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  • Location:Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

Circle the entire island of Oahu by coach, enjoying stunning ocean views, rugged mountains and fascinating history, during this 8.5-hour day trip. Immerse yourself in the island’s legendary scenery as you check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Nu’uanu Pali, the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Then get a sense of the history and culture of Hawaii as you stop by the Dole Plantation (and sample some fresh pineapple) and visit the serene Japanenese-style Byodo-In Temple. This Oahu circle island tour also includes entrance fees at the temple, narration by your driver and guide and round-trip hotel transport.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided circle island tour of Oahu from Waikiki
  • Stop at Diamond Head, Halona blowhole, Hanauma Bay and Nuʻuanu Pali for photo ops of gorgeous scenery
  • Drive to the base of the Ko’olau Mountains to visit the exquisite Byodo-In Temple, a replica of an ancient Japanese temple
  • See beaches on Oahu’s North Shore, including Waimea Bay, famous for big-wave surfing since the 1960s
  • Stroll through the lush gardens at the Dole Plantation and sample farm-fresh pineapple
  • Learn all about Oahu’s landmarks from your local guide
  • Includes all transportation and hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

Get a sense for the incredible diversity of sights on Oahu during this 8.5-hour circle tour by coach, exploring a variety of the island’s natural and cultural attractions. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get an overview of all this Hawaiian Island has to offer, or want to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, this excursion is a great option.

Start your trip with pickup from your Waikiki hotel in the morning, continuing via the upscale Kahala neighborhood as you head for Diamond Head. This 350-acre (142-hectare) crater was left behind by a now-extinct volcano many millions of years ago. Stop at the Amelia Earhart Lookout to take in some great views of the surfers down on the beach below. The lookout is named for the iconic female aviator who completed the first successful solo flight from Honolulu to California in 1935.

Continue down the road to Hanauma Bay, a marine nature reserve known for great snorkeling and for crystal-clear waters. From there you’ll proceed to the Halona Blowhole, a rock formation on the coast that forces ocean swells through a narrow opening, creating impressive explosion-like sprays of water.

Drive next into the hills of Oahu heading to Nu’uanu Pali, an overlook offering panoramic vistas of both Kanehoe and Kailua Bay. Your next stop is at Byodo-In Temple, a re-creation of 950-year-old Buddhist Temple found in Uji, Japan. Wander among the complex’s intricate temple buildings and glistening nine-foot (tree meter) tall gold Buddha statue, all set among the beautiful foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains.

Proceed next toward Oahu’s North Shore, admiring scenic views of Mokoli’l Island (Chinaman’s Hat) and Kahana Bay as you drive. You’ll soon arrive at some of the top beaches of the North Shore, including Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, known worldwide since the 1960s as the epicenter of big-wave surfing culture. The beach is sure to be chock-full of big-wave riders during the winter months, when strong swells hit this stretch of coast.

Turn away from the coast back to Oahu’s interior, heading to the Dole Plantation that lies at its center. Make a short stop to check out the plantation’s brilliant-green gardens and browse its gift shop. During the course of your day-long trip you’ll have one hour to take a break at a sit-down restaurant for lunch (at your own expense) and finish the day with a drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

John Patrick T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We highly recommend this tour especially if it is your first time to Oahu. If you can, ask for Ed - he was our bus driver/tour guide who was very knowledgeable, humorous, and added heaps of additional trivia which made the tour all the more interesting. Best of all, he was very professional, not once mentioning anything about tipping. Suffice to say that we left him with a nice tip and some New Zealand made Whittaker chocolates to try.

Jin Kyung Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour of the whole island. Learned a lot about Oahu and the people. Saw a lot of beautiful landscapes and beaches.

barbaraw50

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Good value for money. Our driver was very experienced and we heard many stories about the different places we stopped at. He even gave the group tips on how to get back to some of the areas surf beaches in particular by public transport, if people had time. Tourists who have arrived on Oahu for the first time should go on the circle island day tour as it provides a good understanding of what the island has to offer beyond Waikiki.

Virgil J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very good route, saw a lot. Driver Ben was excellent. Very friendly and knew a lot about the area,

Phil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Had an awesome day. Our guide was the best. Very informative and fun. Pineapple sorbet was the bomb at the Dole Plantation.

Claire S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a great 'over view' of the island. I'm sorry that I don't remember our driver's name, because he was extremely knowledgable and courteous. There were just enough stops for us and long enough to see everything. I would sign up again with Viator.

Rodney C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A must do. The whole day tour was great. Dole was very cool. The macadamian plantation was nice, since I love macadamians

Michele P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our driver and guide, Coco, was EXCELLENT ! So informative, funny and gracious. Oahu has many faces from big city to lush countryside. Coco was a great story teller and had a wonderful sense of humor. Even though it was rainy, he made it a sunny day for all of us.

Glenn W J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great overview of the island--tour guide was very sharing about Hawaiian culture and history.

Darryl A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Family had a very nice time

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