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Do you want to go on a scenic helicopter flight? Or do you prefer doing surf lessons on Kona? This overview of best excursions and tours gives an overview of activities that you can do during your stay on one of the islands. The overview includes a wide variety of activities on several islands. If you haven’t decided when to travel to Hawaii, we also have an overview of best months to travel.

All activities are hand picked from our affiliate partner. The selected activities all have high ratings of at least 4.5 out of 5 stars. When possible, we always pick small tour groups over bigger groups.

Big Island: Kona 2-hour Small Group Surf Lesson

Surfing is on the mind of lots of tourists in Hawaii. During this 2 hour group session you will learn to surf on Hawaii Big Island, and enjoy the warm, blue waters of Kahaluu Bay. You will be riding with friendly and professional surf instructors, with tutorials matched to your skill level.

Hawaii Surf Lessons

There is no better way to explore the stunning landscape of Hawaii than during a helicopter ride. During this 55-minute scenic helicopter flight over Maui and Molokai you will get a bird’s eye views of the waterfalls, rainforest and dormant volcanoes.

Hawaii Helicopter tour

Ouhu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour of Waikiki

This eco certified photo tour takes 5.5 hours and is only organized in a small group of maximum 7 participants. Take pictures of Hawaii on a photo tour with a professional photographer guide. Discover Oahu’s most photogenic locations, such as the Halona Blowhole and Makapu’u Point Lookout on the island’s southeastern tip. Stop for lunch in Kailua or Waimanalo.

Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

Instead of a helicopter you can also hop on a small plane and take a sightseeing flight. Sail high above the Garden Island of Kauai in this breathtaking hour long scenic flight. Fly over crystal clear blue waters, soaring red cliffs, majestic green valleys and cascading waterfalls.

Big Island: Night Manta Ray Adventure

Enjoy a sunset cruise along Kona Coast on a 34-foot powered catamaran, plus a magical opportunity to see manta rays up-close feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures under an 18 neon light raft. It is truly an amazing experience.

Oahu: Waikiki Beach Atlantis Submarine Tour

All the activities so far have been above the water. This excursion takes you underwater. Climb aboard a 48-passenger submarine and adventure through the underwater passages of the famous Waikiki beach. Through its portal windows, see Hawaiian fish, coral, turtles, sunken ships and airplanes and more!

Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

This six hour long tour lets you really explore the island of Oahu. On this fascinating tour around the island of Oahu, you will discover more than 30 sights worth a visit. Learn more about the formation and history of Hawaii in Waikiki. Pass the surf beaches in the north and see film sets for movies and series.

Oahu: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion in Waianae

During this eco certified tour on the ocean you will be looking at the majestic mammals that live around the waters of Hawaii. During this 3 hour boat tour you will look for dolphins and whales on a snorkel excursion at 2 of the best snorkel sites in Oahu. See spinner dolphins and look for whales breaching from the comfort of a state-of-the-art cruise vessel.

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Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Discover Turtle Town on this 2.5 hour guided kayak and snorkel tour. Your expert guide will take you on a 2-mile kayaking adventure through Makena Bay to see green sea turtles, tropical fish, and other marine sea wildlife endemic to Hawaii.

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Lunch Buffet

Encounter the marine life of Maui at 2 famous snorkeling and diving destinations, including the crescent-shaped islet of Molokini Crater. Continue to Turtle Town, and then cruise up the coast to look for dolphins in their natural environment.

Oahu: Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Waikiki

During your 90 minutes aboard the Haleiwa Queen, enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor as you cruise over live tropical reefs and one of Hawaii’s shipwrecks.

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