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Polynesian Cultural Center Admission

Polynesian Cultural Center Admission - Laie, Oahu
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Duration: 6 hours
Location: Laie, Oahu

From USD
$64.95

Visit Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center and experience the largest Polynesian song and dance review in the world! This package includes day time villages, presentations and activities from 12:00pm -6:00pm and does not include meals or the evening show. Add our spectacular evening show "Ha: Breath of Life" and spend the evening immersed in the traditions and lifestyles of the seven individual South Pacific cultures.

Visit: Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, located an hour's scenic drive from Waikiki, is one of the top Oahu attractions ... More info ›

Visit Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center and experience the largest Polynesian song and dance review in the world! This package includes day time villages, presentations and activities from 12:00pm -6:00pm and does not include meals or the evening show. Add our spectacular evening show "Ha: Breath of Life" and spend the evening immersed in the traditions and lifestyles of the seven individual South Pacific cultures.

Visit: Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, located an hour's scenic drive from Waikiki, is one of the top Oahu attractions. The six native villages give you the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures. Add Hawaii's most authentic luau and the world's largest Polynesian night show, and you'll see why every trip to Hawaii should include a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
The six island villages showcase the Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and Tahiti. Real Polynesians share knowledge about their traditional customs and you can watch the demonstrations or join in. Take a canoe ride on the lagoon and cook a meal in the Samoan village. Kids will love getting ink tattoos, spear throwing, ukulele lessons and fishing.
No evening at the center would be complete without "Ha: Breath of Life", an ancient, yet universal tale. Over 100 native performers dressed in authentic attire will share their traditions and culture with you. See exciting fire walkers and knife dancers. this package does not include the "Ha breath of life" evening show.

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Maui Value Pass

Maui Value Pass - Wailuku, United States
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Duration: 5 days
Location: Wailuku, United States

From USD
$163.96

The Maui Value Pass gives you four family-friendly attractions on Maui for one low price. Take a dive on the Atlantis Maui Submarine Adventure with the Maui pass, and enjoy admission to the Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation and the Bailey House Museum.

Visit: Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Atlantis Maui Submarine Adventure
An unforgettable 1 hour and 45 minute (45 minutes underwater) journey aboard an Atlantis 48-passenger submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials ... More info ›

The Maui Value Pass gives you four family-friendly attractions on Maui for one low price. Take a dive on the Atlantis Maui Submarine Adventure with the Maui pass, and enjoy admission to the Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation and the Bailey House Museum.

Visit: Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Atlantis Maui Submarine Adventure
An unforgettable 1 hour and 45 minute (45 minutes underwater) journey aboard an Atlantis 48-passenger submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials. You'll explore a huge natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants! A new adventure awaits you at depths up to 100 feet (30 meters)! Enjoy the view in air-conditioned comfort and safety.
Maui Ocean Center - the Hawaiian Aquarium
A journey of discovery through the extraordinary underwater world that lies beyond Hawaii's surf-ringed shores - from the complex beauty of the Living Reef to the vast, blue realm of the Open Ocean. A great family-favorite activity for visitors to Maui.
Maui Tropical Plantation
This 60 acre (24 hectare) working plantation is the fun way to discover Hawaii's rich agricultural history, complete with tasty free samples! Go for a tram ride, stop by for lunch or shop at the large selection of Maui-made and Maui-grown products.
Bailey House Museum
The Bailey House Museum was formerly a Christian boarding school for girls from 1837-1849. Today, the Bailey House Museum is one of Hawaii's most historically rich museums. The museum documents Hawaii's history through its archive of 8,000 historical photographs, maps and ancient artifacts.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Maui Ocean Center, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more. The Aquarium highlights the beauty of Hawaii’s undersea world while perpetuating the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The Aquarium’s mission is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Atlantis Submarines Maui

Atlantis Adventures is proud to be recognized as the largest provider of tourist attractions on the Hawaiian Islands. Our spectacular island setting plays host to our flagship tourist offering -- the Atlantis Submarine Tour. Featuring the most technologically advanced vessels of their kind, these absolutely real submarines carry up to 48 passengers to depths of 100 feet and beyond. Maui has long been revered as the Magic Isle for its extraordinary appeal and abundance of natural beauty, but its undersea world is just as compelling as seen by the wondrous marine life off the Lahaina coastline. Experience the magic of our Atlantis Adventure submarine tour and create lifetime memories as you explore our majestic coastal waters surrounding the city of Lahaina.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Hale Hoʻikeʻike is a history museum which showcases the largest collection of Hawaiian Antiquities on Maui. Located on the site of Kahekili's Royal Residence, Hale Hoʻikeʻike houses artifacts from Hawaii's pre-western contact era, missionary era, Monarchy era, and plantation era. Situated just on the way to Iao Valley State Park it is a stop you will not want to miss.

Duration: 1 hour

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Go Oahu Card

Go Oahu Card - Honolulu, United States
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Duration: 2 to 24 hours
Location: Honolulu, United States

From USD
$79.00

The Go Oahu Card gives you over 30 top attractions on one card, at one low price! No other attraction Oahu pass offers you the value of FREE admission to over 30 attractions, tours and beach activities with the flexibility to use it over 2 weeks. Whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned Hawaii traveler, the Go Oahu Card offers a whole new way to discover Oahu ... More info ›

The Go Oahu Card gives you over 30 top attractions on one card, at one low price! No other attraction Oahu pass offers you the value of FREE admission to over 30 attractions, tours and beach activities with the flexibility to use it over 2 weeks. Whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned Hawaii traveler, the Go Oahu Card offers a whole new way to discover Oahu. Enjoy direct entry to attractions. Simply save your pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go – no voucher redemption required!

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Stop At: Go Oahu® Card

The Go Oahu Card leaves you in control, allowing you to have the best, customized experience possible. The Honolulu pass is available for one, two, three, four, five or seven days. You may visit as many attractions as you like in one day, but you are limited to visiting each attraction only once per day.
The Go Oahu Card also offers a wide variety of free gifts and discounts at some of Oahu's best retailers and restaurants.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Ka Moana Luau, Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE:
Experience a night of authentic Polynesian culture at the Ka Moana Luau, Oahu’s only east-side luau that features an award-winning production with a picturesque setting that overlooks the ocean with a backdrop of tall sea cliffs.
You’ll be welcomed with a traditional shell lei greeting before getting to enjoy the many fun activities, like hula lessons, lei making, Hawaiian tattoos, ukulele lessons, and more.
This complete luau experience includes 2 standard drink tickets, a delicious dinner buffet, and upgraded seating for the award-winning show that features energetic Polynesian Cultural entertainment.
What’s included with your Luau Package ticket:
Deluxe Splash admission to Ka Moana Luau
Shell lei greeting
Cultural activities like lei making, temporary Polynesian tattoos, hula lessons, coconut headband weaving, and ukulele lessons
2 standard drink tickets
Upgraded seating at the award-winning show that highlights the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia (including a Polynesian sword of fire!)
Delicious dinner buffet
Ticket to Sea Life Park with up to 7 days to redeem it
Please note: cancellations must be made within 24 hours; cancellations made with less than a 24-hour notice are subject to a full charge.


Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE: Dolphin Encounter
Here's the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with friendly dolphins. From a waist deep platform, you'll observe and interact with these amazing animals while they perform tricks and entertain you. These dolphins play, kiss, and even "dance" with the guests. A great attraction for small children who don't want to venture into deeper waters, you're sure to be dazzled as well!
The encounter is 45 minutes long.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to encounter.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Sail Makani, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE:
Experience one of the most quintessential Hawaiian vacation activities and set sail on the Pacific Ocean for an island-style dinner with a complimentary drink and an unforgettable view of the Hawaiian sunset.
You’ll get to see the sun set over the azure coastal waters with the picturesque landscape of the Hawaiian Islands in the backdrop. Once you’re on the water, be sure to look out for ocean life, visitors frequently spot turtles, dolphins, humpback whales (when in season), and more.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Touch of Gold Tours LLC

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE: Go on a full day tour and visit all of Oahu’s major landmarks and hidden spots on the Oahu Hidden Gems Tour and then gear up for an underwater adventure of Snorkeling with the Turtles.
Your local-expert guide will take you to Oahu’s major spots, including the famous Pipeline Surf Beach on the North Shore, and show you some of the lesser-known gems so you’ll get to experience the Hawaii the locals know and love while checking off lots of the major sights and learning about Hawaii’s history.
Break for lunch at the raved-about North Shore Shrimp Trucks (lunch not included) where you can sample lots of fresh local delicacies and dishes and enjoy the sights.
After lunch, gear up to snorkel with giant Hawaiian green sea turtles and lots of colorful fish and underwater life. Snorkel gear is included, but be sure to bring your own beach towels, sunscreen, and a change of clothes.
What’s included:
Round trip transportation to and from your hotel
Guided tour of Oahu
Snorkel gear (goggles, snorkel, fins)
Break for lunch (lunch not included)
Note: bring your own beach towels, sunscreen, and a change of clothes.

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Sea & Board Sports Hawaii

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE:
Learn how to surf and experience the Hawaiian waves first-hand with a 2-hour Semi-Private Surf Lesson by Sea & Board Sports Hawaii. With close guidance from a professional instructor, you’ll be out on the water catching waves off the North Shore in no time.
Lessons focus on safety and basic surfing techniques geared towards helping surfers of all levels, including beginners who’ve never tried surfing before. You'll learn to improve your skills and feel confident on the waves.
Your lesson will include a top quality ST longboard, rash guard, and pre-surf instruction on the beach.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Aulii Luau

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE: A pig roast, live music, fire dancers, and all-you-can-eat Polynesian food! Visit Hawaii’s most authentic Polynesian Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center for the quintessential island experience.
The Alii Luau is a “royal feast” that has been awarded the Kahili Award for being the most authentic Hawaiian Luau. This Polynesian treat brings you passion-filled live music, heart-pounding traditional Hawaiian song and dance, and a feast that you’ll never forget. Indulge yourself for an evening of authentic Polynesian culture and cuisine, and recharge your battery for the rest of your trip and explorations of this fascinating island chain.
The Polynesian Culture Center is quite a place. With 1,300 employees representing the native peoples of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori New Zealand (Aotearoa), Fiji, Tonga, Easter Island, Tahiti, and the Marquesas (French Polynesia), you will learn about diverse cultures spread over approximately 12 million square miles of Pacific Ocean! The Alii Luau is just one offering of many at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, but we’re confident that it’s one you’ll absolutely love.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

This legendary vessel is one of only 15 surviving U.S. combat submarines from World War II. Learn the story of the USS Bowfin, including its many successful attacks on enemy warships, and of submarines in general. A must-see for students of WWII history.
The USS Bowfin, known as the ‘Pearl Harbor Avenger’, was launched exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor and sank 44 enemy ships during her nine wartime patrols. Tour the museum and the Bowfin itself and learn about the pivotal role submarines played during WWII, credited for 55% of enemy ships destroyed, even though they only accounted for 2% of the U.S. Naval fleet. The USS Bowfin is one of only fifteen American submarines from World War II that did not end up being used for scrap metal or as target practice for other ships. A trip to this unique museum gives visitors the rare chance to board an authentic submarine vessel and discover the hardships and victories faced by its crew.
Included with admission to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is a self-guided audio tour of the submarine, which lasts just under 30 minutes. Plan to spend an additional hour in the museum exploring its impressive collection of submarine artifacts including weapon systems, photographs, paintings, battle flags, and original military recruiting posters.
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park acts as a hub for the various Pearl Harbor historic sites in the area, as people waiting for their ferry to the USS Arizona Memorial or waiting to take a tour of the USS Missouri battleship often include a stop at the Bowfin on their itinerary. The USS Bowfin is an exciting destination in its own right, but its location makes it perfect to visit while waiting for your ferry to the USS Arizona Memorial. The bag check for all of these sites is also located at the Bowfin Museum.
The Bowfin submarine supported an 80-man crew, and if you've never been on a submarine before, you'll be amazed by the tight quarters that acted as the crews’ home for extended periods at sea. Tall visitors should be prepared to bend, stoop, and watch their heads through every doorway. If you're claustrophobic or uncomfortable in close spaces, you might prefer to stay on land and spend time at the museum.
The USS Bowfin has been filmed in numerous television productions for PBS, The History Channel, and National Geographic Channel. It was also featured in at least three episodes of ABC’s hit series Lost. A visit to this military landmark vessel will give you a new understanding of exactly how powerful and critical submarines were in the naval conflicts of World War II, and offers a great learning opportunity on your trip to Hawaii.
With all the steps, ladders, and hatches, neither wheelchairs nor service animals can be accommodated on the submarine itself, although the museum and outdoor exhibits are all fully accessible. For safety reasons, children under 4 are not allowed on the submarine.
No bags of any size can be brought onto the submarine (or any of the Bowfin's sister sites), so leave them at the hotel or check them at the visitor center for about $3 per bag.


Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Battleship Missouri Memorial, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Take a special tour of the Battleship Missouri, the last battleship ever built and recently refurbished! This is the site upon which Japan officially surrendered to the United States, marking the end of World War II. But with service spanning three wars, this ship has a much broader story to tell.
Stand on the Surrender Deck, the official site of the end of World War II, and see the fatal spot where a Japanese kamikaze pilot flew into the hull of the ship. The Mighty Mo proudly served in World War II, the Korean War and the Gulf War. Step back in time aboard an American icon and hero, the Battleship Missouri.
Your tour of the Battleship Missouri includes the Surrender Deck, as well as look at where a Japanese kamikaze pilot flew his plane into the Missouri's hull. Her bow faces the USS Arizona Memorial and watches over the remains of those servicemen who lost their lives during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Commissioned in 1944, the Battleship Missouri marked the surrender of the Japanese Empire and the end of World War II. The Missouri continued to see combat action during the Korean War and Gulf War before she was decommissioned in 1992 and docked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington State. She was towed to Honolulu and opened as a floating museum in 1999.
The Battleship Missouri underwent an $18 million renovation at the beginning of 2010. Even if you aren’t a history buff or part of a military family, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is a fascinating vessel and is consistently rated among the most-visited sites in Hawaii!
Your “Mighty Mo Pass” is good for admission to the self-guided walking tour with three different pre-marked routes.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is on Ford Island, across the Admiral Clary Bridge from the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum. It's easy to make a day out of touring all three sites, so do plan ahead. Even a brisk-paced tour of the Missouri will have you spending at least 90 minutes from shuttle pick-up to drop-off.
Allow yourself approximately five hours to see all three sites, plus time to rest and eat. To keep your sights in historical order, you might choose to start your day with the Arizona, where the U.S. involvement in World War II began, and end with the Missouri, where the war finally came to an end.
The shuttle bus to the island runs every 10-12 minutes.
A few tips:
Be prepared for lots of stairs and ladders, some of them steep, and for spending the majority of your tours outside.
Do dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. Dresses and skirts are not advised.
It's a good idea to bring water, although vending machines and concessions are available both on the pier and on the ship.
As with any outdoor activity in Hawaii, don't forget sunscreen!
Leave all bags—including purses, backpacks, and shopping bags—at your hotel or check them for $3 each at the USS Bowfin Submarine Park and Museum before boarding the shuttle bus.
Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are allowed, but the many stairs may make navigation a challenge. There is a lift that can bring mobility-impaired visitors to the main deck and an elevator that accesses the Surrender Deck.
Photographers will take your party's picture as you board the boat and offer prints for sale as you leave. No purchase required, but you might find yourself wanting to remember your trip to the USS Missouri!


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Makani Catamaran

Travel the open waters of the Pacific in style during this luxurious two-hour cruise. You'll be amazed at how easily this catamaran slices through waves while still offering an ultra-comfortable ride on this afternoon sail.
Makani is Hawaii’s #1 sailing adventure, so get out into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean aboard this awesome Catamaran! Cruise lasts approximately two hours and offers a great way to see the stunning coastal waters that draw in millions of tourists and are the envy of countless postcard-recipients each year!
The U.S. Coast Guard-certified Makani is the safest passenger vessel of its kind. This world-class catamaran offers a full bar, covered cabin seating area, state-of-the-art stereo surround sound system, LCD TV, sunbathing net areas, and pilothouse seating.
The crew will take you along Oahu's shores, during which time you should be alert for dolphins, flying fish, sea turtles, and, during the winter migration season, humpback whales! The Makani Catamaran offerings are a huge hit with customers, and consistently receive excellent reviews from people who enjoy the experience of sailing through the clear blue waters and spotting marine life in action.
There is a cash bar on all cruises.
One customer who has sailed with Makani a few times offers this advice: "Do bring a light sweater and be prepared to sit outside (bring sunscreen). The captain does normally keep the ride smooth … if you do tend to get seasick, sit outside, not inside."
Makani Catamaran has been in operation for several years, and was constructed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The yacht features top-of-the-line construction, and exists thanks to the ingenuity of a skilled investment group including Captain Jon Jepson and architect Dave Wallworth, with the help of Gold Coast Yachts. This impressive yacht is worth $1.8 million; the carbon fiber mast alone coming in at $400,000. After the ship was completed in 2005, the crew set sail for Honolulu, sailing over 8,000 miles and passing through the Panama Canal, skirting the coast of Central America and heading northwest via Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She now calls Kewalo Basin home in lovely Honolulu, and is just waiting for you to take a spin on her beautiful decks, thanks to the exciting cruise options brought to you by Makani. All aboard!


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Explore a vibrant coral reef on this Hanauma Bay snorkeling adventure for experts and novices alike. Within the bay's pristine and clear waters, you’ll have the opportunity to swim through this stunning reef teeming with rays, turtles, and diverse species of tropical fish. You may even spot octopuses! Your Go Card Oahu includes round trip transportation from Waikiki along with sanitized snorkel equipment. Note, if you don’t live in Hawaii, you will have to pay a $7.50 entrance fee to access Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Children under 13 years of age and Hawaii residents get in for free. For more information about this exciting attraction, click on the website link below.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

The USS Arizona Memorial is the most visited attraction in Hawaii and a definite “must-see.” The Battleship honors the 1,177 of its crewman who perished in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and is also a Memorial for all those that gave their lives on December 7, in Hawaii and the War in the Pacific.
Pick up your audio tour headset and listen to the award-winning 2 ½-hour tour which provides a poignant narration of the events that transpired during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor as it guides guests throughout the Visitor Center, museums, waterfront displays, and Memorial.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Oahu, Hawaii

Immerse yourself in the culture of the 1,000+ Pacific islands that make up Polynesia at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Watch as islanders reenact a war dance, wield "fire knives," and more. Need to relax? Take an afternoon canoe ride or watch an entertaining Hawaii IMAX™ film.
At the 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center, stroll through an authentic complex of recreated villages in Aotearoa (New Zealand), ancient Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. At each stop, you'll find hands-on activities and demonstrations showing cultural wonders, such as the art of fire dancing, climbing 50-foot trees in bare feet, spear-throwing, coconut-husking, and the Haka warrior dance!
Enjoy the regional culinary delights as you sample Tahitian coconut bread or poi, the staple Hawaiian food made out of taro. Explore various island traditions such as lei-making, or try your skill at playing derua and making Fijian music.
Your pass to the Polynesian Cultural Center is good for general admission, which includes the villages and the Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant, Hawaii’s only water-borne show. You'll learn about Polynesian voyaging and see a fully functional 57-foot double-hulled canoe at the Hawaiian Village’s exciting exhibit, Iosepa: Voyage of Discovery.
Also included with your admission pass to the Polynesian Cultural Center is a tram tour of nearby Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Polynesian Cultural Center is run by BYU-Hawaii, and the tram tour includes exhibits explaining the history and beliefs of the LDS church.
Ticket upgrades are available for an additional $75 if you'd like to stay for the award-winning Alii luau and the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, with a cast of more than 100 performers from across the Pacific. Please call in advance to make a reservation, as they cannot be made on-site.
The luau is one of the best on the island, and includes a traditional flower lei greeting, reserved seating, and an all-you-can-eat buffet with authentic Hawaiian food. The PCC's "Ambassador of Aloha" emcee will explain the imu ceremony where the roasted pig is lifted from its cooking pit. He will also introduce an evening full of Hawaiian music, entertainment, and hula.
Please note that there is no alcohol served or allowed on the premises at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The luau ends around 6:30 pm, followed by Ha: Breath of Life at 7:30 pm.
Broaden your horizons at this cultural mainstay and experience life as a Polynesian for a day!


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Oahu Grand Circle Island, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

This 120-mile tour takes you from upscale East Oahu, through Hawaii Kai and along the rugged southeast coastline. Travel the cliffs of Makapuu, through the Hawaiian Homestead, and then into Kailua Town. Other highlights include: Pali Lookout, Waimea Bay, famous surfing spots, small towns, pineapple fields, and gorgeous scenery.

