Kaneohe Bay Tours

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The best stretch of sand in Kaneohe Bay is out on the middle of the sea. That’s where the sandbar, or “Sunken Island” emerges during low tide, and its sugary white sands are like a floating cay that was made especially for you. Kayaking to the sandbar is one of the most popular activities on the Windward Side of Oahu, and while the beaches along the shoreline aren’t great for swimming, the protected waters make the perfect spot for paddling, boating, or kayaking. 

In addition to the sandbar, five islands poke above the turquoise, reef-fringed waters. The tallest of the islands—Chinaman’s Hat—rises 200 feet from the northern edge of the bay and offshore of Kualoa Park. Known to Hawaiians as Mokoli“i, the island resembles a large straw that seems to be floating on the surface of the water. While there may or may not be a Chinese man underwater (according to local legend), one thing that’s found on the Kaneohe seafloor is tens of thousands of sea urchins—imported by scientists to help stave off the growth of highly invasive algae. While the water around the sandbar offers nice swimming and has a soft, sandy bottom, much of the shoreline is rocky, slippery, and potentially covered in urchins. A better bet is to stay in the kayak and enjoy the view of the mountains, which explode from the shoreline with a rugged fury, their peaks outstretched toward the clouds. 

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Kaneohe Bay is on the island’s eastern shore about 30 minutes from Waikiki. Morning hours offer calmest conditions for paddling, swimming, and boating, and check the tide charts for low tide for the best time to visit the sandbar. Private boats and charter boats can be rented in Kaneohe, and kayak rentals are offered in the neighboring town of Kailua. 
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Address: Oahu 96744, USA
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Kaneohe Bay Cruise by Catamaran on Oahu

Soak up the beautiful scenery of Kaneohe Bay on a 1-hour cruise around northern Oahu. Hop aboard a catamaran and hear your captain’s lively commentary as you travel past Hokule'a Beach, the Ko’olau mountain range and Mokoli’i Island. You’ll see the spots where some of your favorite Hollywood blockbusters were shot, and well as an ancient fishpond. After taking in the blue waters and white-sand beaches, your captain will return you to your original departure point.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour

Enjoy a 1-hour Kualoa Ranch movie tour while in Oahu and see where famous films like Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park and Magnum P.I. were shot. A local guide will lead you to the Hollywood hotspots and provide background on the history of the ranch. You’ll travel by vintage school bus past some of the island’s most stunning natural attractions, like Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat), Kaneohe Bay and the Ko’olau Range, mountains which dominate the eastern half of Oahu. See why the top filmmakers in the business chose this stunning background.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

Fly aboard an open-door helicopter over Oahu for unobstructed views of the island on this 45-minute tour. Feel the high-flying wind in your hair and, with your camera out and ready to snap stunning photos, listen as your pilot narrates your flight over sights like Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Harbor, Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole. This excursion includes a DVD of the flight and round-trip transportation from selected hotels.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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$234.99 USD
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Kualoa Ranch Experience Package

See the best of Kualoa Ranch with this comprehensive package including a jungle expedition by jeep in a rainforest, a tropical garden tour with an ancient fishpond, and a behind the scenes look at filming locations of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. Enjoy a buffet lunch and learn about Hawaii’s fascinating history and culture. This tour is great for visitors who want to take a deeper look at the island and its heritage.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$125.60 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

Explore Hawaii’s island of Oahu by air on this 1-hour helicopter tour. Fly above the island and many of its most well-known landmarks, such as Diamond Head, Sacred Falls, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor. On this ride, choose your departure time and whether or not you’d like the helicopter doors on or off.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Oahu and Pearl Harbor Sightseeing Tour from Waikiki

Explore Oahu's landscape and history during this full-day guided sightseeing tour from Waikiki. Discover the island's beauty through visits to Halona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay and the surfer's beaches on the North Shore. Stop at historic sites like the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and Nu'uanu Pali while your guide shares engaging, informative commentary about the natural resources, history and culture of Oahu. This comprehensive tour is perfect for those who only have a short time to spend on the island.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Kane'ohe Bay Guided Kayak and Snorkel Adventure (English speaking guide)

With this Coconut Island snorkeling tour, you'll leave the streets of Waikiki behind as you depart for 'Gilligan’s Island,' an offshore islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s rung by a barrier reef. Learn about ancient cultural sites and Oahu’s underwater ecosystem, and enjoy snorkeling in Kaneohe Bay with Hawaiian green sea turtles and fish. You’ll also spend time exploring near shore and enjoy a barbecue lunch, and since this 6-hour Oahu eco-adventure only has eight guests per guide, the professional instruction and level of service is as personalized as it can get. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Secret Island Beach Trip at Kualoa Ranch

