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Hanauma Bay Tours

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Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay State Park is a protected marine-life-preservation area with clear water ideal for snorkeling and a vast array of tropical fish and coral reefs surrounded by volcanic rock. Once used by the Hawaiian royal family for fishing, it is now one of Oahu’s top tourist destinations with about a million visitors each year.

The Basics
Visitors to Hanauma Bay, which has a number of different coral reefs and lagoons to explore, will see hundreds of species of colorful tropical fish, other types of marine life, and vibrant coral. The wide sandy beach is also ideal for sunbathing and relaxing, and the nature preserve is well equipped with restrooms, changing rooms, a snack bar, and a picnic area, with lockers and snorkel gear available to rent.

Get out on Hanauma Bay as part of a half-day or full-day snorkeling tour, or stop by on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Waikiki. Some tours take in the bay and visit other island highlights such as Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. For independent travelers, Hanauma Bay offers round-trip shuttles from Waikiki hotels.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hanauma Bay State Park charges fees for admission and parking.
  • The park is closed on Tuesdays to allow marine life to rest undisturbed.
  • First-time visitors are required to watch a 9-minute video about marine-life safety and preservation.
  • Trams take visitors from the parking lot down to the beach for a fee.
  • Snorkel gear and lockers are available to rent.
  • Beach wheelchairs are available to borrow at no cost.
How to Get There
Hanauma Bay State Park is located on the Kalanianaole Highway, about 10 miles east of Waikiki. The park offers round-trip shuttles from Waikiki hotels, about a 30-minute journey. City bus 22 makes the 45-minute trip to Hanauma Bay from Waikiki. On-site parking is available for a fee.

When to Get There
Hanauma Bay State Park is open every day except Tuesday. The 300-spot parking lot often fills up by mid-morning, and then it operates on a one-in, one-out basis, so it’s best to arrive early. Oahu has a mild, tropical climate with hotter days in summer and a rainy season that typically runs from November to March.

Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center
The Marine Education Center opened in 2002 as part of an effort to focus on the conservation of the bay. With an average of a million visitors each year, it is crucial that everyone knows how to enjoy the park’s natural beauty responsibly. First-time visitors watch a short video in the center’s theater to learn how to interact with marine life safely. The center also has informational and historical exhibits, a gift shop, snack bar, and restrooms.
Address: 7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Hanauma 96801, USA
Admission: $7.50 per person, $1.00 per car
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Half-Day Tour with Equipment

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Half-Day Tour with Equipment

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Spot schools of bright fish and other marine life on a half-day snorkeling adventure at Oahu’s Hanauma Bay. All snorkel gear is provided with your rental, along with the choice of morning departure times and hotel pickup and drop-off. Bring little ones to the inner reef to safely explore the colorful underwater world. For more advanced Hanauma Bay snorkeling, head to the outer reef.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tour

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Tour

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The shallow Hanauma Bay is renowned as an excellent place to snorkel among its abundant, colorful fish. Whatever your snorkeling experience, this service makes it accessible and worry-free. In a small group, your guide takes you to the bay and provides all necessary equipment and information on the best snorkel spots. There, you can spend your time as you wish.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$28.72
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling and Shuttle

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling and Shuttle

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Experience the wonder of Hanauma Bay, one of Oahu’s most-loved sights. The volcanic crater is a protected, marine-life conservation area with an amazing array of tropical fish and coral reefs. This tour takes the stress and hassle out of the experience, with organized transportation and snorkel gear. Because of the sight’s popularity, the parking lot often fills up halting entrance to the beach. Avoid missing out with this professional tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.95
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Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay

Tour of North Shore and Hanauma Bay

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This tour allows you to see the sights of the North Shore of Oahu, including Hanauma Bay. During this full-day tour, ride in a mini-bus to the Dole Plantation, Turtle Town, Waimea Bay, and the Banzai Pipeline. Snorkel and swim in the famously aqua waters. Pickup and drop-off at Waikiki hotels included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

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Circle the entire island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains, and fascinating history during this full-day tour. Check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Nu’uanu Pali, the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Then soak up Hawaiian history and culture with a stop at the Dole Plantation (where you sample some fresh pineapple) and the serene, Japanese-style Byodo-In Temple. This Oahu circle island tour also includes entrance fees at the temple and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$117.73
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Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

