Shane Nelson
Shane Nelson

Luxury travelers interested in learning more about Oahu’s off-the-beaten-path treasures might want to consider a stay at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, where they can book a range of private and customizable activities showcasing some of the island’s best-kept secrets.

Billed as Trump Experiences, the high-rise Waikiki condo hotel’s private activities cover everything from a hosted surf safari to food and shopping tours or private hiking and photography excursions.

“We have very, very discriminating guests, and we like to cater to their every need,” Dennis Noah, the assistant chef concierge for the Trump International Hotel Waikiki, told Travel Weekly.

“They’re unique packages,” he continued. “And I think the selling point really is they’re private and 100% custom. It’s almost like an open-ended tour, [and] if there’s a specific spot, for example, on the photo tour that guests really wanted to take pictures, then they could absolutely go there.”

Generally designed for just one or two people, the high-end tours range in price from about $150 per person up to $1,500 a person for the Trump Waikiki’s surf safari, a full-day excursion offering experienced surfers access to some of Oahu’s frequently less-crowded but more challenging breaks.

“We take people wherever best suits their experience level,” Noah said of the surf tour. “But we want to be sure to get them out of Waikiki, which may mean up to the North Shore, and make sure they really enjoy their time.”

Noah added that the completely customizable surf safari includes all transportation with a local expert and not only offers folks a chance to surf but also sightseeing, maybe a little hiking, meals and a great way to recover after a busy day of paddling.

“At the end of the day, we’ll end things with a 60-minute Hawaiian healing ocean rejuvenation massage,” Noah said, noting that guests can head over to the hotel spa after the safari or enjoy the treatment in their guestroom.

While the Trump Waikiki’s surf experience is an example of a highly specialized excursion for a very specific market, Noah said that the photography, cultural, hiking and food tours are typically the most popular, and each option aims to show guests less-visited highlights of the island.

“And who doesn’t love food?” he said. “We actually get a pretty good amount of food tour inquiries. The minimum for those is two participants, but the max is four, [and] the reason we ask for at least two is all the restaurants the tours visit are family-style, so everything is made to share.”

Local favorites like Yogurstory or Tae’s Teppanyaki are often featured restaurants on walking tours of either Honolulu’s Chinatown or Ala Moana districts. Other customizable experiences include ocean sailing, private shopping or golfing trips and even cultural experiences like working in a local taro patch.

Noah notes that while the tours are not necessarily a new option, the 462-room Trump Waikiki has recently made an effort to increase their awareness; about a month ago the property’s website added a comprehensive page listing each activity with specific details about each experience.

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