Floating in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii is a Polynesian paradise that boasts sun-dappled azure waters, swaying coconut palms, and footprint-free, powder-white sand beaches. From surfing, swimming, and snorkeling to hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching, the jewel in the Pacific crown is perfect for outdoor lovers, and there are many tours and trips in and around the islands that offer the ideal opportunity for discovering and exploring the Aloha State’s many attractions.
1.Kipu Ranch Adventures
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Established in 1999, Kipu Ranch Adventures is an off-road and 4×4 touring operation that offers customized eco-tours along the historic Kipu Ranch. Rated as one of the best eco-tour operators on the island, Kipu Ranch Adventures explores the rich history, landscape, and legends of Kauai on guided trips led by professional and knowledgeable locals. Tours wind through the lush green pastures of the 3,000-acre, privately-owned cattle ranch, Kipu, which was built in 1872, and venture down into tropical Hule’ia Valley. The farm is centrally located in Lihue, just a short drive from Nawiliwili Harbor, and is ideal for cruise shippers wanting a quick and easy excursion.
235 Kipu Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, Phone: 808-246-9288
2.Air Maui Helicopter Tours
Located in the Kahului Airport, Air Maui Helicopter Tours provides custom-made tours of Hawaii’s islands for both individuals and groups. Established over 25 years ago, Air Maui has a team of professional pilots and top-notch aircraft maintenance personnel that ensure the highest quality of safety. Custom charters include point-to-point transportation, catering and ground transportation, and remote landing sites and tours involve flying over the tropical rainforests and spectacular waterfalls of Hana and Haleakala, including Haleakala Crater; the West Maui Mountains, the Pailolo Channel, and the magnificent sea cliffs and waterfalls of Molokai’s rugged north shore.
1 Keolani Pl, Kahului, HI 96732, Phone: 808-877-7005
3.Aloha Circle Island Tour
Aloha Circle Island Tour is a top-rated tour operator in Hawaii that provides adventures, tours, and experience around the island nation. A variety of tours are offered, including the Oahu Circle Island Snorkeling Tour, which takes in the Halona Blowhole on the South Coast and the spectacular vistas of the Dole Plantation on the North Side. Guests can snorkel with turtles, explore a Hawaiian nut plantation, snack on Macadamias, drink Kona coffee, and visit some of the island’s top spots like the North Shore Beaches, Chinaman’s Hat, and the Diamond Head Beach Lookout.
2406 Kuhio Ave #102, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-699-7224
4.Best of Hawaii Tours & Activities
Best of Hawaii Tours and Activities offer full vacation planning service and bespoke tours and adventures around the islands. Specialized agents provide insight on all the best activities on the island, including dinner cruises and shows, skydiving, zip-lining, swimming with dolphins, scuba-diving, and ATV tours. Custom tours include whale-watching tours, island tours, helicopter tours, horseback riding trips, and volcano adventures. Other services include transportation and luxury car services, wedding planning and celebrations, and special events.
1765 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-800-4881
5.Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is an award-winning helicopter tour company that has been offering authentic Aloha experiences since 1985. The company offers tours of all four major Hawaiian Islands, namely Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island, and pride themselves on providing a first-class experience. Tours are run in state-of-the-art Eco-Stars and A-Stars helicopters with first-class individual seats, expansive glass for exceptional 180° visibility, and highly professional pilots. Experience the beauty of the legendary Hawaiian archipelago with its lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls, white- and black-sand beaches lapped by turquoise blue water, volcanic badlands, and ancient historical sites.
1, Lelepio Place, Kahului, HI 96732, Phone: 808-871-8844
6.Fair Wind Cruises
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Fair Wind Cruises has been providing top-rated island cruises and tours since 1971. Owned and operated the Dant family, the Fair Wind Cruises offer family-friendly adventures and excursions, ranging from daily snorkeling trips to Kealakekua Bay, South Kona, and Manta Ray Village, along with snorkeling and barbecue cruises, private and group charters and sportfishing charters. Tours are offered on three vessels, all of which have ample space and shade and are fitted out with modern amenities to ensure maximum comfort.
78-7130 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-322-2788
7.Hawaii Food Tours™: Hole-In-The-Wall Tour
Founded by renowned food writer and restaurant reviewer, Chef Matthew Gray, Hawaii Food Tours explores the delicious cuisine of the island nation on fun and informative excursions. Hawaii’s delicious and diverse melting pot of cultures is the focus of the tour, which includes hotel pick-ups and several stops at ethnic and exotic locations all over Honolulu, including the bustling markets and famous bakeries. Guests will experience the wide variety of tastes and flavors of Hawaii’s rich and diverse culinary scene, including tasting mouthwatering treats like Baked Manapua, juicy-sweet Hawaiian pineapple, Korean barbecued chicken, and the Mysterious Crack Seed (a typical Hawaiian snack). The famous Hole-in-the-Wall Tour™ includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes walking and tasting tour in Honolulu's colorful Chinatown.