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii

Sea Life Park Hawaii is packed with opportunities to get face to face with all kinds of sea life, including dolphins, sea lions, rays, sharks, native Hawaiian fish, and more.
More than 30 reef species are on display in a massive 300,000-gallon tank, including vivid tropical fish and Hawaiian reef sharks.
Fun and educational shows featuring acrobatic feats performed by dolphins, sea lions, and endangered Humboldt penguins are a big hit with both kids and adults. Be sure to catch a Penguin Habitat Trainer Talk to learn all about Sea Life Park’s conservation and rehabilitation efforts.
Kids can pretend to be Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirate Lagoon, with its miniature maze and play area.
You'll find an on-site restaurant and snacks bars, and should you choose to participate in a dolphin or sea lion encounter (reservations required; not included with admission) you'll appreciate the access to lockers and a dressing room.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum tells the story of the nation's aviation history from WWII hangars that still bear the scars of the nation's first aviation battle. Take a moving and educational tour of vintage aircraft and displays. Defend the skies in one of the combat flight simulators.
Located on historic Ford Island, the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum displays Hangar 37, a 42,000-square-foot former seaplane hangar. After watching a brief documentary about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, you'll walk down a corridor that takes you back to island life prior to 1941. An authentic Japanese Zero aircraft is displayed as it would have looked on the deck of the Japanese carrier Hiryu at dawn on December 7, 1941.
You'll also see a light civilian plane that was shot while airborne during the attack, as well as a P-40 fighter that is just like the ones that took off from Wheeler and Haleiwa Field on that fateful day.
Inside the vast hangar of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, you'll see an actual B-25B Mitchell, a SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber like those used during the Battle of Midway, and a F4F Wildcat like those used by the "Cactus Air Force" in Guadalcanal. Visitors learn about the nation’s historic mobilization for war, viewing the actual Stearman N2S-3 in which former President George H. W. Bush soloed at age 18.
Other aircraft you’ll see at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum include:
A Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 “Zero” fighter plane
A U.S. Curtiss P-40 fighter plane
A U.S. North American B-25B Mitchell bomber
A U.S. Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber
A U.S. Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter plane
A U.S. Stearman N2S-3 trainer
A U.S. Grumman F-14D Tomcat
A U.S. McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle
A U.S. North American Aviation F-86 Sabre
A Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
A U.S. McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II
A U.S. Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter
A Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter
Interactive combat flight simulators are available for an extra fee, allowing visitors to experience just how difficult being a WWII pilot was. The relatively new museum features top-rate exhibits and state-of-the-art displays and interactive elements.
About.com's guide to Hawaii and the South Pacific calls the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum "a must stop for any visitor who truly wants to understand the role of aviation in the defense of freedom. … Had the museum chosen to just exhibit aircraft, it would be far less impressive. It is the stories of the men who actually flew in these aircraft depicted in life-like settings or dioramas with the planes that makes for a memorable visitor experience."
The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum can be accessed via shuttle buses that leave every 10-12 minutes from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. As with all of the military museums on Ford Island, no bags, purses, or backpacks are allowed, so plan to leave them in the trunk of your car or pay a $3 fee to use the storage lockers at the visitor center before boarding the shuttle.
Allow up to two hours for your visit, and leave yourself time to visit the aviation-themed gift shop or eat at Lanaikea Café, an island-themed restaurant that recreates a pilot's club on a remote Pacific Island.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: North Shore Tour Guide- Hiking & Fishing

Enjoy a fishing adventure unlike any other, on the shoreline of the North Shore of Oahu. An expert guide will teach you about the best places to fish and the local techniques, including catch and release. All equipment is provided, including fishing poles, bait, and your guide will even help line up your pole.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sea & Board Sports Hawaii

This 3-hour Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) rental is an adventurous and relaxing way to explore the crystal clear waters and wildlife along the North Shore of Oahu.
On your board, you can glide around at your own pace over the vibrant sea life and reefs the North Shore is known for. Visitors in the past have spotted fish, turtles, dolphins, and even whales when in season.
No previous experience necessary.
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Explore the crystal clear waters along the North Shore of Oahu with a 3-hour kayak rental, one of the most exciting ways to see the sites and experience Hawaii's water sport culture.
Navigate the shoreline at your own pace and be on the lookout for the vibrant sea life and reefs the North Shore is known for. Visitors in the past have spotted fish, turtles, dolphins, and even whales when in season.
No previous experience necessary.


Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Kaimana Tours

Discover the spectacular, untouched beauty of Hawaii on a 2-mile hike following a mountain stream that runs through a rainforest. A beautiful 150-foot waterfall will be your unforgettable destination. Along the way, you'll pass through gardens lush with tropical fruit trees as well as an ancient Hawaiian dwelling. What's more, you'll even see the settings of several popular films and television shows, from Hunger games to Hawaii Five-O.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Kualoa Ranch, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii

As if a secluded beach with sweeping views of Kaneohe Bay weren't enough ... At this attraction, you'll also enjoy three hours of unlimited access to all activities, from kayaking and volleyball to a bus tour of Moli'i Gardens and a canoe ride on a 125-acre fishpond.
Kayaking, canoeing, standup paddling, beach volleyball, beach badminton, ping pong, or a date with a hammock—whatever your beach-day preference, Kualoa Ranch Secret Island Beach will accommodate you! Make the most of the beautiful oceanside scenery on Oahu and your time on a private beach!
Secret Island is a secluded beach with sweeping views of Kaneohe Bay and a Mokolii Island (Chinaman's Hat). Guests can spend 3-hours there with unlimited use of all facilities and activities on the island including kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle board, swimming, volleyball, ping-pong and other island-style activities.
Kualoa Ranch is a large recreational complex that encompasses some of Oahu’s most beautiful and most-filmed scenery—the land has been used as the film set for such movies as Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, and also saw the filming of a large majority of scenes from the hit television shows Hawaii 5-0 and Lost! The Kualoa Ranch complex also features a historic sugar plantation (once owned by an American missionary who was also a trusted advisor to the King of Hawaii) and a World War II airfield that was used as a training site for the US military, and runway for “Kittyhawk” warplanes, and later was filmed in many war-era blockbuster movies, such as Pearl Harbor. One of Kualoa’s most unique tour offerings is its Secret Island Beach trip, which takes you to a stunning strip of white sand, letting you really unwind and enjoy quality time in the sun as you sit in the midst of Oahu’s beautiful film-worthy scenery!
Kualoa Ranch Secret Island Beach offers showers and changing stalls to keep you comfortable and clean. Do bring your own towel and swimsuit. Should you forget to bring anything, however, you may purchase beach items at the ranch’s gift shop prior to boarding the bus that will take you to the secluded island. Your tour includes an open air bus ride through Molii Gardens (breathe in the scent of Oahu’s wildflowers!) and a ride on canoe rafts across the ancient Hawaiian fishpond. All activities are included in the admission. You can pack a picnic lunch, enjoy a walk along the white sandy beach, or just relax in your hammock with a good book!
Enjoy the day at your very own secluded island beach, courtesy of Kualoa Ranch!


