Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

1. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Find more in Hawaii than just the sights, and board the Waikiki Trolley and take in the soaring mountains that meet the sea to all the historic landmarks, including shopping and dining. Make the choice yours. Board the breathtaking Blue line, called the Coastline/Diamond Head Line. Find yourself at Diamond head, a natural landmark of Hawaii and explore through the Kalanianaole Highway. This place is famous for its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean scapes. On the Red Line, learn of Hawaii's rich cultural past all the way to the modern present. Hawaii has its own story to tell for anyone interested in listening. Travel through the cultural and historical history, from the time of kings and queens through its importance in WWII and even the cultures that influence it to this day. If you're looking for some iconic shopping and dining, board the Pink Line and find the epicenter of the Pacific. Delight in Asian cuisine mingling with popular American comfort food, high-end fashion alongside popular streetwear that suits everyone's comfort and style. You can find all these throughout Waikiki, but your Hawaiian vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Ala Moana Center–Hawaii’s Center–where all things shopping and dining collide into a truly Hawaiian experience. So much so that Ala Moana isn’t just for visitors–it’s a popular shopping mall for locals as well.

Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

2. Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

Take beautiful photographs of Hawaii on a photo tour from Waikiki. Capture the stunning colors of the island with the help of a professional photographer guide. Bring any camera you like on our tour and see the best of Hawaii on a photography tour Visit scenic locations to see the amazing blue waters of the ocean and skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the marine reserve of Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Visit Sandy Beach and the Makapu’u Point Lookout on Oahu's southeastern tip. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at Kailua or Waimanalo for lunch. It's a great tour for anyone who wants to see beautiful locations and spend some time capturing them on their cameras as ever-lasting souvenirs. It's also ideal for cruise ship passengers who want something different to do while in port. Tour at an easy pace to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape along the way. Stops will be made at: • Tantalus lookout • Pali lookout (admission included) • Ko’olau Mountains • Waimanalo Bay • Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack (not catered)  • Makapu’u Beach lookout • Sandy's Beach  • The Blow Hole lookout • Lana’i lookout • Hanauma Bay

Waikiki: Oahu 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

3. Waikiki: Oahu 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

The popular Circle Island tour takes you on a scenic 120-mile trip around the beautiful island of Oahu. Enjoy a scenic drive along the slopes of Diamond Head and catch a view of some of Oahu’s most impressive homes in the Kahala area. The tour continues along the coastline to the famous Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Point. Get out that camera to capture the view of Windward Oahu from the scenic Nu’uanu Pali Lookout (subject to availability). Take a tram ride at Waimea Valley and swim in a waterfall-fed pool (weather permitting). Visit the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, set against the majestic Ko’olau Mountains (admission included). Take a moment to meditate and take in the beautiful temple grounds, including traditional Japanese gardens and a koi pond. See the world famous North Shore beaches of Sunset, Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay, home to big wave surfing and surf competitions like the Vans Triple Crown of Surf. Finally, stop at the Dole Plantation to read the information displays and presentations, as well as browse for gifts at the country store. This is sure to be an unforgettable Hawaiian experience.

From Honolulu: Makapuu Lighthouse or Koko Head Sunrise Hike

4. From Honolulu: Makapuu Lighthouse or Koko Head Sunrise Hike

Spend the morning exploring one of two hiking trails on Oahu's windward coast. Hike the more challenging Koko Crater Trail or opt for the less intense Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. After your climb, head to the Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach for photo opportunities. Start your day early with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu. Then, head to your hiking trail of choice to begin your climb. If you're looking for a challenging outdoor adventure, the Koko Crater Railway Trail is the one for you. Also known as the Koko Head Stairs, this route will test your endurance as you climb over 1,000 steps to reach the top. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views of landmarks such as Hanauma Bay and the coastline leading to Diamond Head. For a less intense experience, choose the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail. This paved 2.5-mile hike is more moderate. And if you're visiting between November and May, you may even get lucky and catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales as you walk. At the end of your trek, hop back into your van and make your way to Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach for some fantastic photo opportunities before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

5. Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

Enjoy a pick up from your hotel early in the morning and pass the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki. Learn more about where the sand on the beach comes from, and which movies were set in front of the scenic city. Hear stories about the formation of the island, its discovery, and see historic pictures. See the volcanic craters of Diamond Head and Koko Head. Pass Khala and head to the incredible Hanauma Bay. Look out for whales from the Makapu'u viewing platform and visit Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach, one of the most dangerous beaches of Oahu. Discover where the movie "50 First Dates" starring Adam Sandler was shot. Stroll through a macadamia nut farm and see the small islet of Chinamans Hat. Drive by the filming locations of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as the location for the Spartan Race, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple. Then, you will enjoy lunch in a local food truck. Along the north coast of the island you can see the beaches of Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea. Hear the sad story of Eddie Aikau and learn more about the surfing tournament The Eddie. Drive by Haleiwa and the Dole Plantation. Learn interesting facts about pineapples and get more insider tips for an incredible trip.

