Cruise Ship Passengers
If you are extending your stay with extra days in Honolulu before or after your cruise, you can attend any of the Oahu Luau and Shows.
The decision on which luau to attend for a first-time Oahu visitor? Well, our first piece of advice is to get out of Waikiki for a real luau experience. Waikiki offers a few luau shows, but there is something about being surrounded by giant high-rise hotels that fails to “transport” you back to the Hawaii of yesterday … and that is the whole point of a luau. Both of the luaus we offer are found on the island’s West side, which has a drier climate and allows these outdoor events to operate on nights when it might be raining on the windward side of the island.
Each of these luaus has its own strengths. For Paradise Cove, the very best feature of this luau is their amazing oceanfront setting which is incorporated into the experience before dinner with canoe paddling and pulling a fishing net from the ocean. It’s a truly lovely setting. The Chief’s Luau features a show that is headlined by Chief Sielu, unquestionably the most entertaining, educating, and FUN luau host the world has ever known.
Whichever luau you decide, we recommend that you leave the driving to them if you are coming from Waikiki. The Chief’s Luau offers round trip transportation from Waikiki for an extra $18 per person. Toddlers 4 and under are free. The Paradise Cove Luau offers round-trip from Waikiki for $13 per person.
The Magic of Polynesia is a fun show located at the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, centrally located in Waikiki at 2300 Kalakaua Avenue, within walking distance of most hotels. It’s an entertaining evening, and this show has been an iconic part of Hawaii for decades. It doesn’t substitute for a luau, but it’s a great entertainment choice for another night during your vacation.