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Take the ultimate Circle Island adventure on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Honolulu. Stop at Diamond Head, the world-famous icon of Hawaii; beautiful Hanauma Bay, a pristine marine ecosystem; Halona Cove Beach, famous for its appearance in the 1953 movie ‘From Here to Eternity’ and much more. Also, check out one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world, the breathtaking Pali Lookout and the historic Waimea Valley, featuring a botanical garden and waterfall. Lunch and a Honolulu hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.08
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

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Discover Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and/or Waikiki on a 1-, 4-, or 7-day hop-on hop-off tour and see all the top attractions at your own pace. Step aboard a double-decker bus or open-air trolley to pass the capital city’s best restaurants and shops, historic sites and renowned scenery. Choose from multiple routes, marveling at Diamond Head on the Green Line or the beautiful Hanauma Bay on the Blue Line. Upgrade to include all of the lines on your ticket.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$5.00
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Go Oahu All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions and Tours

Go Oahu All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions and Tours

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Make the most out of your trip to paradise with the Go Oahu Pass, available for 1- to 7-day use over the course of two weeks. This Oahu pass offers free admission to over 30 attractions, beach activities, and tours—all to be enjoyed at your own relaxed pace. You’ll also receive discounts to local restaurants and shops, along with a free pocket guidebook. No redemption is required with your pass, just save your pass (ticket) on your mobile device and explore Oahu at your leisure. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 7 days
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$82.00
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Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour

Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour

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Experience Oahu’s top sights on a small-group tour. Relax while your guide takes care of driving, and makes sure you don’t miss any key spots. Visit Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, and Diamond Head Crater, then explore Haleiwa town and try some local flavors for lunch. Get some cultural insights from your guide and finish the day with a great overview of the island.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.29
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Grand Circle Island Tour Plus North Shore Snorkeling

Grand Circle Island Tour Plus North Shore Snorkeling

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and spend a whole day of exploration, fun, and activities. Discover the whole island of Oahu in a day! We will take you to the best historical sights, scenic routes and cultural highlights Oahu has to offer, Once we get to Oahu's famous North Shore you will have 2 hours to enjoy the beach and snorkel where hundreds of different Hawaiian species of fish call it home including common sightings of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles but not guaranteed and we provide snorkeling gear for FREE. Our Stops: *Diamondhead Lookout *Hanauma Bay Lookout (closed on Tuesdays) *Halona Blowhole *Sandy Beach *Makapuu Point *Byodo-In Temple (admission fee included) *Macadamia Nut and Coffee Farm *Lunch at Kahuku Shrimp Trucks (other lunch selections available) *Sunset Beach North Shore *Oahu's famous North Shore(we spend at least 2 hours snorkeling & swimming here) *Dole Plantation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.78
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Full-Day Oahu Island Guided Tour

Full-Day Oahu Island Guided Tour

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See the highlights of Oahu in one full day on this comprehensive island tour. Visit natural wonders such as Diamond Head crater, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, the Halona Blowhole, and Sandy Beach. You’ll also explore man-made sites like the Dole pineapple plantation, Haleiwa Historic Town, and North Shore Soap Factory. This is a perfect choice for first-time visitors to Oahu.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.00
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Private Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour

Private Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour

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This comprehensive tour of Oahu hits many of the island’s most iconic locations such as the Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, Shark's Cove, Byodo-In Temple, Halona Blowhole, and more. You’ll also visit several beaches where you’ll have time to take photos. Along the way, sample tropical fruit, macadamia nuts, coconut water, and other island fare.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.48
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Custom True Hawaii Adventure Tour

Custom True Hawaii Adventure Tour

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This completely customized tour is based around your goals and travel wishes in Oahu. Your private party will meet up with your guide and his dog and take off for parts of the island that regular tourists don't normally find. You'll have an expert in the lead (and their dog!) who will tailor the experience to you.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$212.27
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Breathtaking 8-Hour Circle Island Tour from Honolulu

Breathtaking 8-Hour Circle Island Tour from Honolulu

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We at The Pineapple EXP want to make sure you have the best experience here in Hawaii without paying the world known Hawaii high prices. This is why the company was founded; to truly spread aloha. Our personable, informative guides ensure a great time for all ages. With the Pineapple EXP you can bet; Great Transportation. Great Times. Mahalo
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
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Fond Farewell Private Tour

