Fun Activities on Oahu
With bustling Waikiki and its beautiful beaches to the south, it's sometimes easy to forget the plethora of tour and activity options available on Oahu. With everything from dolphin excursions to water parks to kayaking trips, Oahu has you covered.
Helicopter and air tours are undoubtedly the most spectacular way to see the island of Oahu. Most people tend to think about Oahu as simply Honolulu and Waikiki but it is much more. Like the other Hawaiian islands, much of Oahu can only be seen from the vantage point of the air above. Other than helicopters, seaplanes and glider rides are also great ways of viewing the island.
This tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes look into the ship's machinery and working areas. Guests visit the ship Post Office, machine shop, crews berthing area and other areas not open to the public.
The new Explorer Tour gives you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the ship's impressive fire rooms, machinery, and working areas. After donning special equipment and using flashlights to assist in penetrating the depths of the Might Mo, you will visit areas of the ship restricted for all other visitors.
During your 90-minute tour, you will view Missouri's post office and walk through a crew's berthing area as it was left in 1992 at the ship's decommissioning. The guided portion of the tour ends on Missouri's Surrender.
MUST BE PHYSICALLY FIT. Tour times 10:05am, 11:05am, 12:05pm, 1:05pm, 2:05pm (may vary).
Oahu is the home of three of the most famous Hawaiian luaus; the Polynesian Cultural Center luau, Germaine's Luau and Paradise Cove Luau. The Hawaiian luaus and feasts on Oahu are heavily steeped in Hawaiian history, Polynesian history, hula dancing and all facets of Hawaiian culture.
Luaus on Oahu are all similar to the extent that they all include a full complement of Hawaiian foods such as lomi lomi salmon, chicken long rice, kalua pork (prepared underground in a pit or "imu") haupia and of course poi. Some of Oahu's Hawaiian luaus include various options that allow for special seating and upgraded food choices.
One unusual aspect of the luaus on Oahu is that they are all located some distance from the tourist centers of Waikiki. As a result these luaus will provide transportation to and from or, if you have your own vehicle, you can drive on your own.
Please keep in mind that the Polynesian Cultural Center is famous for more than simply their luau and hula show. The Polynesian Cultural Center is generally considered to be one of the biggest attractions in Hawaii. The various island cultures of polynesia are displayed in a series of villages throughout the property. The luau is a big event in the evening but you are free to wander the villages (complete with guides if you'd like) throughout the afternoon.
For those of you with a bent toward magic you most certainly would enjoy the Magic of Polynesia Show. The ultimate stage spectacular, MAGIC OF POLYNESIA, is a series of spellbinding illusions performed by Hawaii's internationally acclaimed illusionist, JOHN HIROKAWA. This one-hour performance will combine the music and dance of Hawaii with the panache of a Las Vegas production.
There are a number of show and dinner packages available.
Perhaps the most romantic activities offered off Honolulu and Waikiki on the island of Oahu are the sunset dinner cruises or sunset sails. Most Oahu dinner cruises will include an open bar with your dinner as well as pick-up from your Honolulu or Waikiki hotel. All dinner cruises will include entertainment and dancing, and the dinners will vary from basic to seven-course "French Style" dinners with premium bar and limousine pick-up and after-cruise entertainment at a Honolulu nightclub.
A variation of the dinner cruise is what is fondly referred to in Hawaii as the "booze cruise". This usually includes just "pupus" (appetizers) and an open bar plus entertainment. These "booze cruises" are very popular and are a fun way to begin an evening in Honolulu. Regardless of whether you choose to go on a dinner cruise, a sunset sail or a booze cruise you will be glad you arranged your evening entertainment off the coast of Waikiki and Diamond Head with its colorful sunsets and beautiful views of the Honolulu shoreline.
A more romantic evening activity will be hard to find.
Oahu is the place for your dolphin eco-adventures and eco tours. Oahu activities are known throughout the islands, but a very little known fact is that Oahu is the best and most consistant place to view the dolphins. The Wai'anae coast off leeward Oahu is arguably the very best spot to view dolphins in Hawaii.
Hundreds of spinner dolphins are located just moments from the harbor and trained professionals are there to introduce you to the dolphin environment. A remarkable 95% of the time these "dolphin watches" depart they are successful in finding the dolphins, but what is even more remarkable is that 80% of those times you are able to experience swimming and snorkeling with the dolphins.
These dolphin eco adventures are the best kept secret on Oahu. Many companies also provide hydrophones so you can listen in on the dolphins communicating with each other. Pick-up for these dolphin adventures are offered from Oahu's Waikiki hotels on some of the dolphin watches.
Swimming with the dolphins is an event that is certain to make your day if not your entire vacation. Of all the Oahu activities, these dolphin watch, eco adventures are the ones you should book first.
Tours leave out of the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor in historic Haleiwa Town, about an hour's drive from Waikiki. A safety briefing is given at the start of the tour. Shark Adventures uses "Kailolo" (water crazy) a 26-foot Anderson boat with a swim step on the transom of the boat. Two-hour tours starting in the early morning hours are available throughout the day.
There are two types of tours: SHARK CAGE TOUR - Travel offshore 3 to 4 miles. Once you get to the area, the shark cage is placed in the water. The cage floats on the surface. It measures 7x5x9' high and is made of plexi glass. It can hold 2 people very comfortably, however up to 4 people have been in it at a time, depending on the weather and ocean conditions. Bring an underwater camera to get some of the best photographs of Hawaiian sharks possible anywhere.
The size of the sharks range from 5 to 15 feet. These sharks will be only inches away from the cage. You may bring your own mask and snorkel, however, fins are not necessary. Masks and snorkels are also provided on the vessel. 2 hour tour. You may stay as long as you want in the cage to enjoy the spectacular view.
SHARK TOUR BOAT RIDE - While on this tour you will also have the opportunity to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales, depending on the season. Bring a camera to get some of the best photographs of Hawaiian sharks possible anywhere. The water is cobalt blue and visibility can be up to 200 feet. You can actually see the sharks come up from the deep. 2 hour tour.
Kayak trips on Oahu are among the most beautiful activities and adventures that the island has to offer. Although the beaches off Waikiki and Honolulu are the most frequented by visitors, some of the most exotic water scapes can be found on Oahu's eastern and northern windward coasts.
Kayaking off the coast of Kailua which is about a half an hour drive through the "Pali" tunnel from Waikiki is particularly beautiful, especially for eco tour enthusiasts. The Mokulua Islands just lie about a mile or so off the coast of windward Oahu, and the shallow water in between provides excellent coral formations and plenty of sea life within a few minute's kayak paddle.
Kayaks are generally offered as a single or double, depending upon your preference, and some of the kayaking companies also have special "see through" kayaks made of transparent material which essentially makes the inside of your kayak a giant face mask. Snorkeling is always a part of the equation, and oftentimes visiting with turtles, dolphins and whales in season.
Hawaii's #1 family attraction. HAWAIIAN WATERS ADVENTURE PARK - Hawaii's newest attraction, this 25-acre water adventure park is unique to Hawaii. Enjoy exciting rides such as Kapolei Kooler (a tube cruise down an 800 - foot long continuous river), Cliffhanger (free-fall 6 stories down 2 speed slides), Keiki Cove (an interactive children's playground), and Hurricane Bay (Hawaii's only megawave pool).
Free inner tubes and lifejackets. There are food court restaurants and a souvenir shop. Restrooms, showers, an arcade & ATM'S are available. - A must do on Oahu.
Groups hosted from 50 to 6,000 people Located at 400 Farrington Hwy. Kapolei, HI Half an hour from Waikiki DAILY: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Subject to change).