10 Tours In Honolulu, Hawaii, That You'll Love! - Updated 2021

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Honolulu, the vibrant epicenter of Hawaii, has a fantastic array of different experiences to help you make the most of your vacation. Everything is here, from historic landmarks and treasured monuments to delicious cuisine and shopping, which is why you’ll love these tours in Honolulu, Hawaii. Whether you choose to hop on and hop off an open-air, double-decker bus, go paragliding, or ride in an amphibian vehicle, there’s something for everyone.

1. Experience a hop-on, hop-off tour of Honolulu (from USD 5.0)

What better way to see the sights of Honolulu than to take a hop-on, hop-off tour and see all the top attractions at your own pace? Once you step aboard the double-decker tour bus, you decide where and when you want to get on or off. Choose from a one, four, or seven-day pass to create your own itinerary, allowing you the flexibility to use the Blue Line to Makapuʻu Point, the Blue Line to visit Diamond Head’s, the Red Line to take you to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown or the Pink Line for shopping. Upgrade to include all of the lines in your ticket.

Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

Duration: 60 to 120 minutes

10 reviews

2. Book tickets for a fun hoverboard tour around Ala Moana Regional Park (from USD 99.0)

best tours in honolulu hawaii | book tickets for a fun hoverboard tour around ala moana regional park

Learn how to ride a hoverboard and explore Ala Moana Regional Park on this fun GetYourGuide tour. Suitable for teens and adults, this activity includes a local tour guide, helmets, and - of course - hoverboards! It lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and stops around various highlights such as Magic Island and Ala Wai Boat Harbor so you can snap some photos. Be sure to meet your guide 5 to 10 minutes before your scheduled time so you don’t miss out!

Honolulu: Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach Hoverboard Tour

Duration: 105 minute

3. Join a submarine scooter adventure (from USD 119.0)

If underwater scooters sound like the type of adventure you’d want to try out, then be sure to book a reservation for this tour! The two-hour-long activity begins when you meet up with the group at Keahole Street in Honolulu. Hop aboard the catamaran and cruise to the dive site, where you’ll commandeer your own self-propelled electric scooter. All gear and wetsuits are included in the booking, and snacks and drinks are also provided.

Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

Duration: 2 hours

10 reviews

4. Enjoy a Hawaiian food tour by bike (from USD 159.0)

If cycling and food are two of your main passions, then this Hawaiian food tour by bike is a perfect fit for you. In between cycling to more than 10 different restaurants, bars, and cafes, you’ll get the chance to sample some local favorites, which include juices, fruits, sweets, fish, vegetables, and meats. The distance you’ll cover includes the local neighborhoods of Kaimuki, Kapahulu, and Diamond Head. You’ll also learn more about the areas and the Hawaiian food scene from a friendly tour guide.

Hawaiian Food Tour by Bike in Oahu

Duration: 4 to 5 hours

10 reviews

5. Take part in an Oahu parasailing tour from Honolulu (from USD 78.0)

Even if you’ve never parasailed before, you’ll love this introduction to it by floating over the ocean in a tandem flight with an expert. You can choose from two flights: the first takes you 150 meters (500 feet) above the water, and for those who are more adventurous, up to 210 meters (700 feet). You’ll take in the views of the Ko'olau Mountain Range, Koko Head, and the Hawaii Kai coastline. Be sure to bring a swimsuit as your instructor will lower the sail so you can have a quick dip in the water before returning to the boat that will take you back to shore.

Maunalua Bay Parasailing Adventure

Duration: 1 hour

10 reviews

6. Go on a fun Hawaii duck tour

Honolulu Festival 2014 - Duck Tours Hawaii
Source: Photo by user Daniel Ramirez used under CC BY 2.0

For a unique tour of Honolulu, why not get on board the amphibious duck vehicle and explore the sights by land and sea? Taking two and a half hours, you’ll pass by the Iolani Palace, the Aloha Tower, the impressive Ala Moana shopping center and the buzz of Chinatown with all its collection of temples, shops, markets, antique dealers, and restaurants. Once you hit the waters and the vehicle turns into a boat, you’ll get to cruise around the beautiful views of Sand Island, Diamond Head and the Oahu coast before returning to your original departure point. Along the way, listen to your informative guide and soak up some interesting facts and information while soaking up the atmosphere at the same time!

Hawaii duck tour: Honolulu sightseeing

Address: Oahu, Hawaii

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7. Take a one-hour seaplane adventure from Honolulu

Diamond Head East View
Source: Photo by Flickr user Eric Tessmer used under CC BY 2.0

For amazing views and a fantastic experience, see the sights of Honolulu from the Oahu’s skies in a six-passenger DeHavilland Beaver seaplane. The tour will take off from the Aloha Tower and Waikiki Beach and then head to the world famous Diamond Head Crater before heading to Koko Head Crater, Hanauma Bay & Sea Life Park. If that’s not enough to impress you, highlights of this hour long tour also include Windward Coast of Oahu to Chinaman’s Hat and filming sites of the movies Jurassic Park & Godzilla. With only six passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat to get the maximum arial views of the spectacular landscape below.

One-hour seaplane adventure from Honolulu

Address: Waikiki, Oahu

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8. Book a Pearl Harbor tour from Honolulu (from USD 49.0)

USS Arizona Memorial
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This well-organized tour takes you to some of the most-popular Pearl Harbor sites where you’ll hear all about the history of that infamous day in December 1941 through authentic video footage and a local guide. After being picked up at your hotel, you’ll head to both the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the USS Arizona, and Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. You’ll also be chauffeur driven to downtown Honolulu and see some legendary landmarks including King Kamehameha and the renowned Iolani Palace, State Capitol, and Washington Place.

Pearl Harbor Tour From Honolulu

Duration: 5 hours

10 reviews

9. Get spooked on this Honolulu city ghost haunts walking tour (from USD 40.0)

iolani palace Honolulu
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For a tour with a difference, why not book a place on the Honolulu city ghost haunts walking tour and see the area from an entirely new perspective? An experienced local guide will show you through Honolulu’s paranormal hot spots, in particular, the State Capitol Building and the Iolani Palace. You’ll also visit other landmarks which are associated with spooky tales and even enter some locations which aren’t normally open to the general public. The expert guides on this tour are renowned for their knowledge so be prepared to hear some hair-raising stories!

Honolulu City Ghost Haunts Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours

27 reviews

10. Book tickets for this Honolulu double decker sightseeing tour, including Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor (38)
Source: Photo by Flickr user Bryan Dorrough used under CC BY 2.0

This tour is perfectly tailored for history buffs, especially if you haven’t got much time and want a guided trip to ensure you see everything. Traveling on an open air, double decker bus, you’ll visit Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial before venturing onwards to see the National Cemetery of the Pacific, the King Kamehameha Statue, and the Iolani Palace. Providing a rich historical context for the sites, commented with fun facts by your engaging guide, this is the ideal tour for you to learn more about the event that brought the United States into World War II while experiencing the heart of Honolulu.

Honolulu double decker sightseeing tour including Pearl Harbor

Address: Waikiki, Oahu

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Take your pick from these fantastic tours

Whatever type of traveler you are, you’re bound to find something of interest in this selection of tours. Plus, taking a tour with an expert guide is one of the best ways to experience a place.

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