Oahu Tours

For some people finding their way around a holiday destination is part of the fun. Getting lost can mean having to find your way back to familiar territory, often discovering hidden gems along the way. Figuring out how to get around isn't at the top of things to do in Oahu for others. Some tourists would rather spend more time exploring major attractions than local neighborhoods or transit routes. The latter often opt for Oahu island tours as a means of exploring the area in more depth with a guide. Those on a budget are happy to discover that there are many affordable Oahu tours to the more complicated or faraway destinations while many other Oahu attractions are easily explored without a guide.

There are many Oahu Honolulu tours that depart near Waikiki Beach. Tours often offer round trip transportation which is a great convenience. Tour operators pick guests up from Honolulu hotels, or from Waikiki hotels, and deliver them back at the end of the day. There are a large variety of one day tours from Oahu, one of the most popular being Oahu helicopter tours. Popular Oahu tours also include jaunts to the other Hawaiian islands. One day tours from Oahu accommodate trips to Big Island, Maui and Kauai and cover a round-trip interisland flight or an interisland cruise as transportation, lunch or dinner and admission to all attractions.

Once at a neighboring island, the most common type of transportation is an air-conditioned mini van which takes guests to all the island attractions. One day tours from Oahu head to Big Island attractions like Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley and the Orchid Gardens. When touring Kauai on one day tours from Oahu visitors will experience a choice of attractions including Wailua Falls, popular Kauai beaches and other scenic points. Maui is another of the popular Oahu tours where visitors can see the fascinating Molokini Crater, hike through the Iao Valley and visit other exciting Maui attractions.

Oahu Tours - Pearl Harbor Museum
Oahu Tours - Pearl Harbor Museum

Oahu island tours also include cruises which come in a large variety. Sunrise and sunset cruises, lunch and dinner cruises and other sightseeing trips are all possibilities. Pearl Harbor tours are also extremely popular. The somber excursions allow visitors a chance to explore Pearl Harbor, the adjacent museum, the visitors center and the USS Arizona along with many old artifacts, documents and a submarine associated with the tragic attack.

Oahu Honolulu tours also incorporate a Waikiki trolley ride with an all-day trolley pass. The pass, good for unlimited trips, follows three lines that stop at many great attractions like the Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, and the Bishop Museum. These Oahu Honolulu tours can be taken as guided or self guided. Parasailing, private yacht charters, submarine adventures, island bicycling and sport fishing are other Oahu Honolulu tours available to choose from.

Whale watching Oahu island tours are a great way to see the majestic beasts frequenting the pacific waters near the island during winter months. See the giant whales spout and breach the water at different points around Oahu. If getting into the water is on your agenda, Oahu tours consist of excursions to some of the best snorkeling and diving spots where the watery home of Oahu's native marine animals is displayed around coral reefs, submerged coves, deep caverns and exciting ocean tunnels.

Sea kayaking and canoeing are yet another way to explore the island through Oahu tours. Many of these Oahu island tours frequent the scenic north and east coasts and also take visitors to the nearby Lanikai Beach islands. Via land Oahu island tours take visitors horseback riding at Kualoa Ranch, swimming and snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and to the Punchbowl Memorial. When booking any Oahu tours try to arrange them well in advance as excursions fill up fast. There is a great deal to do and see on the island that doesn't require a guide so choosing an area difficult to get to provides the best value for visitors. Choose your adventure, talk to your hotel's activity desk or concierge and book a tour that's sure to be the highlight of your Hawaii holidays.

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