gaze in awe as the sun reflects off the city skyline, overlooked by the towering peak of Diamond Head, at magical sunset hour.

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

8. 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.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

9. 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.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

10. 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. 

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4.8 / 5

based on 414 reviews

I highly recommend scheduling this tour toward the beginning of your vacation, if possible! Our guide, Sai, was knowledgeable and so kind. This tour gave us the opportunity to get out of the Waikiki area and discover a few new places to add to our itinerary. Because of this tour we changed our plans for a day, rented a car, and explored more around North Shore! The snacks, samples and lunch were delicious! Definitely try the fried banana at the fruit stand and the Dole whip at the Dole Plantation, even though those cost extra (they are so worth it ) I can't say enough about how awesome this tour was!

Very happy that the tour covers so much. The downtown Honolulu and Chinatown viewing was just enough that it saved us from giving up another day to sightseeing. I highly recommend this tour as it includes The Mighty Mo as well as the Arizona Memorial. Our guide, Kobo, was professional, personable and taught us a wee bit of Hawaiian.

This was one of the best things on our trip. It's so much better than renting a car. Our drivers were great tour guides. This is something that you need to do at the start of your trip so you know where to go and what to do later in your vacation.

They are very helpful and understanding of the level if Snorkler you are. Personally don't think it's for a first time Snorkler. It was easy to find the boat. They are really friendly it was really fun

Nacho Tiffany Chris and Jim were really helpful and friendly guides. Beautiful location.