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Waikiki Beach Tours

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Waikiki Beach
For decades, Waikiki Beach has been Oahu’s tourist mecca thanks to its palm-fringed white-sand beaches and high-rise luxury hotels that stretch from downtown Honolulu east toward the towering Diamond Head. Here all the spoils of Hawaiian beach life—from sunbathing and swimming to snorkeling and fruity-cocktail sipping—are within steps of world-class shopping and dining.
 
The Basics
Waikiki Beach is one of the best spots on Oahu to get out on the water with a surfing lesson or stand-up paddleboarding tour. It’s also possible to check out the beach aboard a duck or catamaran sunset tour, or gaze into the ocean on a submarine excursion. If you’d rather relax, soak up the sun on the sandy beach. The site is visited on most Oahu tours, including those that also hit other Honolulu highlights like the Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, and Chinatown before heading farther afield to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore, Hanauma Bay, and Sea Life Park Hawaii on the east side of the island. Visitors who want to cram in the most sites on Oahu can even book helicopter or circle-island tours, both of which depart from Waikiki and showcase the entire island.
 
Know Before You Go
  • Waikiki Beach is a must-see for first-timers to Oahu and beginning surfers.
  • If you’re not staying in one of the Waikiki hotels—and even if you are—parking can be expensive and hard to find. If possible, leave the driving up to tour companies and bus drivers.
  • Waikiki is warm and sunny year-round. Don’t forget your sunblock, hat, sunglasses, and bathing suit—though if you do, rest assured you can find a shop with replacements.
  • Lifeguards are staffed at lookouts along Waikiki Beach. Though conditions are usually calm and great for swimming year-round, heed the lifeguard’s warnings and exit the water if necessary.
 
How to Get There
Waikiki is just east of downtown Honolulu on Oahu’s southern shore, and about eight miles (12.5 kilometers) from Honolulu International Airport. The main stretch of Waikiki Beach is along Kalakau Avenue, parallel to the sea, which stretches east to Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head. The Waikiki Trolley connects the downtown Ala Moana Center with Waikiki.
 
When to Get There
Waikiki Beach is popular year-round, but summer, spring, and winter school holidays are the busiest times. To make the most of your trip, time your visit with one Waikiki’s many festivals and parades, such as the King Kamehameha Floral Parade in June, the Spam Jam in late April, or the Aloha Festival Floral Parade, usually held in late September.
 
The Duke Kahanamoku Statue
One can’t-miss Waikiki Beach landmark is the nine-foot (2.75-meter) bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku Statue, the king of surfing. Following tradition, visitors drape leis around Duke’s neck and arms; it’s not uncommon for the man to sport fistfuls of purple orchids and be buried up to his eyeballs in plumeria. Duke Kahanamoku was a Waikiki local who is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing and once won an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
Address: Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki 96815, USA
Admission: Free
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81 Tours and Activities to Experience Waikiki Beach

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Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise

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Snorkel with green sea turtles in Oahu's Turtle Canyon on this 2- to 3-hour tour departing from Waikiki. Board a power catamaran and sail along the shore of Oahu towards the island's best place to spot the resident turtles. Turtle sightings are guaranteed; if a turtle is not sighted, you will be given a free second cruise. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch (if option selected ) and two provided drinks while you keep your eyes peeled for passing marine life like dolphins and migrating whales. Snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours
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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

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Nothing is more iconic to Hawaii than surfing at Waikiki Beach. This is arguably the place where surfing was born, and the spot where watermen like Duke Kahanamoku helped introduce surfing to the world. The reason why this south facing coast is so perfect for learning to surf, is the fact that the bottom is soft, sandy, and the water is relatively shallow. During this surf lesson in Waikiki, you'll also notice the way the waves have a steady and gentle roll, which makes them far less intimidating than other waves on Oahu. Add in a long, stable board and a professional local instructor, and before you know it you'll be surfing a wave like ancient Hawaiians of old.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$99.00
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Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

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Explore Diamond Head and the Waikiki area on this 2-hour guided Segway tour. Climb on to your own Segway Personal Transporter, a self-balancing, two-wheeled electric scooter that allows you to enjoy some of the Honolulu area's most important sites without all of the walking. Visit Diamond Head Lighthouse, Waikiki Beach, Kapiolani Park and the bustling streets of the Waikiki area. Listen as your guide provides engaging, informative commentary about the culture and history of the area.
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  • 2 hours
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Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