Fond Farewell Private Tour

Not sure what to do with the time between when you check out of your hotel or cruise ship and when your flight departs on your last day on Oahu? Make the most of this precious vacation time by taking our “Fond Farewell Private Tour”! We will pick you up at your hotel, cruise ship terminal, or other location with your luggage and take you to the places you didn’t have a chance to visit or return you to the places you liked the most. You may think you’ve seen all that Oahu has to offer, but the island is full of secret places to discover. After your adventure we will take you to the airport in plenty of time for your departure. Your Certified Hawai`i Professional Tour Guide will suggest places to stop but YOU will decide where to do so, according to your preferences. We look forward to hosting you with all the Ho'okipa (customer service) you deserve, and the Aloha of Hawai`i!
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.19
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Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu

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Fly aboard an open-door helicopter over Oahu for unobstructed views of the island on this tour. Feel the high-flying wind in your hair and, with your camera out and ready to snap stunning photos, listen as your pilot narrates your flight over sights like Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Harbor, Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole. This excursion includes a DVD of the flight and round-trip transportation from selected hotels.
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  • 50 minutes
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$269.00
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Isle Sights Unseen 45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On

Isle Sights Unseen 45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On

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Make your Oahu visit even more magical with this 45-minute scenic helicopter ride. Experience the island like you’ve never seen it before, flying above island landmarks including Sacred Falls, Diamond Head, Maunalua Bay, the Ko'olau Mountains, Ka'a'awa Valley, Pearl Harbor, and more. Trips include round-trip hotel and a choice of ‘doors on’ or ‘doors off’ flights.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$265.00
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Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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Explore Hawaii’s island of Oahu by air on this helicopter tour. Fly above the island and many of its most well-known landmarks, such as Diamond Head, Sacred Falls, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor. On this ride, choose your departure time and whether or not you’d like the helicopter doors on or off.
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  • 1 hour
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Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

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Get a comprehensive overview of Oahu's landmarks and highlights on this circle island tour. Enjoy a small-group setting to ensure personal attention from your local guide while seeing over thirty local attractions. See the surf and sand at Waikiki Beach, taste some samples of Dole pineapples, learn about the history of Haleiwa town. Get the insider info about favorite local eateries and see filming locations for various movies and television shows. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.61
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Adventure With A Local: Half Circle Island Tour

Adventure With A Local: Half Circle Island Tour

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Head out on an adventure and cruise through Hawaii like a local on this fully-guided Jeep tour of Oahu. You'll venture into the beauty and biodiversity of this tropical paradise and learn about the ins and outs from people who are born and raised in the area. This laid back excursion is customizable and allows you to travel at your own pace, making it the perfect way to spend an afternoon on the island.
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Path to Pali Passage - 30 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

Path to Pali Passage - 30 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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Soar above Oahu on a sky-high exploration of the island’s striking peaks during this 30-minute helicopter trip. Get an up-close look at Diamond Head, Mt. Olomana, and Nu'uanu Pali see the island’s white sand beaches, coral reefs, rainforests and volcanic cliffs. End with a spectacular view of the famous USS Arizona Monument. Trips include round-trip hotel or port transport and a choice of ‘doors on’ or ‘doors off’ flights.
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  • 30 minutes
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$215.00
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Private Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

Private Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

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Circle the island of Oahu on this private tour for a maximum of five passengers. Discover the turquoise waves, famous for surfing and the soft sand beaches, as well as more than 30 other popular attractions. Get personalized attention from your guide as you visit attractions such as the Dole Plantation, historic Haleiwa town, and various locations made famous by feature films. Snacks, bottled water, and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels are included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$223.95
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Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous Beaches

Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous Beaches

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Explore the picture-perfect beaches, historic landmarks and headlands of eastern Oahu on a 4-hour tour that’s a great overview of the scenic area. Learn about Waikiki history, then get sweeping views of the coast from Diamond Head lookout; drive alongside the sandy beach at Hanauma Bay and explore coves and blowholes. Find out why Sandy Beach is ‘the most dangerous in America,’ then look deep into the rainforest from Pali Lookout, where Hawaiian armies clashed in the 18th-century. Take home a video (available for purchase) of your tour that’s a wonderfully personal souvenir.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.68
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Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu

Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu "Magnum Experience" (50 Minute)

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Enjoy VIP luxury on a helicopter tour of Oahu with a maximum of four people. Experience the island from a birds-eye view and get unparalleled views of the azure waters, lush greenery and cascading falls. See the most beautiful natural landmarks with a complete circle island tour starting over the white sands of Waikiki and ending with a flyover of Pearl Harbor. A wonderful way to get your bearings if you’ve just arrived, or a grand finale to your Hawaii vacation.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$314.37
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