Honolulu is both the capital and most populated city of Hawaai. In the Hawaiian language, honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter." The city was settled by Polynesian migrants, but it is not known when they first made the area their home. The turbulent late 19th century and early 20th century saw the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, Hawaii's subsequent annexation by the United States, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, all keeping Honolulu the main seaport of the Hawaiian Islands.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Enjoy discovering the magnificent sights of Oahu from the unique perspective of seeing it from above.
Board your van at the pier and transfer to the helicopter base where upon arrival, you will check in and receive a safety briefing. Climbing aboard your helicopter, you will settle in and then soar upward into the skies above Honolulu.
Your amazing flight-seeing tour begins with a beautiful view of placid Keehi Lagoon and continues over historic Honolulu Harbor. Here, you will see Aloha Tower, once the tallest structure on the island, as well your cruise ship resting in its berth. Next, you will fly over downtown Honolulu which features the only royal palace in the country and then it's up to Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific which rests high above the city.
You'll fly above Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and world-famous Waikiki Beach. Beyond Waikiki, you will see Diamond Head crater from a dramatic perspective, as well as the "Gold Coast" where millionaires make their homes, and spectacular Hanauma Bay. Rounding the east end of the island, you'll view a more rugged coastline that opens to inviting Sandy Beach and the landmark Makapuu Point and lighthouse. Your aerial tour continues over Sea Life Park, the estate where TV's Magnum P.I. was filmed, and miles of tempting white sand beach.
Next you will fly over the gorgeous coral formations of Kaneohe Bay, distinctive Chinaman’s Hat, and then up into “Jurassic Park” valley, where scenes from a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed. The highlight of the tour is Sacred Falls, a splendid 1,000-foot cascade.
After viewing the falls you will fly over the Polynesian Cultural Center, one of Hawaii’s most popular visitor attractions, and the Mormon Temple in Laie. You’ll also see Turtle Bay, the aquaculture farms and Kahuku Point. Don’t be surprised if you see humpback whales offshore here during the winter months.
Next, it's the storied North Shore and a dramatic view of world-renowned surfing spots including Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea Bay. On your way over Oahu’s Central Plain, you’ll see the Dole Pineapple maze and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty. Then, the aircraft will head south through the Kolekole Pass, where Japanese warplanes flew on their date with destiny back in 1941. You’ll see the Four Seasons, Disney's Aulani Resort and Ko Olina Resort and then fly over the deep draft harbor at Barber’s Point. Your tour concludes with a panoramic vista of Pearl Harbor.
Touching back down at the helicopter base, your van awaits to transfer you back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes a very limited amount of walking. This tour is accessible to persons with disabilities and the van can accommodate motorized wheelchairs. The tour operator also has an electric lift to assist getting into the helicopter. Light-weight, casual clothing; sunglasses and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Due to FAA regulations, all guests will be weighed upon check in at the heliport and you must provide your weight to the Destination Services team at least 48-hours before your tour departs. In the interest of safety and comfort, guests weighing in excess of 250 lbs must purchase an additional seat. Total flight time is approximately 60-minutes. Personalized DVDs are available for purchase from the helicopter operator.
This unique journey of discovery allows you to encounter the abundant gifts of nature and tumultuous volcanic past that have shaped the Oahu of today.
Starting off from the pier, you will first traverse the busy city of Honolulu, en route to the crater at Diamond Head. Upon arrival, you will hear captivating stories about the origins and history of this world-famous landmark, all while standing within its extinct volcanic crater.
From Diamond Head, you will next journey along the southern coast to Hanauma Bay, which was created by an ancient eruption. During your stop, your guide will explain the Bay's origins and history as you savor its stark beauty.
Continuing on, you will make your way to the famous Halona Point blowhole, where seawater pushing through a volcanic vent erupts into a large fountain. Be sure to keep a close watch for the giant Humpback Whales that occasionally frequent these waters. A short distance away you will find the Makapu'u Lookout, with its incredible panoramic views. Learn about this area's volcanic origins as your expert guide points out its many interesting bird and plant species.
