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An Adventurous Escape to Oahu

Information about exciting outdoor adventures on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Nature, culture and adventure abound on the island of Oahu with an array of sea, land, air and sporting activities. Hiking through rainforests, biking along mountain ranges and horseback riding in lush valleys; parasailing, parachuting and gliding over the dramatic and diverse landscape of Oahu; swimming, diving, snorkeling and surfing in the azure blue waters of the Pacific are excellent opportunities to experience the environment, history and culture of the island.

Discover the many faces of Oahu through active experiences that make for great storytelling and memories that last a lifetime. Oahu offers excitement that is easily accessible and suits all levels and interests. The following companies explore the treasures on the island of Oahu:

Adventures Extreme Hawaii offers everything from windsurfing and sky diving to basic surfing lessons. Perfect for beginners or advanced students. Phone: 808-524-2712

Aloha Beach Services offers outrigger canoe rides, surfboard/bodyboard and raft rentals at Waikiki Beach. Experience Waikiki’s beach scene through these water activities.
Address: 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
Phone: 808-922-3111

Dangle from a parachute and float through the air, above the ocean and over the Waikiki coastline with Aloha Parasail.
Phone: 808-521-2446

For exploring underwater around Oahu, scuba diving is the way to do it. Aloha Dive, AquaZone, Breeze Hawaii and Surf-N-Sea provide instruction, rental diving equipment and transportation to some of the major dive spots around the island including Shark’s Cove, Makaha Caves, and Corsair. Oahu is also the only Hawaiian island that offers wreck diving.

Aloha Dive
Address: 377 Keahole Street, E-101
Phone: 808-395-5922

AquaZone (Outrigger Waikiki Hotel)
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 866-923-3483

Breeze Hawaii
Address: 3014 Kaimuki Avenue
Phone: 808-735-1857

Surf-N-Sea
Address: 62-595 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: 808-637-9887

Ride aboard the world’s largest submarine fleet with Atlantis Submarine Adventures and take an unforgettable 45-minute journey under the sea to view sunken ships, aircrafts and reef structures.
Phone: 800-548-6262

Banana Boat Riders of Hawaii offers an adventurous ocean raft ride from Sand Island to Diamond Head and back.
Address: 401 Kamakee Street, Suite 303
Phone: 808-922-5588

Hike to the top of Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most recognizable landmarks with an unparalleled view of the Honolulu area at the 763-foot summit lookout.

Since 1995, Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours has been a leader in personalized island tours of Oahu, including scenic tours to popular activities and attractions as well as eco-tours for the adventurous types. Their selection of tours include over 20 island tours, giving visitors a variety of itinerary options to choose from.
Phone: 808-737-3700

Charter boats are popular with both locals and visitors who want to try their hand at fishing the tropical waters. Hawaii Charter Skippers Association works only with U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels that are skippered by U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains. The association takes reservations for half-, three-quarter- and full-day excursions.
Phone: 808-594-9100

Take a scenic drive out to Oahu’s famous North Shore and hop aboard a glider plane at Dillingham Airfield with Glider Rides. Soar above the island on a three-seater sailplane with a friendly, knowledgeable and professional pilot, and see stunning views of the northern coastline.
Address: Dillingham Air Field
Phone: 808-677-3404

Oahu offers superb surfing conditions for surfers of every level. Waikiki is perfect for beginners because waves are usually small. Surfing lessons are offered by companies such as Hans Hedemann Surf School, which offer surfing lessons in the heart of Waikiki. The Hawaiian Fire Surf School, based on the dream of three firefighters, teaches surfing on a secluded beach on the west side of the island. Professional surfers come from around the world to surf at spots such as North Shore’s Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, famous for their big waves.

