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Maui: Underwater Submarine Adventure

1. Maui: Underwater Submarine Adventure

Dive into the pristine waters of Maui and explore an underwater paradise on this submarine tour. Enjoy views of stunning coral reefs, a replica shipwreck, and a whole world of colorful marine life from the comfort of an air-conditioned submarine. Begin your tour with a boat ride from the shores of Maui. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Maui as you make your way towards the submarine that will take you underwater. After boarding the submarine, get your camera ready to take Instagram-worthy pictures of the picturesque coral reef below the sea. Pass through the colorful reefs and spot the many fish and underwater creatures swimming by. As you sail, learn about the creatures you see from the onboard commentary from a local naturalist. Continue to a replica of a whaling shipwreck and marvel at the many fish, sharks, and other creatures who have made it their home. Return to shore, having experienced the underwater paradise that exists just off Maui's shores.

From Kona: Big Island Underwater Submarine Adventure

2. From Kona: Big Island Underwater Submarine Adventure

Take the ride of a lifetime beneath the waves in this adventure aboard a comfortable submarine. Explore a 25-acre magical world of marine life and colorful coral reefs. Get up close and personal with some of Hawaii's most exotic inhabitants. Descend more than 100 feet and see the sights from a fish-eye view. Board the famous submarine via a special ladder and get ready for a journey to the center of Hawaiian sea life. Marvel at the flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Enjoy free public parking in downtown Kona or at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel for a discounted rate for 4 hours. The excursion is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, weather permitting. Actual underwater time is 45 minutes.

Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

3. Oahu: USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

For the first time ever, you can experience a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial from the National Park Service. This narrated tour is an immersive self-guided tour of the visitor center's two museums, the Pearl Harbor Survivor section aboard the USS Arizona Memorial and the fascinating "Path of Attack" tour available along the shoreline of Pearl Harbor. Get digital access to the National Park Service's archives at each narrated tour stop and experience the National Park Service's new Virtual Reality Center to view the new experience: Air Raid Pearl Harbor.

Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

4. Honolulu: Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona, Might Mo, and City Tour

Be picked up from a select number of locations in Honolulu and spend the day exploring a part of US history in Honolulu. See Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona, Battleship Missouri, and Honolulu. Arrive at Pearl Harbor and be transported back in time with an audio guide tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. See footage and memorabilia from the attack on Pearl Harbor as you admire the final resting place of the sunken ship. See Mighty Mo, the Battleship Missouri, up close, and walk the decks while you listen to its storied history from your guide. Visit the Battleship Missouri, also known as Mighty Mo, and walk the decks of the battleship. Learn about the history of the ship and its role in ending WWII. From Pearl Harbor, head to Honolulu. Pass Hawaii icons like the King Kamehameha Statue, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Punchbowl, the Hawaii State Capitol, City Hall, and Kawaiahao Church.

Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

5. Oahu: Waikiki Undersea Adventure Submarine Tour

Climb aboard Atlantis XIV, the world's largest hi-tech passenger submarine which holds a whopping 64 passengers—that's 16 more people compared to the smaller 48-passenger submarines. Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Waikiki’s marine mysteries. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. Also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life, and submersibles while visiting sunken shipwrecks, airplanes, and other artificial reefs. Atlantis has a spacious air-conditioned interior, large viewports, and comfortable seating. The hi-tech 64-passenger large submarine offers an enhanced amount of personal space and viewports. 

Oahu: Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ

6. 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.

Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

7. Maui: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Embark on a self-driving road trip with a guide in your pocket. Skip the crowded tour buses and experience Maui independently, at your own pace. See historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches, and scenic hikes. Listen to local stories, legends, and fun facts about the places you’re visiting as well as unique Hawaiian music to entertain and relax you along the way. Experiences you can have on the tour are: • Hike to Twin Falls • Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a black sand beach • Hike to Maui’s Red Sand Beach • Swim at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)  • Explore a lava tube • Explore the Backside to Hana • Visit scenic waterfalls • Watch the sunrise atop Mt. Haleakala • Hike the Hosmer Grove or Sliding Sands trails • Visit a lavender or dairy farm • Walk through historic Makawao Town

Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

8. Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility of a road trip. This app will take you to O'ahu's best beaches and landscapes, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems. Explore the gorgeous and green Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain for some breathtaking city views. After, visit the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery and learn about its unique significance. Experiences you can have on the tour are: •⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline •⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley •⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa •⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks) •⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation •⁠ Hike Diamond Head Crater •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay •⁠ Hike Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail •⁠ Relax at Lanikai Beach •⁠ Grab lunch in Kailua Town •⁠ Explore Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain

Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

9. Kahului: Self-Driving Audio Tour of Road to Hana

The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see. Being your journey from Kahului, cruising along the Hana Highway through Paʻia and past Hoʻokipia. From there, you'll arrive at the official Mile Marker Zero location for the route, and then it's 35 miles to the town of Hana. Discover the Rainbow Eucalyptus and marvel at its multi-colored streaks on its trunks. Then, visit the Twin Falls, Waikamoi Ridge Trail, and Ching’s pond. Continue your way towards Wailua Falls and the Pipiwai Trail, with its huge bamboo forest. Finally, end the tour at the Kipahulu Visitor Center on the eastern shore of Maui.

Hawaii: Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

10. Hawaii: Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience Hawaii's Big Island at your own pace with a self-guided driving tour. Stops include Hulihe's Palace, Magic Beach, and the Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Your tour of the Big Island begins outside the quaint town of Kailua-Kona. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. As you drive, you’ll see the historic Hulihe’e Palace, once the vacation home of the island’s royalty. Continue south to Magic Beach, where the sand sometimes simply disappears. After that is Kahalu'u Beach, a perfect place for snorkelers, followed by the sacred Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Next, pass the remnants of Hikiau Heiau, an important religious site in ancient Hawaii. Past that is the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park for those looking to learn more about the island’s history. See the Honaunau Rodeo Arena and learn all about Hawaii’s cowboys. Next up is Pebble Beach, where you’ll get to know the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. You’ll also have the option to check out the Kula Kai Caverns, left by ancient volcanic activity. Continuing on, reach the startling Punalu'u Beach, which features totally black sand. The route then passes an old sugar plantation, followed by the huge volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Pass by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can explore the island’s volcanoes up close. After that, drive through the picturesque town of Hilo. Then, cruise through the almost impossibly scenic Liliuokalani Park and Gardens. Find surfers catching waves next at Honoli'i Beach. After that is Onomea Bay, featuring a spectacular hiking trail with views that can’t be beaten. Then, admire the astonishing flora at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. Continuing on, you’ll arrive at the surprising sight of the Honohina Hongwanji Mission, a historic Buddhist temple. Next pass the Laupahoehoe Train Museum before reaching Laupahoehoe Point, a spectacular ocean vista. Don’t forget to snap some photos. Anyone hankering for a snack will definitely want to stop at the Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market before continuing on to the cowboy town of Waimea. Up next are a pair of great beaches: Hapuna Beach is the largest white sand beach on the island and Beach 69 is beloved by locals, so take your pick. Then you’ll arrive at the Kings Highway Foot Trail, where you’ll have the chance to see the ancient Waikoloa Petroglyphs. After that are another few scenic overlooks, followed by the beautiful Kekaha Kai State Park. Your tour concludes here, just north of where it began.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Be sure to follow the directions for downloading the audio to go with your trip. Otherwise, customer service was very helpful in helping us find our errors. Excellent narrative as you go along the given route.

The entire experience was amazing from start to finish. My (blind) Aunt Kammie really liked Jason. He was very kind, friendly, and funny. It was our first trip but we will definitely be back soon. Thank you!

We were fortunately first in line for standby to the Arizona boat without a reservation. Recommend the audio tour and standby on the boat, for those on a budget. Outstanding.

Welcoming and friendly staff. Very knowledgeable about the local sealife. Not handicap accessible as it is a submarine. I did get to see two sharks. Really great experience.

Amazing experience! The tour guide and pilot was super engaging and knowledgeable.