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View the Hawaiian sunset from the deck of a luxury catamaran during this 1.5-hour cruise from Oahu. Glide along the coastline from Waikiki towards Diamond Head while enjoying the vibrant colors of the island sunset, appetizers, two alcoholic drinks and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Round-trip transportation from select Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Introduction to Scuba Diving in Oahu from Waikiki

Introduction to Scuba Diving in Oahu from Waikiki

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Learn the basics of scuba diving during a 5-hour introductory course in Waikiki. Your professional scuba instructor teaches foundational scuba skills before taking you out by boat to a dive site in shallow water. Have time to get comfortable with the equipment in the water, then follow your instructor as you scuba dive around the coral reef. You can see marine critters such as sea turtles and colorful fish, an amazing experience to add to your vacation in Hawaii.
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Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

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Get a comprehensive overview of Oahu's landmarks and highlights on this circle island tour. Enjoy a small-group setting to ensure personal attention from your local guide while seeing over thirty local attractions. See the surf and sand at Waikiki Beach, taste some samples of Dole pineapples, learn about the history of Haleiwa town. Get the insider info about favorite local eateries and see filming locations for various movies and television shows. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 6 hours
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Oahu Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Oahu Fireworks Dinner Cruise

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Watch a spectacular fireworks display from the deck of a luxury catamaran during this 2-hour dinner cruise from Oahu. Scheduled every Friday night, this dinner cruise features a sumptuous tapas-style dinner and two drinks. Sail down the coast of Oahu with fantastic views of Diamond Head, the colorful Waikiki sunset and the weekly fireworks display. Round-trip transportation from Oahu hotels is included.
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  • 2 hours
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Majestic Sunset Dinner and Cocktail Cruise with Live Entertainment

Majestic Sunset Dinner and Cocktail Cruise with Live Entertainment

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Hop aboard Hawaii’s newest yacht cruise, 'The Majestic', admire the setting sun and enjoy a relaxing evening dinner cruise on the waters off Waikiki Beach. Take in unobstructed views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki skyline while enjoying an Island Style Buffet or Appetizer Menu options. Hit the dance floor with live entertainment in the open seating lounge. Pick-up and drop-off from selected Waikiki hotels available. Book on a Friday to enjoy an amazing fireworks display off Waikiki beach.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

Private Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

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Explore Honolulu on a half-day bike tour that provides an insider's look at the vibrant city's history, beaches, and sights. See street art in Kaka'ako park, taste fresh Hawaiian fruits in Chinatown, go up the Aloha Tower for the views, and discover the monuments around the Hawaii State Capitol, including the royal Iolani Palace. Your informative guide provides a bike and helmet, fascinating commentary throughout the leisurely tour.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

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Fly aboard an open-door helicopter over Oahu for unobstructed views of the island on this tour. Feel the high-flying wind in your hair and, with your camera out and ready to snap stunning photos, listen as your pilot narrates your flight over sights like Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Harbor, Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole. This excursion includes a DVD of the flight and round-trip transportation from selected hotels.
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  • 50 minutes
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1:00 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

1:00 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

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Get out onto the water in Oahu for an express sightseeing cruise, even if you just have an hour to spare. This glass-bottom boat tour is the perfect introduction to Hawaiian sea life, as the expert captain and crew help spot creatures like green sea turtles (honu), migrating whales, and dolphins. Unlike other catamaran cruises, this one lets you look underwater through clear magnifying port holes.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

Private Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

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Circle the island of Oahu on this private tour for a maximum of five passengers. Discover the turquoise waves, famous for surfing and the soft sand beaches, as well as more than 30 other popular attractions. Get personalized attention from your guide as you visit attractions such as the Dole Plantation, historic Haleiwa town, and various locations made famous by feature films. Snacks, bottled water, and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels are included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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3:30 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

3:30 PM Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

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Settle in for an afternoon cruise aboard the Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot power catamaran that departs conveniently from Honolulu’s harbor. Learn about Hawaii past and present from the friendly crew as you venture into the open Pacific Ocean to look for dolphins, sea turtles, and even migrating whales. As a bonus, look beneath the water’s surface at fish and coral reefs through unique magnifying view portals.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Custom Tour of Oahu

Private Custom Tour of Oahu

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We provide Private Custom Tours of the island of Oahu. You can set the itinerary or leave it up to our expert guides, or a mix of both. We've been giving tours for over 7 years since Jan 2012. Check out our TripAdvisor reviews to see how much people enjoyed their tours with us.
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  • 8 hours
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Custom True Hawaii Adventure Tour

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Custom True Hawaii Adventure Tour

