Why I love O'ahu

As a Kiwi from the southern end of the Polynesian triangle, I have a treasured affinity with and love for Oʻahu. This is the most multicultural, happy, family-friendly place I've encountered; I knew I was somewhere exceptional when we enrolled our hapa (mixed heritage) kids at Waikiki School where every child feels the aloha. And I just love boogie-boarding or lolling in the waves at Waimanalo Beach, watching a... Read More

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$100.37 Cultural & Theme Tours

USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial, and Pearl Harbor Tour

Start your Pearl Harbor tour with hotel pickup in Waikiki by air-conditioned coach. Your full-day tour includes skip-the-line admission to each attraction, including the USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial. Your first stop is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to see artifacts from the bombing that propelled the US into WWII. Then take a ride in a Navy launch across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place of the 1,777 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The national memorial, which commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship.Next, you'll take a guided tour of the USS Missouri. The ship served from WWII through Desert Storm and was the site of the 1945 Japanese surrender to the Allies.After an intriguing look through US war history, return to your coach for a drive through downtown Honolulu. Your guide makes stops at Kawaiahao Church, the Hawaii State Archives and State Public Library, the famous statue of King Kamehameha, Honolulu Hale, and the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (formerly called the Mission Houses Museum).You'll also see Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil, and take a drive through the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as Punchbowl Cemetery, before hotel drop-off.

$49.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Sightseeing Tour

Skip all the long lines on this Pearl Harbor half-day tour! The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place of the 1,777 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The national memorial commemorating the attack which thrust the United States into World War II spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship.Pearl Harbor tickets take you to the Visitor Center to see artifacts from the attack, plus film and footage of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, before boarding the Navy launch to cross Pearl Harbor to the Arizona Memorial.During your Pearl Harbor tour you'll also see Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil and downtown Honolulu, as well as driving through Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific.

$92 Cultural & Theme Tours

Paradise Cove Luau

This tour is likely to Sell-out! Paradise Cove Luau regularly sells out weeks in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment! The Waikiki luau at Paradise Cove Luau begins with a tropical Mai Tai greeting, while live Hawaiian music sets the festive mood of the evening. Take a stroll through the Hawaiian Village to learn the arts and crafts of the islands, or test your skills at the Hawaiian Games.After the delightful Shower of Flowers, participate in the Hukilau on the beach and learn the net fishing techniques of old Hawaii. Following the pageantry of the Royal Court Procession and imu (earth oven) ceremony, your evening continues with a sumptuous feast.Make sure you bring along your appetite to fully enjoy Paradise Cove's extensive menu, blending the best traditional Hawaiian dishes, local favorites and continental cuisine.Then, after dinner, with a spectacular Hawaiian sunset as a backdrop, award-winning performers will entertain and amaze with an unforgettable display of songs and dances from across Polynesia at the Paradise Cove Extravaganza.Paradise Cove boasts brilliant sunset views from its oceanfront setting and offers three dining packages, perfect for all tastes and budgets. If you are staying in Waikiki, you have the option to include hotel pickup and drop off to ensure a hassle free night of Hawaiian fun. See tour and pricing options below for full details.

$36.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Diamond Head Crater Adventure

This guided walk through Diamond Head State Park to the 760-foot (228-meter) summit of Diamond Head Crater is led by a professional guide who will escort you to the summit to provide you with an exciting and safe excursion.At the summit, incredible 360-degree views of Waikiki and the turquoise blue Pacific Ocean await you. On this Diamond Head Volcano adventure you will learn about the crater's fascinating geology, history, archaeology, flora and fauna. Knowledgeable and expert guides are very friendly and informative, and can identify the numerous bird and plant species found in the crater.You'll enjoy a personalized experience on this exclusive tour and all hiking equipment is provided. There's no need to pack any extra gear, as you'll enjoy free use of a backpack and walking staff. Fitness Level: Intermediate Trail Condition: Sometimes wet and slippery Distance Walked: 1.4 miles, 2 hours walking time

$100.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

Start your full-day tour of Oahu with morning pickup at your Waikiki hotel and set out in a deluxe air-conditioned coach with an expert guide. Leaving Honolulu, drive past the ritzy Kahala area en route to the Amelia Earhart Lookout, named in honor of the famous aviator who in 1935 completed the first successful solo flight from Honolulu to the continental US, landing in California. Take in panoramic views of the 350-acre (142-hectare) volcanic crater that forms Diamond Head and watch surfers catching waves in the ocean below. Down the road, stop at the lookout over Hanauma Bay, a marine nature reserve known for calm clear waters with excellent snorkeling. Then stop for a look at the Halona Blowhole and hope to see a geyser-like spray of water rocket into the air. Travel into the hills to reach the Nu'uanu Pali lookout where you are treated to sweeping views of Kanehoe Bay and Kailua Bay. Continue to Byodo-In Temple, a smaller-scale replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan. The stunning site, which features ornate temple buildings with a golden Buddha statue that stands more than nine feet (three meters) tall, is tucked into the foothills of the Ko'olau Mountains. Back on the road, enjoy great views of Mokoli'l Island (Chinaman's Hat), Kahana Bay and the beaches along the North Shore of Oahu. Visit Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, made famous in the 1960s when big-wave surfing took hold here. In the winter, the beaches still draw surfers from around the world.Head inland to the Dole Plantation, where you have a quick stop to view lush tropical gardens, take a quick break and browse the gift shop. During the day, take a 1-hour break to purchase lunch at a sit-down restaurant. Your tour ends with drop off at your hotel in the evening.

$30.96 Transfers & Ground Transport

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Honolulu Airport to Hotel or Cruise Terminal

Start your vacation on the right foot with this efficient transfer from the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to the Honolulu Cruise Terminal or your Oahu hotel in Waikiki, Kahala, Turtle Bay or Ko'olina. You’ll be welcomed by a friendly, professional representative at baggage claim and then, hop in your comfortable 12-person Mercedes shuttle and relax on the drive to your destination. For a real Hawaiian experience, select the optional lei greeting!Upon departure, you will be picked up at your door and driven back to the airport in comfort and ease. The Mercedes shuttles are used for both the arrival and departure transfers to ensure the utmost quality. When making a booking for this shared round-trip transfer, you will need to advise your flight details and your hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed immediately , and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Please Note:You MUST select a hotel that coincides with the area in the itinerary below. Failure to do so will result in a cancelled booking.