Here is Hawaii's only true metropolis, its seat of government, center of commerce and shipping, entertainment and recreation mecca, a historic site, and an evolving urban area—conflicting roles that engender endless debate and controversy. For the visitor, Honolulu is an everyman's delight: hipsters and scholars, sightseers and foodies, nature lovers and culture vultures all can find their bliss.Once there was the broad bay of Mamala and the narrow inlet of Kou, fronting a dusty plain occupied by a few thatched houses and the great Pakaka heiau (shrine). View more
“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.
Experience the beauty of Oahu from a bird's eye view as you soar over the island's most famous sites.
Meet your driver at the pier and travel for about 20 minutes to the heliport. Here you will be given a safety briefing before climbing aboard your helicopter.
Take to the skies as your adventure begins with a beautiful view of placid Keehi Lagoon and continues over historic Honolulu Harbour. Here you see Aloha Tower, once the tallest structure on the island, as well the cruise ship. Next is downtown Honolulu, featuring the only royal palace in the country. Above the city stands Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The tour continues with views of Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, the Ala Wai Yacht Harbour and Waikiki Beach. Beyond, gaze at Diamond Head crater from a dramatic perspective, the 'Gold Coast' where millionaires make their homes, and spectacular Hanauma Bay. Rounding the east end of the island, look at the rugged coastline, inviting Sandy Beach, and Makapuu Point and lighthouse. Soar over Sea Life Park, the estate where TV's Magnum P.I. was filmed, and miles of white sand beach.
Your flight continues on above the powdery white sands of Waimanalo Beach, 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 shear and splendid 1,000-foot (305-metre) cascade.
After viewing the falls, fly over the Polynesian Cultural Centre, one of Hawaii's most popular visitor attractions, and the Mormon Temple in Laie you will view Turtle Bay, the aquaculture farms, and Kahuku Point.
Fly along the storied North Shore, with a dramatic view of world-renowned surfing spots including Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea Bay. On your way over Oahu's Central Plain, wonder at 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. View the Ihilani and Ko Olina Resorts, and then fly over the deep draft harbour at Barber's Point.
Your aerial tour concludes with a panoramic vista of Pearl Harbour before touching down at the heliport. The return drive takes you to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Participants requiring special assistance are asked to advise the Shore Concierge Staff upon embarking the ship. A van that will accommodate electric wheelchairs and a custom designed lift to facilitate loading into and unloading from the aircraft is available with advance notice. Tour requires a minimum and maximum of 6 guests per helicopter to operate. Seating is based on weight and balance of participants and seating is at the discretion of the pilot. Seats adjacent to a window cannot be guaranteed. Please provide your accurate weight to the Shore Concierge Staff upon embarking the ship. FAA regulations require all guests to be weighed upon check in at the heliport. In the interest of passenger safety and comfort, guests weighing in excess of 250 lbs. (113 kilograms/17.8 stone) may be charged an additional fee equal to one-half the regular fare for a comfort seat. Guests weighing in excess of 300 lbs. (136 kg/17.8 stone) will be charge for two full seats. Tour flight time is approximately 60 minutes. Optional personalised DVDs are available for purchase. Bring local currency or credit cards. Wind and weather can change flight patterns and itinerary may change. Tour can be cancelled upon short notice.
Discover Hawaii's past during this exciting, fun and educational tour of the world famous Diamond Head Crater.
Begin your adventure with a short drive from the pier to Diamond Head Crater where you will receive a brief introductory talk by a trained nature guide. Learn about the fascinating volcanic creation, Hawaiian history, European discovery, origin of the famous name, and modern day military use of the 'Gibraltar of the Pacific'. You are also offered interesting information about Hawaii's native bird and plant species.
Head out on your hike escorted by your naturalist guide on a 45-minute walk that ascends to the 763' (232.5m) summit. Along the way, stop at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200-foot (61-metre) tunnel and climbing a spiral staircase imparts a sense of adventure. When reaching the summit visitors are thrilled by the incredible 360° panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific ocean below.
Following your photo opportunity on the summit (approximately 15 minutes), your guide will lead you on your descent back to the crater floor. A 30-minute drive takes you back to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking of which at least 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometres) is up a mild incline. Guests must be able to walk comfortably uphill on uneven, but maintained, trails to an elevation change of 561ft (171m). There are two steep concrete stairways of 74 steps and 99 steps separated by a passage through a lighted 225-foot (69-metere) long narrow tunnel. Guests will have to exit to the exterior of the crater through a narrow passageway. Trail length is 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometres) round trip. Actual walking time is approximately 1.5 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility; it is recommended to those who are physically fit only. Wear comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes) and note the trail is not shaded, be prepared for the heat with sun protection, hats, and additional water.
Enjoy the North Shore the way the residents of Oahu do during this full-day island outing.