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This completely customized tour is based around your goals and travel wishes in Oahu. Your private party will meet up with your guide and his dog and take off for parts of the island that regular tourists don't normally find. You'll have an expert in the lead (and their dog!) who will tailor the experience to you.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise - 1pm

Whale Watch, Dolphins, Turtles and Sightseeing Cruise - 1pm

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Explore Oahu’s South Shore both above and below the water's surface on a glass-bottom boat tour to Diamond Head. Cruise on a spacious 50-foot (15-meter) power catamaran while the expert crew shares the legends and history of Hawaii and helps spot passing marine life like green sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales (during migration season). Peer through the magnifying portholes for a look at the coral gardens below.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

City-by-the-Sea - 20 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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This 20-minute helicopter tour gives you views of Waikiki and the Honolulu skyline. Choose the doors-off option to get the best possible photos from your guaranteed window seat. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Honolulu included.
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  • 20 minutes
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Small Group North Shore Circle Island Tour

Small Group North Shore Circle Island Tour

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Visit the top stops of the North Shore of Oahu with this small-group tour. You'll see dozens of local points of interest, including the Dole Plantation, Haleiwa Town. Turtle Beach, and North Shore surf spots, to name a few. You'll also have plenty of time to stop and snack at local food trucks before making your way back to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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Beach and Sunset Yoga on Waikiki Oceanfront with Diamondhead Backdrop

Beach and Sunset Yoga on Waikiki Oceanfront with Diamondhead Backdrop

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Deepen your yoga practice, or try if for the first time with a 75-minute yoga class on Waikiki Beach. Feel connected to the island, the ocean, and yourself with a morning or evening class taught by experienced instructors. With Diamond Head as a backdrop, and a sunset in the evening classes, the views add a spectacular Hawaiian view to every class.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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12pm Turtle Canyon Snorkel Adventure

12pm Turtle Canyon Snorkel Adventure

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This combination snorkeling and sailing adventure is perfect for families and nature enthusiasts. Swim with green sea turtles, tropical fish, and other marine life in Turtle Bay near Honolulu. Next, enjoy a cruise around Diamond Head in search of spinner dolphins, and in the winter months, humpback whales. Have some complimentary drinks and snacks as you savor the natural beauty that surrounds you.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu

Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu "Magnum Experience" (50 Minute)

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Enjoy VIP luxury on a helicopter tour of Oahu with a maximum of four people. Experience the island from a birds-eye view and get unparalleled views of the azure waters, lush greenery and cascading falls. See the most beautiful natural landmarks with a complete circle island tour starting over the white sands of Waikiki and ending with a flyover of Pearl Harbor. A wonderful way to get your bearings if you’ve just arrived, or a grand finale to your Hawaii vacation.
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  • 50 minutes
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After Dinner Tour along the Famous Waikiki Beach Strip

After Dinner Tour along the Famous Waikiki Beach Strip

Small-Group Evening Tour in Waikiki Beach with Hotel Pick Up! One of our most popular tours is our “After Dinner Waikiki Beach Tours”. Just after dark Waikiki comes alive, this tour gives you the perfect opportunity to sit back and just cruise the strip as you take in all the sights and sounds of this wonderful beach community. Along the way you have the chance to see many of the same sights you would see during the day tours, only now lit up with the ocean moonlight and the hustle and bustle of the restaurants, bars and nightlife. After a relaxing day at the beach if you looking for the perfect way to unwind you will see why the Shaxi After Dinner Tour is one of the most popular tours on the Island. Shaxi Tours have brought back a piece of Hawaiian history from when Shaxi was on island in the early 1950’s. Shaxi will take you to many attractions here in Waikiki
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Private Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Lesson on Waikiki Beach

Private Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Lesson on Waikiki Beach

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Learn the tricks and techniques of one of Hawaii’s most popular water sports with a private stand-up paddle boarding lesson on Waikiki Beach. During the 1.5-hour session, get an overview of equipment and balancing techniques while still on dry land, and then paddle out into the clear, warm waters of the Pacific Ocean to put your new skills into action. With the guidance of a professional instructor, you’ll be standing up no time and gliding along the water’s surface with ease.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach

Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach

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Take to the waves at the famous Waikiki Beach during this private 90-minute surfing lesson. Learn how to paddle and pop up from your longboard, first on the sand, and then test your newfound skills in the Pacific. Already know the basics? No problem, you receive tailored instruction based on your skill level. Want to introduce your little one to the sport? This surfing lesson is great for kids too!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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