Sunday, September 26, 2021

Honolulu & Oahu Hawaii Excursions for Families


Oahu is the 3rd largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the location of the state capital, Honolulu. There is so much to see and do on this island including Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, Waikiki Beach, and much, much more! Here are some great tour suggestions for families vacationing on this beautiful island.

If your time in Honolulu is short this is a great tour to hit the highlights! This 6 hour tour includes visits to the Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl Cemetery, Iolani Palace, King Kaemhameha Statue, Kawaiahao Church, Hawaii State Capitol, and Honolulu Hale. Round-trip transportation is provided in air-conditioned comfort. This tour is offered every day except Sundays and Wednesdays. No minimum age. For a more in-depth tour of just Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, and the USS Battleship Missouri Museum, check out this tour. It is offered every day but Monday and Wednesday and lasts 7.5 hours. 

If you are looking to check out the island of Oahu consider this Grand Circle Island TourStops on this scenic, full-day tour include Halong “Blow Hole” Lookout, Waimanalo Two, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Byodo In Temple, Kualoa Ranch, Laie Hawaii Mormon Temple, North Shore Surfing Beaches, Dole Plantation, Chinaman’s Hat, Diamond Head, and Kahala Estates. This tour lasts 9 hours, and is offered every day but Wednesday. Minimum age is 4. 

Enjoy a fun evening of food and entertainment at this Orchid Luau with Center Seating. This luau package includes middle seating, a delicious buffet, a fresh lei greeting, and lots of entertainment. This tour is offered every day except Monday and lasts 4 hours. No minimum age, child pricing applies to ages 4-12.  Deluxe Front seating with table service instead of buffet and wing seating packages are also available. 

On the Polynesian Cultural Tour you and your family can learn about the Polynesian culture through an informative orientation and hands-on activities while visiting seven different Polynesian villages. This tour lasts 3 hours and is only offered on select dates. Please check calendar for availability. Minimum age is 11. 

On this Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Valley Zipline tour enjoy 7 exciting tandem sections, 2 suspension bridge and 3 mini nature hiking trails. If your surroundings look familiar its because you are in Ka’a’awa Valley where many movies have been filmed including Jurassic World. This tour lasts 3 hours. Minimum height is 4.8 feet and maximum weight is 280 lbs. 

Another great way to explore Kualoa Ranch, this time from the ground, is an E-Mountain Bike Tour  Peddle assisted and get close to nature on a state-of-the-art eco-friendly eBike. Tour time includes a safety briefing. This tour lasts 2 hours with start times at 9 am and 3:15 pm. Minimum age is 10. 

For a great activity for younger children check out Pony Rides on Oahu  Parents can walk alongside their child and take pictures, older children and adults also have the option to ride a horse alongside for an additional fee. Children under 6 are lead by a wrangler.  Children are allowed to feed and pet their horse. This experience lasts 30 minutes and is offered several times throughout the day for children ages 2-7. 

Another option for horseback riding is a combo tour with a Legacy Tree Planting Experience. Visit the historic Gunstock Ranch on a guided horseback ride and leave your mark by planting a Legacy Tree. Travel up mountainside trails and see stunning views of he ocean, coastline and hills and valleys of the Koolau Mountains. On the return trip descend into the Hawaiian Legacy Forest to select and plant your own tree. Using RFID technology you will be able to the location and growth of the tree you planted throughout its lifetime. This tour lasts 2.5 hours and is most days of the week. Minimum age is 7.

On this Swim with the Dolphins tour  snorkel and swim with dolphins in their natural habitat in Oahu. Also explore the beautiful reefs teeming with tropical fish and sea turtles, enjoy sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards and a 20-foot waterslide! This tour is offered twice a day and lasts 4 hours. Minimum age is 2.

Sail along the coast of Waikiki during this Catamaran Snorkel and Lunch Experience. Snorkeling with green sea turtles and during whale season (December through April) the boat will stop to watch these incredible mammals. Lunch, drinks, and snorkel equipment is included. This tour lasts 3 hours with a departure time of 11 am. No minimum age. 

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