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Oahu: Incredible 2-Hour Shark Dive on the North Shore

1. Oahu: Incredible 2-Hour Shark Dive on the North Shore

Swim with the sharks during this 2-hour tour that offers you the unique adventure of a shark dive, while ensuring your safety at all times. Discover the wonders of the sea on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii alongside a certified guide. Bring your own masks and snorkels or use the ones provided on board. Your guide will give you a safety briefing at the start of the tour and will answer all your questions concerning this special adventure. The crystal clear cobalt blue water lets you see up to 200ft (60 m) into the deep. Depending on the season, you will encounter such magnificent animals as the Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, playful dolphins and Humpback whales. If you prefer to stay on board, you still have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the sea and watch the sharks. For those who are a bit more adventurous, the shark cage allows for you to be only inches away from the majestic sharks. They can grow to be more than 15ft (5m) long, and you'll be right up close to witness their graceful demeanor. Make sure to bring your underwater camera, as you can take impressive pictures of the fish. You'll have 20 minutes to marvel at the sharks and cherish this unforgettable moment. Up to 8 people can be in the cage at the same time and enjoy the shark adventure.

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Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

2. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

•Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at Hanauma Bay Lookout –A 15-minute stop. •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Nu’uanu Pali Lookout – 10-minute stop. Breathtaking ocean & mountains views •Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm •Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck. Choose from any of their signature entrees: butter garlic shrimp / spicy garlic lemon shrimp / & coconut shrimp. Non-shrimp and vegetarian options available. LUNCH INCLUDED •Kahuku Fruit Stand – Known for its fried local banana! Try their locally grown exotic fruits! •Visit historic Haleiwa Town: famous for surfing shopping and shave ice! Stroll the town and take in the North Shore ambiance and flavors- ask your guide his or her recommendations! •A stop at famous Matsumoto Shave ice- purchase optional •Dole Pineapple Plantation – A 30-minute stop, home of the original “Dole Whip.”

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Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

3. Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

Join an adventure and discover all of Oahu’s majestic grandeur. Be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history found at every turn. The morning sun slowly warms the sandy beaches of Waikiki as your guide takes you on a journey through the history of the island. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

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From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

4. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

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Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

5. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. Some of the featured sites include (an asterisk denotes a stop): • Diamond Head: A volcanic tuff cone considered one of Hawaii’s most recognized landmarks • Kahala Estates: A mansion-lined spot known as Hawaii’s Gold Coast • Hālona Blowhole Lookout*: A lookout featuring a volcanic lava tube that propels water up to the sky • Waimānalo Town: A town known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout*: A lookout that offers panoramic views of the coastline to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds • Byodo-In Temple*: A temple that commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii • Chinaman’s Hat: The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay that’s shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed into the ocean • Kualoa Ranch*: A private nature reserve owned by eighth-generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with a goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the land • Laie Hawaii Temple: A temple featuring lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features, and more • North Shore: A surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and the seven miles of picturesque beaches • Dole Plantation*: A pineapple plantation offering many pineapple varieties and an opportunity to try the dole whip

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Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

6. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

Start your morning by hiking up Diamond Head Crater. Reach the lookout point and enjoy beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu. Stop at Halona Blowhole on the east side of Oahu to begin your sightseeing adventure. Head around the east side and make your way through to the north shore of Oahu. Visit the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts and have the chance to sample a variety of locally grown macadamia nuts. Experience The Kahuku Sugar Mill which contains many fantastic food trucks. Have the chance to purchase the popular and tasty garlic shrimp plates. Spend some time on the North shore and stop at Haleiwa Town for some shave ice at Matsumoto's or snap some great pictures at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park. Finally, visit the Dole Plantation and check out their vibrant pineapple garden. Try some of the plantation's famous Dole Whip, and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.

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Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

7. Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

Spend the day away from busy Honolulu and surround yourself in the beauty of Hawaii’s North Shore. Start the day with pickup from your accommodation, then head off on your adventure. Enjoy a guided hike to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, Waimea, and feel immersed in the gorgeous greenery that surrounds you. Then cool off with a refreshing dip in the water. After the activity of your choice, enjoy a stroll along one of the North Shore's many white sandy beaches, sample local coffee, and more.

