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Waikiki Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

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From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

2. 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) at the end of the day. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort.  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.

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Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

3. 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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Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

4. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

What better way to take in Hawaii's legendary sunsets than from the deck of a catamaran, gently rocking in the waves of the Pacific? Treat yourself to an evening on the Honi Olani, our 53- by 30-foot sailing catamaran, and enjoy delicious "pupus", appetizers such as avocado poke, pipikaula (Hawaiian beef) and Maui Onion salad, penne pasta, tortilla chips with pineapple salsa, crudités platter (assorted vegetables), and taro rolls with lilikoi butter. Also enjoy a cheese, grape and cracker plate, a selection of white wines and two free bar drink tickets per adult as you take in the breathtaking landscape of the Hawaiian coast. Sailing south toward Diamond Head, you may even be so lucky as to glimpse the green flash as the sun slips below the horizon. Enjoy this peaceful evening with the ocean breeze in your hair for an authentic Waikiki experience.

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Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Morning Whale Watching Excursion

5. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Morning Whale Watching Excursion

Enjoy a 2-hour sailing catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor. Whales guaranteed or come again for free.  Just as the idyllic weather beckons to tourists around the world, the warm shallow waters (less than 600 feet) surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands are a favorite destination for humpback whales. Scientists estimate that two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population return to Hawaii to breed, calve, and nurse their young. They race over 3,000 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii in less than two months, then stay for a lengthy vacation, frolicking off our shores and entertaining spectators from December through May.

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Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

6. Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

Take in the beautiful island of Oahu from thrilling heights on this 30-minute helicopter tour. Your tour begins on the island's South Shore where you can see the Waikiki skyline and beaches from a new perspective. After taking in the iconic Diamond Head, approach the magnificent Hanauma Bay and its glorious waters and cliffs. Makapu’u Point and its lighthouse will appear before you as you head down the Windward Coast, one of the world’s most scenic coastlines. Admire the island's crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches before you turn inland for a jaw-dropping glimpse of Mt. Olomana. Next, see the Nu’uanu Pali cliffs, carved from the volcanic fires of the island, now lined with lush rainforest. Last, but most certainly not least, come home to the famous Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial.

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

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

Experience Hawaii from Waikiki Trolley. Cruise the streets, see the cliffs of Oahu’s east shoreline from the top of a double-decker or take an air-conditioned minibus up the Pali Highway to the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. The Waikiki Trolley also takes you to some of the best sightseeing and scenic spots around the southeast part of Oahu. Hike up Diamond Head via the Green Line, or have an unforgettable dolphin experience at Sea Life Park via the Blue Line. And with the Waikiki Trolley’s unique hop-on, hop-off system, the possibilities for planning your stay in Honolulu are limitless. The Waikiki Trolley is a fun way to discover the highlights of Honolulu. Choose which attractions to explore with five different routes and 43 stops that allow you to experience the unique history and beauty of Oahu. Schedules and timetables can be found on WaikikiTrolley.com Blue Line highlights: Scenic drive around Diamond Head State Monument and the beautiful East Oahu shoreline. Red Line highlights: Drive through historic downtown Honolulu and make time to visit the museums, eat local favorites in Chinatown, and get lost wandering around the wall art district.

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Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

8. Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

Climb aboard the luxury 34-foot state-of-the-art cruise vessel “Nai’a I,” and see dolphins and whales playing in the lovely waters of Oahu. The 3-hour excursion will get you close to spinner dolphins and other colorful marine life of the Pacific Ocean. A friendly and experienced team will make sure you have the time of your life, with opportunities to snorkel among some of the best reefs in Hawaii. You will travel in small groups to ensure everyone gets a great view of the sea life. Choose from 2 daily excursions, departing at either 07:00 or 10:30, from the westside of Oahu. Dolphin sightings and swimming in the water with the dolphins is a daily event; although the captain reserves the right to have the final word on letting guests in the water for the safety of you and the dolphins. Snorkel among clear, protected bays that are teeming with sea life. During the winter months of December and May, enjoy the bonus of spotting humpback whales as you look for lovable dolphins.

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Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

9. Oahu: Group Surfing Lesson in Waikiki Beach

Join us for Surfer Girl Academy's most popular tour! Get the best value for top-notch instruction and supervision from our 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 but want the luxury of doing so at their own pace. Whether for those who might feel intimidated by the ocean, or for someone who just wants to feel the stoke of surfing, come join our professional and encouraging staff today. The lesson entails a 20-30 minute dry land instruction on the basics of surfing along with general ocean safety and understanding. Actual water time will consist of no less than 90 minutes after the land instruction is complete. Overall time of the activity including transportation should be around 2.5 hours. This surfing lesson is for ages 12+, and for participants with confidence and a desire to learn. No minimum numbers are required.

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Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Waikiki Coast Cruise

10. Honolulu: Diamond Head Hike and Waikiki Coast Cruise

Hike up to an extinct volcano with this tour from Honolulu. Marvel at sweeping ocean views from one of Waikiki's most beautiful lookout points at Diamond Head Crater. Stop for a sweet Acai fruit bowl. View Waikiki from the water on a relaxing boat cruise. Be picked up from your accommodation in Honolulu. Get ready for your hike with bottled water, iced coffee, or a Hawaiian fruit drink. Take in views of the the countryside and shore as you walk. Admire panoramic views of Waikiki from the summit. After your climb, cool off with a local Acai fruit bowl made from blended Acai and berries, and topped with banana, granola, and honey. Embark on an sea cruise along the shore. See the volcanic tuff cone of Diamond Head Crater from the water.

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What people are saying about Waikiki Beach

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,390 reviews

Hike was worth it alone! Cruise was riding along to drop off the people going on the submarine tour, which we had already done. If we had understood that, we wouldn’t have gone on the boat (again). Lovely guide and skipped the line at the hike; got there just in time for the sunrise.

Great experience with a knowledgeable team. We got luck-saw dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. I know not everyone gets this chance but it was awesome.

Great crew and the boat was very well maintained. Even without a sunset because of the weather it was a fun trip.

Shannon O’Brian did a great job showing us the island He was energetic and very informative

Fantastic tour our captains were so engaged and loved the animals and their jobs