Sightseeing in Honolulu

52% Off Waikiki Shoreline Helicopter Tours

Novictor Aviation

Honolulu International Airport

$205 $99

On the 15-minute tour, passengers soar over Waikiki's iconic beaches, Diamond Head, and Punchbowl Crater

Up to 60% Off Pirate-Ship Cruise and Photos

Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures

Ala Moana - Kakaako

$55 $29

Explore Waikiki aboard an 83-ft. galleon complete with water cannons, a pirate crew, and music

Up to 60% Off Hiking Tour from Hiking Hawaii Cafe

Hiking Hawaii Cafe

Waikiki

$110 $49

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Treks take guests on hikes to Makapu’u Lighthouse or Kuliouou Ridge; day trip features scenic hiking and driving around the North Shore

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Gordon Biersch

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 56% Off Adventure Boat Tour

Hawaiian Surf Adventures

Hawaii Kai

$258 $129

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Adventure Seekers hop aboard for a custom Navy SEALs Rigid Inflatable Boat for an open-ocean tour of Maunalua Bay

45% Off History and Food Tour

Hanai Tours

Honolulu

$88 $48

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Tour guides lead groups to five restaurants where they get to sample dishes while learning about the history of the area

Up to 54% Off Honolulu Exposed Walking Tour

Honolulu Exposed

Honolulu Exposed Tours

$30 $15

Tour-goers explore Chinatown's scandalous WWII-era history during 75-minute walking tours led by experienced guides

Up to 51% Off Sailing Trips from Maita`i Catamaran

Maita'i Catamaran

Beach at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

$56 $28

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A 90-minute sailing trip on a twin-hulled catamaran complete with a sound system, a full cash bar, and restroom facilities

Up to 61% Off Social-Mixer Bike Tours

Paradise Pedals Hawaii

Honolulu

$240 $110

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Climb onto a 15-passenger pedal-powered “bike café” and cruise around the streets of Oahu to bars and restaurants

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Big Wave Dave Surf Co.'s staff of experienced wave riders hits the shores of Waikiki Beach for private and small-group lessons in surfing, standup paddleboarding, and outrigger canoeing. Each instructor's résumé boasts at least 10 years of teaching experience, an extensive knowledge of first aid, and at least one semester as Poseidon's college intern. During classes, first-time surfers learn the basics on land before heading into the warm waters to hang their first 10, whereas advanced riders barrel out into the waves atop fiberglass and epoxy boards. Outrigger canoes recall ancient Hawaiians' exploration of Oahu's colorful reefs, and standup paddleboards combine an intense workout with clear views of the pristine waters below. The shop also offers daily and long-term rentals of equipment, with complimentary delivery and pickup from local hotels.

2410 Koa Ave.
Honolulu,
HI
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The water churns along the length of The Treasure Seeker, as the 83-foot galleon slices its way out of storybook pages and into the waters of Waikiki. Crewed by a team of salty dogs, the ship specializes in pirate-themed cruises, with other boats sometimes appearing to do water-cannon battle. Passengers man the enormous squirt guns to help fend off these foes.

The crew of The Treasure Seeker also conducts more adult-oriented excursions, including evening cruises that adopt a club-like feel complete with flashing lights, music, and BYOB adult beverages. Still clad in their pirate garb, the crew leads a bit of themed skullduggery or joins in a dance or two. After de-boarding and becoming a landlubber once more, revelers can visit The Groove Hawaii for go-karting, pizza, and other pirate-free fun.

1085 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
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The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.

Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II–era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits––which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers––through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.

319 Lexington Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
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Island Treasures works to bedeck bare walls, shelves, and laser-guarded pedestals around the area with original artwork from about 125 local artisans. Add an air of culture to a home by hanging a few 4”x6” paintings ($20) from a ceiling fan, or add some prismatic pizazz to the den, bedroom, or teleportation chamber with a matted print from one of dozens of artists ($10–$25). Store explorers will also find toys, books, one-of-a-kind knick-knacks, and fashionable accessories. Beaded bracelets and necklaces ($8–$20) from the Island Treasures jewelry chest improve wardrobes, and scented sachets ($8 each) freshen any area with the smell of flowers. Guests can use aloha-print napkins to sop up spilled sauce at a luau ($16) or decorate a coffee table with a 48-inch Hawaiian-print table runner ($24). Like a mad scientist building a hot-rod Frankenstein’s monster, the store adds new items on a weekly basis.

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu,
HI
US

Named a great place for a first date by Honolulu Weekly, The Contemporary Museum provides lover-candidates with plenty of conversational topics as they wander an assortment of accessible, provocative art. Education programs and exhibitions, such as the Contemporary Museum Biennial of Hawaii Artists exhibition, give freshly hatched masterpieces a chance to rub frames with the permanent collection of classics by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and more. The museum's emphasis on works created in Hawaii also makes it easy to meet the archipelago’s homegrown talent, who are often on-hand to answer puzzled stares and challenge you to aesthetically pleasing arm-wrestles.

2411 Makiki Heights Dr
Honolulu,
HI
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The 800 teddy bears at Teddy Bear World Hawaii might appear to be alive, but they're actually animatronic. The museum packs its 20,000 square feet with colorful scenes of the bears reenacting famous scenes from history, such as the first space shuttle launch, the construction of Mount Rushmore, and the day stuffed animals gained the right to vote. Complementing the historical exhibits are famous works of art reinterpreted to include bears, a dinosaur-themed exhibit, and the Save The Planet section that details how global warming may affect the planet's future. The building also houses a fully animated Elvis show, where a teddy bear version of the king performs a song-and-dance routine rivaled only by Elvis's short stint as a basketball mascot.

2155 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu,
HI
US