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Oahu Pacific Star Sunset Dinner Cruise

Oahu Pacific Star Sunset Dinner Cruise
2.5 hours; 3 hours on Friday's
USD 95.00
<p>Enjoy the original Pacific Rim cuisine at your own private table and live contemporary entertainment in the midst of a beautiful, ever-changing tropical backdrop!  Book on a Friday for an extra hour of sailing to enjoy the Friday aerial fireworks show!</p>

North Shore Adventure

North Shore Adventure
9 hours
USD 89.50
<p>Explore Oahu's ocean lifestyle with sight, sound, touch, smell and even taste!  Inhale the salty ocean air as you see and hear the brilliant blue crashing waves. Wiggle your toes in the wet sand.  Savor cold sweet pineapple or warm bitter coffees.  Feel the shade on a hot day as you ride through a tunnel of banana trees.  Spend the day with your guide completely immersed in living Hawaiian style.</p> <p>Stops and drive-by sites on the <strong>North Shore Adventure</strong> may include:</p> <ul> <li>Green World Coffee Farm</li> <li>Historic Dole Plantation</li> <li>Hale?iwa Town</li> <li>Hale?iwa Beach You may spot some turtles if you are lucky!</li> <li>North Shore Surfing Beaches and Ko?olauloa Coast</li> <li>Lunch stop en route. Meal Purchase on own; bring Cash (credit cards not accepted at all establishments)</li> <li>Kahuku Farms': Farm to Table Tour Includes a Fruit Smoothie</li> <li>Tropical Farms' Macadamia Nut Outlet</li> </ul>

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Things to do in Honolulu if you have a Honolulu Airport Layover or Extended Honolulu Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Honolulu Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Honolulu.LayoverIdeas.com.

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The HNL Honolulu International Airport is well located for enjoying a bit of Honolulu or Waikiki if you have some extra time.

Hit the Beach

Naturally, when most visitors think of beaches here, they think of the famous Waikiki Beach. As the tourist center of the Hawaiian Islands, this white sand beach, framed by hotels and Diamond Head as a backdrop, is easily the most crowded. Waikiki is popular with a wide crowd, as it's a excellent place for swimming, sunbathers, catamaran and outrigger canoes, as well as a great spot for beginner surfers and body boarders (and there are plenty of surf schools set up in Waikiki for lessons). What's remarkable is that even in Waikiki you can find a fairly quiet beach; it's just a matter of knowing where to look.

But if you really need to get away from the crowds, there are plenty of other beaches. Just to the west, near Downtown, is Ala Moana Park, a green space with plenty of trees and grass as well as an nice sandy beach that's popular with the locals and is perfect for families or a calmer swim.

Climb Diamond Head

It's Hawai'i, so there's no shortage of natural scenery, even near the big city. For those looking for expansive vistas, Diamond Head is a good starting point - this ancient volcanic crater dominates over Waikiki and the top offers an incredible view over the city. The trail leads up into a World War II-era bunker and up some steep staircases (one of over 100 steps), so the climb can be a little rough for the average couch potato.

See the Pearl Harbor Memorials

Pearl Harbor, located in Western Honolulu, is well-remembered for 7 December 1941, a day that lived in infamy, when an attack by Japanese forces killed over 2,000 personnel and brought the U.S. military into World War II. Today the harbor, still functioning as a navy base, is the site of several memorials honoring the fallen of that day and the rest of the war. The centerpiece is the USS Arizona Memorial, which was built over the sunken hull of the USS Arizona battleship; the resting place of many who died that day. The memorial itself is accessed after an introductory movie and a short ferry ride, and lists the names of those lost as well as a chance to view the wreck.

Visit a Museum or Gallery

Of all the museums in Honolulu, none approach the size of the Bishop Museum in Western Honolulu; a complex of buildings with a large collection of Hawaiian artifacts. Much of the museum is dedicated to Hawaiian history, with a growing number of science-based exhibits, including a planetarium, a large natural history hall, and an area centered around volcanology. The museum is huge, so give yourself a few hours to take it all in.

Downtown Honolulu is home to several museums. On the state capitol grounds is the gorgeous `Iolani Palace, which was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs and is now open for tours. Nearby is the Mission Houses Museum, which has three 19th century Honolulu houses restored for viewing, and the Hawaii State Art Museum, which displays visual art by Hawaii artists.

