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Aerial tours are a handy way to see the less ac­ces­si­ble nat­u­ral ar­eas in Hawaii, in­clud­ing wa­ter­fall-laced val­leys, ac­tive vol­ca­noes, trop­i­cal rain­forests and shore­lines. Tours are avail­able on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii is­land and Kauai. 800.745.2583 ; Oahu, 99 Kaulele Pl. ; Kauai, 3730 Ahukini Rd. ; Big Is­land, Hilo In­ter­na­tional Air­port ; Maui, 2 Lele­pio Pl., #105. www.blue­hawai­ian.com

MAKANI KAI HE­LI­COPTERS Air­plane char­ters f ly to ev­ery air­port in the state, and he­li­copter tours are avail­able for Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Is­land. Oahu high­lights in­clude coastal ar­eas and shore­line, Di­a­mond Head and Hanauma Bay. Dur­ing win­ter, hump­back whales frolic be­low. 130 Iolani Pl., 808.834.5813. 877.255.8532. www.makanikai.com


Tak­ing off from Wa­ialua on the north shore, sky­divers can reach 14,000 feet of al­ti­tude and soar over mountain and ocean views. It’s a breath­tak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Adren­a­line junkies can now opt for a thrilling he­li­copter tan­dem jump. Dilling­ham Air­field, 68-760 Far­ring­ton Hwy., 808.637.7472. www.pacific­sky­div­inghonolul­u.com


See Oahu and the ac­tive vol­cano on the Is­land of Hawaii from above. Lo­cally owned and op­er­ated since 1997, Par­adise He­li­copters of­fers var­i­ous tours from sev­eral points of de­par­ture, in­clud­ing Tur­tle Bay Re­sort and Kapolei/Kalaeloa Air­port on Oahu, and Hilo and Kona air­ports on the Is­land of Hawaii. Pilots are well versed in Hawai­ian ge­ol­ogy, his­tory and cul­ture, and aim to pro­vide a rich and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for guests. Cov­er­ing the is­land of Oahu from above, the Mag­num Ex­pe­ri­ence will show you all of the is­land’s high­lights. See stun­ning views of the fa­bled North Shore, Pearl Har­bor, Di­a­mond Head, Sa­cred Falls and more. You will even f ly the same thrilling route seen in the open­ing se­quence of “Mag­num, P.I.,” which takes you off­shore above the ocean as you cruise past iconic Waikiki. Fly with Par­adise and get your mous­tache on by tak­ing a f light in the only ex­act replica of Mag­num, P.I.’s chop­per. 808.969.7392; 866.876.7422; 808.293.2570. www.par­adis­ec­opters.com

Boat Tours/Cruises

ALII KAI CATAMARAN CRUISES Panoramic views of Honolulu and the Pa­cific Ocean are a sta­ple of this cruise. The Poly­ne­sian show fea­tures dancers, drum­mers and chanters, and the Pa­cific Rim menu in­cludes kalua pork, Alaskan sal­mon and lo­cally-grown veg­eta­bles. Veg­e­tar­ian meals can be or­dered by call­ing 24 hours in ad­vance of the sail. Aloha Tower Mar­ket­place, 1 Aloha Tower Dr., Pier 5, 808.539.9400. www.ali­ikaicata­ma­ran.com

AT­LANTIS SUB­MARINES WAIKIKI Sub­marines en­able you to dive in com­fort, so you can chuck the scuba gear and watch the un­der­wa­ter spec­ta­cle: marine life, coral reefs, sunken ship­wrecks and air­planes. There is com­pli­men­tary trans­porta­tion from se­lect Waikiki lo­ca­tions. Hil­ton Pier, Hil­ton Hawai­ian Village, 2005 Kalia Rd., 800.381.0237. www.at­lanti­sad­ven­tures.com

