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Best Water Attractions in Honolulu

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As one of the largest ocean activity providers on the island, Hawaii Nautical is your go-to for unforgettable adventures and memories that will last a lifetime. Hop aboard one of their vessels and get ready to dive into the crystal clear waters to discover the beautiful marine animals that call Hawaii home. From snorkeling with turtles through coral reefs, sunset sailing dinner cruises, whale and dolphin watching, to private charters, scuba diving, and fireworks, Hawaii Nautical has activities for the whole family to enjoy. This ocean adventure company operates out of various harbors on the island, so you'll be sure to find one close to you. Check out the website or give them a call to learn more about the seemingly endless options of seafaring fun.

Famed for its beautiful horseshoe-shaped sandy beach and clear, calm turquoise waters, this natural marine sanctuary is home to thousands of colorful tropical fish. The waist-deep water inside the reef is perfect for novice snorkelers to explore. More experienced snorkelers might want to check with the lifeguard before venturing beyond to deeper waters to see sea turtles and other marine life. The Bay is least crowded in the early morning or late afternoon.

Tucked in the back of lush Manoa Valley is Manoa waterfall, which is commonly thought to be one of the most beautiful sights of O'ahu. It rushes over a precipice and drops 100 feet to the pool below. The briskly cold water makes a refreshing change from the Hawaiian air. The hike to the waterfall takes approximately an hour and is not particularly difficult. The trail can get slippery during the rain, but on sunny days, it's clearly marked and easy to follow.

Few beaches have been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination. Upon seeing the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, there won't be any question why this beach is so popular. If that wasn't enough, the beach is also one of the best places to surf on the island. During the night, visitors strut their clubwear on the beachwalk, and lovers find peaceful little nooks under the cover of sweeping palm trees. Affording scenic views of the Diamond Head, the beach exists quite in tandem with Hawaii's laid-back spirit.

For a real underwater adventure that doesn't even get you wet, take an excursion in a 100-foot (30.48 meters) passenger submarine. At 160 tons, this air-conditioned giant is decked out with special ports for viewing the coral and sea life as far as 150 feet (45.72 meters) below the surface. Tours depart daily from the pier across from the Hilton. Various cruises are available for booking including the Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise and the Premium Submarine Tour.

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