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16 Hawaii Excursions & Tours You’ll Love!

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From snorkelling with turtles and swimming with dolphins to taking to the skies in a seaplane or cruising the oceans in search of marine life, there are so many incredible Hawaii excursions and tours to enjoy.

Good luck just picking one as we take you on a mini-adventure to paradise with our pick of the best Hawaii tours!

Our Pick of the Very Best Hawaii Excursions & Tours

The islands of Hawaii are one of our all-time favourite places to visit. Some of our best travel memories were made here. 

Seeing active volcanoes on The Big Island, watching the sunset from 13,000 feet up Mauna Kea mountain and seeing the lush green jungles on Oahu are most definitely up there in our top ten.

And these experiences simply wouldn’t have been possible for us without heading out on a day tour. 

As we’re from the UK, we wouldn’t have felt comfortable with driving on the right hand side and around the islands in a rental car. 

Not to mention it would have been very expensive as we would have had to hire a 4×4 in order to get to some of the attractions.

But the Hawaii tours we went on were also a fantastic way to learn more about the islands and the Hawaiian culture. We were even taken to some places that we’d never heard of, so we saw a lot more on these tours than if we’d ventured out on our own. Let’s get going…

Related: 29 Incredible Hawaii Bucket List Ideas & Things To Do

Epic Kauai Tours & Excursions

Nicknamed the ‘Garden Isle’ or ‘Garden Island’, Kauai is perfect for nature and outdoor lovers. From tropical rainforests and untouched beaches to winding rivers, raging waterfalls and more, these epic Kauai tours will showcase the very best wildlife and scenery this beautiful little island has to offer.

Full-Day Tour With Fern Grotto River Cruise

Full-Day Tour With Fern Grotto River Cruise, Hawaii

During this 7-hour tour, you’ll see some of Kauai’s most sought-after nature spots. 

You’ll be taken to the most pristine and untouched beaches in the east before embarking on a guided open-air riverboat tour along the Wailua River.

From here, you’ll be serenaded by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers, before heading to the stunning northern shores via sugar cane fields, plantations and a myriad of gushing waterfalls.

There’s even the option to book a scenic flight over the island as an add-on. Find out more >>>

Scenic Flight Over Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon

Scenic Flight Over Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon

If you didn’t add a scenic flight to the tour mentioned above, then this thrilling 60-minute scenic flight tour is for you.

You’ll get a birds-eye view of the beautiful island and its most picturesque spots (many of which can only be seen from the air). 

From lush green valleys and soaring red cliffs to the azure blue waters and sandy white coastline below, you’ll take some of the most amazing photographs that you’ll ever have of this island. Find out more >>>

Luau Kalamaku

Luau Kalamaku, Hawaii

Kauai isn’t just famed for its stunning natural beauty, it’s also steeped in legend and myth.

At this traditional Luau buffet dinner, you’ll learn all about the adventures the original Hawaiian people took between Tahiti and Kauai through the magical arts of hula dancing, fire twirling and storytelling.

Alongside this incredible show, you’ll have a traditional lei greeting and get the chance to sample exquisite Hawaiian delicacies like poi, lomi lomi salmon and kalua pork baked in an imu. This is an evening never to be forgotten! Find out more here >>>

6 of the Best Oahu Tours & Excursions

Sometimes called ‘The Gathering Place’, Oahu blends the commercial with traditional quite perfectly, ensuring each day is different if you venture away from the infamous Waikiki Beach. 

These six best Oahu tours aim to showcase the very best of the island – both on and offshore.

Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour 

Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour, Hawaii

There are so many amazing sights to see on the island of Oahu. 

From stunning beaches and lush green jungles to historic plantations and even a Japanese temple, this 10-hour tour promises to show you Oahu’s top highlights in just one day.

Out of everything you’ll see, Byodo-In Temple and Waimea Valley are by far the most beautiful sights to see. 

The temple is majestic and calming while Waimea Valley is picturesque and oh-so serene. Find out more >>>

Lost Filming Locations Tour 

Lost Filming Locations Tour, Hawaii

If you want to combine a full-day Oahu circle island tour with one of the island’s best claims to fame then this Lost filming locations tour is the way to do it.

You’ll work your way around the island in a Hummer with a maximum of six people and see locations like Hurley’s house, the Santa Rosa Mental Institute, Kate’s Tree and Jacob’s Lighthouse… to name just a few.

You may even find yourself driven around by an extra on the show like we did! Find out more >>>

Best of Hawaii Photography Tour

Best of Hawaii Photography Tour, Hawaii

The islands of Hawaii are simply stunning so it should come as no surprise that you’ll easily take some of your best travel photos here. 

But why not pick the brains of a professional photographer while you do?

In this 5-hour half-day tour, you’ll be taken to Oahu’s most photogenic locations such as the Halona Blowhole, Makapu’u Point Lookout, Hanauma Bay and Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Find out more >>>

Pearl Harbour & USS Arizona Memorial Tour

Pearl Harbour & USS Arizona Memorial Tour with Pick-Up, Hawaii

Although you can visit Pearl Harbour and the USS Arizona Memorial on your own, this tour has two key benefits: you’ll get hotel pick-up and you’ll skip the queues when you get there.

There are several exhibits to look out for when you arrive with the most well-known one being a boat trip to the USS Arizona Memorial. 

But whilst at Pearl Harbour, you can also go inside a real warship as part of a self-guided audio tour and learn how the events of Pearl Harbour unfolded.

This tour also rounds off your day with a short visit to historical sites in downtown Honolulu like Iolani Palace, the State Supreme Court and the Judiciary History Center. Find out more >>>

3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion

3-Hour Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Excursion, Hawaii

With its warm crystal clear waters and quiet locations, Hawaii easily has some of the best snorkelling spots in the world.

This 3-hour cruise takes you to two dive sites where you should find dolphins, turtles, colourful marine life and sometimes whales as well.

The boat leaves quite early in the morning but it’s such a fabulous way to wake up. 

Snorkels and lunch are provided but if you want extras like wetsuits, towels or professional photos then you can purchase them as add-ons. Find out more >>>

Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Afternoon Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hawaii

If you’d rather see the colourful corals and underwater marine life from the comfort of dry land then a glass bottom boat tour is the perfect tour for you.

During this quick 90-minute experience, you’ll get up close and personal with turtles, dolphins, eels, sharks, colourful fish and tropical reefs through the boat’s glass bottom view ports. 

You can even enjoy complimentary water, soda and beer while on board too. Find out more >>>

Incredible Maui Tours & Excursions

While most believe Hawaii’s best beaches can be found on Maui, it’s also the perfect place to see marine life including turtles, dolphins and whales. This is why almost all of these six incredible Maui tours focus on ocean adventures.

Dolphins and Snorkelling Cruise to Lanai

Dolphins and Snorkelling Cruise to Lanai, Hawaii

If you’re keen to see dolphins as well as other marine life while snorkelling then this is the catamaran tour for you.

Across 5 hours, you’ll be treated to a Hawaiian breakfast complete with music, before heading to several of the best snorkel spots near Maui like Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. 

You can even view marine life through the glass bottom boat area if you’d prefer as well!

Snorkel equipment is provided but you’ll need to make your own way to Lahaina Harbour as there’s no hotel pick-up or drop-off option. Find out more >>>

2-Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise from Lahaina

2-Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise from Lahaina, Hawaii

Another day, another boat… this time at sunset.

During this romantic 2-hour cruise, you’ll be treated to stunning ocean views, live music, delicious 3-course dinner and complimentary drinks. You may even spot a humpback whale or two!

The dinner itself is a traditional Hawaiian affair, where you’ll get the chance to sample classics like mahi-mahi, lobster, pan-seared white fish and Hawaiian sweet rolls. Find out more >>>

Small Group Road to Hana Sightseeing Tour

Small Group Road to Hāna Sightseeing Tour, Hawaii

The Hana Highway, also known as the Road to Hana, twists and turns along the coast for over 64 miles between Kahului and Hana.

Although it makes for the most adventurous and beautiful road trip, you may not feel comfortable with navigating the turns yourself… so why not let someone else drive for you?

During this 10-hour experience, you’ll see tropical rainforests, deep emerald shrubs and plants, moss-covered trees and superb ocean vistas before swimming under a waterfall and tucking into a sumptuous Tahitian BBQ. Find out more >>>

Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala National Park

Sunrise & Breakfast Tour to Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

See Maui in a whole new light with this extra special sunrise tour to Haleakala National Park.

Your 8-hour experience will take you through Kula District and past Puu Ulaula Overlook en route to watch the breathtaking sunrise from the top of Mount Haleakala while tucking into coffee and pastries.

You’ll even get a chance to see the island’s rare silversword plants along the way, which look like the ones in the photos below. Have you ever had a more incredible start to your day? Find out more >>>

Stunning Big Island Tours & Excursions

The Island of Hawaii, nicknamed The Big Island, is the youngest island but also the largest. It’s possible to experience nearly all of the world’s different climates here, which has been caused by one of the island’s best features — its mountainous (and free-flowing) volcanoes. Which you can see on many of these stunning Big Island tours…

Big Island Twilight Volcano Tour

Big Island Twilight Volcano Tour, Hawaii

No visit to The Big Island is complete without a visit to the famous Volcano National Park.

During this epic 11-hour twilight tour, you’ll walk through an underground lava tube, visit Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, admire the amazing views of Kilauea Iki, an active volcanic crater, before settling down to dinner, stargazing and the night glow of Hawaii’s most active volcano.

This is easily one of the most epic Hawaii tours on this whole list! Find out more >>>

Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer Tour

Mauna Kea Stellar Explorer Tour, Hawaii

At 13,000 feet, Mauna Kea is one of the world’s tallest volcanoes. Although no longer active, it’s now home to a world-famous observatory and some of the world’s most powerful telescopes.

This 7-hour tour promises to take you to Manuka Meadows Coffee Farm and the largest infinity pool in Hawaii for a relaxing start to your adventure. 

From there, you’ll continue your tour to around 9,000 feet up Mauna Kea for a night of stargazing and an astronomy light show.

This particular tour doesn’t summit Mauna Kea as this offends many local Hawaiian people. But if you do want to summit the mountain in a 4×4, then this alternative sunrise tour offers that instead. Find out more >>>

Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

If you want to learn all about the extraordinary Hawaiian culture then a traditional Luau is one way to do it – and a very fun way to do it.

This 3-hour Luau experience overlooks Kailua Bay and will see you taking hula lessons and learning how to make leis and other traditional crafts, before tucking into a delectable Hawaiian buffet while watching a dramatic fire dance.

You’ll need to make your own way to the Royal Kona Resort as hotel pick-up isn’t included, but you’ll receive a shell lei greeting and complimentary cocktails on arrival… simply marvellous! Find out more >>>

Didn’t we tell you these Hawaii excursions and tours are incredible? Which one will you be adding to your Hawaii itinerary? Let us know in the comments below…

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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