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Waikiki, Oahu

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8 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Circle the entire island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains and fascinating history during this 8.5-hour day trip. Check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Nu’uanu Pali, the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Then soak up Hawaiian history and culture with a stop at the Dole Plantation (where you'll sample some fresh pineapple) and the serene, Japanese-style Byodo-In Temple. This Oahu circle island tour also includes entrance fees at the temple and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Full-day guided circle island tour of Oahu from Waikiki
  • Stop at Diamond Head, Halona blowhole, Hanauma Bay and Nuʻuanu Pali
  • 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
  • Sample farm-fresh pineapple at the Dole Plantation
  • Learn all about Oahu’s landmarks from your local guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is one of your best bets for visiting all the top sights at an attractive price.
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.

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w
, Oct 2018

Don’t get me wrong, our guide was great. Tommy was very informative and talked through the entire tour which did a loop around the island. We skipped the areas I was most excited to see, the nature preserve and the Blowhole and Diamond Head Crater. The driver said there wasn’t any parking as many other tour companies had beat us to these popular attractions. I wondered why we were on a coach bus that could seat 60 people when our group was only a dozen. To make up for the time we would have spent at these wonderful natural attractions, our driver stopped at a random rocky beach that was not appealing and dropped us for half and hour at a delapitated strip center that featured a Jack in the Box, Subway, ice cream shop and overpriced trinket store. This would be the reoccurring theme of the day, being dropped for 30-45 minutes at various tourist traps including the Dole pineapple compound (worst ice cream and chocolate I’ve had on all the islands of Hawaii), a macadamias nut plantation where I saw our driver take a handful of cash from the owners (they must get paid by the head), and the the ranch at Kualo which featured a hasty 15minute tour of the property. The lunch buffet didn’t have much choice and the majority of the food was heavy and unappealing (bean chili, ribs and cake) but we made due with some chicken and rice. The Kuala Ranch was packed with tourists and had a massive gift shop featuring items that were made in China. This experience was frustrating, it didn’t feel like we experienced any of the nature and natural beauty we had signed up for and we only flew by the beautiful beaches of the north shore and the driver wouldn’t even stop so we could see the sea turtles on Turtle Beach. I guess he was in a hurry to get us back an hour earlier than schedule so he could stick his hand out for a tip.

A
, Oct 2018

The tour director/ driver was one of the most knowledgeable person I have had. My husband and I took this tour 4 years ago and we did not see half of what we saw yesterday. She was outstanding. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about the island and since she is Hawaiian we heard a lot about the daily life of an average person who lives here. Just an incredible visit

i
, Sep 2018

It was a great opportunity to see other side of the island, unfortunately once you get to the places you really would like to have a bit more of time to enjoy them. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had good recommendations

A
, Sep 2018

Very good tour, we tour all the island and stopped at some lovely places for photo opportunities

A
, Sep 2018

This tour was in a comfortable motor coach van with a company called Polynesian Adventure Tours. Guide was a very positive and energetic Samoan guy by the name of Kalaa (pronounced like “Clay” with an “ah” in the middle between the “C” and “L” to make it two syllables).The tour picks up people from multiple hotels between 8:15- 9 AM and then sets off on its way. Lasts until about 6 PM with a lunch break around 12:30-1 PM at a picturesque place called Kuuola Ranch. Guide is also the driver and tells many interesting fun facts about each place we visit, as well as about Hawaii in general. Some of the places we saw included Hanauma Bay Reserve, the Byodo-In Japanese temple, Waimea Bay, the Halona Blowhole, the Dole Plantation, and at the end, a beautiful scenic view of the Honolulu area from a viewing area called Nu’uanu Pali. The tour is long and should not be taken by those with low energy and stamina. But if you can complete it, it will definitely be one of the most fun and fulfilling tours offered by any tour company that you can take of Oahu. Would definitely take other similar tours with this company and guide again!!

J
, Sep 2018

Driver very knowledgeable. Learned a lot about Hawaii and the culture. Learned about the kings and queens of ancient Hawaii

V
, Aug 2018

Tommy was a great entertaining driver and took us to great spots. The commentary was great and we saw a lot in the time we had. Truly lovely experience!

S
, Jul 2018

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b
, Jul 2018

This is an eight-nine hours tour, many stops for photos. We had Keao as our driver who is a seasoned tour guide, told many stories. The entire trip had zero downtime. Well worth it for the value.

J
, Jul 2018

This was a perfect way to see oahu! My mom and I came here for vacation! It was my moms second visit and my first visit here and I wanted to see as much as we could. Oahu is beautiful and there’s so much to see but this tour allows you to explore and not have to worry about the commute or transit. You hope on an air conditioned bus and just enjoy the ride. Our driver Jensin was so great, he was extremely knowledgeable and he took us to every spot listed on the schedule. If I had to choose a favorite spot it would either be the Byodo-In Temple or the Nu’unau Pali lookout point. This is a great tour for anyone! A family, group of friends and solo if you want!
It was so much fun!


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