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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.

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Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

2. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater 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 stop at Haleiwa Town for some shave ice at Matsumoto's or snap some great pictures at Haleiwa Ali'i 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.

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Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

3. Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

Spend the day away from busy Honolulu and surround yourself in the beauty of Hawaii’s North Shore. Start the day with pickup from your accommodation, then head off on your adventure. Enjoy a guided hike to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, Waimea, and feel immersed in the gorgeous greenery that surrounds you. Then cool off with a refreshing dip in the water. After the activity of your choice, enjoy a stroll along one of the North Shore's many white sandy beaches, sample local coffee, and more.

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Hidden Gems of Oahu Tour with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

4. Hidden Gems of Oahu Tour with North Shore Turtle Snorkeling

Take a full-day tour to visit all of Oahu’s major landmarks and hidden spots. This tour includes a special stop to snorkel with the giant Hawaiian green sea turtles. Your local guide will talk to you about the history and culture of Hawaii while taking you to some of its lesser-known gems. Experience Hawaii as the locals know and love. Stops also include lots of the major sights such as Chinaman's Hat and Oahu's famous North Shore. Visit sites such as Diamond Head, Halona BlowHole, Makapuu Pt. Macadamia Nut Farm, ChinaMan’s Hat, North Shore Shrimp Trucks, North Shore Fruit Stand, Sunset Beach, Turtle Snorkeling, and Dole Pineapple Plantation. This tour will have you saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local saltwater and dine on local cuisine offered by the authentic local food trucks (at your own expense).

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Oahu Hidden Gems & Waimea Botanical Garden/Waterfall tour

5. Oahu Hidden Gems & Waimea Botanical Garden/Waterfall tour

After being picked up in Waikiki, you will set off for a full day Oahu Island Tour with a local guide, who will take you through the history and culture of Hawaii while you visit some of its lesser-known gems. There will also be a special stop at the botanical gardens at Waimea Valley, which features dozens of distinct collections with flora from different parts of the world, including the Ogasawara Islands, Central and South America, Fiji, Guam, and the Mascarene Islands. Stroll through the Hawaiian collection and enjoy an assortment of plants found only in Hawaii, many of which are rare and endangered. There is a waterfall in the garden as well where you can swim, with lifeguards present. Guests must wear provided life jackets. The tour will also stop at nine additional locations throughout the day, including the Halona Blow Hole, Dole Pineapple Plantation, a Macadamia Nut Farm, and the north shore of Oahu. At the end of the day you will be saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local views outside Waikiki and dine on local delicacies.

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Waikiki: North Shore & Hanauma Bay East End Sightseeing Tour

6. Waikiki: North Shore & Hanauma Bay East End Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on Oahu with a sightseeing tour to the North Shore. See the famous Banzai Pipeline where pro-surfers ride the waves. Head to Waimea Bay Beach Park and Waimea Falls (optional) to hike and see some gorgeous waterfalls.  For lunch, dig into some of the best shrimp on the island. Grab a plate, relax, and enjoy yourself. The next step includes the Dole Plantation for a serving of tasty pineapple ice cream. End the day with a cruise south on the H3 Highway where you will enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Along the highway, you will see where great Hollywood productions such as Jurassic Park and Lost were filmed.

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From Waikiki: Oahu Day Trip With Lunch and Snorkeling

7. From Waikiki: Oahu Day Trip With Lunch and Snorkeling

Explore the natural beauty of Oahu as you visit unique spots on and off the beaten path with an expert guide. Discover the local culture and tick off the best highlights on the Island. Start at Diamond Head Beach Lookout where you'll enjoy panoramic views along Diamond Head Road and a stop at the Amelia Earhart Monument. Next, head to the Halona Blowhole for views of Oahu's East Coast and the locally beloved Sandy Beach. Then visit a macadamia nut farm and sample local coffee, chocolate and macadamia nuts. Stop at the Mokoli’i Viewpoint, where you can snap some photos of the famous off-shore cone-shaped island. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the Shrimp Truck. Then head to the famous Sunset Beach, for a stroll along the white-sand beaches. Here you'll be allowed to surf as well since your guides are certified lifeguards. You may even see some turtles. Finally, before driving back to Waikiki, visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation, enjoy a sweet treat and pick up some souvenirs.

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Hiking Diamond Head before sunrise was one of the most unique adventures we experienced in Hawaii. This tour was the highlight of our vacation. Jonah was the best guide: personable, accommodating, patient, and knowledgeable. Starting our day early with the hike up to Diamond head gave us a sense of accomplishment and allowed us to connect to nature first thing in morning before driving around North Shore. Unlike any other tour! Highly recommend very memorable experience!

This was an amazing last day in Oahu. Our travel guide was so great with information of the area and showing us different things we wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for him. He was so great and we will definitely be recommending this tour to our friends!!

The app worked as advertised. Could not have explored Oahu is such depth without the app. Loved the experience. We would like more food suggestions - we are experiencing Hawaii culture through food!

Got to see all the Island and what it has to offer Matt the pilot was very informative and knowledgeable

Shannon O’Brian did a great job showing us the island He was energetic and very informative