Honolulu, HI, Phone: 808-926-3663
8.Hawaii Movie Tour
Based at the Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve in the Ka’a’awa Valley, Hawaii Movie Tours take visitors on a journey through the magnificent landscapes that were made famous in several blockbuster movies. Known as Hollywood’s “Hawaii Backlot,” the area has seen over 50 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies being shot here, including Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, You Me & Dupree, 50 First Dates, Mighty Joe Young, Hawaii Five-0, and Lost. The tour stops at an original WWII army bunker, which is home to movie posters, props, and memorabilia from the movies shot on at the Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve over the years.
49-560 Kamehameha Highway Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, Phone: 808-237-7321
9.Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Hawaii Ocean Rafting offers a variety of ocean-based cruises, adventures, and tours, from whale-watching and snorkeling to sailing and exploring the valley isle of Maui. Private Raft Charter trips depart from Lahaina Harbor and visit several superb snorkel and scuba-diving spots while soaking up spectacular views of Maui’s forest-covered mountains. Other tours include half and full-day tours of neighboring island of Lanai and include dolphin spotting, and snorkeling coral reefs teaming with colorful fish and sea turtles. Up-close whale-watching trips offer the experience of a lifetime watching Maui’s gentle giants.
675 Wharf Street, Slip #8, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-661-7238
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10.Hawaii Turtle Tours
Hawaii Turtle Tours provides intimate, family-style tours to some of Oahu’s most beautiful locations to see turtles and other fascinating wildlife. Tours circle the island of Oahu and include swimming and snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles in an eco-friendly and sustainable way where professional tour guides will share interesting cultural and historical facts about turtles and the island. Other bespoke tours include the Kevo’s Beach Bus tour, which explores the beautiful country of the North Shore and Private Charters for special occasions and celebrations.
1188 Bishop St #1904, Honolulu, HI 96813, Phone: 808-781-4851
11.Hawaiian Paddle Sports LLC
Hawaiian Paddle Sports LLC is Maui’s premier ocean activity company that offers top-rated, private tours and lessons, including snorkeling with turtles at the famous Turtle Town between Makena’s One’uli Black Sand Beach and Nahuna Point, and whale-watching excursions. The company also offers surfing and stand-up paddle-boarding lessons for all skill levels, canoe-surfing adventures, and outrigger canoe and kayak tours. Kayaking and canoeing tours provide the chance to get away from the crowds and experience Maui from a unique viewpoint from a seat on the water while cruising along the island’s scenic coast. Local guides share their expert knowledge and create an authentic, exciting experience for all.
27 Halekulani St, Kihei, HI 96753, Phone: 808-442-6436
12.Kailani Tours Hawaii
Kailani Tours Hawaii provides exceptionally well-run, small, and personal tours around the Big Island in comfortable vehicles with professional guides. The Circle Island Tour journeys through Kona coffee country explore the awe-inspiring beauty of Hilo, Waipio Valley, and the Akaka Falls, and visits the world-renowned Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. The Deluxe Volcano Experience treks through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which his home to the New Halemau’mau Crater; Kaumana Caves State Park; and the Pohoiki Black Sand Beach. The Coffee, Cloud Forest, and Brewery Experience offer the perfect way to learn all about the history of Hawaii while sipping Kona coffee and sampling Kona’s tastiest beer.
74-555 Honokohau St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-938-4057
13.Kauai Sea Tours
Located in the Port Allen Marine Center, Kauai Sea Tours offers a unique and unforgettable way to explore the iconic Napali Coast on a variety of ocean cruises, tours, and adventures. Vessels are staffed by friendly and professional crews who share their knowledge about the Aloha State and the islands around it and are fitted with all the necessary amenities to ensure absolute comfort and relaxation. Tours include Catamaran Cruises, Raft Adventures, Dinner Cruises, and Snorkeling Adventures, which include dolphin and whale-spotting, snorkeling on some of the island’s most beautiful reefs, exploring caves and waterfalls, and getting up close to green turtles.
4353 Waialo Rd #2B, Eleele, HI 96705, Phone: 808-335-5309
14.Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours
Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours offer unique, professionally guided walking tours through the Kona Cloud Forest and Nature Sanctuary in Kailua-Kona. Rising 3000 feet above sea level, the Kona Cloud Forest is one of 25 cloud forests on the planet, and with its lush, tropical vegetation and persistent low-level clouds, making it a magnificent natural beauty. Walking tours cater for all ages and take approximately two-and-a-half hours, covering just over a mile in the distance and are of medium intensity.
