Wild Side, based out of the Waianae Boat Harbor on the hot and sunny west side, offers several unique ocean tours included a snorkeling cruise. Their introductory morning wildlife cruise takes cruisers to view and swim with dolphins (depending on what mother nature provides) and to snorkel with exotic fish and green sea turtles. The outfitter provides all snorkeling gear and flotation devices. They usually only take out about 20 people which is less than many boats and offers a less crowded dive.
Set on Oahu's windward coast, this gorgeous beach offers incredible waters and the picturesque presence of two small, offshore islands. About a mile long, the beach varies in width, although its entire stretch provides soft sands and beautiful vistas out towards the ocean and of the Ko'olau Range. Along with swimming and snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing are popular pastimes. The beach is protected by an offshore reef, making the waters calm on this quiet stretch of coastline, ideal for snorkeling and playing in the ocean. Although it's not on the west side, sunset here are always beautiful. Wander down the beach to find a private spot.
What could be more exciting than swimming with sharks? Still thinking of an answer? There's probably not anything better. With North Shore Shark Adventures, the original Oahu shark tour company, you have a choice of two tours beginning at 7 a.m. and leaving from Haleiwa. You'll travel three miles out to sea and there's a good chance of green sea turtle, dolphin and whale sightings along the way. Jump onto either vessel, the Anela or Abunai, and head out into the ocean where you'll hop into the metal cage and enjoy time in the center of a swarm of sharks. Shark sizes range from five to 15 feet and each boat is 42-feet long. Tours last about two hours. Check the website for hotel pick-ups for an extra fee. Don't forget the water camera!
Waikiki Starlight Luau at Hilton Hawaiian Village is the only outdoor luau in Waikiki with nearly three hours of spectacular entertainment and dining under the stars. Experience the colorful heritage of the Pacific Islands and join the excitement of the celebration with live music, drums and the drama of traditional Hawaiian, Tahitian and Samoan dance. Indulge in a feast of unforgettable tropical flavors created with traditional island ingredients. Immerse yourself in the truly unique island experience of a Hawaiian luau. Offering live entertainment, interactive games, and an unforgettable island feast this extraordinary tradition is an exhilarating form of entertainment for all ages.
Board a former championship record breaking catamaran with the Welakahao Catamaran in Waikiki. You'll explore the blue Hawaiian waters and reefs of the Turtle Canyons on the 2 � hour snorkeling adventure. They'll take you to the waters off of diamond head in search of sea turtles, dolphins and lots of exotic fish. One of the most romantic things to do in the islands is take a sunset cruise. They also offer private charters for wedding receptions and other functions. The cat is 45-feet long and during the sailing and snorkeling and sunset tour there's an open bar. Prices range from $40 to $50.
With a reputation for relaxed living and incredible waves, this portion of the island attracts its fair share of latter-day hippies and surfers, both of whom eschew the corporate lifestyle. The North Shore offers all sorts of outdoor recreations, from hiking to scuba diving, parasailing to horseback riding. You'll also find one of the last vestiges of old Hawaii here, where locals stick to their heritage rather than sell out to development. Although the town of Haleiwa is most often equated with the North Shore, the area stretches across the top of Oahu, from western Kaena Point to Waimea Bay and east to Laie. A drive along the North Shore and time spent on its beaches, and exploring historic Haleiwa Town is a not to miss experience.
A beautiful hike leads to gorgeous Manoa Valls in the lush Manoa Valley. The trail is about three quarters of a mile near a rocky stream and comes to an end at the falls. The falls are calming and intriguing, but it's advised to not swim in the pool because the occasional rock has been known to fall in, and you're far away from other people here. The hike takes about a half hour, and is generally easy. Yet be aware of footing on the sometimes muddy and slippery trail. Bring water, a camera, and a lunch if you wish to enjoy the peace and quiet of birds chirping and water rushing.
Ride a horse through the jungle of Pupukea, high above and overlooking the North Shore of Oahu. The family run business, owned and operated by a long standing Pupukea family, tales small riding groups on rides with friendly wranglers and quality horses. While riding through trails that are natural and undisturbed while overlooking the Pacific and far away land sites to the west and the east, you can relax on a friendly horse As the only licensed horse ranch on Oahu permitting children as young as six years old to ride their own horse, it's a true family friendly business. Blend your equestrian time with your day at the beach and watching surf.
The North Shore's Waimea Valley is one of the last partially intact ahupuaa (land division) on Oahu and consists of 1,875 acres that are home to 78 archaeological sites, a 150 acre botanical garden, a waterfall, and several native and endangered birds. The valley has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Native Hawaiian history. They've recently begun offering guided hikes, that offer some of the best hiking experiences on the island. Head out to the North Shore for guided hikes in the valley. Reservations must be made 10 days in advance and a minimum of six people is required. Hikers must have closed toed shoes and those under 18 must be with an adult. Lucky for avid hikers, shorter hikes are only $10 while the longer ones are $15. Below is a listing of the hike options. Ala Ki- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Climb to the top of Kalahe'e Ridge, following our new marked Ala Ki trai;. After reaching the top of Kalahe'e Ridge and taking a short break we shall descend on a switchback trail through a mixed forest of exotic and native plants. Approximately 2 miles, moderate to easy hike, for ages 7 and above (must be accompanied by an adult). Cost to participate is $10. Kalahe`e - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Climb to the top of Kalahe'e Ridge, following a switchback trail through a mixed forest of exotic and native plants. Approximately 2 miles, moderate to easy hike, for ages 7 and above (must be accompanied by an adult). Cost to participate is $10. South Ridge Lookout- 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Climb to the top of the South Ridge located behind the famous Waihi (waterfall). This short, yet moderately difficult and steep hike takes you about the waihi for some spectacular views looking down into Waimea Valley. Approximately 2 miles, moderate hike, for ages 7 and above (must be accompanied by an adult). Cost to participate is $10. North Valley Hike - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Explore Waimea's North Valley from the ridgeline to the valley floor, traversing native plant pockets and discovering the Valley's birds along the way. Approxiamtely 6 miles, moderate to strenuous hike, for ages 7 and above (must be accompanied by an adult). Cost to participate is $10. South Ridge Loop Trail - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm This strenuous hike connects the South Valley to the North Valley of Waimea. Enjoy stunning views of Ka'ena Point, Kaiwiko'ele Stream and Waimea Falls. 6+ miles, this hike may involve several slippery stream crossings and steep uphill climbs, for ages 12 and up (must be accompanied by an adult). Cost to participate is $15. Kamananui Stream Trail - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm The most challenging trail at Waimea. Explore Kamananui Stream above Waimea's waterfall. Numerous stream crossings; prepare to get your feet wet! 6+ miles, steep ascents, for ages 12 and up (must be accompanied by an adult). Cost to participate is $15.
This North Shore beach is a favorite with folks who follow the surfing circuit, but it's always one of the best spots on the island to catch a romantic sunset. Couples can spend the afternoon swimming and sunning before getting cozy at sunset. During the summer, its two miles of white-sand shores are relatively safe, and you'll find swimmers and snorkelers frolicking among milder waves. Come winter, though, the surf runs high, and rip currents can be deadly. At this point, it's best to leave the imposing waves to experts and simply watch experienced folks tackle the ocean from a safe perch on the beach.