Duration: 4 hours 10 minutes

Stop At: Waimea Valley, Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

The 1,875-acre Waimea Valley is filled with natural wonders: 35 botanical gardens with 5,000 varieties of plants, dozens of archeological sites, and a spectacular 45-foot waterfall. You can even take hula lesson or make a lei!
At Waimea Valley, on Oahu’s rural North Shore, visitors can experience Hawaiian culture in a spectacular natural environment. Waimea Valley is a living puuhonua, or a place of peace and safety. It’s also one of Oahu’s last partially intact ahupuaa, or land divisions, that extend from the mountains to the sea.
A paved path winds through 35 themed botanical gardens, featuring more than 200 plant families, including rare plants found only on the Hawaiian Islands. Some flowers are as big as a basketball! The 45-tall Waimea Falls are the focal point of Waimea Valley, and visitors are invited to swim in the pool below—so bring a swimsuit and towel!
Here’s a look at some of the other scenic highlights at beautiful Waimea Valley:
Ancient Hawaiian Archaeological Sites: Seventy-eight sites of interest have been identified here, highlighting religious shrines, housing sites, agricultural terraces, and ancient fishponds.
Wildlife: Native and endangered birds call Waimea Valley home, including the alae ula, and all five species of o'opu, a native freshwater fish that can be found in the Kamananui Stream. Please note that due to the fragile wildlife of the park, no domestic animals may be brought to Waimea Valley, with the exception of service dogs.
Cultural Activities: Take part in rich cultural pastimes as you spend your day at Waimea Valley, such as Lei making, Kapa demonstrations, Hula lessons, Hawaiian games, crafts, music and storytelling with Kūpuna! Call ahead to see what’s on the schedule for the day.
Artisanal Offerings and Cuisine: See and purchase the work of North Shore artists and Hawaiian artisans showcasing their locally-made products, and dine at the on-site concessionaires which feature local and fresh ingredients!
Fans of the TV show Lost might recognize Waimea Valley’s waterfalls as the place where Kate found the briefcase in the show’s first season. Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent…while the landscape is lush, the bugs can be fierce.
Waimea Valley contains rich history and was referred to as the Valley of the Priests for more than 700 years. The connection between native plants and culture is emphasized, and the park strives to leave visitors with a greater appreciation and respect for Hawaiian history, culture and tradition.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Wet'n'Wild Hawaii, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Families and adrenaline addicts alike will find plenty to love here. Choose from 25+ rides and attractions that run the gamut from mild (Water World Playground) to wild (Tornado and its 130-foot tunnel). Bring your swimwear and prepare to have a blast!
Hawaii is the place for sunshine, surf, and being outdoors…why not throw in some slides, rides, and exciting turbulence that won’t put you in danger of being swept out to sea? Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii gives you a great way to get your feet wet and your heart pumping. Great for families and thrill-seekers alike, this 29-acre water park has more than 25 slides and attractions for all ages.
Children will love the WaterWorld playground and the giant wave pool, while adrenaline addicts will want to hit the four-story Island Racer slide or the swirling vortex of the Tornado. Located in Kapolei, “Oahu’s second city”, Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii is the only water-theme amusement park on the Hawaiian Islands! Here’s a preview of just some of the exciting rides and attractions that await at Wet‘n’Wild Hawaii:
Hawaiian Waters: A massive wave pool with over 400,000 gallons and four-foot high swells that you can ride in a tube, or body surf for the ultimate challenge! (After dark on Fridays you can relax and watch “Dive’n’Movies”).
Tornado: Catapult 50 feet through the air into a 130-foot tunnel before plummeting into the eye of the storm in a two or four-person clover-leaf tube, and enjoy the ride as you’re released back into the calm shallows below!
Shaka: A unique combination of wet and dry…water spray jets give a friction-free surface for the giant U-shaped slides to slide to the bottom, plummeting down a 36-foot drop at a 70-degree angle (feels almost vertical!). You’ll race forward at up to 31 miles per hour in forward and reverse motion!
Kapolei Kooler: A great way to lie back in a tube and relax in the cool water of this 800 foot river, enjoying the tropical gardens surrounding you.
Cutter’s Island: A great way for adults to unwind in a hot tub or cool plunge pool, or have a drink at the bar!
Da Flowrider: An awesome pay-per-play attraction that lets you get your surf on with 40-foot continuous waves!
If you've somehow managed to find yourself in Hawaii without a swimsuit or towel, the surf shack at Wet 'n' Wild carries the largest selection of surf and swimwear on Oahu's west side.
No outside food or drink is allowed except for unopened bottles of water, but the park's three restaurants have a range of snacks and meals. Water shoes or flip-flops are a good idea since the concrete can get blazing hot. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen—the sun can be deceptively intense on breezy days.
Whenever you need a break from the vast array of slides and attractions take some time to eat and relax at on the park’s three restaurants. Get your feet wet and enjoy Wet'n'Wild Hawaii on your visit to Oahu!

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Magic of Polynesia, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

If it's your first time in Honolulu, first stop: Pearl Harbor, site of the attack that sparked the U.S. entry into World War II. Then it's on to Honolulu, where your tour guide will give you the scoop on all the major landmarks.
Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City are among Hawaii’s most popular attractions, proving that there is so much more to the islands than pristine beaches, world-class surfing, and stunning wildlife. The Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City Tour is a great opportunity to get in touch with the history of the area while also learning about the tragic conflict that devastated the island of Oahu and changed the course of history forever.
This comprehensive Pearl Harbor Tour is one of Oahu’s most popular sightseeing experiences and should not be missed. The tour lasts between seven and eight hours, departing in the morning and returning in the early afternoon, so plan to spend the entire day with your tour guide. You may choose to spend the remainder of your afternoon reflecting upon the day’s sights and lounging on the beach in Waikiki.
The Pearl Harbor Tour is fully narrated, and is a great option for first-time visitors to Honolulu to get oriented to the city. Here’s a look at the tour highlights:
Pearl Harbor: You’ll tour the renovated Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum and Visitor Center, which is the hub for all four Pearl Harbor historic sites; WWII “Valor in the Pacific” National Monument (also known as the USS Arizona Memorial)
Punchbowl Crater: Part of an extinct volcano, and now home to the National Cemetery of the Pacific
State Capitol: A unique structure, surrounded by a reflecting pool that symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, and featuring two legislative chambers that are cone-shaped to symbolize volcanoes formed in the Pacific Islands
Washington Place: Former home of Hawaiian royalty in the 19th century, as well as home to Hawaii’s governors
King Kamehameha Statue: A beautiful structure depicting the legendary founder of Hawaii
Iolani Palace: The only royal palace on American soil
Kawaiahao Church: Where services are still held in the native Hawaiian language
Chinatown: One of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States, and your last stop before returning to Waikiki in the early afternoon
Your Pearl Harbor tour guide will point out the history and intricacies of Oahu along this well-plotted route, ensuring your tour is both informative, entertaining, and showcases the beautiful scenery of the island. Your trip to the Pearl Harbor memorials will leave you with a somber understanding of the importance of December 7th, 1941, in the developments of World War II, as well as the impact that day had on millions of people worldwide.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: North Shore Tour Guide- Hiking & Fishing