From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

6. From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

This private tour is fully customizable and perfect for families, couples, and private groups. Contact the local partner and figure out which places you'd like to see or have the guide show you the best spots and stops on Oahu. Either way, lean back and relax in a private luxury vehicle. Tour options • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center - The guide shows you around the Pearl Harbor Museum • USS Arizona Memorial - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack • Turtle Beach Laniakea - High chance of Green Sea Turtles lounging on the beach • North Shore beaches and surf spots - See the big waves during surf season • Dole Plantation - Learn about Dole and the success of pineapple in Hawaii • Kualoa Ranch - Movie location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji 2, Hawaii Five-0, Godzilla, Elvis Blue Hawaii etc • Haleiwa Town Shopping - Stroll the streets of the famous surf town • Aloha Tower - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii • I'olani Palace - Only royal palace in the US • King Kamehameha Statue - First King of all of Hawaii and a famous spot in the Hawaii Five-0 TV show • Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii • Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest outdoor shopping mall in the USA • World War I Memorial - Salt water swim stadium • Secluded Beach in Waikiki - Home of Hawaiian Monk Seals • Diamond Head Beach Lookout - Whale watching during the season • Hawaii Five-0 Movie Spots - Different spots along the route • Most expensive neighborhood on Oahu - mansions and Japanese Mafia • Military in Hawaii - Schofield Barracks • Sunset Beach - Visit one of the most popular spots for surf competitions • Shrimp Farms - Where the famous North Shore Shrimp are raised • Lunch (not included in the cost of the tour) for example at Kahuku local food trucks - Variety of freshly prepared Hawaiian food, Korean BBQ, poke bowls, vegetarian, North Shore Shrimp, and more • Chinamans Hat - Basalt island off the coast • Macadamia Nut Farm - Free coffee and macadamia nut tasting • Makapu'u Lookout - WWII bunkers and whale watching during season • Sandy Beach Lookout - Most dangerous beach in the USA • Halona Blowhole - Volcanic lava tube spouting water • Eternity Beach - Movie spot for Pirates of the Caribbean and From Here to Eternity • Hanauma Bay - Great snorkeling spot for beginners • Koko Head Lookout - Diamond Head and Koko Head crater view

Oahu: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

7. Oahu: Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

A "no rush" private tour which is customized for you, your family and friends. You will be hosted by an experienced guide who knows the island including, it's history, culture, flora and wildlife. They will love to share all of it with you. Because your tour will be customized for your group, you will be taken to some of the sights and locations that will work best within your half day (5 hour) tour. Then, you will be offered an itinerary, with special requests being honored. The itineraries vary with each tour, some suggested spots include Lanai Point, Halona Blowhole, Sandy's Beach, Makapu'u,  Pali Lookout, and the Byodo-in Temple.   Your tour starts with pick-up at a time of your choosing. As you drive to the different locations, you are more than welcome to stop if you see something interesting along the way, such as a Hawaiian monk seal who just happens to be basking on the beach or a rainbow on the horizon. This is both a flexible and a visual road trip with every day providing different sights to see. For half day tours, you will usually stop at between 5-7 locations. Time spent at each location is up to you, with no rush to move on with the tour until you feel ready. You will visit scenic and historic sites and will also be able to stop for a snack and/or lunch if you desire.   

From Waikiki: Circle Island Snorkeling Tour

8. From Waikiki: Circle Island Snorkeling Tour

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 lunch at the famous North Shore Shrimp Trucks. Then head to the famous Sunset Beach, for a stroll along the white-sand beaches. You may even see some turtles! Take the chance to paddleboard, kayak, or snorkel in Haleiwa, with all necessary equipment included. Finally, before driving back to Waikiki, visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation, enjoy a sweet treat and pick up some souvenirs.

Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

9. Oahu: Doors-Off Circle Island Helicopter Experience

Covering the island of O‘ahu from above, this is the only full circle tour of O‘ahu by a doors-off helicopter. You'll see incredible aerial views, starting with a glimpse of history as you fly over Pearl Harbor, WWII Arizona Memorial, and Battleship Missouri. Next, soar above the bustling Honolulu harbor, beautiful Waikīkī, and the iconic Diamond Head Crater. Heading further east, you’ll overfly Koko Head Crater and Hanauma Bay before seeing Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u Lighthouse. Heading north, you will come across the fantastic coral formations of Kāne‘ohe Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), and take a peek into “Jurassic Park” — or, as it has been known locally for hundreds of years, Ka‘a‘awa Valley. The thousand-foot cascade of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls) is a stunning view and is accessible only by air. Then you’ll see the Polynesian Cultural Center, Turtle Bay Resort, and world-famous surfing spots of the North Shore: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and more. As you round Ka‘ena Point you get a glimpse of the serene Wai‘anae Coast, a hidden gem of the island. Uncrowded and glorious white sand beaches such as Yokohama, Mākaha, and Pōka‘i lace the coast. Historic Mākaha Valley comes into view on the return back to Ko‘olina.

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What people are saying about Sandy Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 320 reviews

A perfect way to see Waikiki! Bought the 4 day Pass and was able to use it on 4 days of our choice over a 7 day period. Able to do each of the Lines as many times as you wish. Recommend doing the full loop first to see what’s available then decide where you want to go back to. Very helpful staff when you initially board and also the drivers.

Our tour was amazing! Kurt was a very knowledgeable guide who showed us incredibly scenic spots, and made our trip so much fun! He gave us some background information on sights we were seeing, and shared his knowledge of how to take excellent pictures while enjoying Oahu’s natural beauty. Thank you, Kurt, for an all-around great day!!

Great experiences. We rode two of the three lines (red and green) and really enjoyed the red line. Potter was entertaining and informative. We hopped off andspent time at the art museum (wonderful selection of the world's greatest artists) and the botanical gardens. Good job!

This is the best. 4 trolley lines to take you different places in Waikiki and up the coastline. Try o sit on the right side for beautiful views. Take the green line to Diamond Head and return on the Blue line. It is one of the best things we did.

Great guide and trip. Got some amazing photos and saw an epic sunset. The stop for lunch was yummy garlic shrimp spot.