HAWAII PI­RATE SHIP AD­VEN­TURES Em­bark on an un­for­get­table jour­ney into the ad­ven­tur­ous world of a pi­rate’s life aboard the three-deck Trea­sure Seeker. Comedic ac­tors recre­ate the ex­pe­ri­ence on their daily Lost Trea­sure ex­cur­sions and other fam­ily friendly cruises. A BYOB evening cruise for adults is also of­fered for a more club-style ad­ven­ture. Ke­walo Basin Har­bor, 1085 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.593.2469. www.hawai­ipi­rate­shipad­ven­tures.com


This for­mer cham­pi­onship catamaran, 45 feet long and 24 feet wide, sails past Di­a­mond Head to Black Point, serv­ing com­pli­men­tary bev­er­ages along the way. There’s a Bose sound sys­tem, and the views of the Honolulu sky­line are mem­o­rable. Snor­kel­ing tours, sail­ing char­ters and sun­set cruises all take off from the cen­ter of Waikiki Beach. 808.922.2210. www.waikik­ibeach­sail­ing.com


Mai tais and sun­set cruises go hand in hand. When you add Waikiki, Di­a­mond Head and a 44-foot, twin-hulled catamaran named Maita‘ i, it’s a party. The 47-seat catamaran has cen­ter stage on Waikiki Beach, be­tween Haleku­lani and Sher­a­ton Waikiki ho­tels. Snorkel, swim and sun­set sails let you soak up the views of Di­a­mond Head and the Honolulu sky­line. Another op­tion is the moon­light sail, which runs only of Fri­days and spe­cial oc­ca­sions. On the beach fronting the Sher­a­ton Waikiki Ho­tel, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., 808.922.5665. www.maitaicata­ma­ran.com

MA­JES­TIC BY AT­LANTIS CRUISES The Ma­jes­tic sails along Waikiki Beach and the Ka­hala Coast­line dur­ing sun­set. This long­time fa­vorite cruise in­cludes a buf­fet din­ner with Hawai­ian and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, song and dance. Aloha Tower Mar­ket­place, 1 Aloha Tower Dr., Pier 6, 800.381.0237. www.at­lanti­sad­ven­tures.com


The Kai ‘Oli’ ‘Oli is a power catamaran yacht that cruises the Wa­ianae coast look­ing for dol­phins, whales, f ly­ing fish and sea tur­tles, which make guest appearance­s for lucky cruis­ers. Cruises in­clude pri­vate char­ters and lunch buf­fet. Roundtrip trans­porta­tion from Waikiki can also be ar­ranged. Ko Olina Ma­rina, 92-100 Waipahe Pl. 808.677.1277. www.ocean­joy­cruises.com


Take a sail on a 52 foot catamaran that has the makings of a first class yacht. It’s equipped with f lat screen tele­vi­sions, an Xbox gam­ing sys­tem, a spa­cious deck with a tram­po­line and a cozy teak cabin with four dou­ble berths. Day sails, sun­set sails, snorkel ad­ven­tures and din­ner cruises are just a few of the spe­cial­ized ac­tiv­i­ties Royal Hawai­ian Catamaran can plan for you.

Ke­walo Basin, Slip 121, 808.593.9993. www.roy­al­hawai­ian­cata­ma­ran.com


Of­fer­ing three dif­fer­ent styles of cruise, the Star of Honolulu is the largest ves­sel of its kind in the is­lands. Se­lect a Star Sun­set Din­ner & Show or a Pa­cific Star sun­set Buf­fet & Show for a fun packed evening with fam­ily and friends. The Three Star Sun­set Din­ner & Show is a five-course meal fol­lowed by live en­ter­tain­ment by a cast per­form­ing song and dance of Poly­ne­sia. The Five Star Sun­set Din­ing & Jazz is per­fect for those seek­ing a ro­man­tic evening in an Art Deco-in­spired top deck. Aloha Tower Mar­ket­place, 1 Aloha Tower Dr., Pier 8, 808.983.STAR(7827). www.starofhono­lulu.com


HANS HEDEMANN SURF SCHOOL Pro surfer and ocean safety ad­vo­cate Hans Hedemann opened his surf school in 1997 and to­day has lo­ca­tions in Waikiki and Tur­tle Bay. His school of­fers surf camps and lessons, wa­ter ac­tiv­ity pack­ages and equip­ment rentals. Park Shore Ho­tel, 2586 Kalakaua Ave., 808.924.7778 ; Tur­tle Bay Re­sort, 57-091 Kame­hameha Hwy., 808.447.6755. www.hh­surf.com