Skip the crowds on this full or half-day trip to Oahu’s Secret Island Beach at Kualoa Ranch. Hop on a Polynesian boat to these secluded white sands and enjoy stunning views of Mokoli’i Island and Kaneohe Bay. Once there, dip in the turquoise waters and help yourself to unlimited use of kayaks, canoes, snorkeling gear and more. Whether you park on the sand to soak up the sun or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, this is the best way to take in the beautiful Hawaiian landscape.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kualoa Ranch Off-Road Adventure Tour

Feel your adrenaline pumping on this 1-hour off-road tour around Oahu, led by an expert guide. Explore the wild areas of Kualoa Ranch, a cattle ranch running from the Kaneohe Bay to the Ko’olau Mountains. You’ll climb steep jungle trails on the back of a 6-wheel-drive Swiss Pinzgauer and take in fantastic views as you stop at remote lookout points over Oahu. Your driver will return you to your original departure point at the end of your adventure.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$48.12 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Oahu Circle Island Helicopter Tour

See some of Hawaii’s most popular landmarks and areas on this 1-hour helicopter tour around the island of Oahu. Board a helicopter, and soar up in the air as you pass by spots, such as Diamond Head, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Mokoliʻi, Hanauma Bay, and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Listen to fun facts and commentary along the ride with comfortable headsets.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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$419.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Oahu Magic - 45 Minute Helicopter Tour

Explore Oahu’s stunning landscape from the air on a fully customizable, private, 60-minute helicopter ride with up to three guests. Work with your pilot to craft the itinerary that suites your interests and even choose the music in the air. Add champagne and flowers to mark a special occasion, or ask about the secret “will you marry me” sign that can be drawn into the sand for a romantic marriage proposal (additional cost).
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Honolulu 30-Minute Seaplane Flight

On this 30-minute Honolulu seaplane flight, experience the thrill of seeing Hawaii’s tropical capital from the air. After taking off from Honolulu Harbor, soar past famous Aloha Tower and get aerial views of Pearl Harbor, before flying high above Waikiki Beach and volcanic Diamond Head Crater.  Round-trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel is also included with the tour, and this is an unforgettable, unique, and adventurous way to experience Oahu.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$187.43 USD
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Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling from Waikiki via Bus

Explore Oahu on this full-day minibus tour with a small group and a local guide. With your small group of twenty people or less, make plenty of stops at the island's highlights, including an hour of snorkeling with green seat turtles on the North Shore. See the Dole Plantation, the Halona Blowhole, Diamond Head and Makapu’u Beach during this 9-hour outing. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$124.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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1-Hour Seaplane Adventure from Honolulu

Explore Oahu's skies and see the island in a whole new way on a spectucular seaplane adventure. This 1-hour tour offers ariel views of everything from the North Shore's legendary Sunset Beach to the Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial. Glide over Honolulu Harbor, view the breaking waves of the Banzai Pipeline from above, and soar along Diamond Head Crater. Window seats are guaranteed. 
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Catamaran Sailing and Snorkel Adventure on Kane'ohe Bay

Snorkel in Kaneohe Bay off a small catamaran during this 3-hour cruise from Oahu. Leaving from He'eia State Park, visit Sunken City, Coconut Island, Turtle Canyon or the Sunken Island sandbar with an expert local guide. Learn how to sail or hop off the boat, using the snorkeling equipment provided, and explore Oahu's underwater world. Back at the beach, enjoy an included barbecue lunch with your small group, limited to 5 people to ensure personalized attention. Round-trip hotel transportation is provided.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$179.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Deep Sea Full Day Shared Fishing Charter

Whether you love to fish or are a novice, this day trip is a unique and authentic experience. Wake early and board a fishing charter boat cruising the majestic Pacific Ocean. Your expert fisherman captains take you to secret spots and equip you with the rods and reals to catch mahi mahi, ono, tuna, and maybe even Pacific blue marlin. They handle the details, you catch the fish.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$220.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Deep Sea Half-Day Shared Fishing Charter

Drop a line into the deep waters off the coast of Oahu with a 4-hour shared fishing charter from Waikiki on a 39’ Hatteras that accommodates up to 10 people. Choose from 130 and 80 class rods and reels to take on mahi mahi, ono, tuna and Pacific blue marlin, and improve your technique with tips from the onboard guide. Soak up the Oahu sunshine as you discover secret spots and deep sea ledges where fish congregate while experiencing Hawaii fishing at its most remarkable.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$190.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Best of Oahu: Private Tour

Imagine your perfect day on Oahu. Snorkeling, nature, turtles, surfers, a cultural experience, the island’s best shave ice.  On this private tour, you create your own custom itinerary. Your tour guide picks you up at your hotel in or near Waikiki and drives you to your choice of destinations. Spend 5 to 9 hours seeing exactly what you want to see. Snorkeling gear included, and your guide can take photos of you.
  • Duration: 5 to 9 hours
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$200.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 to 9 hours
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