While the magnificent Sacred Falls is one of those unique, isolated places that can only be viewed from the air, many other sites from the helicopter tour can be revisited by foot if desired. Get an up close and personal look at some of these popular Oahu sites when you further explore them from the ground!
The Dole Pineapple Plantation offers fun for the whole family, with a vast garden, a maze, and a train tour. Take a walking tour of the gardens, where you’ll examine not only pineapple plants, but also coffee, cacao pods (chocolate), and more! Visitors can literally get lost in the world of pineapples when they enter the pineapple maze, which stretches over 3 acres. Find eight different stations as you work your way out of the maze along 2.5 miles of paths. This botanical maze creates a fun family and team building experience! History buffs and children will appreciate the express train tour, where you can enjoy a 20-minute ride on nostalgic open-air train cars, hearing the history of the plantation and taking in the North Shore scenery.
While on the North Shore, make a stop at the famed Pipeline and Waimea Bay beaches. Banzai Pipeline is known for its perfect barreling waves which should only be attempted by highly experienced surfers. The surf is usually up during winter months, but even non-surfers can enjoy the sights and excitement at Pipeline. Settle in a spot set back from the waterline and gain a new appreciation for the sport! Similarly, nearby Waimea Bay also offers up legendary waves in winter. During summer months, both beaches are more accessible for swimming and boogie boarding.
Whether you want to make a trip to the North Shore to explore some of these sights up close, or you simply want to enjoy the beauty of Oahu’s sunny western coast, there are plenty of options for activities on Oahu. With a helicopter tour that conveniently departs from Ko Olina, as well as boat tours and other excursions that leave from this area, Oahu’s west coast resort area of Ko Olina makes a great home base for your Oahu stay. Explore the manicured grounds where you’ll find calm beach lagoons, swimming pools, world class golf, and upscale shops and restaurants. Whether from the air or on the ground, it’s easy to get out and explore Oahu from Ko Olina!
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