If you're looking for a great place to disconnect from your daily tasks and get your vacation on, Dolphins and You in Honolulu is a prime choice.
Worried about parking? Don't be. There are many parking facilities located within the area.
Going on an excursion with the guides of Hawaii Tour Sites can get you anywhere from ascending the summit of Diamond Head, the Leahi volcanic crater, to snorkeling the depths of
Hanauma Bay with turtles and tropical fish. Locally owned since 1997, Hawaii Tour Sites also organizes luaus and dinner cruises on a large catamaran with live music and an island-inspired buffet.
Photography has always been a part of Alex Wilson's life. His grandmother taught him to use a classic 35mm camera, and his father was a photographer for the U.S. Army in the '70s. After studying at the New York Institute of Photography, Wilson landed in Oahu, where he continues to seek out the best spots to capture the island's natural beauty. With this vast expertise, Wilson founded Oahu Photography Tours, which has consistently been ranked on TripAdvisor as one of the top tour companies in Hawaii. At Oahu Photography Tours, Wilson and his team of knowledgeable guides help everyone—from amateur shutterbugs to advanced photographers to tourists looking for some thrilling slideshow photos—snag the best images Oahu has to offer.
Circle Sunrise Photo Tour: Travel the windward coast to photograph the sunrise, mountains, and small islands at locations including Waimanalo Bay and Kualoa Park. At the end of the tour sop at the North Shore to setup and capture sunset photographs.
Beautiful Hawaii Photo Tour: This expedition focuses on the blue waters and skies at iconic locations including Puu Ualakaa State Park and the Lana’i lookout.
Full Moon Photo Tour: Groups capture the breathtaking sight of the full moon rising up out of the sea to breathe.
Sometimes, when you're facing hardship, the best way to clear your head is an outdoor adventure. That bit of wisdom is at the heart of every tour at On The Rocks Adventures. Run by combat veterans, the non-profit tour company helps visitors to Oahu get in touch with the island's natural beauty through hikes, cruises, and sailing expedition. These outings aren't just limited to vacationers; the company's guides also work with fellow vets, at-risk youth, and families facing hardship to boost self-confidence and team-building skills throughout outdoor adventure. Read on to learn more:
Tours: The tours at On The Rocks Adventures take guests to nearly every corner of Hawaii's third-largest island. You might snake across the picturesque Koʻolau Range during a group hike, sail the waters off of Waikiki, or even ascend some of the island's signature rock features.
Expeditions: On The Rocks's team-building expeditions help groups of all ages build their interpersonal skills while challenging themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. They've tailor each one to meet the needs of specific groups, making sure that everyone from middle schoolers to adults can triumph over age-appropriate challenges.
Giving back: As part of their commitment to their fellow veterans, the guides at On The Rocks Adventures use the proceeds from their paid tours to offer free expeditions and wilderness courses for eligible service members and vets.
As the sun rises and falls over the ocean, experienced yoga instructor Karen Le leads classes through Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow yoga sessions. Drawing from her training in the hill town in India that’s also home to the Dalai Lama, she instructs participants through postures that maximize blood circulation and improve breath and alignment. Rhythmic music and ocean breezes wafting around palm trees set the scene as students flow through dynamic Vinyasa movements and mindful Ashtanga postures. Voted #29 out of 145 Honolulu attraction on TripAdvisor, Beach | Sunset Yoga Hawaii's classes meet at the quiet left end of Waikiki, which showcases views of Honolulu's central beaches, allowing participants to finally do a true sun salutation, as opposed to a living-room-ceiling how-do-you-do.
Sea turtles. Coral. Schools of bustling fish. These are just a few of the sights you might spy on a snorkeling trip with Island Magic Catamaran. From their launch just east of Honolulu Harbor, the company's experienced captains chart a course for some of Hawaii's most scenic waters. Their vessel of choice? The titular Island Magic, whose pink sail adds a touch of dusky color to each voyage. Speaking of dusk: Island Magic Catamaran also books romantic sunset cruises, giving couples the chance to snuggle or snap photos in the evening light after tucking in all the fish for bed.