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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

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.

Customer Reviews

Peter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Magic. the guide was terrific.

Nicholas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great day! Our guide was very informative and kept us on schedule for all of our stops. I feel the Dole plantation was a bit quick. If it would be possible maybe a few more minutes. It was fun to take pictures and taste the pineapple ice-cream. We got beautiful pictures of all the stops. The Byodo-In Temple was so beautiful and peaceful.

meri-beth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Leo our driver was very entertaining. He shared history, facts. And many jokes. We saw so much we would ha e missed if driving ourselves. Recomend a rain jacket as we needed them up in the mountains.p!enty of stops,nice sandwich for lunch.

Jeraldine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was very informative and kept us on schedule for all of our stops. I feel that we were given enough time at each stop for amazing pictures.

Linda N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved the entire day. My only disappointment was that it ended. Thank you Leo for GREAT tour!

Mary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very comprehensive tour of the island . . . lots of history and beautiful scenery! Loved the dole ship treat at the plantation

Charles E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Relaxing day, very casual pace which allowed for plenty of time at each stop. Highlight of the day was the fantastic commentary by the driver who took the time to get to know each of his passengers and engage everyone in the whole day

Lois S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a day! While staying in Waikiki, it was very easy to think that what we saw there was all that Oahu is. How wrong we were! This tour showed us the island in a very informative and beautiful way. Our tour guide, Keao, was awesome! So informative, related to everyone on a personal level, and entertained us during the entire tour. Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole were spectacular sights! Words and pictures simply cannot express how beautiful this island truly is. Highly recommend this tour!

Ymcollins5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Mary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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