The Makiki area of town has two major art museums worth a look: the Honolulu Academy of Arts is the largest art museum in the city and houses one of the largest collections of Asian art in the United States, along with an impressive Western collection to boot, including Van Gogh, Picasso, Gauguin, Cezanne, Monet, Modigliani and other masters. Just up the hill is the Contemporary Museum, which occupies an old estate overlooking the city and is devoted exclusively to contemporary art.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to HNL Honolulu International Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Honolulu Attractions

2-Hour Diamond Head Hiking Audio Tour on Oahu

2-Hour Diamond Head Hiking Audio Tour on OahuDuration:
2 hours
USD 3.00
You and your small group will enjoy Hawaii's new 2-hour Diamond Head Narrated Tour, the official tour of the Diamond Head State Monument.<br /><br />Last year over 1,000,000 visitors hiked Diamond Head, making it the third largest visitor attraction on Oahu. This incredible self-guided audio tour provides the history, geography, legends, plant &amp; animal life, culture and explains the breath-taking scenery at the Diamond Head summit. Considered at 'moderate' 1.6 mile hike, please allot about 2 hours. <br /><br />Priced at just $3.00, this fantastic self-guided audio tour includes the State of Hawaii official 'I Hiked Diamond Head' certificate, a $2.50 value, with each tour rental.<br /><br />Please check in at the Diamond Head Visitor Center with your voucher. Tours are at 7:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm. Visitor Center closes at 3:30pm.

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Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center Tour

Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center TourDuration:
USD 4.95
Step Back in Time and experience the National Park Service's new Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center. Open daily from 8am to 3pm. Admission is just $4.95 to experience all 3 of these incredible Virtual Reality Tours:<br />1- Walk the Decks of the USS <em>Arizona</em> Battleship Before the Attack<br />2- Witness the Attack on Battleship Row on Dec 7, 1941<br />3- Experience the USS<em> Arizona</em> Memorial

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USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour

USS Arizona Memorial Narrated TourDuration:
2 hours
USD 7.50
All visitors are encouraged to take the National Park Service's official “USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour”. This award winning, two hour self guided tour provides you an incredible Pearl Harbor experience and it is like having a park ranger escort you through the visitor center's two museums, on the memorial and along the shoreline for the 'Path of Attack' tour. This audio tour is a “Must Do Activity' at the Visitor Center and is hosted by the famous actress-Jamie Lee Curtis, the National Park Service's historians and dozens of Pearl Harbor Survivors.

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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park  Duration:
60 minutes
USD 12.00
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is conveniently located within the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. This incredible destination offers to two separate tours - the USS Bowfin Submarine Tour and the Submarine Museum Tour, both come with complimentary audio tours and are included in the price of admission.

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USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe Tour

USS Arizona Memorial Deluxe TourDuration:
3 to 4 hrs
USD 12.50
<p>There is a reason why the USS Arizona Memorial is the number one visited attraction in Hawaii. Millions of visitors from all over the world come to this majestic setting to see for themselves where WWII began for the United States on December 7th, 1941. This incredible deluxe tour guides you through the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial with the help of the provided smart phone. It's like having your own personal tour guide throughout the Visitor Center and on the memorial itself.</p>

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Diamond Head Package

Diamond Head PackageDuration:
2 hours
USD 14.00
Diamond Head State Monument is one of the biggest attractions on Oahu, home to more than 1,000,000 hikers annually. Conveniently located near Waikiki, the crater provides the opportunity to enjoy a Hawaiian outdoor adventure without having to go too far from the resort area. With this souvenir package, enhance your independent hiking experience on the volcanic cone by receiving two official State of Hawaii 'I Hiked Diamond Head' certificates and an official 'I Hiked Diamond Head' T-shirt at a savings of more than 50 percent.

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Waikele Outlet Shopping Shuttle

Waikele Outlet Shopping ShuttleDuration:
5 hours
USD 15.00
The Waikele Outlet Shopping Shuttle provides savvy shoppers quality transportation to and from Waikele Premium Outlets® from Waikiki. Let us worry about traffic, gas and parking. Shoppers just need to sit back and relax in our plush air conditioned motor coaches that will pick you up at one of the convenient locations throughout Waikiki. You will be transported to the Waikele Premium Outlets® where savvy shoppers from around the world and our islands can find great savings at Hawaii's largest outlet center. Returning to Waikiki is even easier with our wonderful drivers picking you and your shopping treasurers up curbside.

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Oahu Independent Bike Tour

Oahu Independent Bike TourDuration:
USD 15.71
Enjoy the freedom and fun of exploring Oahu on a bike! With a bike rental, you can set your own itinerary and see the sights at your own pace. Oahu is filled with many bike lanes and trails, offering miles of cycling paths for you to pedal. With the warm breeze in your face, you'll get around quicker than you would on foot while admiring the picturesque scenery, historic monuments and cultural landmarks. And the coastline routes are a cyclist's paradise!

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Last Updated: 18 Sep 2017