This excursion is led by a trained naturalist who will provide interesting and fun information about Hawaii's birds, plants, geology, geography, history, marine biology and oceanography throughout your adventure
From the cruise ship pier, drive over the extremely scenic but most expensive freeway ever built, H3, to the Valley of the Temples and visit the picturesque Byodo Temple located at the base of stunning 2,000-foot (609- metre) lush green cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.
Then, travel north along the scenic shores past Chinaman's Hat and Kahana Bay to Kahuku, home of the North Shore shrimp farms. Stop at one of the locals' favourite shrimp trucks for some delicious locally farmed Garlic Shrimp, Fish or Chicken Plate, and Hawaiian-style shaved ice.
After lunch a short drive brings you to beautiful Sunset Beach. This beach is famous for its towering surf during the winter months and is the location of many International surf contests.
Drive on 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'. Afterwards, travel south through the historic village of Haleiwa, colourful home to surfers, artists, and craftspeople.
There are extensive views of pineapple fields en route to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Once a fruit stand, this working plantation sells approximately 3,500 pineapples a week. Enjoy a brief stop here, before returning directly to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour involves a panoramic drive with a moderate amount of walking and some steps to climb to the various stops. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to get on and off the coach with minimal assistance; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Wear seasonal clothing, comfortable shoes and sun protection. Bring local currency or credit cards for any souvenir purchases.
Indulge you senses with the irresistible flavours, aromas and sights of scenic Oahu during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Waialua Sugar Mill & Coffee-Tasting
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Waialua. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Waialua Sugar Mill and participate in a special tasting of their rare, aromatic Oahu-grown coffee. Following your tour and tasting, some free time is made available for shopping at your leisure. Leaving Waialua, re-board your coach and drive through the colourful art and surfing town of Haleiwa, then along the picturesque North Shore coastline en route to Shark's Cove.
Shark's Cove, Kahuku Farms and Country Café Lunch
Upon arrival at Shark's Cove, a photo stop is made for spectacular panoramic vistas over the coast and Pacific Ocean. Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed for a naturally delicious, farm-to-table lunch with a freshly-made tropical smoothie at the Kahuku Farms and Country Café. After lunch, take a guided stroll at Kahuku Farms, one of the most beautiful on Oahu's North Shore, and learn about the history, people and crops of this special place.
Manoa Chocolate Factory & Tasting
Next, a visit is made to the Manoa Chocolate Factory. During your guided walking tour, see and learn about the production of their distinctive island chocolates, which are made with cacao purchased directly from organic farm cooperatives in Mexico and Hawaii. The cacao is then crafted from bean-to-bar in small batches. Observe how Manoa chocolates are made through the crushing, winnowing and conching processes, join in a chocolate tasting and browse the gift shop. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 481 yards (about 440 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 11 steps at the Manoa Chocolate Factory. Walking at the Waialua Sugar Mill, Kahuku Farms, Manoa Chocolate Factory is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Step back in time as you visit the historic highlights of the fifteen hundred year old Kingdom of Hawaii during this half-day adventure to see the crown jewels of this former sovereign nation.
Depart the pier aboard your coach. Traveling into the lush Nuuanu Valley, your first stop is Queen Emma's Summer Palace. Queen Emma was the wife of King Kamehameha IV. Born in 1836, she was descended from Hawaiian chieftains and John Young, an Englishman who became friend and advisor to King Kamehameha I. Her summer retreat contains Victorian and Hawaiian treasures and rare artefacts and personal memorabilia of Hawaii's royalty.
Next, drive through a tropical rainforest, en route to the world famous Pali Lookout. The Nu'uanu Pali was the site of the Battle of Nu'uanu, one of the most important battles in Hawaiian history, in which Kamehameha I conquered the island of O'ahu, bringing it under his rule. After driving through a spectacular tree-tunnel, arrive at Hawaii's sacred Royal Mausoleum, 'Mauna Al', the final resting place of six of the kingdom's last eight ruling monarchs.
A guided tour inside a true Hawaiian national treasure, Iolani Palace follows. This is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States and was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs--King Kalakaua, who built the Palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili`uokalani . Additional sites of interest include the legendary King Kamehameha's statue and unique Kawaiahao Church, 'the Westminster Abbey of Hawaii'.
Your look at Hawaii's royal history concludes at the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of easy walking for a distance of approximately 180 yards (160 metres) over about 1 hour. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, able to climb steps and embark/debark the coach with minimal assistance. Wear seasonal clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a camera.
Experience the spectacular natural beauty and highlights of Oahu during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Hanauma Bay and Diamond Head
Depart the pier for the short, scenic drive to the world-renowned Diamond Head, an extinct volcano whose calcite crystals in the lava rock resemble diamonds. After a photo stop overlooking the volcanic crater, re-board your coach and continue past the residential area of Kahala en route to breath-taking Hanauma Bay, a curved bay formed when the side of a crater collapsed thousands of years ago. Upon arrival, another photo stop is made for expansive views over its pristine, white-sand beaches and crystalline blue waters. A marine preserve, this protected cove features a large, rich coral reef that is home to an amazing array of sea-life.
