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

Small-Group Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation and North Shore Day Trip

Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation and North Shore of Oahu along with other attractions on this comprehensive day tour from Waikiki. You’ll learn about the roots of Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures, see breathtaking views of beaches known for big-wave surfing and taste delicious local foods as you explore the top sites of the island. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.


  • Day trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation and North Shore of Oahu from Waikiki
  • Experience Polynesian dance, music and craft traditions at the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Sample farm-fresh fruits, nuts and coffee at the Dole Plantation and Tropical Farms
  • Stop at scenic beaches and see where big-wave surfing was pioneered at Waimea Bay
  • Visit the Byodo-In Temple, a beautiful replica of an ancient Japanese wooden temple
  • Learn about Hawaiian history from your expert tour guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation and North Shore Day Trip

North Shore Oahu

After morning pickup from your Waikiki hotel, start your scenic drive in a comfortable air-conditioned mini-coach to the beaches along the North Shore of Oahu, among them Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. Waimea Bay was made famous in the 1960s by pioneers of big-wave surfing and continues to draw big-wave surfers from all over the world.

After snapping some photos, continue to the Dole Pineapple Plantation where you walk through the garden to see exotic pineapple varieties and sample locally grown pineapple. Find treats to take home in the enticing gift shop!

Down the road, visit La’ie Point, known for its breathtaking views and the ‘puka’ island with a distinctive hole in its center – made by a 1946 tsunami! Then swing by another island that is said to resemble a Chinese hat, a shark fin or a lizard. Next, head to Tropical Farms where you can taste macadamia nuts, Hawaiian coffee and other native foods – fresh from the farm!

When you arrive at the Polynesian Cultural Center, take several hours to explore the simulated villages representing islands throughout Polynesia – including Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa and the Marquesas. Watch costumed performers demonstrate canoeing, traditional dancing and music, and learn to dance hula or play the ukulele. Marvel as the ‘locals’ shimmy up a tall palm tree to pick coconuts and try it yourself!

While at the center, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch buffet (included) of traditional Hawaiian foods such as kalua pork, which is baked in the imu – an underground oven that uses layers of hot coals, stones and leaves to cook the food.

After your time at the center, head back toward Waikiki with a short excursion to the Byodo-In Temple, a replica of an ancient Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. See the golden Buddha that stands over 9 feet tall (3 meters), an elegant meditation pavilion and koi fish pond with black swans, turtles and peacocks.

Finish your fascinating day of touring Oahu when your mini-coach returns you to your Waikiki hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was my 4th trip to Oahu and it was the same as the first, GREAT. It's a beautiful island, the people are
very patient with those of us that don't know our way around and the Hale Koa hotel is the best!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Could have spent more time at Dole Pineapple Plantation

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A most enjoyable experience.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We enjoyed our trip completely, everything was wonderful, we couldn't have gotten a better tour guide, we had lunch here which was great, enjoyed the shows and shopping.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very good 5 star

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I had an amazing tour guide! It was worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Cousin Hana was awesome. He was full of historical information about the sites we visited. He seemed genuinely concerned that we have a great experience. Everything was on time and well organized. We especially enjoyed the Polynesian Cultural Center and Byodo In Temple.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

we had an amazing day ,the polynesian centre was so worth seeing all the villages we were greeted with such warmth. learning about the different cultures ,varying costumes and food preparation was so interesting. The wonderful canoe flotilla with all villages performing their dances was spectacular. we also visited the dole plantation where they grow pineapples, wandering around the gardens was beautiful. also we took in the north coast beaches where winter surfing takes place, wow what a truley beautiful part of oahu. the final part of the day was the viewpoint looking down over honolulu, amazing end to a great trip with

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We very much enjoyed this tour. We got to see more of the 'real' Hawaii. Enjoy the performances at the PCC and get a Pineapple Whip at the Dole Plantation. Our guide 'Josh' was excellent, very helpful and informative. I liked the smaller group.

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