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Diamond Head, Hawaii: 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.

Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

2. Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

If adventure is what you seek, join this daily boat tour. Enjoy the beauty of Hawaii’s South Shore as you head out from the slip in the Kewalo Basin Harbor and head toward Lē’ahi. Discover the underwater world while staying dry with the glass-bottom boat. Aboard the Haleiwa Queen, enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor as you cruise over live tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s shipwrecks. Keep an eye out for honu sea turtles, eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish, all from the deck of the vessel through the glass bottom boat viewports. Experience a unique perspective of Honolulu, above and below the surface.

Honolulu: Diamond Head Cruise with Drinks and Appetizers

3. Honolulu: Diamond Head Cruise with Drinks and Appetizers

Discover the beauty of the Diamond Head volcanic cone from the water on this sailing catamaran cruise from Honolulu. Watch the sunset and delight your senses with fresh, local cuisine, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and 2 bar drinks. Treat yourself to an evening on the Honi Olani, a 53- by 30-foot sailing vessel. Try authentic Hawaiian appetizers such as avocado poke, pipikaula (Hawaiian beef), Maui onion salad, penne pasta, tortilla chips with pineapple salsa, a vegtable platter, and taro rolls with lilikoi butter. Savor 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.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

4. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset and Cocktail Cruise

See a spectacular sunset and beautiful city lights views aboard Hawaii's only full-service bar and lounge on the sea. This will be an unforgettable yacht cruise experience with a spacious open-air top deck to experience Waikiki's lovely sea breeze and picturesque skyline. You will receive a complimentary welcome drink upon boarding. Additional drinks and packaged snacks are available for purchase. See iconic Hawaii landmarks, such as Honolulu Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Waikiki coastline from a unique vantage point. You can also sip on a cocktail in the modern air-conditioned lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, perfect for taking in coastline views.

Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike and North Shore Experience

5. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike 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 snap some great pictures at Haleiwa 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.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

6. Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Take a scenic helicopter flight over Oahu and marvel at the island's highlights from the air. Choose between a shared or private tour option to best suit you. See Waikiki Beach, Makapu’u Lighthouse, the Chinaman's Hat, and much more. Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over Honolulu Harbor. See the Aloha Tower, which has been welcoming ships into the harbor for nearly a century. As you soar down the coast, go past the Waikiki beaches, looping around Diamond Head. Shortly, witness Maunalua Bay open in front of your eyes, revealing the island's world-renowned reefs. Be greeted by Makapu’u Lighthouse after the rocky cliffs before you travel up Windward Coast. Pass Lanikai Beach and then see the appropriately named Chinaman’s Hat, the island’s iconic monument. But it’s not all beach and coastline on your tour. Get a chance to experience the lush tropical landscapes of the Ka’a’awa Valley and see the beautiful Sacred Falls. On your homeward journey, catch sight of the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Get an emotional flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The top sights include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Ka’a’awa Valley, Sacred Falls, and Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

7. Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

Board a modern boat at the Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor to begin your journey into the sunset. After a safety briefing and a group toast, you can explore the boat's two decks, wraparound seating, and Titanic-style front bow. Alcoholic drinks are available to purchase onboard and IDs will be checked prior to boarding. Take in the beauty of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument at the golden hour. Watch surfers glide along coastal waves and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales. After the sun dips below the horizon, the boat lights up in a vibrant purple hue with twinkling lights overhead. A live DJ will entertain you with contemporary beats over the surround-sound speakers as you dance to the onboard light show. The unique Honolulu skyline will glitter for you in the warm twilight breeze. Finally, head back to the harbor where you will do one last group cheers with your new ohana.

Waikiki: BYOB Sunset Cruise with Snacks

8. Waikiki: BYOB Sunset Cruise with Snacks

See a majestic Hawaiian sunset from the comfort of a boat on a sunset cruise out of Waikiki. Bring your own drinks and sip on a cold one as you see Honolulu's city lights twinkle and Diamond Head proudly standing in the distance. Sit back and relax, enjoying the warm breeze and good company onboard. Depart Kewalo Basin and glide across the ocean's blue waters with beautiful views of the coastline. Watch as the sky turns from light blue to vibrant orange, red, and golden hues. During the summer months, see the sunset at the end of the cruise, and in winter, enjoy it at the beginning, marveling at Waikiki's twinkling lights for the remainder of your cruise.

From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

9. 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.

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Diamond Head, Hawaii

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,541 reviews

Great tour! Hiked Diamond head, saw dole and macadamia nut plantations, took us to few beaches to see, saw sea turtles in one of them, ate delicious food at food trucks! Our guide was very kind and considerate of anyone’s needs! I would highly recommend!

Beautiful sunset experience on a catamaran. It was a party! The mix tape was the best and sights were spectacular.

Excellent people showing us amazing stuff with some added bonus on the beautiful Hawaiian culture.

It's so fun! We saw so many turtles. We even touched a sea urchin. The staffs are so friendly.

Sadly not a lot of turtles on our trip.. Although I did see ONE, and a lot of fish.