Your choice of 1 of these 2 North Shore Oahu Hikes per day.
Intermediate Hike:
Hike along the beautiful coastline of the North Shore of Oahu as you enjoy breathtaking views of the Mountain and Ocean. Hear the sounds of native Hawaiian birds while under the canopy of exotic trees and plants. This hike is 3 miles long, 1.5 miles to the rest area, and then back down. This trail is for more avid hikers, looking for a serene experience.
Beginner Hike:
Mokuleia Trail- A beautiful hike that everyone and the family can enjoy! Have an amazing time on this Beginner hike along the mountainside on the North Shore of Oahu, getting to experience spectacular views of wildlife, fruit trees and plants, and beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the mountains. This is about a 3 mile hike. 2 hours long.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kaimana Tours

Please Note: Diamond Head trails are open to all visitors who pay a park fee; the Go Oahu Card covers this park fee and transportation to and from Diamond Head.
Rising 760 feet with a 3,520-foot crater, this volcano is nothing short of breathtaking. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, the Pacific Ocean and more. (By the way, don't worry: Diamond Head has been extinct for 150,000 years.)
Mt. Leahi is the most famous volcanic crater on earth. Situated at the southeastern coast of Oahu at Waikiki’s edge, this extinct volcano, better known as Diamond Head, has been inactive for 150,000 years. Thanks to Kaimana Tours, you can hike to the top of Diamond Head, taking in views from its 760-foot summit and marveling at the crater, a gaping canyon that is 3,520 feet in diameter.
The Mt. Leahi volcano was seen in the early 1800s by British sailors, who mistakenly believed the calcite crystals in its lava rocks to be diamonds, thus branding it with its long-lived nickname. Diamond Head is just part of a large complex of cones and vents collectively known as the Honolulu Volcanic Series, the eruptions of which are reputed to have created many of Oahu’s landmarks, including Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head, and Mānana Island. Diamond Head is one of those creations, and is estimated to be one of the younger formations in the mass—the Koolau Range is said to be 2.6 million years old, but Diamond Head is put at a spiritedly 150,000 years old.
Speculation states that the eruption leading to its formation was brief, lasting only a few days, which (according to geologist jargon too detailed to include here) explains the current structure’s symmetrical cone shape. Geologists do not believe that Diamond Head will erupt again, given its mono-genetic (characterized by one eruption only) nature.
What does all this rock-talk mean? It means that the residents of Oahu and neighboring islands are reaping the benefits of an extremely explosive past, and are fortunate enough to live in a paradise of hiking trails, beaches, coral reefs, and multiple islands. Take advantage of your time in paradise and let Kaimana Tours, LLC show you the path to the top of Diamond Head.
The tour is ranked as “easy to moderate” in physical exertion, and offers unparalleled views of the coastline. Your guide will bring you to the top of Diamond Head via a series of switchbacks. Take note that while the climb itself requires little exertion, the staircases at the end can be challenging for those not in “peak” shape, and can leave you breathless…though the views at the top will prove worth the climb!
Consider the early departure time for Kaimana Tours’ Diamond Head Crater Hike, as the heat of the day can make your climb more strenuous, and the trails become narrower as visitors become more numerous. Do wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. Consider bringing a hat and sunscreen and naturally, drink lots of water! The hike should last approximately 30 minutes, leaving you with 45 minutes to explore the crater at the top before returning to the base to catch your shuttle back to Waikiki. Upon reaching the summit, visitors who are so inclined can buy a certificate boasting of their physical feat, and a snack cart waits to feed you fruits for your labor. Kaimana Tours is a popular tour group, so do be sure to book as early as possible for your Diamond Head Crater Hike!


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kualoa Ranch & Zipline

The word "exhilarating" was invented for experiences like this. Hop aboard a 49-passenger catamaran for a narrated tour of Kaneohe Bay, Mokolii Island (Chinaman's Hat) and more. Plus, take a bus tour of Molii Gardens or a canoe ride on an ancient fishpond.
Kualoa Ranch is the spot for scenery in Oahu—so much so that Hollywood uses it as their filming location for so many of the movies and shows we know and love, including Jurassic Park, Lost, 50 First Dates, and of course, Hawaii 5-0. The stunning piece of land also serves as a major attraction, with many people coming to visit its ancient fishpond, secret beach, and beautiful gardens. Among its popular offerings is a private catamaran tour of the waters around Kualoa Ranch, including some of the area’s most stunning island scenery! Board the park’s 49-passenger boat for a trip through Hawaiian waters that will send you home in awe of these islands.
The Kualoa Ranch Voyaging Tour catamaran will take you to the following spots:
Kāneohe Bay: The largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. The 8-mile long bay is dominated by a barrier reef (one of only two in the island chain), and sits on the northeast coast of Oahu. Beautiful island views are present from the bay.
Mokolii Island: A 12.5-acre island off the shore of Kualoa Point, that was once connected to Oahu before erosion separated the two. The island is referred to as “Chinaman’s Hat” due to its resemblance to the straw hats worn by Chinese immigrants. The island is a popular spot for swimming and kayaking with locals, and some even venture to swim there from neighboring land.
Hokulea Beach: A beautiful patch of beach that is the ceremonial home of the first modern replica of an ancient sailing canoe—a cultural and historic treat to behold!
Your Kualoa Ranch Voyaging Tour will provide unparalleled photographic opportunities of the stunning blue-green water off the coast of Oahu, as well as of the beautiful and geologically-rich Kooalu Mountains in the background. Your tour will be narrated by a lively and knowledgeable guide who will send you home with a greater appreciation for the cultural value and the aesthetic and geographic beauty of the area, and of Hawaii in general. Please note that this catamaran tour does not operate on Sundays or Federal Holidays.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Thanks to an abundant average rainfall of 165 inches, the Lyon Arboretum offers a tropical rainforest setting that is ideal for growing an enormous diversity of plants, which is one of the reasons the grounds often serve as an outdoor laboratory for local students. The Lyon Arboretum opened to the public in 1972 and it's collection now features heliconias, gingers, aroids, bromeliads, native Hawaiian plants, and one of the largest palm collections found in a botanical garden.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii

Take a break from busy Waikiki and renew your spirits at the Byodo-In Temple, at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, the Byodo-In is a replica of a 1,000-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Byodo-In (which means "Temple of Equality") is home to Amida, a carved, gold-lacquered Buddha towering 18-foot-tall. This massive sculpture is the work of Japanese artist Masuzo Inui and is believed to be the largest Buddha carved outside of Japan.
The temple is one of the many island locations that fans of the TV shows "Magnum, P.I." and "Hawaii Five-O" will recognize. More recently, it stood in as the home of the character Sun's father on the first season of the show "Lost."
After making a donation to help support the temple's upkeep, you're invited to ring the bon-sho, a three-ton bronze and tin bell. Ringing the bon-sho is believed to clear the mind of evil and temptation, preparing you to enter the temple. You'll be asked to remove your shoes before entering this place of worship.
The lush grounds and gardens surrounding Byodo-In are just as much of an attraction as the serene temple. Wildlife includes the hundreds of koi in the waters surrounding the temple, turtles, frogs, black swans, peacocks, wild doves, and sparrows. Feeding the koi is a hit with kids, so be sure to purchase a bag of fish food at the gift shop. With a little patience, doves and sparrows will land on your hand and eat the food, too. But don't try to feed the peacocks—they can be testy.
Yelp user Norm G. offers this word of caution, "Even after you wash your hands in the lavatory, your hands will still smell like fish food," but an alcohol-based sanitizer will take care of the problem, so consider packing a small bottle for your visit. Mosquitoes can also be a hassle at Byodo-In, so bring bug spray or pick some up in the gift shop before strolling the grounds.
While public transportation to Byodo-In is available, it does not drop riders off at the temple's entrance, so be prepared for an uphill walk through the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park if you don't drive. If you do, don't leave any valuables in your car if you drive to the temple. Despite its tranquil setting within a memorial park, car break-ins can happen.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

The Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs — King Kalakaua and his successor, Queen Liliuokalani — lived at the Iolani Palace in the late 1800s. You'll marvel at the ornate architecture and furnishings in this meticulously restored monument.
Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Located in Honolulu's capitol district, this regal structure and National Historic Landmark was home to the Hawaiian Kingdom's two final monarchs. The palace was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua. His sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, resided at the palace until the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893.
King Kalakaua was a well-traveled man, earning respect as the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe in 1881. His desire was to create a palace that would rival those in Europe and signal Hawaii's place as a modern sovereign state. He incorporated the most up-to-date technology into Iolani Palace, including indoor plumbing, incandescent lighting, and telephones.
This beloved landmark showcases the 19th-century grandeur of a unique architectural style known as “American Florentine” and features a grand hall and piano, both built of koa wood. Iolani Palace was also used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government Republic of Hawaii until 1969. It was opened to the public as a museum in 1978.
Many of Iolani Palace's artifacts were lost or stolen during the overthrow of the government in 1893—a bloodless coup that was led by American industrialists in Hawaii and supported by the U.S. Marines. The caretakers of Iolani Palace are constantly locating and purchasing many of the original furnishings with the hopes of being able to show the palace as it looked in the Victorian Era.
Visitors have access to the main rooms and halls, including the Grand Hall, the Throne Room, the State Dining Room, and King and Queen’s private suites. You will also see the Blue Room, which was used for small receptions and displays a portrait of King Louis Philipe, given to the palace as a gift from the French government.
Iolani Palace also houses a collection of furniture made by famous Boston furniture maker A.H. Davenport. On the palace grounds you can explore the ornate royal tomb and the Coronation Pavilion. The Iolani Barracks, originally built in 1877 to house the royal guard, is now home to the palace gift shop, a video theater, and the ticketing office where you can redeem your pass.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Spending a few hours in Hawaii's largest museum is one of the best ways to really get to know America's 50th state. Highlights include exhibits on Polynesian culture, 22 million specimens of animal and plant life and an "active" volcano display.
Discover the natural and cultural history of Hawaii at the Bishop Museum. The museum was founded in 1898 as a place to display the family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. Today the museum is the premier cultural and natural history museums in the Pacific, with an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions and daily interactive programs.
Explore Hawaiian Hall, renovated in 2009, where the three floors correspond to the physical and spiritual realms of the Hawaiian people: Kai Äkea, the wide expanse of the sea; Wao Känaka, the realm of man; and Wao Lani, the heavenly realm. Through songs, chants, and mo'olelo stories, you'll discover the voices of Hawaiians, past and present.
As one of the top natural history museums, the Bishop Museum collection includes 14 million insect specimens, 6 million seashells, 500,000 marine invertebrates, 490,000 plant specimens, and 130,000 fish specimens. The impressive collection also boasts 2.4 million Pacific and Hawaiian artifacts and 1 million historic photographs with which to tell the stories of the islands and their people.
The Bishop Museum includes five separate buildings, all of which are free with your admission. Don't miss the Science Adventure Center—the "active" volcano display is a hit with kids. Visiting exhibitions run the gamut of themes, from historic surfboards to Sesame Street and the Korean War to depictions of K?, the god of procreation, prosperity, and warfare.
The Bishop Museum is not terribly large by standards of many metropolitan museums, but a thorough visit of all its unique and poignant exhibitions can easily take three or more hours. Fortunately the on-site café offers a range of sandwiches and snacks so you can refuel.
Enjoy a walk through the natural history and rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands and their people, and leave enlightened about the legacy of one of the most biologically and culturally diverse geographical regions on earth.


Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

The best – and most efficient – way to explore Oahu at your own pace, seeing only what you want to see, is by bike or moped. Unlike a bus tour, you can visit an attraction and linger if you’d like. Plus, you don’t have to pass by attractions you’re not interested in. Just decide on your itinerary and go! Whether you want to see the best sights in Waikiki or head farther out to more secluded locations – or both – the choice is yours. Best of all, it’s the most fun way to get around the island, not to mention a great way to cut through traffic congestion in Waikiki. Your Go Oahu card includes your choice of a 4-hour moped rental or a 24-hour bike rental. Your rental includes a map of Oahu and a helmet. For more information, click on the website link below.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

The Makapu'u Point trail, within Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of Oahu's southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail's destination at Makapu'u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu'u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the spectacular Makapu'u Lighthouse with its 100+ year-old light made with an historic "hyper-radiant” e.g. super-size lens). On a clear day, you may even see Molokai and Lanai. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the aiwa, frigate bird, and tropic bird. Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, bring a hat and sunscreen, and drink lots of water.
Trail Length: 2.0 mi. (round trip)
Activity: Pedestrian
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Hot, dry slopes
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Park Name: Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Queen Emma Summer Palace, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

The Queen Emma Summer Palace offers a unique opportunity to visit a 19th-century New England home less than 10 minutes outside of Honolulu in the lush Nuuanu Valley. Built in Boston in 1848, the palace was shipped to Hawaii via Cape Horn to serve as the summer home for Queen Emma, King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward.
Queen Emma, born in 1836, symbolized the islands’ cosmopolitan culture. She was descended both from Hawaiian chieftains and from John Young, an Englishman who became the friend and advisor of the great Kamehameha I.
The simple, seven-room home was the royal family's retreat from the hot and dusty climate of Honolulu. In the mid 19th century, the Nuuanu uplands was a secluded spot long popular with Hawaiian royalty and later the American industrialists who arrived in the 1870s and 80s. Today Old Pali Road is a main thoroughfare, but you can still get a feeling of what the atmosphere must have been like when Queen Emma received such distinguished visitors as the Duke of Edinburgh.
The home was slated for demolition in the early 1900s, but the non-profit Daughters of Hawaii purchased it and continue to maintain the home.
Frommer's says that the Summer Palace "is worth about an hour of your time to see the interesting blend of Victorian furniture and hallmarks of Hawaiian royalty…." The lush garden features both native and introduced tropical flowers and trees, and the home is full of royal art and artifacts. You'll see the young prince's canoe-shaped cradle, a tiger-claw necklace, feathered cloaks and the kahili that signify Hawaiian royalty, porcelain from the Japanese emperor, china from Queen Victoria, and more.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Roberts Hawaii

Rainy day or just need a break from the sun? Take the hassle out of getting to the Waikele Premium Outlets, where you can shop your socks off and take advantage of bargains at over 50 brand name stores, including some high-end options like Saks Fifth Avenue. With Roberts Hawaii shuttle service, you’ll avoid the headache of traffic as well as the cost of gas and parking. During the transfer, sit back and relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle bus.

