If you want to explore Hawaii then you should go to Affordable tours and see what they have to offer. There are many tour companys that sells different kind of tours most of them stands on the sidewalks but does not offer so many selections.
At Affordable tours you can combine different tours as you wish and they dont try to sell sell sell as the companys on the sidewalks. And the prices are lower at the Affordable tours then on the sidewalks.
I took several tours with Affordable tours and all of them was great.
The pickups are allways at the hotel your´e staying at (allways on time).
IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ISLAND OF OAHU, THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO TO
Some of their tours
* Circle Island Tour - Exellent guides
* Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City tour - Exellent guides
* Exotic Beach Luau
* Rainforest/Waterfall Adventure
* Fun Snorkel Cruise
* Dolphin & Snorkel Tour
* Atlantis Submarine
* Polynesian Culture Center
* Beau Beau Scuba Diving
* Paradise Cove Luau
* Hanauma Bay Snorkeling
* Waterfall Hiking Tour - See my tip of the Manoa Waterfall, it´s a dream
* Diamond Head Tour - Exellent guides
AND MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE.
One of the most enjoyable tours we took while on O'ahu was the Circle Island Tour from E Noa Tours. Our driver/gude was Shannon O'Brien, and he was incredibly entertaining and enlightening. I'm an avid reader of anything I can get my hands on regarding our vacation spots, but Shannon provided ten times more insight about Hawai'i, O'ahu, and Honolulu than I had garnered in six months of reading. We visited numerous beaches, drove by Diamond Head and through Kahala. Went to the Pali Lookout (not to be missed). Visited the ranch where Jurassic Park and other movies were shot. Stopped by the Dole Plantation. Ate lunch at Koolua Golf Club where Don Ho's parents own the restaurant and much, much more! Tons and Tons of photo ops you might not get otherwise. I strongly and enthusiastically recommend the E Noa Circle Island Tour for any first time visitor to O'ahu. Having said that, I would take the trip again because there's no way you can retain all the information with which you're provided on the tour. And, besides, Shannon is just so darn entertaining!!!!
When the first St Augustine’s church was built in 1901 Catholicism was just beginning to be accepted in Hawaii. The influx of military personnel and tourists called for the construction of a bigger church.
The church has since undergone several restorations the current French-Gothic structure was designed by a local architect named George McLaughlin. Its most striking feature is the green patina copper roof and the Gothic style stained glass (interior views). The south facing entrance features a floor to ceiling 76 feet high by 35 feet wide window depicting St Augustine. Most recently the stained glass has been under restoration; ocean air and the years have taken their toll on the lead frames.
Mass is held daily
Monday - Friday: 7:00am and 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am; 5:00pm (For Sunday)
Sunday: 6:30am, 8:00am, 10:00am and 5:00pm
I didn't use this, but it seems like a good deal. I went out on the public bus etc, but I would probably just join a tour next time.
This tour cost $9.95 and includes; hotel pick-up & return, air-con vans, all equipment, instruction if wanted, ocean coast line tour. It doesn't include the $5 park entry fee.
Tours 4 Less have a range of other tours and their prices seem quite good.
The beautiful Hanauma Bay provides a nice and safe snorkelling spot. The bay is formed by the remains of an old crater. Located north-east of Honolulu it is a State Park wich means you will have to pay an entrance fee (5.- USD) plus extra money for snorkelling gear if you don't bring your own. When entering the place you will have to watch a movie first wich provides some information about the bay itself and its wildlife as well as tips and do's and don'ts.
The beach is a 5 min walk from the entrance down a little slope. If you don't want to walk you can use the shuttle (!) fo 0,50 Cent downwards or 1.- USD upwards. You can see many different species of fish and sea turtles in the water all day long but the best bet is to go early in the morning when the crowds aren't that bad.
