Beyond surfing, you can explore the ocean by taking a group outrigger canoe ride off of Waikiki Beach. If you’re looking for something fun for the whole family to do, try snorkeling and swimming at one of Oahu’s many beautiful beaches. Take a sunset cruise or sailing excursion and you might spot a humpback breach during whale watching season (December through May). Sports fisherman can also charter a boat and fish for Pacific Blue Marlin, Ahi (yellowfin tuna), Ono (wahoo) or Mahimahi.
Satisfy your sporty side with other water activities in Oahu, including jet-skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding and bodyboarding (boogie boarding). Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)—where surfers stand on a larger board using a paddle to maneuver—has also become a popular alternative to surfing in the islands. With so many exciting activities, you'll understand why adventure thrives in the deep blue Pacific surrounding Oahu.
Ocean Conservation & Safety
Oahu Travel Tips: Ocean Conservation
Oahu is known for many things, including beautiful marine life. Local ocean conservationist, Ocean Ramsey, has a few tips on how to keep these creatures safe, while visiting the island’s many beaches
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If anyone knows about ocean safety, it’s world champion surfer Duane Desoto. As an Oahu local, he helps visitors enjoy the island’s many beautiful beaches while also keeping their safety top of mind.
"This short stretch of coast has more than 20 breaks gentle enough for the novice or just tricky enough for the experienced surfer. The waters are warm. The waves are forgiving and long enough to let you go the distance. Every visitor to Oahu should ride a wave."
Swim with wild dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat in Hawaii. Then enjoy ocean activities, including a 20-foot waterslide! Tour includes hula entertainment and a taro bun cheeseburger lunch. This dolphin encounter is an adventure you’ll never forget.
Atlantis Submarines offers a one-of-a-kind underwater experience off the shorelines of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, giving guests a close-up view of an array of marine life, exotic tropical reefs and numerous sunken vessels.
Swim alongside dolphins and snorkel through the clear waters of Oahu’s western shores with pods of 30 to 100 spinner dolphins. We’re taking you on an unforgettable journey to the sea, where you’ll learn about Hawaii’s culture, traditions, and ocean environment.
Ashlee is a Hawaii-loving Aussie. After clocking up over forty incredible trips to Hawaii she followed her heart and moved to Honolulu. She's a serial Hawaiian Island traveller, Airbnb Superhost in Waikiki and Founder of The Hawaii Admirer travel website. Her insider knowledge will help you dream about, plan and book your next Hawaii holiday!
Escape the crowds and join us on private cruise you won’t soon forget. Go faster and farther than anyone else in town on a private charter for spectacular coastal sightseeing tours, incredible sea life (turtles, fish, dolphins, and whales—in season), and snorkeling. The adventure is up to you!
We are a 5 STAR PADI professional development center that offers scuba certification to all walks of life. Our dive shop accommodates a huge selection of scuba, snorkeling and spearfishing equipment. We also have our own dive boat that is located at the Ala Wai boat harbor in the heart of Waikiki.