Take a surf les­son on the world-fa­mous Waikiki Beach. Learn how to pad­dle, turn and prop­erly po­si­tion your­self on the wave. All of the in­struc­tors are li­censed by the State of Hawaii and have Red Cross CPR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. 2425 Kalakaua Ave., 808.306.4586. www.hawai­ianocean­swaikiki.com

KAI SAL­LAS’ PRO SURF SCHOOL Owned and op­er­ated by pro­fes­sional surfer, Kai Sal­las, this surf school takes learn­ers away from the crowded wa­ters of Waikiki to a se­cluded, begin­ner-friendly surf-spot with slow rolling waves. Ser­vices of­fered in­clude surf­ing, stand up pad­dling, and body-board­ing lessons and surf tours. Waikiki Beach Mar­riott Re­sort & Spa, 808.343.9667. www.pro­surf­school­hawaii.com

KAILUA SAILBOARDS AND KAYAKS Kayak, snorkel, wind­surf, boo­gie board or ca­noe pad­dle at one of the best beaches in the world. Try a kayak tour to the Moku­lua Is­lands and visit a pro­tected bird sanc­tu­ary. 130 Kailua Rd., 808.262.2555. www.kailu­a­sail­boards.com


Ty Gurney is a highly re­spected, na­tion­ally prom­i­nent surf in­struc­tor of­fer­ing pri­vate and cus­tom­ized lessons tai­lored to per­sonal needs. You can choose one-on-one in­struc­tion or group lessons in Waikiki, or full- and half-day surf sa­faris to east Oahu and the North Shore. He’s known for his com­mit­ment to ocean safety and the ex­per­tise gained from a life­time of surf­ing. The cus­tomer service is no­table. Im­pe­rial of Waikiki Re­sort, 205 Lew­ers St., 808.271.9557. www.tygur­ney­surf­school.com



Choose from two dif­fer­ent, 2.5-hour walk­ing tours: “Lo­cal Eats Ala Moana Food Tour” and “Best of Chi­na­town Food Tour.” Tours and dishes sam­pled may be ad­justed ac­cord­ing to the cus­tomers’ pref­er­ences and custom pri­vate tours may also be created upon re­quest. Japanese-lan­guage tours and group dis­counts are also avail­able. 808.330.5602. www.alo­hafood­tours.com


Held Mon­days, Tuesdays, Wed­nes­days and Satur­days, Aloha Tast­ings Brew­ery Tours run from 1 to 5pm. Three stops in­clude Waikiki Brew­ing Com­pany, Honolulu BeerWorks and Aloha Beer Co . 808.352.9518. www.alo­hatast­ings.com,


Go on a three-hour long guided zi­pline tour that in­cludes Oahu’s long­est zi­plines, rang­ing from 500 feet to nearly half a mile long. Par­tic­i­pants ex­plore a work­ing agri­cul­tural farm on eight world class dual lines, two rap­pels, three sky bridges, a fun ATV ad­ven­ture to the ridgetop and other sur­prises. Along the way, you’ll learn about Hawaii’s rich his­tory and cul­ture while tak­ing in con­stant panoramic ocean and mountain views of Oahu’s fa­mous North Shore.

1 Enos Rd., 808.200.7906. www.climbworks.com/keana_­farms

HAWAII ECO AD­VEN­TURE TOURS With its nat­u­ral beauty and dis­tinc­tive plants, an­i­mals and land­scapes, Hawaii is the ideal place for ad­ven­ture tours. This com­pany spe­cial­izes in guid­ing small groups to lo­ca­tions of nat­u­ral and cul­tural in­ter­est: hid­den wa­ter­falls, sa­cred sites, Waimea Falls, and other lo­ca­tions on Oahu, Hawaii Is­land, Maui and Kauai.

