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.
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
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!!
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!