Makapu‘u marks the rugged and dry eastern tip of O‘ahu.

Whale-Watching on O‘ahu

Humpback whales routinely frequent O‘ahu waters during their Hawaii stay from October to March. Once in the shallow waters, they engage in mating behaviors and give birth to massive calves. Fortunately for whale-watchers, humpback whales like to congregate in the waters from Makapu‘u to Koko Head, and swim very close to shore as they pass by.

View of the ocean stretching to the horizon as seen from Diamond Head summit on Oahu.

Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching in Waikiki

If you know where to go, biking around Waikiki can be a great alternative to searching out parking. There’s also one truly excellent bird-watching spot, and you won’t need a pair of hiking boots during your stay even if you do plan on trekking the two trails on offer.

A pod of spinner dolphins photographed underwater.

Dolphin Swims and Whale-Watching Trips in Kona

Many of the kayaking and snorkeling trips in Kona offer dolphin options, but for an unforgettable experience, stick with outfitters and excursions that are fully dedicated to dolphin swims or whale watches. Here are three favorites, their focus, and why they’re so great.