Our Favorite Tours of Waikiki by Air, Land, and Sea
See Waikiki from every possible vantage point with a tour by land, by air, or by sea. Whether you’re in Waikiki for a week or a weekend, this selection of the best tours will help you make the most of your visit. From flying high above the neighborhood in a helicopter to diving deep below the surface in an exploratory submarine, our round-up of the best tours in Waikiki has you covered.
Due to COVID-19, attractions mentioned may be closed or have reduced hours. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting. According to the “Safe Access O‘ahu” program, all patrons must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours in order to enter businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments.
Get a bird’s eye view of Waikiki attractions on a helicopter tour of O‘ahu. Departing from Honolulu Airport, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers helicopter adventures that take you high above the island. See historic Pearl Harbor, downtown Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head before traveling up the windward coast over Kaneohe Bay, Sacred Falls, and the North Shore. Check out other local tried-and-true helicopter companies like Paradise Helicopters, Magnum Helicopters, and Mauna Loa Helicopters.
A hop-on hop-off trolley is the quintessential tour for ease and accessibility. Best of all, the Waikiki Trolley stops right outside Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Hop on any one of their three exciting lines to see the east O‘ahu shoreline. The Pink Line is the best way to see Waikiki. The double decker bus whisks you from Waikiki to Ala Moana Center and vice-versa with convenient stops along the way.
If you choose to explore Waikiki by foot, you might enjoy our self-guided foodie tour of Waikiki or walking food tour of Kalakaua Avenue. Both tours are excellent ways to get to know Waikiki while indulging in its phenomenal restaurant scene. An audio tour is another way to explore Waikiki at your own place. Check out our favorite Waikiki audio tours for an intro to the neighborhood, where to find hidden gems, and more.
As far as skylines go, Waikiki’s is a hard one to beat. See it from the water aboard a catamaran, departing from Waikiki Beach. There are several options that offer sunset, snorkel, lunch, and dinner cruises. Kepoikai II is one reputable catamaran that takes you on a one-hour sail complete with an on-board bar.
Or, submerge 100 feet below the surface aboard the Atlantis Submarine. You may spot green sea turtles, sharks, and sunken ships on your oceanic adventure. The 64-seat hi-tech passenger submarine departs from Waikiki Beach.
Ready to experience Waikiki in three completely different ways on these tours by land, air, and sea? Kick off your ultimate sightseeing experience at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, centrally-located in Waikiki. Book a room with an oceanfront view to enjoy stunning sunsets or of Diamond Head, an ancient volcanic crater and iconic symbol of O‘ahu. Check out exclusive offers only available on our website. We hope to see you soon!
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