The 10 Best Guided Tours in Hawaii!
From sightseeing tours focused on Hawaii’s natural wonders and charismatic animals to foodie jaunts and family-friendly excursions, the Hawaiian Islands have a massive selection of tours to please any and all visitors. Immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and biodiversity with a variety of tour options available on the different islands throughout this tranquil archipelago.
You really can’t visit Hawaii without getting a chance to see the underwater world teeming with fish, corals, and sponges. The Molokini Crater is one of the best spots in this diverse island state to snorkel or scuba dive. Take a tour to Molokini Crater on the Pride of Maui or Four Winds II for a full day on the water learning about the diverse ocean life.
Splurge on a private helicopter tour over pristine nature and famous coastlines with the highly-rated Mauna Loa tour company. There are tour options for Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island, with different focuses for each tour. Charge your camera and be ready for a tour of a lifetime over Hawaii.
The Pearl Harbor Museum offers select tours of all or parts of Pearl Harbor. One of the most popular tours offered is the Remember Pearl Harbor–Arizona Memorial & Missouri Battleship tour, during which a knowledgeable guide shows you the Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri, and other sites important to Pearl Harbor. This tour also includes a visit to the state capitol, and Punchbowl Cemetery.
For an active and scenic tour, take an ATV trip with Ride the Rim. Explore this former capital and historic residence of Hawaiian kings, set along stunning nature and curved cliffs. An ATV tour allows you to reach difficult spots along this spectacular natural area.
If you are looking for something a bit more romantic than ATVs, how about a horseback tour of Waipio? Allowing you to see this stunning, curved valley at a slower pace, the horseback riding tours lead by Tom’s Barefoot’s Tours are excellent. Tours are narrated to teach visitors about the history of this area. Along the tour, you’ll pass by waterfalls, taro farmland, wild horses, and abundant wildlife.
Any foodies traveling to the Hawaiian Islands soon? Well, Hawaii Food Tours has you covered with food tours designed by Chef Matthew Gray. These tours focus on local specialties and you’ll make numerous stops at famous Hawaiian restaurants along the way. These small group tours will give you a taste of delicious Korean barbecue, Hawaiian pineapple, manapua, dim sum, and more!
This excellent, family-friendly tour will introduce you to the charismatic ocean life in Hawaii’s waters. Spot whales, dolphins, and sea turtles during this exciting tour. Tours also include swimming with dolphins led by the very well-trained staff and other amazing encounters. The staff aim to teach all visitors about the underwater world and how we can work together to protect it.
Get out on the water in your own kayak with a two hour (longer options are available) guided tour. This relaxed time on the water will take you past sea turtle feeding grounds, near bird nesting sites, and to Popoi’a Island. The tour comes with lunch, hotel pick-up, and the option to snorkel.
The Iolani Palace is one of the top sights to see in Honolulu due to its importance during the Hawaiian monarchy. Guided tours are available to take visitors through the lavish staterooms, intricate private quarters, and basement featuring an art gallery and exhibits. If possible, tours should be scheduled in advance.
Kona Coffee has been grown in Hawaii since the 1800s and several plantations exist throughout the islands. Tours of the plantations at Greenwell Farms, including tastings, can be enjoyed for free every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary for these tours and you’ll have the opportunity to see the trees, learn about the coffee making and roasting processes, as well as taste a wide array of coffee types including peaberry and macadamia nut flavored coffee.