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
Address: 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
Dangle from a parachute and float through the air, above the
ocean and over
the Waikiki coastline with Aloha Parasail.
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.
Address: 377 Keahole Street, E-101
AquaZone (Outrigger Waikiki Hotel)
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue
Address: 3014 Kaimuki Avenue
Address: 62-595 Kamehameha Highway
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Address: 2947 Kalakaua Avenue
Hawaiian Fire Surf School
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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