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Hilo: Fly over Volcano National Park and Waterfalls

1. Hilo: Fly over Volcano National Park and Waterfalls

Take a helicopter ride over ever-changing scenery at Volcano National Park with this tour from Hilo. Journey over black sand beaches where lava once flowed into the sea. Take off from Hilo and fly directly to Volcano National Park. See the caldera of the Kilauea volcano. Admire the Pu'uo'o' volcanic cone. Snap pictures of the massive volcanos Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Discover new lava fields that are forming and go over old lava fields. View how waterfalls create a deep blue pools amid jungle greenery.

Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

2. Big Island: South Kona Snorkeling and Coastline Exploration

Prepare for a thrilling day exploring 3 unique snorkeling locations in South Kona with time to take a break from swimming for lunch with breathtaking views. Begin your snorkeling adventure by heading to the turquoise waters and vibrant reef of the 315-acre marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, with your crew members highlighting interesting sights along the way. Once there, experience a vibrant reef filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, even catch glimpses of spinner dolphins swimming nearby. After snorkeling, savor a gourmet deli lunch in the shade of the canopy with the monument to Captain Cook as a backdrop and the cliffs of the bay soaring above you. Next, jet off to a new location with visually spectacular snorkeling opportunities and cultural significance, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, the “Place of Refuge.” Beautiful Honaunau Bay is fronted by large, smooth, and lava rock flats and fascinating gardens of coral.  For your third snorkeling stop, let your expert captain transport you a location that even island locals have yet to see. At this remote location, snorkel at a remote black sand beach, marvel at a stone arch, or maybe admire a spectacular lava rock formation created thousands of years ago. Explore sea caves and lava tubes in a safe, exciting, and maneuverable vessel designed to get you up close and personal with the coast. Rest assured that the local operator is proudly part of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and seeks to create a culture protecting and promoting healthy oceans through many sustainability efforts.

Maui: Interactive Butterfly Farm Entrance Ticket

3. Maui: Interactive Butterfly Farm Entrance Ticket

Help save Hawaii's butterfly population when you visit the Maui Butterly Fly Farm. Enjoy a guided tour through the lush grounds and marvel at the flowers, plants, and fruit growing. Get an up-close look at butterflies and more. This 45 minute tour brings you face to face with some of Maui's most colorful residents. Learn about the benefits of butterflies, and why they have become so rare. View caterpillars, cocoons and insects of many kinds. Find out how you can help save Hawaii's butterflies and the butterflies at home. Take part in a an interactive nature experience for families and folks of all ages.

Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel and Sail from Lahaina Harbor

4. Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel and Sail from Lahaina Harbor

Departing from historic Lahaina Harbor, your adventure begins aboard Ocean Spirit, a 65-foot luxury sailing catamaran. Relax and enjoy the sights and the sun while eating a continental breakfast of coffee, pastries, and fruit platters as we cruise up the beautiful Ka'anapali coastline to the breathtaking beauty of Honolua Bay.  Honolua Bay is protected as a marine conservation area and is one of Maui’s most scenic snorkel spots. After a safety briefing, snorkeling instruction, and fish identification session, you'll be able to enjoy the marine environment. Premium snorkel gear, including optical masks for glasses wearers, is provided, as well as flotation devices. Children can participate in the Jr. Naturalist program, and you'll get a glossy marine wildlife photo card to take home. Snorkel at two secluded spots popular with sea turtles, colorful fish, and vibrant coral and enjoy free guided reef tours by certified Marine Naturalists. Wild dolphin sightings are also common during the journey. You just never know what you'll see and every day is a unique experience. Once you're done snorkeling, feast on a delicious lunch of grilled chicken, pork, and various mouth-watering salads. Relax as we head out into the channel for a thrilling sail back to the harbor.

Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

5. Kailua: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Excursion with Lunch

Perfect for beginners or travelers wanting to perfect their skills, this kayak tour has been designed to show off the very best that Hawaii has to offer. Follow a qualified guide to their favorite locations around the bay, visit secluded coves, discover Hawaii’s marine life, and find the best spots to snorkel. During the tour you’ll also protect the island by helping to collect marine plastics as well as learn how to positively interact with wildlife. The tour focuses on sustainable tourism and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as the elimination of single-use-plastics at lunch. Get kitted out with all the necessary safety gear before hopping onboard your kayak and heading into the water. The first stop of the day is the beautiful Popoi’a Island, where you can admire and learn about the nesting sea-birds which are protected here. Next, follow your guide on an easy eco-hike around the island, and explore the tide pools that line the shore. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, replenish your energy with a snack break. While you eat, marvel at the magnificent landscapes of dormant volcanoes and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, which provide the perfect back drop to learn about Hawaii’s geologic history. Back on the kayak, soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you go in search of the green sea turtles that call these waters their home. Next, enjoy some free time to snorkel in search of colorful marine life, have a go at boogie boarding, or simply relax on the beach.

Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

6. Waikiki: Oahu Discovery Scuba Diving for Beginners

Embark on an underwater adventure as you scuba dive in crystal clear waters perfect for beginners. Led by an experienced PADI certified instructor, take a beautiful guided tour of 2 of Honolulu's favorite reef sites, each teeming with interesting sea life and inhabiting unique seascapes. Climb aboard Dive Oahu’s charter and ride in style and comfort on a fully equipped boat with all necessary amenities including snacks and refreshments, both a sun and shaded deck, plenty of space to move around, and a restroom on board. While underway, your knowledgeable guide will brief you on the upcoming journey and provide insights about the dive sites you will visit, water conditions for the day, and what marine life you might encounter. Get fitted out with premier scuba equipment and jump into the water to go over basic scuba diving skills with your PADI certified instructor. Dive through crisp blue waters along one of Hawaii’s reefs with your experienced instructor by your side. Marvel at the bountiful sea life as you glide through the water over colorful coral reefs surrounding Oahu. When it’s time to return to the surface, your captain and instructor will assist you back aboard the charter, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. After a short interval on the surface, take in the views and soak up the sun as you prepare for your next dive. Once you return to the water, your PADI Certified guide will lead you around the majestic reef and offer you the opportunity to encounter sharks, turtles, eels, rays, octopus, starfish, crabs, Hawaiian endemic fish, dolphins, and other fascinating seas life. After a short ride back to the harbor you will be returned to your hotel.

Big Island: Volcanoes National Park Group or Private Hike

7. Big Island: Volcanoes National Park Group or Private Hike

See it all on a group or private hike in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, uncovering its natural wonders. Journey with your expert guide through native Hawaiian forests and the Kilauea Iki Crater to an active caldera, then travel into the center of the earth to explore Thurston Lava Tube. Start your trek at the Kilauea Visitor Center where you'll meet your friendly guide and get ready for your adventure. Venture into the lush rainforests and experience incredible views over the solidified lava lake in Kilauea Iki Crater. Weave your way between a field of steam vents and into a native Hawaiian forest to reach the caldera of a volcano. Observe the gigantic volcanic walls and feel the heat close against your skin. Finish your hike in style as you delve into the iconic Thurston Lava Tube, a stretching, subterranean cave formed by ancient flowing lava. Feel the wonder of one of the park's most popular attractions before heading back to the visitor center.

Lahaina Harbor: Humpback Whale Watching Day Trip

8. Lahaina Harbor: Humpback Whale Watching Day Trip

Venture out to encounter surface-active humpback whales on a boat day trip from Lahaina Harbor. Enjoy a family-friendly tour where you can watch and learn about these majestic creatures. Hear their mesmerizing songs on the ship's hydrophone. Check in at the activity provider's office at Lahaina Harbor and listen to a short safety briefing that will ensure that you feel confident on your trip. Board the ship and set off on your humpback adventure. Head out to find surface-active whales that like to breach and splash their tails. Listen as the captain and crew answers your questions about the whales and share their passion an knowledge about these mammals with you. Observe these creatures respectfully in a way that follows all state regulations regarding distances to ensure that their space is not overcrowded. Return to your boarding point at the end of your tour.

Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

9. Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Get a front row seat to see Humpback Whales up close. Set out from Lahaina and make your way to the Maui Nui whale sanctuary to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Every winter, Humpback Whales migrate to the waters around Maui to mate and give birth. Hop on a custom-built inflatable raft to enjoy an intimate experience with the whales. Your captain and crew will share information about the whales to give you a full experience. There's even a hydrophone and high-quality speakers on the boat, so you can hear the whales' beautiful songs. This trip is perfect for the whole family. Bring your friends and loved ones and share the awe and splendor of Maui's Humpback Whales together.

Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

10. Waikiki Beach: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a catamaran tour departing from Kewalo Basin Harbor and discover Humpback whales frolicking in their natural habitat on this cruise. Discover the Hawaiian Islands and enjoy snacks and drinks as you sail. Explore the shores of the main Hawaiian Islands, which are a favorite destination for humpback whales. See families of whales breach the water's surface, a spectacular sight to behold. As you ride along the waves, enjoy sodas, cookies, and chips as you watch for the whales. Enjoy the views from the double-deck power catamaran, a great vantage point for whale watching.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 171 reviews

The crew was absolutely amazing! There was private instruction prior to taking a dive to approximately 30 feet which is far deeper than I expected to go for an introductory dive. The crew was professional, funny, engaging, and totally competent in their ability to train beginner divers. I will highly recommend this excursion to my friends. Thank you for a fantastic day and awesome experience.

Kay was an amazing guide to the wonders of butterflies! It was a relaxing and informational way to spend an hour. For kids, it is short enough to keep their attention. I recommend it

The instructors were great. They made everything easy to understand and ensured we had a great experience every step of the way. It was so fun we are going back tomorrow.

Captain Kevin and Zach were great! We saw Pilot whales, lots of tropical fish, several stories and close ups of caves, lava tunes and arches

Great ride, great guide. Little suprises along the way. Best of all trips I've taken. Snorkeling and island coast tour.