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1 Day on Oahu

By Viator, August 2018

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With one day on Oahu, you might want to spend all your time on the beach and in the water. But if the history, culture, and natural attractions in and around Honolulu also appeal, there are several ways to explore—and still have some time for fun in the Hawaiian sun. Here are our favorite options for one day in Oahu.
 
Morning: Explore
During the cooler morning hours, head up to the top of Diamond Head crater on a guided tour for prime views of Waikiki and the Pacific from this state monument on Oahu’s southern tip. Alternatively, join a leisurely bike tour of Honolulu that includes stops in Chinatown and at Aloha Tower. Both are morning tours, allowing you to enjoy the rest of the day how you wish. If you’re set on visiting Pearl Harbor as quickly as possible during your one day, take a half-day tour that starts at the monument.
 
Afternoon: Beach Time
After lunch, when you’re ready to relax and cool off, Oahu’s white sands and blue waters beckon. Waikiki and other island beaches offer a variety of water activities that will keep you and the family entertained. Fly high above the ocean on a parasailing ride, try out a submarine scooter, experience a water-powered jetpack, or take a snorkeling catamaran cruise to look for Hawaiian marine life. If you’d rather skip the beach, book a ticket on the Waikiki hop-on hop-off trolley to do some sightseeing at your own pace with easy transportation.
 
Night: Set Sail
Take advantage of the idyllic tropical island setting on a dinner cruise. You’ll have a prime location to watch the sunset, sip a beverage on the boat deck, and enjoy a unique perspective on Oahu: from the water. Alternatively, for something specifically Hawaiian, opt for a luau experience, where you can watch the sunset from the beach; dine on local fare like kalua pig, poi, and pineapple slaw; and enjoy Polynesian-style cultural performances by hula and fire-knife dancers. Convenient pickup and drop-off in Waikiki make it easy to attend a luau.

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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure, Oahu, null
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 256 Reviews

Enjoy an exciting underwater adventure on Oahu! On this submarine scooter tour, cruise along Maunalua Bay past Diamond Head Crater and then dive under the ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.66
Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu, Oahu, Other Water Sports
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

Explore Waikiki and Honolulu with a choice of hop-on hop-off tours that feature the historic sites, scenic natural beauty and world-class shops and restaurants ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $25.00
Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran, Oahu, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Turtle Canyon Snorkel Cruise by Catamaran

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 135 Reviews

Set sail for Turtle Canyon on a power catamaran from Waikiki, enjoying a scenic cruise along the shores of Oahu. Your goal: snorkeling in warm waters ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.75
Diamond Head Crater Adventure, Oahu, Snorkeling
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Diamond Head Crater Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 475 Reviews

Enjoy a narrated and fun guided walk to the 763-foot summit of Hawaii's most famous crater for incredible 360-degree views of Waikiki and the Koolau mountain ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.65
Half-Day Tour of Pearl Harbor from Honolulu, Oahu, Walking Tours
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Half-Day Tour of Pearl Harbor from Honolulu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Stand at ground zero of the infamous attack and gaze up at a sky once filled with enemy planes. This is the place where history was made. Stops and drive-by ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Oahu Three Star Dinner Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise, Oahu, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Oahu Three Star Dinner Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

While the sun goes down, relax on a casual Honolulu dinner cruise on the beautiful Hawaiian waters off Diamond Head. Dine on steak and seafood aboard the Oahu ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: Flexible

From USD $151.00
Waikiki Parasailing Experience in Oahu, Oahu, Dinner Cruises
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Waikiki Parasailing Experience in Oahu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Soar over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Waikiki during a parasailing adventure that provides bird’s-eye view of Oahu. Choose a morning or afternoon tour ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.99
Germaine's Luau on Oahu, Oahu, Parasailing
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Germaine's Luau on Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 171 Reviews

Can you picture yourself on a secluded beach, with a beautiful Hawaiian sunset as your backdrop and the tantalizing aroma of a Hawaiian barbeque sizzling ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $101.00
Historical Honolulu Bike Tour, Oahu, Cultural Tours
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Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Pedal past Gilligan's Island, Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI film locations just to name a few. Ride by parks, malls and a gentrified Kaka'ako park with ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Oahu Jetpack Experience, Oahu, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Oahu Jetpack Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This exhilarating Oahu jetpack experience is like no other! Harness the power of water as your jetpack launches you 30 feet (9 meters) above the waters of ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Oahu
Duration: Varies

From USD $219.28

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