10 Best Tours and Excursions in Honolulu and Its Surrounding Areas

Honolulu is home to an abundance of tours and excursions that are sure to satisfy the various tastes and flares for excitement that visitors may have. Travelers can choose from hikes up the side of a cliff, to submerging themselves under the sea to diving with sharks, and off road exploring to an unpopulated preservation area. Outdoors lovers will be in heaven exploring Oahu from high in the mountains to the bottom of the sea.

For a true off the beaten path experience, venture out to Ka'ena Point. Resting between the north and western shores of Oahu, this nature preserve offers peace and serenity by the see. It's not uncommon to see no one else during a trip out there, where endangered birds and plants are protected. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is needed, otherwise head out on foot.

Waimea Valley's guided hikes are a wonderful way to blend education with nature. These hikes focus on culture preservation and education, while weaving through native plants, jungles, and around a waterfall. For a waterfall hike near Honolulu, make the low impact trek to Manoa Falls. After tracing a path through banyan trees, vines, and lush plants, hikers reach a beautiful waterfall and pool to rest at.

But that's not it. Adrenalin junkies can fly through the air with a jet pack with SeaBreeze Watersports for an experience like no other. This is a great way to live out childhood fantasies of being a superhero.

Ehukai Bunker Hike
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Located on the North Shore across from famous Pipeline, the Ehukai Bunker Hike is a beautiful jungle experience with a great reward of a gorgeous view at the end. The Ehukai Bunker Hike is a hidden treasure located right across from the...  Read More

Hawaii Shark Encounters
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With Hawaii Shark Encounters, you'll venture over three miles out to sea where you'll have the opportunity to watch from the boat or hop into a floating cage where you can view sharks just inches away through a poly glass window. No diving or...  Read More

Snorkel Hanauma Bay
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Created from a collapsed volcano crater, this bay is protected and calm, ideal for snorkeling, as you'll see from the crowds around you. The snorkeling is truly amazing, since the preserve protects the wildlife and creates a favorite place for...  Read More



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....  Read More

Manoa Falls
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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...  Read More



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...  Read More



The folks at Island Divers Activities will take you snorkeling and scuba diving (as well as whale watching, jet skiing, and para sailing) daily. They have two daily snorkeling trips with the ride out leaving at 9 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m.,...  Read More



SeaBreeze Water Sports is an all around water sport company providing everything from scuba diving and para sailing to flying high in the air with a jet pack on your back. Yup, you heard me right. Here's your opportunity to do some of the...  Read More



One of Oahu's top attractions is located on the east side bordering the North Shore, and this fascinating complex (created and managed by the Mormon church) provides glimpses into the cultures of Polynesia (Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fimi, New...  Read More

Ka'ena Point
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Ka'ena Point is a great place for a quick day trip. Although it's on the westernmost tip of Oahu, it's something that fits in with a visit to the North Shore. Day trippers can reach the point by foot from Mokuleia on the east side of the...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade