Honolulu Tours

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Honolulu
Honolulu is so much more than just the sunny resort area of Waikiki, where white sands stretch all the way to iconic Diamond Head. The capital city is Hawaii’s commercial and urban heart, with first-class museums, shopping, dining, clubs, and bars. And every year millions of visitors from around the globe find aloha in Honolulu, where surfboards, sunsets, swimming, and taking it slow are simply a way of life.
 
The Basics
Aside from Honolulu’s iconic Waikiki Beach, walking, driving, and even Segway city sightseeing tours feature downtown Honolulu attractions like Iolani Palace, bustling Chinatown (one of the country’s oldest), early mission houses, churches, and the Bishop Museum, which is filled with historical and cultural artifacts. Many visitors venture above and beyond the city limits on helicopter tours to take in the island’s unique and verdant volcanic topography, on land-based Oahu tours that circle the island, and on water and boat tours that cruise the Pacific. Honolulu is the perfect jumping-off point for other Oahu sights including Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor (home to the USS Arizona and USS Missouri memorials, as well as the Pacific Aviation Museum), the Dole Plantation, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the North Shore surf town of Haleiwa, laid-back Kailua, Sea Life Park, Pali Lookout, and the protected snorkeling reefs at Hanauma Bay.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Every Friday night, hotels in Waikiki set off a not-to-miss fireworks spectacular.
  • Both Diamond Head and Koko Head Crater offer challenging but easy-to-reach hikes with stunning city, island, and sea views.
  • The Waikiki trolley is a convenient way to get around the area.  
 
How to Get There
Regular daily flights arrive at Honolulu International Airport from destinations across Hawaii, the mainland US, and the globe. From points on Oahu, a rental car and the public TheBus are your best bets for getting to Honolulu.

When to Get There
Honolulu enjoys year-round balmy weather, so many visitors make the trip in winter (November through March). Hawaii’s peak tourism times tend to coincide with breaks in the US academic calendar—summer, spring break, and the Christmas/New Year holidays. To get the best rates, dodge the crowds, and still enjoy some warm sun in the winter, plan a vacation for February, a particularly affordable time to travel to Honolulu.
 
Popular Honolulu Events
The Honolulu Festival, celebrating the unique cultural blend of the city and neighboring countries in the Pacific Rim, is held over three days each March with parades, musical entertainment, and craft fairs. A unique and Buddhist twist on Memorial Day (observed on the last Monday of May) is also a sight to see—thousands of paper lanterns are set afloat at Ala Moana Beach Park. Kamehameha Day (June 11) sees copious amounts of floral lei draped on statues throughout the city, but perhaps the city’s most unusual festival is April’s Waikiki Spam Jam, where kitschy costumes and roadside grills honor Hawaii’s favorite meat since World War II.
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

Ride a personal, self-propelled, electric underwater scooter through Oahu's underwater world. During this 2-hour tour, cruise past Diamond Head Crater through Maunalua Bay on a power catamaran, then dive under the surface on your scooter to see green sea turtles, schools of tropical fish and other native marine life. No experience is necessary for this guided tour; all equipment is provided.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure Half-Day Tour

Spot schools of bright fish and other marine life on a half-day snorkeling adventure at Oahu’s Hanauma Bay. All snorkel gear is provided with your rental, along with the choice of three morning departure times and hotel pickup and drop-off. Bring little ones to the inner reef to safely explore the colorful underwater world. For more advanced Hanauma Bay snorkeling, head to the outer reef.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Oahu Parasailing Tour from Honolulu

Go parasaling over Maunalua Bay on this 1-hour adventure from Honolulu. Choose from two flights that take you 500 feet (152 meters) or 700 feet (213 meters) in the air for views of the Ko'olau Mountain Range, Koko Head and the Hawaii Kai coastline. GoPro videos and digital photos of your tandem flight and dip in the warm ocean water are available upon return to land. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is available. 
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Honolulu City Ghost Haunts Walking Tour

Walk through some of Hawaii’s most haunted locations on this 2- to 3-hour Honolulu ghost tour. Hear legends and spooky tales of the supernatural from an expert guide while you travel past famous sites like the Iolani Palace. All of the tales passed along are from eye-witness accounts and historical information. This tour also includes pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Waikiki Banana Boat Ride

Get wet, have fun and hang on tight as you ride a 6-person banana boat along Maunalua Bay from Waikiki. Take in scenic views of Koko Head and the Ko’olau Mountain Range as the captain tows the inflatable boat through warm, shallow water. You can watch from the speedboat or head for the water on this hour-long, family friendly activity along Oahu’s beautiful coast.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Oahu Jetpack Experience

Soar 30 feet (9 meters) above the waters of Oahu with a water-propelled jetpack on this adventurous experience. After a certified instructor gives you a safety briefing and training on how to use the pack, practice walking on water, deep-water landings, elevation control and steering while enjoying views of Maunalua Bay. No experience is necessary, and observers are welcome to enjoy views of Koko Crater, Koko Head and the Ko'olau mountain range.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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Jet Ski Rental at Maunalua Bay with Transport from Waikiki

On this thrilling Oahu jet ski rental, transfer from your Waikiki hotel to the waters of Maunalua Bay, where you’ll hop on a powerful Yamaha jet ski for 30 minutes of fun. Life jackets are included with this Waikiki jet ski rental, and you can choose from a single or double ski for speeding through the turquoise waters. All the necessary gear is included — as is round-trip transport — so just bring a bathing suit, a sense of adventure, and prepare to smile and get wet!
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Orbs of Oahu Ghost Night Tour

See the supernatural side of Oahu on a 5-hour ghost tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll visit some of Honolulu’s most haunted sites at night, including the Chinese Manoa Cemetery and Morgan’s Corner, where an infamous murder once took place. Learn the island’s spookiest history with commentary from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off are available from most Honolulu hotels. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Sacred Hawaiian Spirits Morning Tour

Immerse yourself in Oahu’s mystical history with this 6- to 7-hour Hawaiian spirits tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll visit the most sacred and ancient spots in the islands. Learn the legends of the Menehune and the fire goddess Pele as you travel by coach. You’ll return back to your original departure point with a deeper and richer understanding of Hawaiian heritage.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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