Every New Year you can watch fireworks. All people, maybe except those whose room’s windows look at the bay, gather on the beach. Young-age crowd buys own fireworks, so actually fireworks start an hour before midnight. Here you have to be careful, because fire and sparks are everywhere. Many youngsters are already drunk. I wouldn’t say that for me it was the best view before screaming “Happy New Year!” However, the beauty of fireworks paid off my nervousness to be set on fire. To my surprise people watched fireworks in silence. Whether they were tired of their own fireworks, or they didn’t see how people scream in Ukraine, with happiness and excitement. But I will put aside the cultural differences :-)
Paradise Cove is one of the largest and most respected luau shows in Hawai'i. I really liked this Luau better than Germaines Luau. I enjoyed making leis and learning to hula before the Luau began. The food at both Luaus were basically the same: Kalua pig, chicken long rice, steamed white rice, poi and salad. The show was great and definitely something you should do when you come to Hawaii.
This was really nice. It was a cruise around the harbor. There was dinner and dancing and alot of picture taking. I dont remember the cost but it wasnt too expensive. Rob and I took Anthony and he loved it.The food was good and so was the service.
We visited the USS Arizona Memorial one day...we took a bus from Waikiki to Pearl Harbour (it took about an hour). We bought our ticket to the memorial and then looked around the museum for a while as we waited for our turn. The memorial was very interesting and worth having a look at...it was very busy when we were there though!!!
Organise yourself a evening trip on one of the dinner cruises and enjoy seeing the island from a different perspective. The cruise themselves can range from the good to the bad depending on your budget.
But seeing a open water sunset is something to behold.
The tour of the island is worthwhile because eventually you find yourself high above the cloud. It's quite mystical.
A 4 hour tour can take you around to half the island. Seat back and enjoy.
Tours can be booked from anywhere. They're cheap. Also, don't for get to tip your driver.
This is about the only time and place where people are cool with you hanging with their legend. At least no one got there in time to tell me off.
Hanging with the Big Kahuna. You'll be sure not to miss this bronze statue. Take a happy photo with the "man" and don't let and officals stop you.
Kids, try this at home. :-) Or any other opportunity you get.
Monday February 3, 2003
After our daughter's wedding ceremony we got into our limo and went to the ROYAL HAWAIIAN the "Pink Palace" for the LUAU. It was just fabulous. As we waited in the lobby to be seated we were all given Leis and then brought to our reserved table. There was 17 of us all together. The buffet was delicious with typical Hawaiian dishes. The entertainment was awesome with Samoans doing the fire dance and beautiful Polynesian dancers and singers. And to cap it all off ---- an amazing sunset.
Tuesday February 11, 2003
Hans and I got picked up for our SUNSET DINNER CRUISE around 4:30. The driver took us to Fisherman's Wharf where we boarded the STARLET and of course headed for the upper deck. We set sail around 5:30 and dinner was soon served. All-you-can-eat salad bar, Keawe -- grilled steak and fish, vegetables, coffee and coconut ice cream. Unfortunately the sunset was very disappointing - rainy and very cloudy. But the entertainment was good. The staff who waited on us also performed. They sure worked hard those young people. We were back at the Hilton at 8:00 p.m.
Although the sunset wasn't the greatest, we still had good value for the $19.95 US cruise. Transportation from your hotel is extra at $3.00 return per person.
The Waikiki Aquarium was founded in 1904 and is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. It is situated next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline, and locals and visitors alike marvel at this underwater world.
It is home to 2,500 animals representing 429 species, and the Aquarium is proud of its reputation of excellence in coral reef exhibitry.
There is an attraction called "Hunters on the Reef" a 35,000 gallon exhibit which houses Hawaiian sharks and jacks. There is also an "Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat" that houses endangered species found only in the Hawaiian Island and is protected by federal law.
This is a lovely attraction for children and adults alike, and is well worth a visit.
You could combine the two, the zoo and aquarium in the one day
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
Good for: Business
53-567 Kamehameha Hwy, Punaluu, North Shore, Hawaii, United States
Good for: Solo
2584 Lemon Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
Good for: Families