Hawaii Shore Excursions
Shore excursions offer an exciting way to experience each Hawaiian island on your itinerary. Here is an overview of the most popular excursions.
Note: Not all cruise lines offer all excursions listed.
Hawaii is known for its superb whale-watching opportunities. Every winter, from November to May, humpback whales migrate from their feeding grounds in Alaska to breed in the Hawaii's warmer waters, allowing tourists and locals the chance to witness these majestic creatures up close. Whale-watching excursions are available from most ports on the islands.
Tour Pearl Harbor
Honor the courage of WWII U.S. servicemen at Pearl Harbor during a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, which spans the sunken remains of the USS Arizona. Other historic sites that may be included on this tour include the USS Missouri Monument, Punchbowl National Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Climb Aboard a Submarine
Descend 100 feet into the depths of Hawaiian waters in an Atlantis Submarine. Learn about the underwater world and view exotic marine life through the sub's large portholes while visiting sunken shipwrecks and other artificial reefs. Submarine tours depart from Maui, the Big Island and Oahu.
Take a Helicopter Ride
Fly above breathtaking landscapes on a helicopter ride. Experience amazing views and be ready for great photo ops as you get a bird's-eye view of Hawaii's volcanoes, waterfalls, rainforest, rugged cliffs and pristine beaches. Helicopter tours are popular on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.
Go to a Luau
Celebrate Aloha-style at an authentic luau complete with hula dancers, fire poi ball twirlers, storytelling, traditional music and a lavish feast of Hawaiian delicacies.
Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center
Immerse yourself in South Pacific customs and folklore at Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center, which represents various island cultures including those of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Tahiti and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Let native guides introduce you to the diversity of Polynesian culture while touring island villages, where you can learn the art of fire-knife dancing, become an expert coconut husker or get a henna tattoo.
Hike to a Waterfall
Set out on a guided hike from the pastures of the Princeville Ranch, through Kauai's tropical forest and down to the base of a 100-foot waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch while basking in the sun and refresh yourself in the cool waters at the foot of the cascading falls.
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
Experience an underwater adventure in the clear, warm waters of Hawaii. A variety of snorkeling excursions are available, including trips to the Molokini Crater (known for its tropical fish and coral reef) and Turtle Town (where you might encounter endangered green sea turtles). Certified scuba divers have the opportunity to explore lava tubes and reefs while keeping an eye out for an array of exotic fish such as parrotfish, manta rays and occasionally dolphins. Not certified? Test the waters with the Discover Scuba program, which allows noncertified divers to learn the basics and try out diving with the guidance of an experienced PADI instructor.
Take a Surfing Lesson
There's no better place to learn to surf than in what's widely known as the birthplace of surfing! Get a safety orientation and basic lesson from an experienced instructor, then head out and try to catch a wave on your own.
See a Volcano
Experience one of Hawaii's biggest attractions in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visitors can walk through a lava tube, see the steaming Halemaumau Crater or bike Kilauea -- a volcano that's been erupting since the 1980s. Let a guide enchant you with tales of Madame Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, while you take in impressive panoramic views or check out a working seismograph at the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum.
Stroll Through a Tropical Garden
Journey to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, located on the Big Island on Onomea Bay, home to more than 2,000 species of tropical plant life from all over the world. Stroll past gurgling streams and beautiful waterfalls while identifying exotic flowers and greenery.
Golf on Award-Winning Courses
Perfect your game at one of the islands' stunning golf courses -- try Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course, or Oahu's top-rated Ko'olau.