5 star rating: Highly Recommended 70 Reviews

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  • Location:Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Oahu Highlights Tour from Waikiki

Visit Oahu's top landmarks and highlights on this small-group tour from Waikiki. During this full-day guided excursion, visit Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Dole Plantation and the USS 'Arizona' Memorial. With an intimate group of twenty people or less, explore the Byodo-In Temple, a Buddhist landmark, as well as the Tropical Farms Coffee Plantation, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian barbecue lunch and engaging, informative commentary from your local guide throughout the day's activities. Admission to all attractions and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included. 


  • Historical and cultural day trip from Waikiki
  • Tour Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial and learn about the tragic events of World War II
  • Enjoy Hawaiian treats at the Dole Plantation and the Tropical Farms Coffee Plantation
  • Immerse yourself in native culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Admire views from Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay, La'ie Point and Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
  • Visit an impressive Buddhist temple featured in Lost and Hawaii Five-0
  • Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour runs with a much smaller group than many of the other tours on Oahu. I love that it visits all the best highlights and includes a yummy lunch!

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Oahu Highlights Tour from Waikiki

Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center

Following pickup from your hotel in the Waikiki area, meet your local guide and small group of 20 people or less, then head to Pearl Harbor. Peruse the Visitor's Center, which contains WWII relics like uniforms and artifacts, as well as interactive museum exhibits. 

Board the overwater shuttle out to the USS Arizona Memorial, located just offshore. Listen as your guide details the tragedy that struck when the battleship was sunk and view the wreckage through the floor of the memorial. Then, continue to the North Shore's epic beaches like Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, world-renowned for their surf spots. Stop by the Dole Plantation to learn about one of Hawaii's most important exports and explore the on-site maze.

At La'ie Point, see stunning views, then enjoy some island treats like coffee and macadamia nuts at the Tropical Farms Coffee Plantation. 

On Oahu's Eastern Shore, visit the famous Polynesian Cultural Center to learn about Pacific Islanders' traditions and see themed exhibits, hear songs and witness traditional dances. With your small group, sit down to a lunch of Polynesian and Hawaiian food. 

The next stop on your tour is the Byodo-In Temple, an important Buddhist site on Oahu that has been used as a filming location for many television shows and movies.

At Nu'uano Pali lookout, catch some gorgeous island views as you listen to your guide discuss this site's important role in Hawaiian history. 

Return to Waikiki at the conclusion of your comprehensive 11-hour tour. 

Customer Reviews

Helga C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide told us that 500,000 people visit this landmark every year. With good reason: the site is movingly and tastefully done. We followed this with a circle Oahu tour, which was great, even though it rained torrentially for the rest of the day. Don't miss our guide, Cousin Kev: he was funny, flexible, and prepared for the weather, in all quite possibly the best tour guide I have ever traveled with. Even the touristy stops were fun, the waves on the North Shore were frighteningly huge, and you could get a feel for what the island was like in the days of the sugar and pineapple plantations. Be warned, it is a very looong day!

Kathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide, Chris, was the best. We really felt like we had seen everything when we were done. The Polynesian Cultural Center was amazing. You could definitely spend a whole day there and of course, a visit to Oahu wouldn't be complete without seeing Pearl Harbor especially if you travel with history buffs. It was money well spent.

Forrest R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Saw everything we wanted to see in our one day stop in Oahu.
Tour was perfect.

SO Traveler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Well worth the price - what a whirlwind day in O'ahu! Highly recommended.

My only advice: be sure to check with the company to confirm your pick-up time for the trip. It's not listed on the confirmation email that you receive when you book the trip. So...it's a bit confusing.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great to have only 12 on our tour. Bus is uncomfy in the backseat...avoid...needs new shocks! Also the only other complaints...not enough time at the Dole Plantation. Would love to have had time to ride the Pineapple Express train on the property. Our guide was FANTASTIC...I tipped him 20...he was that good! Polynesian Cultural Center has improved over the 38 years that I've been visiting Oahu. Do see it...lunch buffet was GREAT...so many times they are not. IMAX movie at PCC was terrific with atmospheric effects with seats that move...wind in your face, etc. There was a snafu on the reservations. The local tour operator hadn't receive my reservation info...even though I had my confirmation number. Took nearly one hour by phone to get it straightened out...but VIATOR was fantastic and most proficient in getting it resolved. I would still highly recommend this tour. It is long but very, very fast. Pearl Harbor was fantastic and very moving.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Small group with high efficiency and flexibility! Got a big picture of Hololulu in just one day! Way to go!

Dianne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was great we had a driver Christine who was full of advice and was fun to be with. She made the trip a good time. She knew all the areas to point out and we didn't miss anything. we had lots of time to look around and take pictures which was great. Our lunch at the culture center was fantastic I ate until I was about to pop. the shows and all were fun and the i max movie was super. I would tell all my friends and everyone to take the tour. PS I liked being in the small group we all got to know each other and that was fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Get to see a lot of the island with this tour.

Trevor S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow, our tour Guide Tavita was knowledgeable and brilliantly funny. He taught us so much history but also kept the tour at the perfect pace to see everything. Tavita explained at each place of interest what to see which in my opinion is great as I was able to see more without the huge crowds. He obviously kms his stuff and how to get his way through the day without making people wait. Thanks again.

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was the perfect small group tour. Our tour director, Nancy, was just the right mix of personality, knowledge, and made sure that each one of us knew insider tips of of the various stops along the way. She went out of her way all day to stay with us and not stay on the bus when we arrived at each spot.
This was a 12 on a scale of 10. Fantastic!!!

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