Haloa Blowhole, Makapu'u Lighthouse
Next, re-board your coach and drive past Haloa Point, then proceed for a photo stop at the famous Haloa Blowhole. Here, when tide conditions are right, waves surging through a submerged lava tube erupt in a spectacular geyser of seawater. In addition, keep a keen eye out for a glimpse of giant humpback whales that frequent the waters here from December through May, and green sea turtles year-round. Leaving the Haloa Blowhole, re-board your coach and proceed for a photo stop at the Makapu'u Lookout. Take in dramatic views overlooking the prominent lighthouse and cliffs, which rise approximately 647 feet (about 192 metres) above sea level and were created as the result of several lava flows.
Following your visit, re-board your coach and ascend to higher elevations for breath-taking views of the island's lush windward side from the Pali Lookout, located in the rugged Ko'olau Mountains. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 481 yards (about 275 metres), at times over slight inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Ths tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, but is not recommended for guests with a fear of heights. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour.
Experience an unforgettable luau featuring traditional Hawaiian food, entertainment and fun during this half-day evening excursion to Paradise Cove.
Private Beach Estate, Lei Greeting, Mai Tai, and Island Games, Crafts and Activities
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to an approximately 12-acre (about 4.8-hectare) private beach estate. Upon arrival, receive a lei greeting, then walk to the estate's secluded beach for a refreshing Mai Tai drink. Afterward, discover the traditions of ancient Hawaii by taking part in authentic island games, crafts and activities.
'Shower of Flowers', 'Hukilau on the Beach', Net-Fishing Techniques and Imu Ceremony
Following the delightful 'Shower of Flowers', participate in the 'Hukilau on the Beach' and learn the net-fishing techniques of ancient Hawaii. Next, be seated and enjoy the time-honoured techniques of underground oven cooking at an Imu Ceremony in the estate's Imu Amphitheatre.
Paradise Cove Luau, and Hawaiian and Polynesian Singing and Dancing
As the sun melts into the sea, proceed to the Paradise Cove Luau, a traditional Hawaiian luau. Afterward, sit back and be amazed whilst award-winning performers entertain you with an unforgettable display of Hawaiian and Polynesian songs and dances. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 166 yards (about 152 metres), at times over uneven and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a sweater or light jacket is recommended. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour is not exclusive for Silversea guests.
Relive moments in history with a visit to Pearl Harbour and the Arizona Memorial. A panoramic drive through the Punchbowl crater and the city of Honolulu with her historic sights completes this half-day overview tour.
Arizona Memorial Visitors Centre
From the pier, the coach takes you to Pearl Harbour. Arriving at the Arizona Memorial Visitors Centre, view a film, depicting the events of the 1941 attack. Afterwards, board a Navy launch for the short ride to the Memorial itself and then disembark for an unforgettable experience. Approximately 2.5 hours is allocated for your stay at the memorial centre; this can vary, based on the volume of visitors. After the motor launch returns you to the Centre, re-board the coach.
Your sightseeing tour continues through downtown Honolulu and its authentic Chinatown district. View Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil. Built in 1882, this elegant building served as the official residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii's last monarchs. Drive past Kawaiahao Church, the impressive King Kamehameha Statue, Honolulu City Hall, the Hawaii State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, and the quaint homes of the early missionaries. Next, make your way to the Punchbowl Crater.
Located at the top of the Punchbowl Crater's rim, or 'Hill of Sacrifice' as it was known in ancient times, the Punchbowl Cemetery became the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and the final resting place for the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. More than 33,000 bodies are interred here, including some of those who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbour. Experience the serenity of the Punchbowl National Cemetery, featuring the 'Courts of the Missing', the chapel, and detailed mosaic maps of the Pacific theatres in action in World War II and Korea. This scenic drive through the expansive Punchbowl Crater is highlighted by panoramic vistas over Honolulu.
Afterwards, return to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking at the Arizona Memorial Centre; it is suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes; swim suits and tank tops are not permitted on the Arizona Memorial. Due to Pearl Harbour and Arizona Memorial guest volume, tour may be shorter or longer than the advertised 6 hour duration. Arizona tour is 1.25 hours including video and shuttle to Memorial and an additional hour is allocated to view exhibits at visitor's centre. The National Park regulates all activities at Pearl Harbour. We thank you for your understanding. No bags are allowed within the Arizona Memorial Visitor Centre; cameras are welcomed without their case. This tour requires a minimum number of participants to operate. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Arizona Memorial Centre. Please bring local currency.