If you have just one day to explore Oahu, the Circle Island Drive is a must – taking in all the island’s highlights in just one day. This full-day tour from Honolulu visits the the Dole Plantation, the North Shore Beaches, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Waimea Falls. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Full-day Circle Island tour of Oahu from Honolulu
Admire natural wonders such as Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Waimea Falls
Visit the Dole Plantation, the North Shore Beaches, and Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout
Ideal introduction to Oahu for first-time visitors or those short on time
Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and all entrance fees
After being picked up from your Waikiki hotel around 7.30am, set off on the Circle Island Drive. Start by heading east, driving past the grand beachside villas of Kahala, then stopping to admire the natural wonders of Diamond Head and enjoy spectacular views over Hanauma Bay. Keep your camera to hand as you wind up into the Koʻolau Mountains, stopping to gaze out over the Hawaiian Islands from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout and visit Byodo-In Temple. Continue to the North Shore, where you’ll have chance to explore seafront towns such as Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach, enjoy sweeping views of Waimea Bay, and watch the surfers taking to the waves. Visit the beautiful Waimea Falls, then make a final stop at the Dole Plantation, where you can stroll through the pineapple plantation maze and perhaps sample some tasty frozen pineapple DoleWhip® (own expense). After a full day taking in the island’s highlights, return to Waikiki, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Waste of money rude tour guide
, Jun 2019
This tour is a waste of money. We had Pualani as our driver and tour guide. She was rude to my husband and I for taking 2 extra minutes at the restroom. She made sarcastic comments inside the bus in front of all the other 19 people in the tour. She spend to much time circulating the city that once you arrived to all the attractions it was only for 10,15, 20 mins.max. the lunch at Fumis was awful. Dry over fried shrimp, cold, out of a can corn. Terrible experience. You'll be better of renting a car and traveling on your own.
Did this tour 1st thing after getting to Hawaii due to a friends recommendation. So glad we did! Great way to see the entire island and it’s cultural history. Our tour guide “Shortcake” was wonderful. This is the perfect way to start a Hawaiian vacation!
Lisa, our guide was spectacular! We were so lucky that she agreed to come in on Easter! She was so informative about the history of every stop we went to as well as the history of Hawaii. We had plenty of time at every stop except The Dole Plantation. There is just too much to do there so you’ll need to go back on your own time. Beautiful beach stops and a beautiful hike to Waimea Falls which Lisa did half way and explained the history to you. I would highly recommend this trip!!
Our guide (Cousin) Lisa (Waikiki Trolley), was very friendly, knowledgeable & willing to answer questions one on one, Gave everyone more than enough time at each stop to take pictures and explore the sites, If you want to see the island of Oahu I would highly recommend this tour, & If possible Ask for Cousin Lisa.
The tour itself was great. The only glaring problem was that the time given to us for pickup was wrong. Thank goodness the tour people called us to find out where we were or we would have missed the tour. They told us they had a big problem getting Viator to publish the correct time.
If you only have a short time in Honolulu, this is a great way to get out of the city and explore the rest of Oahu. We drove through Honolulu's wealthy suburbs, viewed Diamond Head no stop and visited various scenic sights as we headed toward the north shore and its surfing beaches, although there are also many to see along the east shore too. Highlights were the walk to Waimea Falls, the Byodo-In Temple, a replica of a 10th century Buddhist temple with its giant peace gong, and the Dole Pineapple Plantation where Dole Whip, a pineapple treat, is a must have.
While the tour had great reviews, we were not sure what to expect—very pleased with the outcome! Our guide Art was a true professional who both educated and entertained throughout the entire day. We did everything the tour promised and then some. It’s a great value commercial tour to introduce Oahu!
Our tour guide Bill was amazing. He showed up on time at 7:20, rounded up his group with no problems, and shared his 36 years of Hawaiian tour guiding experience with us through the next 9 hours, transforming what could have been a dull but beautiful Day trip into an outstanding adventure.
This tour was amazing! It's a long day, but worth every minute. We think we saw all of Oahu, and certainly learned tons about this amazing island. Shannon was a fantastic guide, full of information, and lots of fun. We saw all of the highlights mentioned in the tour description, and more! Having someone take you is the best way to see and learn about the island.