Hans Hedemann
Address: 2947 Kalakaua Avenue
Phone: 808-924-7779

Hawaiian Fire Surf School
Phone: 808-384-8855

Discover the North Shore of Oahu and check out the Haleiwa Surf Museum to learn more about the history of surfing and Hawaii’s world-renowned surfers.
Address: 66-167 Haleiwa Road
Phone: 808-637-5051

Sailing offers a great way to enjoy the ocean and to get a different view of Oahu. Honolulu Sailing Company provides brief cruises off Honolulu to full-day charters along the North Shore.
Address: 47-995 Lulani Street
Phone: 808-239-3900

Take a flight on Hawaii’s only seaplane with Island Seaplane Service. This one-hour adventure begins with a departure off the water to offshore Waikiki, Diamond Head, Koko Head, the famous Blow Hole and on to beautiful Kaneohe Bay. The flight continues along the famous North Shore surfing areas, Haleiwa Town and through the same valley Japanese Zeros flew for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, ending with a water landing.
Address: 85 Lagoon Drive
Phone: 808-836-6273

Oahu is home to the best windsurfing conditions in Hawaii. At Kailua Beach, explore the island’s waters by kayaking and windsurfing with instructors at Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks, Inc. Learn to kayak, windsurf, and kite surf, or brush up on techniques with their expert guides.
Address: 130 Kailua Road
Phone: 808-262-2555

Located in lush Kaaawa Valley with sweeping views of Kaneohe Bay, Kualoa Ranch & Activity Club offers horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and trolley rides to Oahu’s adventure-seeking visitors. Boat across an 800-year-old ancient Hawaiian fishpond to Secret Island to enjoy snorkeling or windsurfing. In ancient times, Kualoa was considered one of the most sacred places on Oahu. In 1850, Dr. Gerrit Judd purchased the land from King Kamehameha III. His son started an early Oahu sugar plantation in 1863 and began a cattle ranch at the turn of the century.
Address: 49-560 Kamehameha Highway
Phone: 808-237-8515

Dart about Hawaiian reefs on the “Wild Thing Reef Explorer”, a high performance glass bottom boat. Snorkel at Hawaii Kai’s Maunalua Bay, populated with green sea turtles, tropical fish and live coral (equipment will be provided). Hawaii Ocean Tours and Adventures offers jet skiing, power boat rides, parasailing, and banana boat/bumper tube rides.
Address: 7192 Kalanianaole Highway
Phone: 808-395-6133

Journey to the windward side of Oahu and enjoy the scenic beauty of the majestic mountains, lush green valleys and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Mauka Makai Excursions offers scenic archaeological and hiking eco-tours of the island. Explore the sacred sites of Oahu and learn about the Hawaiian myths and legends of each location.
Phone: 808-593-3525

See Oahu’s largest waterfall cascading over 1,000 feet into a steep gorge located at a 2,000-foot elevation up in the lush Koolau Mountains, which is inaccessible except by helicopter. During Makani Kai Helicoptor’s popular tour, you will fly past famous filming locations, Koko Crater, Hanauma Bay, Kahana Rain Forest Reserve and big surf beaches including Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline. The tour concludes with a flight over Pearl Harbor’s submarines and historic World War II battle sites.
Address: 110 Kapalulu Place
Phone: 808-834-5813

Sail along the Waikiki coastline and snorkel near picturesque Diamond Head Crater on the Outrigger Catamaran. Snorkels and masks are provided and passengers are supervised by a lifeguard-certified crewmember. Take a ride in an Outrigger Canoe with a Waikiki beach boy and experience the thrill of catching a wave without the surfboard.
Address: 2169 Kalia Road
Phone: 808-923-3111

Located on Oahu's scenic North Shore, the 1,800 Waimea Valley Audubon Center features botanical gardens, wandering peafowl and a 60-foot waterfall, giving visitors interaction with the natural environment.
Address: 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway
Phone: 808-638-9199

The Leeward Coast of Oahu is like a journey to a forgotten land. Experience miles of uninhabited beaches, the most extensive coral systems in the state and pristine areas far off the beaten path with Wild Side Specialty Tours. For the past six years, sailing vessel "Hoa Hele" and her husband and wife crew have been taking researchers, students, naturalists, families, photographers, and small intimate groups of travelers to encounter the coastal marine life. This unique experience contains one of only a few known areas in the world that free-roaming dolphins interact with humans in the water.
Address: 84-829 Moua Street
Phone: 808-306-7273

Article provided courtesy of the Oahu Visitor's Bureau

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