A dramatic change in the island's topography can be observed as you travel toward the windward coast. While pausing at a former war temple, now a wonderfully preserved archaeological site, your guide will explain many of the important food plants of the early Hawaiians.
Before returning to the ship, a final stop will be made at the Pali Lookout located high in the Koolau Mountains. Although often windswept and cloud-covered, the views are nonetheless magnificent and provide an unforgettable grand finale to your excursion.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of easy walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays so calls on that day will be a drive-by visit only.
Experience the marvelous underwater world of Oahu from the comfort of an Atlantis Submarine, the world's largest fleet of hi-tech passenger submarines! If you haven't been to the bottom of the ocean before, this tour is one you won't want to miss!
Your adventure begins with a transfer from the ship to Waikiki's Hilton Hawaiian Village where you will be escorted to the Atlantis Pier. Here, you will receive an informational briefing before boarding the Atlantis shuttle vessel for a 15-minute boat ride to the Atlantis dive site. Along the way, enjoy some wonderful scenic views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
Arriving at the dive site, you will transfer to your submarine where you will embark on an amazing undersea experience. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is without a doubt, an adventure by itself. To add to this unforgettable experience, just imagine the marine life you will see up close and the Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to wide variety of Hawaiian fish, coral and turtles.
Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis Submarines is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life and submersibles, all while visiting sunken shipwrecks, an airplane and some artificial reefs. During your dive, the friendly Atlantis crew will happily share their love of the ocean with you.
With a spacious air-conditioned interior, large view ports and comfortable seating, this one-of-a-kind submarine allows you fabulous access to Hawaii's incredible sea life.
When your submarine adventure comes to its end, you will shuttle back to the Atlantis pier where your trolley awaits to bring you back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes a very limited amount of walking. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as participants must be able to make their own way into and out of the transfer vessel and there is a 7-step ladder to negotiate to enter and leave the submarine. Light-weight, casual clothing, and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a rubber sole are suggested. To experience color changes at various depths, guests may choose to wear clothes with red or florescent colors. The minimum height requirement to participate in the tour is 36 inches. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on the shuttle vessel. This tour may not be exclusive to Regent Seven Seas guests.
Travel off the beaten path and discover the scenic and cultural attractions of Oahu's remarkable North Shore on this excursion.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will start your tour with a 30-minute drive over the Ko'olau Mountains to the Island's windward side and the fabled Valley of the Temples. Here, lying at the base of 2,000 ft. high lush green cliffs, you will find the picturesque Byodo-In Temple. The Temple was built in the 1960's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant workers in Hawaii. Today, the Temple may be recognized by some as one of the locations featured in the television show 'Lost'.
Continuing on, you will follow the scenic shoreline past China Man's Hat and Kahana Bay to Malaekahana State Beach Park, renowned for its native plant and seabird species. Beyond here is Kahuku, home of the North Shore shrimp farms. Here, you’ll stop at one of the locals' favorite shrimp trucks for some delicious locally farmed Garlic Shrimp, Fish or Chicken Plate and Hawaiian style shaved ice. Leaving Kahuku behind, it's on to world-famous Sunset Beach for a photo stop at this picturesque beach celebrated for its legendary towering waves that occur here during the winter months.
Your tour next travels to Haleiwa Beach Park, one of many surf breaks on the North Shore which make up a strip of what many surfers call “the 7 mile miracle”. After a stop for photos, you'll make your way south through the historic village of Haleiwa, colorful home to surfers, artists and craftspeople. Your route through this area of the Island offers up extensive views of pineapple fields and a final stop will be made at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.
Following your brief stop at the plantation, you will return directly to the cruise ship pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of easy walking/standing, although there is some uneven terrain and sandy surfaces to negotiate at the beach stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.