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Best Oahu Excursions

Updated: Apr 1

The best Oahu excursions are a diverse selection of excursions that allow you to explore Oahu!

I highly recommend booking the best Oahu excursions as soon as you book your vacation. Many of the best Oahu excursions sell out 3 months in advance.

A green sea turtle under the water swimming in the turquoise ocean

Check out my curated list of the best Oahu excursions below that you can choose from to help plan your vacation to Oahu.


Snorkeling and Dolphin Sightseeing - This excursions is great to be able to see dolphins, whales and other wildlife as well as stop at a less popular snorkel spot. Note: It's illegal to swim with dolphins in the ocean, so you'll only be viewing dolphins and whales from the boat. Watch my YouTube video here.

Turtle Snorkel with Lunch and Shuttle - If you're wanting transfers from your resort in Waikiki to the Catamaran as well as lunch, this option is a great one!

Turtle Snorkel with Lunch and Without Shuttle - Have a car and don't need the transfers, then book this option.

Wreck and Reef Dive - This includes a one tank dive if you're not certified or a two tank dive if you are certified.

Shallow Reef Dive - No experience necessary - Want to dive but you aren't certified? No worries as Dive Oahu will take you out for an intro drive.

Morning Turtle Snorkel with Shuttle - if you don't want lunch but need a transfer from your resort, this option is great to snorkel with Turtles.

Pearl Harbor

You can tour Pearl Harbor on your own or through a guided tour. If you want to do it on your own you'll need to reserve tickets for the USS Arizona ahead of time here. You can also show up at 7:00am and get in the standby line to be put on the next available boat out to the USS Arizona. You can also add a Pearl Harbor tour to an excursion package like these:

Check out my blog called Pearl Harbor Visiting Guide for more information or watch the YouTube video here about getting tickets.

Island Tours

Oahu Circle Island Sightseeing and Food - This tour has all the great food stops included in the tour!

Hidden Gems of Oahu with Waimea Falls - This tour is great if you want an Island Tour but to stop at Waimea Valley and walk to/swim in the Falls.

50 mins doors off Helicopter - Want the doors off the helicopter? This option is great to see the island. They only take out a maximum of 4 guests.

Private Helicopter- 60 mins - This tour has great views as you're guaranteed a window seat with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 3 guests.

A Red and Gold helicopter is stationary on the tarmac


Tradewind Sail 11:00am or 1:00pm - this is a great way to see Diamond Head and Waikiki from the ocean. Drinks are additional and not included.

Afternoon Delight with Mai Tai's - drinks are included in this afternoon sail.

Sunset Mai Tai Sail - this sail includes drinks and you'll get to see the sunset!

Friday Night Fireworks Sail - this sail includes drinks and you'll get to see the Friday Night Fireworks from the ocean!

Surf or SUP

SUP Turtle Tour - paddle board on the river on the North Shore where you might see Sea Turtles.

Small Group Surf Lesson - groups have to have a minimum of 3 for this small group surf lesson on the North Shore

Private Surf Lessons - if you want a private surf lesson on the North Shore, this excursion is great for 1:1 lessons or a private lesson for your group.

Kualoa Ranch/Jurassic Park

2 Hour ATV Tour - this tour is our favorite! ATV through the valley with amazing views. Watch my YouTube video here.

Horseback Riding - if you love Horseback Riding, this excursion has beautiful views the entire way!

Zip Line - zipline through the valley and get some amazing views!

E-Bikes - ride an E-Bike through the valley for some great views.

A girl with a red shirt and long brown hair is kissing the nose of a brown horse

If you've been dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation, but don't know where to start to plan your vacation, book your zoom consultation with The Gypsea Traveller to learn more. Libbi can help you book a vacation package that includes your flight, the perfect resort for you, car rental or airport transfers and insurance. She can also custom design an itinerary for you based on excursion and restaurant recommendations.

Libbi lives in Hawaii and has visited all of the Hawaiian Islands. She loves helping clients book their dream vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. You can visit and click on "Schedule Consult" to choose a date/time to zoom with Libbi, The Gypsea Traveller.

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