West Side Adventure - Land Tour & Beach Snorkel (from Ko Olina / Waikiki)

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Great tour of the picturesque, less touristy west side of Oahu

Reviewed by: Lorna and Tammy , 2017/08/09

Bob and Akima picked us up at 7.25 am outside Hawaiian Prince Hotel, then picked up 2 other groups of 3 making 8 of us. We drove out of Waikiki for around 20 mins with interesting commentary about Hawaii from Akima before reaching our first stop - a beautiful picturesque beach where it"s possible to see dolphins. Akima spoke Japanese so stayed with the 6 Japanese people leaving Bob to me and my friend. Bob told us a lot about the area and if you want to know more about surfing then Bob's your man. We then moved on to a small group of shops where we bought items for our picnic lunch later.
We next went to a Kaneana,(Makua cave) a very old sea cave with many legends attached to it. Bob was a great storyteller telling us about the legend of the shapeshifter shark man of Makua cave. Then you can explore the cave a bit if you dare!
Next we stopped at the stunning Makaha valley which again has a great legend associated with it and looks like scenery from Kong Island or Jurassic Park.
We were really lucky driving to our next spot as Bob spotted a rare Monk Seal basking on the rocks.
A couple more lovely spots then time for our lunch at Ku'ilioloa Heiau, and then the snorkelling at Pokai Bay. First Bob checked our swimming ability then gave us mask,snorkel and fins plus a life vest. Bob is very patient and stays with you all the time gently encouraging you to explore the sealife. I'm not confident snorkelling but felt very safe with Akima and Bob. We saw corals, beautiful colourful fish and 2 sea turtles.
It was a really great day which we would definitely recommend to anyone wishing to see a much less touristy authentic side of Oahu, the scenery is just beautiful and excellent snorkelling. Many thanks to Akima and Bob who made our day special.



  • can you spot the seal?




  • exploring the cave


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Attended as:Friends
Activity Date:2017/07/31
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Great way to experience the west coast

Reviewed by: Will Maiwald, 2017/07/21

We had Bob take us out to the west coast for the day, he was super knowledgeable about the history of Hawaii and provided a great cultural insight Into the lifestyle of the people.

We visited a magnificent cave, and several picturesque locations, followed up with a snorkel that was really appropriate to our skill level (intermediate).

He took plenty of pictures for us, and it was good to know that the tour went ahead regardless of numbers.

Fantastic day, best one of the holiday yet!


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Attended as:Couples
Activity Date:2017/07/18
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West Side

Reviewed by: HulaHoney, 2017/03/08

I enjoyed the sea cave and the snorkel. Our guide took great measures to ensure our safety while snorkeling. We had a small tour with only 4 people.

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Activity Date:2017/03/02
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The best way to explore the West Side of the Island!

Reviewed by: mblock, 2015/10/28

I had such a wonderful time!

This was the best way to explore the west side of the island, and we visited so many beautiful spots off the beaten path!

Akima and Robert are really good guides and snorkel instructors. They know a lot about the island and gave us rich information about the history of Hawaii, the legends and marine life. They have maps and pictures to illustrate what they are talking about. They are also professional photographers and took many cool pictures for us, including underwater shots. The vehicle was very clean and comfortable and they were on time for pick up.

My favorite time was the snorkel, I am not a good swimmer but the guides made me feel very comfortable and safe.

I would definitely recommend Hawaii Real Nature to everyone visiting Oahu!






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