73-1865 Hao St #3, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-640-3888
15.Kona Snorkel Tours
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Located in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona Snorkel Trips is a locally-owned and operated boat tour adventure company that offers fun and exciting snorkel trips around the island. Tours are run in a 28-foot Orca boat with cushion seating and backrests, dry bag storage, and a canopy overhead for shade, and all safety and snorkeling equipment is provided, as well as complimentary reef-safe sunscreen. Tours include Sunset and Moonlight Manta Ray Swims, Whale-Watching trips, Kealakekua Bay snorkel trips and private charters.
74-381 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua, HI 96740, Phone: 808-326-4774
16.Jurassic Valley Zipline Kualoa
Set on the 4000-acre private nature reserve and working cattle ranch of Kualoa, Jurassic Valley Zipline offers visitors the chance to experience the beauty of the island from the air. The attraction features several zip lines, ranging in length from 200 feet up to a quarter of a mile and which are named after culturally significant aspects of the valley, along with two suspension bridges, seven tandem sections, and three mini hiking trails. Guides share their knowledge of the area, and guests will experience the native flora and fauna of the Ka’a’awa Valley as they zipline through the spectacular terrain. The Treetop Canopy Zipline Tour is suitable for all skill levels, and no experience is required.
49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Phone: 808-237-7321
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17.North Shore Shark Adventures
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North Shore Shark Adventures offers guests the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Founded by Joe Pavsek, who has a life-long attachment to the sea, North Shore Shark Adventures offers cage diving tours where guests can get into the water with sharks in the safety of a cage and see them in the wild. Tours leave Haleiwa Harbor on custom-made aluminum boats with comfortable cushioned seating and canopies for shade and last approximately two hours. Masks and snorkels are provided, and the cage, which is moored in the beautiful cobalt blue water around four miles offshore, can hold up to eight people.
66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712, Phone: 808-228-5900
18.Oahu Photography Tours
Oahu Photography Tours is a top-rated guided photo tour in Hawaii which offers Honolulu-based tours to some of the island’s top attractions for unforgettable photographs. Owned and operated by Alex Wilson, Oahu Photography Tours is dedicated to providing guests with unrivaled Hawaiian experiences and the opportunity to take home long-lasting memories. Tours are conducted by professional photographers and cater to all skill levels and all types of cameras. The company offers a variety of trips from half- and full day to Big Island and private tours to workshops and portrait services.
2421 Tusitala St, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-679-1938
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19.Ocean Rider Inc.
Ocean Rider Inc. is a family-run, organic marine ornamental aqua-farm set on three acres of oceanfront land at Keahole Point that raises and protects Mustang seahorses. Known as “the Seahorse Farm in Kona,” the business is the only seahorse farm in the world dedicated to preserving the endangered seahorse and is home to more than 34 species of seahorses. Ocean Rider Inc. offers tours of the facility, showing visitors how they make a difference in reducing the pressure on the coral reefs and seagrass beds and protecting the species. Visitors can see pregnant males, baby seahorses, leafy and weedy sea dragons, feed and hold seahorses, and learn about their natural history. There is also an interactive tidal pool and fish feeding station for young children to enjoy, and a gift shop where the proceeds go to the seahorses.
73-4388 Ilikai Place, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-329-6840
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20.Ohana Circle Island Tour
Ohana Circle Island Tour is a locally-owned and operated shuttle and tour company that offers guided tours of Oahu led by a knowledgeable team of local guides. The full-day excursion explores the island of Oahu, visiting historic sites and landmarks, soaking up the rich culture and seeing spectacular scenic routes, along with snorkeling with our beloved Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and gorging on our island fruits. Tours are conducted in comfortable, air-conditioned 20 passenger shuttles and stop at attractions such as the Halona Blowhole, Diamond Head, Sunset Beach, the Amelia Earhart Lookout, a Macadamia Nut Farm, and Makapuu Point, among others.
131 Ka?iulani Ave 2nd floor, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-657-2178
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21.Pearl Harbor Tours
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Pearl Harbor Tours offer unforgettable experiences in and around Hawaii’s number one visitor destination. Resting at the center of Pearl Harbor is the USS Arizona Memorial with the Battleship Missouri, known as ‘Mighty Mo,’ a Bowfin Submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Tours include watching a 23-minute documentary film about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and a solemn visit to the Memorial on a 145 passenger U.S. Navy-operated boat. Tours include the Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Battleship Tour; Oahu Circle Island Tour; Passport to Pearl Harbor; Polynesian Cultural Center and Dole Plantation Tour; and the Complete experience.
