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Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

1. 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: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

2. 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: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

3. Oahu: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

Explore Oahu with 6 driving and walking audio tours you can download on your smartphone. Learn about the island's unique history, culture, and local legends in a fun storytelling format as you drive. Explore the famous North Shore, walk along Waikiki or Honolulu, and hike into the rainforest. Head out in your own vehicle and discover the area at your own pace. Pick the stops you like and skip the ones you don't. Enjoy the chance to to take part in a variety of experiences along the way, such as: •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay and Shark's Cove. •⁠ Sample a slice of famous pie from Ted's Bakery. •⁠ Take in the views at Sunset Beach. •⁠ Watch pro surfers at Banzai Pipeline. •⁠ Walk through an ancient Hawaiian village. •⁠ Cliff jump at Waimea Bay's famous rock. •⁠ Meet the turtles at Laniakea Beach. •⁠ Discover the surf town of Haleiwa. •⁠ Taste local shave ice and pineapple ice cream. •⁠ Visit a macadamia nut farm. •⁠ Meditate at Byodo-In Temple. •⁠ Take an adventure at Kualoa Ranch. •⁠ Learn about the Polynesian Islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center. •⁠ Try a shrimp plate lunch. •⁠ Hike up to Diamond Head. •⁠ Sightsee major attractions and landmarks. •⁠ See waterfalls and swim in freshwater ponds. •⁠ Visit famous beaches and locations. •⁠ Discover lesser-known stops and lookouts. •⁠ Find the best spots for surfing and SUP. •⁠ Visit historical locations of Hawaiian history.

Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to Popoia Island with Picnic Lunch

4. Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to Popoia Island with Picnic Lunch

Paddle Popoia island and go for a guided walk at the bird sanctuary on this guided tour from Kailua. Visit the world-famous Lanikai Beach and use the high-quality snorkeling gear to search for tropical fish and the Hawaiian green sea turtle.  Meet at the activity supplier's office and use the provided straps and soft pads to load the kayak onto your car for the drive to the beach. Unload the kayak and set off on your kayaking adventure. Follow your guide from Kailua Beach on a 15-minute paddle to Popoia Island.  Disembark for a guided walking tour of the bird sanctuary. Learn about the area's volcanic geology, and enjoy a tasty lunch with a great view. Snorkel on the surrounding reef before paddling a short distance to Lanikai Beach and snorkel in a coral garden with fish and sea turtles. Have the option to learn how to catch a few waves on your kayak. Listen as your local guide shares stories and thought-provoking information about Hawaii. Return to Kailua beach and load the kayak back onto your car to drive it back to the activity provider's office.

Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to the Mokolua Islands with Lunch

5. Kailua: Guided Kayak Tour to the Mokolua Islands with Lunch

Glide through the calm reef-protected waters of Kailua Bay with a naturalist guide on this tour from Kailua Beach. Learn about Hawaii's marine life, geology, and history. Snorkel in secret coves to see tropical fish, coral, and green sea turtles.  Meet at the activity supplier's office and use the provided straps and soft pads to load the kayak onto your car for the drive to the beach. Unload the kayak and set off on your kayaking adventure. Follow your guide from world-famous Kailua Beach along the coast. Paddle through the calm bay with a sit-on-top kayak, encounter endangered sea birds that are close enough to touch at Popoia island before snorkeling with the provided gear in a secret cove and taking a dip in natural tide pools. Stop along the way for a packed lunch on a beach. Keep your eyes peeled for one of Hawaii's most important residents, the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Listen as your local guide shares stories and thought-provoking information about Hawaii. Land on the sands of Lanikai beach to snorkeling in a world-class coral garden. Have the option to learn how to catch a few waves on your kayak. Return to Kailua beach and load the kayak back onto your car to drive it back to the activity provider's office. 

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What people are saying about Lanikai Beach

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 210 reviews

The narrative was great and the points of interest an excellent mix. This experience is a long day but worth it. We had trouble starting at the starting point as there was nowhere to park so we could get the app / navigation going so we ended up missing the first 12 narrations but it was ok as they were mostly navigation.

It was a spectacular experience! Despite the fact that there was rain and wind, Pilot Kerry was excellent, she took us smoothly in the flight and only a couple of times the helicopter moved due to turbulence, I would do this flight again!

Always wanted to ride in a helicopter. Great experience. WE had the doors off and wife has long hair and she did not realize it would be as windy as it was, so she did not enjoy it as much as I did.

Did the hour long tour and loved it. Saw so much of the island and had a blast. Would thoroughly recommend. Very easy and enjoyable.

super informative. seen a lot of the island by using this app!