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Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

8. Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

The Oahu Go City All-Inclusive Pass provides free admission to the island's top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose between a 1- to 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Save up to 55% compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. Go on a historic tour to Pearl Harbor, enjoy a day at Sea Life Park, take in a cultural experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center, or go snorkeling in Waikiki. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day card pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu Savings Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural & Historic Sights • Polynesian Cultural Center • Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor • Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor • USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at Pearl Harbor • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum • Bishop Museum • Iolani Palace • Honolulu Museum of Art • Queen Emma Summer Palace Tours & Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Voyaging Catamaran Tour at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Taste of Kualoa (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Famous Beaches Bike Tour on the North Shore • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour (including tickets to Arizona Memorial) • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Manoa Chocolate Factory Tour Outdoor Activities • Diamond Head Hike: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Movie Sites: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Makapuu Lighthouse & Halona Blowhole: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Waimea Valley • Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii including Da Flowrider • Sea Life Park Hawaii • 3-Hour Kayak Rental • Stand Up Paddle Board 3-Hour Rental • Full Day Snorkel Rental • SUP Morning Yoga by Yoga Floats • Morning Vinyasa under the palm trees • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • 8-Hour Bike Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour Moped Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • 3-Hour E-Bike Rental by Hawaiian Style Rentals (choice of 1 rental per day) • Coconut Palm Basket Weaving on Sunset Beach • Shell Pendant Making on Sunset Beach • Hawaiian Lei Making on Sunset Beach • Lyon Arboretum Premium activities (3+ day passes only) (choose 1): • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Private Group Surf Lesson (for 2+) by Sea & Board Sports Hawaii • Full-Day Tour: Hidden Gems, Turtles & Snorkeling • Beauty and the Feast Tour • Moana Splash Luau + Sea Life Park Admission

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Hidden Gems of Oahu Tour with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

9. Hidden Gems of Oahu Tour with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

Take a full-day tour to visit all of Oahu’s major landmarks and hidden spots. This tour includes a special stop to snorkel with the giant Hawaiian green sea turtles. Your local guide will talk to you about the history and culture of Hawaii while taking you to some of its lesser-known gems. Experience Hawaii as the locals know and love. Stops also include lots of the major sights such as Chinaman's Hat and Oahu's famous North Shore. Visit sites such as Diamond Head, Halona BlowHole, Makapuu Pt. Macadamia Nut Farm, ChinaMan’s Hat, North Shore Shrimp Trucks, North Shore Fruit Stand, Sunset Beach, Turtle Snorkeling, and Dole Pineapple Plantation. This tour will have you saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local saltwater and dine on local cuisine offered by the authentic local food trucks (at your own expense).

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Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

10. Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

Discover the delicious cuisine and natural beauty of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Soak up the views and experience local flavors on a foodie sightseeing tour. Start your tour with pickup at selected hotels. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Diamond Head Lookout. Admire panoramic views and taste a local favorite Poi donut from Kamehameha Bakery. Continue along the coast to the famous Halona Point blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Visit the famous Halona Point blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Drive into the Koolau Mountains and take in breathtaking views from the Pali Lookout, the site of a fierce battle in 1795. Head to the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm, to sample coffee, chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Stop for lunch (cash only, lunch not included in tour cost) at the Shrimp Truck and Kahuku Fruit stand. Head to Haleiwa town, where you can go shopping, and try delicious ice cream and other bites. End your tour with a taste of Dole Whip, a dairy-free pineapple dessert, at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

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4.6 / 5

based on 695 reviews

The app worked as advertised. Could not have explored Oahu is such depth without the app. Loved the experience. We would like more food suggestions - we are experiencing Hawaii culture through food!

Got to see all the Island and what it has to offer Matt the pilot was very informative and knowledgeable

Highly interactive trip with ful filled activities to keep the tour engaging and interesting.

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

Def worth the money Crews were really kind and boat ride was so fun stress relieving