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Beat the heat and get away from the more crowded sites at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii's premiere fine arts museum. TripAdvisor user Birdwalk calls it "a much needed change from the frenetic pace of Waikiki."
The Museum's architecture is just as big of a draw as its collections. Within the museum, visitors can feel transported to other cultures and other times as they pass through beautiful outdoor pavilions and more than 30 galleries. From the lily pad pond in the Japanese garden to the sculpture-filled central courtyard, the Honolulu Museum of Art combines acclaimed exhibitions with beautiful settings.
Their Asian art collection is one of the top ten in America, and includes 16,000 objects by artists and craftspeople from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and India. You'll also find an encyclopedic collection of Western art, from 5,000-year-old ancient Egyptian works to American and European art through the present day, as well as the best collection of Hawaiian regional and decorative arts anywhere. Special exhibitions have ranged from contemporary Iranian photography, to Japanese hina dolls, to Cambodian textiles, to Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings.
On the third Sunday of every month, the museum hosts Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday. This free day includes scavenger hunts, art activities, demonstrations, film screenings, and entertainment for families and kids of all ages—all following a different theme each month. Search Flickr.com for "Honolulu Museum of Art Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday" for lots of fun photos that will give you just a taste of the different activities provided.
The outdoor Honolulu Museum of Art Café comes highly recommended, and is part of the Luce Pavilion Complex surrounded by gardens with a waterfall, spectacular sculptures by Jun Kaneko, and a 70-year-old monkeypod tree. It's a very popular spot with museum goers and downtown business people alike, and reservations are recommended at all times. But if you can't get a table, you can order anything off the menu for takeout and eat in one of the beautiful outdoor courtyards.
For special souvenirs, visit the museum shop to browse publications, stationery, prints, and posters, as well as works by Hawaii artisans and designers that you won't find outside of the islands. There's also free WiFi in the museum if you're traveling with a laptop and want to check in with friends back home.
The museum is just one mile away from Iolani Palace. Together these two sites make a great day of relaxing sightseeing.
Docent lead tours are included in the price of admission
Admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art also includes admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, the museum's second location, featuring galleries of art, a permanent installation of David Hockney's L'Enfant et les sortilèges, a café, gift shop, and sculpture-filled gardens overlooking Diamond Head and Honolulu.
Spalding House was formerly The Contemporary Museum, and in July 2011, it gifted its collection and assets to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, merging the two museums. Now a single admission gets you into both remarkable places—collectively known as the Honolulu Museum of Art—where you can be transformed.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kualoa Regional Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Experience Hawaii’s ancient aquaculture practices and get a glimpse of the “Secret Island.”
Your Taste of Kualoa Farm Trolley Tour ticket includes
90-minute narrated trolley tour of Kualoa Farm
Hop on a Trolley Car for an adventurous and informative tour through the beautiful Kualoa Farm. See tropical fruit and flower gardens, get a glimpse of the “Secret Island,” and learn all about Kualoa Farm, the local culture, Hawaiian agriculture, and native plant and wildlife.
Taste test some of the native fruits and local delicacies along the way – depending on the season you visit.
In addition to sampling some of the local foods, this tour includes a visit to Moli’i, one of the most well-preserved ancient Hawaiian fishponds in all of Oahu and an actively farmed fishpond today. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior and you can still see some of the original stonewall infrastructures. Here, you’ll learn all about early Hawaiian aquaculture practices and fish farming from stories of early canoe voyages.
Kualoa Farm strives to have ideal “guide-to-guest ratios” with one guide to no more than ten guests to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Maui Ocean Center Admission

Maui Ocean Center Admission - Maui County, United States
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Duration: 1 day
Location: Maui County, United States

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$27.95

Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more ... More info ›

Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, Maui Ocean Center is the premier destination to encounter and learn about Hawaii’s marine life. Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, the Aquarium exhibits only marine life found in Hawaiian waters including tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, octopuses, sea jellies, and more. The Aquarium highlights the beauty of Hawaii’s undersea world while perpetuating the deep connection between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The Aquarium’s mission is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life.
• Skip the Line: Proceed directly to the front gate for admission

Admission to Maui Ocean Center includes all-day access to explore the Aquarium’s exhibits at your own leisure. Journey from the Living Reef exhibits to the renowned 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit to encounter Hawaii’s marine life, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. With over 60 exhibits, 20 daily presentations, cultural activities, and tours, Maui Ocean Center enables guests to experience the diversity of Hawaii’s marine life and local culture in an immersive and educational environment.
 Enhance your visit to Maui Ocean Center with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Cultural & Plant Tour, or Shark Dive Maui, the island’s only shark dive activity.
The Aquarium features world-class shopping at its Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop and ocean view dining at Seascape Restaurant, an Ocean-Friendly certified restaurant serving fresh catch specials and island-inspired cuisine.

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Big Island Volcanoes Deluxe Helicopter Tour

Big Island Volcanoes Deluxe Helicopter Tour - Waimea, United States

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Location: Waimea, United States

From USD
$579.00

Experience the fiery lava vents of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea. Let our Black Beauties whisk you through the hidden tropical valleys of the Kohala mountains, alive with dozens of roaring waterfalls, and lift you above the beautiful rainforest of the Hamakua coast.

Visit: Sunshine Helicopters Big Island, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders ... More info ›

Experience the fiery lava vents of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea. Let our Black Beauties whisk you through the hidden tropical valleys of the Kohala mountains, alive with dozens of roaring waterfalls, and lift you above the beautiful rainforest of the Hamakua coast.

Visit: Sunshine Helicopters Big Island, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

The Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes; Mauna Kea, the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 33,000 feet; Mauna Loa, the most massive mountain in the world, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the largest park in the state.
All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts and snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches
Experience the fiery lava vents of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea. Let our Black Beauties whisk you through the hidden tropical valleys of the Kohala mountains, alive with dozens of roaring waterfalls, and lift you above the beautiful rainforest of the Hamakua coast

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Kaua`i Museum

Kaua`i Museum - Lihue, United States

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Location: Lihue, United States

From USD
$15.00

The Kaua`i Museum began as a library in 1924 and now houses some of the most rare and treaured cultural artifacts found only on Kaua`i. Let us be your compass of the island of Kaua`i and start your vacation by spending your day learning of the island`s history ... More info ›

The Kaua`i Museum began as a library in 1924 and now houses some of the most rare and treaured cultural artifacts found only on Kaua`i. Let us be your compass of the island of Kaua`i and start your vacation by spending your day learning of the island`s history.

Visit: Kauai Museum, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Kaua`i Museum reflects the heritage and artistic achievements of the indigenous and immigrant people of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau. Explore the early days of life in Paradise, learn when Captain Cook first landed in Waimea in 1778, discover geological history of the Hawaiian Islands, their flora, marine life and volcanioc origins. We hope to give you an understanding of the rich history and culture of the Hawaiian people.

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