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Top 5 Tours on Oʻahu

If you want to make the most of your island vacation, sometimes it’s best to rely on a quality tour that can give you access and insight you wouldn’t otherwise get. These attractions represent some of the best adventures Oʻahu has to offer, and you’ll only be able to see them on one of these great O’ahu tours!

Kualoa Ranch

This stunning 4,000 private ranch and nature preserve on Oʻahu’s windward side has a list of claims to fame, as it’s long been a popular location for movies and TV shows. Remember those big fields in Jurassic Park? That’s Kualoa Ranch. Choose from horseback or ATV tours in O’ahu, a catamaran cruise in Kaneʻohe Bay, a movie set tour, or a jungle expedition. There’s definitely something for every type of traveler to enjoy here!

Helicopter Tours of O’ahu

It’s definitely something you can’t rent and do on your own: seeing Honolulu and Oʻahu from the air in a helicopter! There are many great companies to choose from, which offer a range of different helicopter tours in O’ahu, depending on what you’d like to see. Since Oʻahu’s mountains are so steep, there’s certainly a lot of places that are inaccessible in any other way. Enjoy the most amazing views of all from a helicopter tour in O’ahu!

Mysteries of Hawaiʻi

While other companies offer “ghost tours” on Oʻahu, Mysteries of Hawaiʻi is the original and the best. Master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui guides his guests on evening walking tours of Honolulu and Waikīkī, sharing stories of the supernatural events that have occurred in these special places. You won’t look at these landscapes in the same way again once you’ve heard his chilling tales! They also offer a driving tour of the Nuʻuanu Pali, a sacred place where many warriors once fell to their deaths, and that locals have always known to be haunted. These tours are culturally grounded and always respectful of the ancestor spirits.

Heʻeia Fishpond Kayak Tour

Ever wanted to learn to kayak in a safe, gentle, and beautiful place? How about explore a traditional Hawaiian fishpond, learning about the vital intersection between science and culture? Then a visit to Heʻeia Fishpond in Kaneʻohe Bay is in order for you! Guided kayak tours on O’ahu are available: they’ll brief you on the basics of kayaking, make sure you and your family are safe (this is a great spot for kids to learn), and paddle out with you, teaching you along the way about this traditional form of seafood production that helped the ancient Hawaiians sustain themselves for hundreds of years. It’s a unique kayak tour on O’ahu in a gorgeous location that you’re sure to remember for years to come!

Farm-to-Table Tour

Though Honolulu is so urban, when you get out of the city itself, Oʻahu can be downright rural. Check out the farm-to-table tour at Kahumana Organic Farm, which supplies some of the very best restaurants on Oʻahu, such as Roy’s and Monkeypod. The farm itself is a place of learning and vocational training for families transitioning from homelessness, youth, and people with disabilities. A tour here will not only showcase the beautiful scenery of the Waiʻanae mountain range, but will introduce you to the sustainable farming techniques of permaculture, aquaponics, and more! And of course, you’ll get to taste some amazing food at the end in their on-site café!