955 Waimanu St., 808.589.0449. www.hawai­iecoad­ven­ture­tours.com


Ex­plore the reefs—in a kayak—of He’eia State Park on the Wind­ward side of the is­land. The area is well-known for spec­tac­u­lar reefs, stun­ning views of the Ko’olau Moun­tains and calm, safe wa­ters.

46- 465 Kame­hameha Hwy., Ka­neohe, 808.781.4773. www.holoka­iad­ven­tures.com

NORTH SHORE SHARK AD­VEN­TURES Ob­serve sharks in their nat­u­ral habi­tat from the safety of an un­der­wa­ter cage. Two-hour tours are sched­uled through­out the day start­ing from from 7 a.m. Video and pho­to­graph doc­u­men­ta­tion of your ad­ven­ture is avail­able for sep­a­rate pur­chase. Haleiwa Small Boat Har­bor, 66-105 Haleiwa Rd., 808.228.5900. www.shark­tour­shawaii.com


Roberts Hawaii, Inc., a full-service com­pany and Hawaii’s largest tour trans­porta­tion com­pany, pro­vides char­ters, group ser­vices, and per­son­al­ized sight­see­ing tours and ex­cur­sions among its var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions. These in­clude Hawaii’s pop­u­lar stage spec­tac­u­lar Magic of Poly­ne­sia, and the award-win­ning, grand cir­cle is­land tour of Oahu. Service ex­tends to the four ma­jor is­lands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. 680 Iwilei Rd., # 700, 808.539.9400. 800.831.5541. www.robertshaw­aii.com

Wa­ter Sports


A dive club, open wa­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cour­ses, and daily boat char­ters for ex­pe­ri­enced divers are among this vet­eran op­er­a­tion’s of­fer­ings. They know the sites, have been fea­tured in na­tional dive mag­a­zines, and are pas­sion­ate about the sport. With shal­low reef dives and even night dives, all skill lev­els are wel­come. Ala Moana Blvd., Suite LL3, 808.922.DIVE(3483). www.di­veoahu.com


Swim with and kiss a dol­phin at the Ka­hala Re­sort. Vis­i­tors have the op­tion to en­counter dol­phins up-close as a fam­ily, cou­ple or alone in var­i­ous pro­grams of­fered through­out the day. Call for reser­va­tions. The Ka­hala Ho­tel & Re­sort, 5000 Ka­hala Ave., 800.248.3316. www.dol­phin­quest.com

HAWAII SHARK EN­COUN­TERS Guests are taken three miles off shore to where Gala­pa­gos, Sand­bar and Tiger sharks can be ob­served from a f loat­ing cage equipped with large plex­i­glass win­dows. Scuba ex­pe­ri­ence is not nec­es­sary, as guests will stay on the ocean sur­face and use a mask and snorkel. Haleiwa Small Boat Har­bor 66-105 Haleiwa Rd., 808.351.9373. www.hawai­isharken­coun­ters.com


For a day of wa­ter fun, visit Hawaii Kai and rent bum­ber tubes, ba­nana boats, wa­ter rock­ets, jet­skis or power­boats. If you’re look­ing to ex­plore the ocean un­der­wa­ter, opt for scuba or snuba lessons, or stay above wa­ter, and try para­sail­ing or wake­board­ing and take your wa­ter ex­cur­sion to new heights. 7192 Kala­ni­anaole Hwy., 808.395.3773. www.hawai­i­wa­ter­sports­cen­ter.com


Tan­dem rides use a har­ness method with the choice of side-by-side or back-and-front seat­ing. Op­er­a­tors let you choose be­tween a stay­ing com­pletely dry or tak­ing a dip in the wa­ter, with land­ing and take­off from a boat. Flights usu­ally last 8 to 10 min­utes.

1651 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.591.1280 . www.hawai­ian­para­sail.com


For a shared ex­pe­ri­ence, all parasail rides are tan­dem, let­ting you and a friend en­joy birds-eye views of Di­a­mond Head. Jet­ski and fly­board­ing pack­ages are also avail­able. 1085Ala Moana Blvd., Slip F- 4, 808.737.3599. www.xtremepara­sail.com

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