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Waikiki Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

1. Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

If adventure is what you seek, join this daily boat tour. Enjoy the beauty of Hawaii’s South Shore as you head out from the slip in the Kewalo Basin Harbor and head toward Lē’ahi. Discover the underwater world while staying dry with the glass-bottom boat. Aboard the Haleiwa Queen, enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor as you cruise over live tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s shipwrecks. Keep an eye out for honu sea turtles, eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all from the deck of the vessel through the glass bottom boat viewports. Experience a unique perspective of Honolulu, above and below the surface.

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Cruise and Snorkel Excursion

2. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Cruise and 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 immersive 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.

Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Whale Watching Cruise

3. Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset and Whale Watching Cruise

It is finally that time of year where the beautiful humpback whales make their return to the Hawaiian islands after migrating from Alaska! Step aboard the Island Princess and catch the beautiful sunset on the Waikiki horizon while searching for our seasonal humpback whales! Explore the bay of Waikiki and see Diamond Head Crater (Lē‘ahi Crater), check out the gorgeous turquoise waters, and learn about the majestic creatures and the local area with our experienced and knowledgeable crew! Bring your own beverages, sit back, and enjoy the view!

From Oahu: Big Island Volcano Helicopter Adventure

4. From Oahu: Big Island Volcano Helicopter Adventure

Experience Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on an inter-island adventure from Oahu. Explore the Big Island via helicopter, discover the area around Hilo town with your driver-guide, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Meet at the Honolulu International Airport and fly from Oahu to Hilo on Hawaii Island. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, peer into the depths of Halema’uma’u Crater, which has doubled in size since the recent 2018 eruption that drastically altered the island’s landscape. Watch steam clouds form as groundwater seeps into hot volcanic rock at the famous Steam Vents. Drive down the scenic Chain of Craters Road. Enjoy an included take-out picnic lunch from Millie’s in the park to refresh and relax. Take a 45-minute helicopter tour over the areas with the most recent volcanic activity, weather permitting. See the largest rainforest in the USA and Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and recently erupted Mauna Loa.

Waikiki: Parasailing Paradise Water Sports

5. Waikiki: Parasailing Paradise Water Sports

Soar above the vibrant city of Oahu on a peaceful but exciting parasailing trip. Take off from the scenic Waikiki Beach and take in views of the island's golden sand beaches, turquoise waters, and cityscape. You'll even catch a unique glimpse of Diamond Head from a privileged perspective. Enjoy a truly introspective experience by flying away from the hustle and bustle of the area. All the noise from the boat and the city will cut away as you ascend, leaving you and your flight buddy in your own bubble of paradise. Make the most of your Hawaii holiday and experience Oahu in a unique way. Seize this incredible opportunity to go parasailing in the company of a professional team, providing all the necessary instructions and high-quality equipment to keep you safe at all times.

Waikiki Friday Fireworks Cruise with Pickup and Drop-off

6. Waikiki Friday Fireworks Cruise with Pickup and Drop-off

Discover the beauty of Diamond Head. Watch a brilliant display of colors as fireworks go off over the golden sands of Waikiki beach. Sip on 2 alcoholic drinks, water, and juice, and enjoy some snacks along the way.  Show your voucher at the ticket booth and board a comfortable boat. Cast off and make a toast with your drink as you admire the views of the coast. Capture pictures of the Diamond Head volcanic cone in the glow of the setting sun.  Cruise along the palm tree-lined Waikiki beach and watch a stunning fireworks display after the sun has set. Admire views of the city as it lights up for the night. On clear nights, see the moon rising above the water. Return to your meeting point at the end of your cruise. 

Oahu: Dolphin Watching with Lunch and Ocean Sports

7. Oahu: Dolphin Watching with Lunch and Ocean Sports

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.

Honolulu: Whale Watching Cruise with Pickup and Drop-Off

8. Honolulu: Whale Watching Cruise with Pickup and Drop-Off

Cruise along the coast of Waikiki to the area with a crew that knows where the whales are most active on this tour from Honolulu. Discover the joy of watching whales as they play in the sea. Take a cruise where sightings are guaranteed or your next trip is free.  Board a comfortable and spacious double deck catamaran that provides plenty of exceptional viewing angles. Embark on a whale-finding mission off the coast of Oahu. Watch Humpback whales as they gather in Hawaii between the months of December and April to mate, give birth, and nurse their young. Witness these playful and surprisingly acrobatic animals in the wild. Learn about the strong cultural value they have to native Hawaiians, as a whale is the representation of Kanaloa, the god of all ocean life. Try to spot some frolicking dolphins along the way. Stay hydrated and keep your energy up with snacks, juice, and water onboard. Get help from the crew with spotting the whales. Return to your meeting point at the end of your whale watching experience. 

Honolulu: The Magical Mystery Show! at Hilton Waikiki Beach

9. Honolulu: The Magical Mystery Show! at Hilton Waikiki Beach

Enjoy a Victorian and Edwardian-era-themed magic show as you travel back in time to watch a parlor magic performance from world-class magicians. Sit close to the magicians in an intimate setting as they perform miracles, such as making items float, disappear, and change shape right before your eyes. See the parlor magic show, which gets its name from a trend in the past where parlors were built in homes to entertain guests in a close setting. Enter the theater and watch the show, which has a capacity of about 60 guests. During the show, receive a password for an escape room. Then, use the password so you can move through the portal. Watch in wonder as the magicians perform miracles, create illusions, and levitate in front of you. Experience the thrills and excitement of magic inside a theater that is decorated in the style of the Victorian era.

Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

10. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Find more in Hawaii than just the sights, and board the Waikiki Trolley and take in the soaring mountains that meet the sea to all the historic landmarks, including shopping and dining. Make the choice yours. Board the breathtaking Blue line, called the Coastline/Diamond Head Line. Find yourself at Diamond head, a natural landmark of Hawaii and explore through the Kalanianaole Highway. This place is famous for its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean scapes. On the Red Line, learn of Hawaii's rich cultural past all the way to the modern present. Hawaii has its own story to tell for anyone interested in listening. Travel through the cultural and historical history, from the time of kings and queens through its importance in WWII and even the cultures that influence it to this day. If you're looking for some iconic shopping and dining, board the Pink Line and find the epicenter of the Pacific. Delight in Asian cuisine mingling with popular American comfort food, high-end fashion alongside popular streetwear that suits everyone's comfort and style. You can find all these throughout Waikiki, but your Hawaiian vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Ala Moana Center–Hawaii’s Center–where all things shopping and dining collide into a truly Hawaiian experience. So much so that Ala Moana isn’t just for visitors–it’s a popular shopping mall for locals as well.

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What people are saying about Waikiki Beach

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,862 reviews

Parking was hard to come by if you aren’t staying in the area, but the tour was amazing! Lots of insight and engagement from the crew and learned a lot of neat facts. There’s no need for a jacket unless it’s cool out and pictures taken prior to boarding will cost about $50 if you want to keep the physical/digital copies.

Ernie was friendly and informative about the subject. We had such a good tour because of his attentive and professional service. We would definitely recommend him and the company.

It was great!! enjoyed the atmosphere and saw lots of cool animals!! We saw turtles, dolphins, and lots of fishes. The view made it a 1,000 times better!! Definitely recommend!

great evening with Greg and crew. sunset was awesome and we got to see a whale. only shortcoming was the food. Though good, it was not what we perceived as advertised.

the driver of the boat kind of looks like Revolver Ocelot from the series Metal Gear Solid. You should get that guy to cosplay as the character for Halloween