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Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

1. Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

A Luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast that features traditional foods and entertainment. Take this opportunity to enjoy cultural activities, performances, and a buffet dinner right in the heart of Honolulu. Sit back and relax as you go on a journey through Polynesia. This spectacular event includes unique cultural activities where you can learn the hula, delicious Hawaiian food, and an authentic Polynesian show. Begin with some cultural activities before you taste traditional flavors and finish by watching a Polynesian performance including the fireknife dance. Menu Rice Macaroni salad Tossed green salad with lilikoi dressing Kalua pig cabbage BBQ shoyu chicken Long rice noodles with garlic Steamed vegetables Cake with haupia drizzle

Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

2. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

Get tickets to the oceanfront dinner theatre of Ka Moana Luau and enjoy an evening of Polynesian entertainment and a tropical-themed buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome Mai Tai with the celebrity option. Upgrade your experience by choosing hotel transfers from Waikiki. Get access to Sea Life Park Hawaii. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

3. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

From Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

4. From Honolulu: Turtle Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a peaceful cruise off the coast of Honolulu complete with a snorkeling experience where you'll get the chance to swim with sea turtles. Water, soft drinks, and snacks are provided on board. Board your catamaran at the Kewalo Basin Harbor and set out to explore the waters off the coast of Oahu. As you cruise, sit back and relax on the multi-level deck and admire panoramic views of Hawaii's tropical scenery. Then, hop into the water and swim within a safe viewing distance of the tropical fish and turtles that regularly frequent these waters. If you visit between December and April, you may even be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.

Oahu: Coral Crater Zipline Tour

5. Oahu: Coral Crater Zipline Tour

Feel your adrenaline pump while flying through the air on a zipline experience at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Have a memorable time as you glide through the air and select to ride 3 or 6 times. Follow your guides as they lead you through 3 or 6 ziplines ranging from 300 to 900 feet. This tour is for those looking to experience a safe, thrilling, high-flying experience. The ziplines feature a modern braking system, which means that zipliners do not need to control their speed or stop themselves, allowing all ages and abilities to participate in this activity. Your expert guides will be with you throughout the adventure.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

6. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor and discover Humpback whales frolicking in their natural habitat on this cruise. Discover the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy snacks and drinks as you sail. Explore the shores of the main Hawaiian Islands, which are a favorite destination for humpback whales. See families of whales breach the water's surface, a spectacular sight to behold. As you ride along the waves, enjoy sodas, cookies, and chips as you watch for the whales. Enjoy the views from the double-deck power catamaran, a great vantage point for whale watching.

From Waikiki: Private E-Bike Ride and Manoa Falls Hike

7. From Waikiki: Private E-Bike Ride and Manoa Falls Hike

Ride by e-bike from Waikiki to the starting point of the scenic Manoa Falls Trail. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the route and, after the hike, stop by either a local poke restaurant or grab a refreshing shave ice if you wish. Depart from Waikiki and head toward the town of Manoa until you arrive at the starting point for the hike. Park your e-bike and step onto the beautiful Manoa Falls Trail, the location where Jurassic Park, Lost, NCIS Hawaii, and other movies and TVs show have been filmed. After the hike, ride to some of the great restaurants in Manoa and make an optional stop at either Off the Hook Poke Market or Waiola Shave Ice before heading back to Waikiki.

Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset Luau

8. Honolulu: Waikiki Sunset Luau

Enjoy a completely intimate Luau experience in Wakiki of just 40+ people, rather than a crowded 500. Experience various cultural activities, an authentic Luau Dinner, and a Polynesian show, with a Mai Tai cocktail as your partner. Conveniently located in Waikiki, arrive at Oahu’s only penthouse luau dinner show at the Imperial Hawaii Resort. Get settled as the doors open, and participate in some fun cultural activities like shell necklace making. Sit down for your traditional Luau dinner, with delicious Kalua Pig cabbage, BBQ Shoyu Chicken, Macaroni Salad, Chicken long rice, and much much more. Partake in a piece of cake with Haupia drizzle, before the Polynesian Show begins. Watch the stunning mix between culture, dance, and presentation as the show unfolds. Sip on a Mai Tai, or cocktail of your choice, with a buy one get one offer to make it a double.

Oahu: Sea Life Park General Admission Ticket

9. Oahu: Sea Life Park General Admission Ticket

Spend a day surrounded by marine wildlife at Sea Life Park, nestled between the majestic Koʻolau mountain range and Makapu’u Point, only a short picturesque ride away from Waikiki. This attraction is a place to marvel at marine mammals, sea lions, rays, sharks, native fish and more. With a focus on educational and interactive programs, don’t miss the numerous feedings, shows, and trainer talks held throughout the day. Explore the Humboldt Penguin habitat, where you can watch these South American birds swim, waddle, and dive. Get up close and personal at the Discover Reef Touch Pool, where you can encounter sea stars, urchins, and even baby honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) at the only active breeding colony in the United States. Crawl into the tunnel and watch native Hawaiian fish swim by. Head over to the dolphin show to see their incredible abilities, and check out the Hawaiian Reef Aquarium to see sharks and stingrays. Stroll through the aviary with its free-flying birds and experience feeding cockatiels or lovebirds during your stay. Observe sea-life in action during daily trainer talks sharing insights on the behaviors of sea lions, dolphins, penguins, and other awe-inspiring animals.  

Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

10. Waikiki Beach: 1-Hour Surf Lesson for 2 People

Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to perfect your existing skills, experience the thrill of catching a wave on your trip to Hawaii. In the company of a professional big-wave surfer, enjoy a 1-hour semi-private surfing lesson on the world-famous Waikiki Beach and benefit from the instructor's undivided attention on you and your partner. Waikiki's slow-breaking waves make it the perfect spot to learn how to surf and you are guaranteed to stand up by the end of your lesson. Kick off your lesson on the sandy shoreline where you’ll learn all the basics, as well as special techniques, so you can stand up on your board. After a few demonstrations, head into the water and let the fun begin. In the warm tropical waters, put your newfound skills to the test in the company of your instructor who will target areas to help enhance your technique and progress.

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What people are saying about Oahu

The staff very friendly and helpful. Food was Fair, The Entertainment, Now That was Great!! The different Class's offered were very nice associates were very nice. Location was very fitting for the Luau,. Over all, very Organized Event! Good Job! Cousin!

They were all amazing genuine loving a great way to start or end your vacation great food and great people amazing time!

The whole experience was amazing. It was beyond expectations. Food was great. People were great. Food was great.

The crew was every friendly and helpful. They made it feel like one big happy family out on a boating trip!

Wonderful entertainment and delicious food/desert.