1039 11th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, Phone: 808-739-7910
22.Skyline Eco-Adventures Kaanapali Ziplines
Skyline Eco-Adventures Kaanapali Ziplines is an award-winning zipline experience that offers a variety of zipline adventures high above Ka'anapali’s remote coastal landscape. Founded by father and son, Buck and Danny Boren in 2002 on the Historic Haleakala Ranch in upcountry Maui, Skyline Eco-Adventures provides a safe and exciting means for seeing and experiencing the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands, while conserving and preserving the island’s unique culture. Tour highlights include spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and the Pacific Ocean from both the ziplines and a viewing platform that rests 1,000 feet above the valley floor.
2580 Kekaa Dr #115, Lahaina, HI 96761, Phone: 808-427-2771
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23.Valley Isle Excursions
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Valley Isle Excursions is a luxury tour company that provides custom tours of some of Maui’s most beautiful spots. Led by certified, local Maui tour guides and conducted in passenger custom cruisers, tours explore attractions and famous sites such as Hana, the Haleakala National Park, the iao Valley, Makawao, and Upcountry Maui. All tours include hotel or condo pickups and returns, as well as meals, and cold non-alcoholic beverages during the day-long and warm-up drinks on the sunrise tour. Passenger custom cruisers feature comfortably elevated and extra-wide captain chairs, oversized tour windows, and climate-controlled air conditioning.
466 E Ahuli'u Way, Wailuku, HI 96793, Phone: 808-871-5224
24.Wasabi Tours Hawaii
Wasabi Tours Hawaii is a locally-owned and operated company that specializes in small group tours of Hawaii’s top attractions such as the volcanoes, waterfalls, lush rainforest valleys, and the world-famous Kona Coffee farms. Established in 2006, the company provides personal experiences that explore the beauty and rich culture of the fascinating island and creates lasting memories. Tours are led by multilingual guides with a wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of the island, park ranger training, and years of experience. Wasabi Tours Hawaii also proudly supports sustainable tourism with an ongoing commitment to environmental preservation.
74-581 Honokohau St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-238-5222
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25.Wild Side Whale Dolphin and Snorkel Tours
Wild Side Whale Dolphin and Snorkel Tours is an award-winning tour company that provides intimate, ecologically friendly, nature-minded cruises and environmentally responsible marine interactions. Tours include whale-watching, swimming with turtles, wild dolphin encounters, and other experiences with fascinating marine life in and around the islands, such as manta rays and are led by a team of marine biologists who share their vast knowledge and passion for the ocean and its inhabitants. Tours are conducted on spacious vessels with shade and modern amenities to ensure maximum comfort and safety.
Waianae Boat Harbor, Near Ko Olina and Disney Aulani, Oahu, Phone: 808-306-7273
25 of the Best Hawaiian Tours
- Kipu Ranch Adventures, Photo: Kipu Ranch Adventures
- Air Maui Helicopter Tours, Photo: Scott/stock.adobe.com
- Aloha Circle Island Tour, Photo: photoalpha123321/stock.adobe.com
- Best of Hawaii Tours & Activities, Photo: lucky-photo/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Photo: Viktor/stock.adobe.com
- Fair Wind Cruises, Photo: Fair Wind Cruises
- Hawaii Food Tours™: Hole-In-The-Wall Tour, Photo: VitalyTitov/stock.adobe.com
- Hawaii Movie Tour, Photo: Woodroe/stock.adobe.com
- Hawaii Ocean Rafting, Photo: Erin/stock.adobe.com
- Hawaii Turtle Tours, Photo: melissa/stock.adobe.com
- Hawaiian Paddle Sports LLC, Photo: upslim/stock.adobe.com
- Kailani Tours Hawaii, Photo: peteleclerc/stock.adobe.com
- Kauai Sea Tours, Photo: bonniemarie/stock.adobe.com
- Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours, Photo: Don/stock.adobe.com
- Kona Snorkel Tours, Photo: Tropical studio/stock.adobe.com
- Jurassic Valley Zipline Kualoa, Photo: EpicStockMedia/stock.adobe.com
- North Shore Shark Adventures, Photo: Vladimir Wrangel/stock.adobe.com
- Oahu Photography Tours, Photo: Cssio/stock.adobe.com
- Ocean Rider Inc., Photo: Bill/stock.adobe.com
- Ohana Circle Island Tour, Photo: Jesse/stock.adobe.com
- Pearl Harbor Tours, Photo: Donald Swartz/stock.adobe.com
- Skyline Eco-Adventures Kaanapali Ziplines, Photo: Ammit/stock.adobe.com
- Valley Isle Excursions, Photo: Felipe Sanchez/stock.adobe.com
- Wasabi Tours Hawaii, Photo: Maridav/stock.adobe.com
- Wild Side Whale Dolphin and Snorkel Tours, Photo: steheap/stock.adobe.com
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