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Tour the North Shore of Oahu and the Polynesian Culture Center on this full-day tour from Waikiki. With a small group of twenty people or less, learn about the origins of Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, visit the island's hottest surfing spots and sample mouth-watering local dishes. Admission to all attractions, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels are included.


  • 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
  • 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 and North Shore Day Trip

North Shore Oahu

Following pickup from your Waikiki hotel in the morning, board your mini-bus with your small group of twenty people or less and head for the North Shore of Oahu. See the famous big-wave surfing beaches of Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, which draw surfers from all over the world.

Continue to the Dole Pineapple Plantation for a quick rest-stop.

Head to La'ie Point to get some stunning ocean views, then visit another lookout point for views of Chinaman's Hat. Continue to Tropical Farms for some samples of fresh macadamia nuts and native Hawaiian coffee.

Your next stop is the Polynesian Cultural Center, where you'll spend a few hours exploring the exhibits and recreations of Polynesian history and culture. See demonstrations of traditional music and dancing, then learn to play the ukelele and dance the hula. Enjoy a delectable lunch of traditional Hawaiian foods like kalua pork, baked in a traditional imu, or underground oven.

On the way back to Waikiki, stop by the Byodo-In Temple, a replica of an ancient Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan complete with a 9-foot (3-meter) tall golden Buddha.

Return to your hotel in Waikiki for drop-off after a full-day of touring Oahu's highlights.

Customer Reviews

Augustine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

yes it was a small group..we were three in a mercedes sedan..John Jr was the best..very intimate tour ..nicely paced and enjoyable with no pressure on time to keep going..he was patient as I tried to photograph the large sea turtles at one of the stops..Perfect host on a great trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Despite the rain, it was an enjoyable experience. Our tour guide was very good.
Thank you

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We enjoyed a group of just six and a fantastic local guide who made sure we got the best use of our time. Thanks also to the office staff who got us on the tour at short notice.

Beverly L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Keno, was superb. Told us innumerable facts about Hawaiian culture and history. Took his time, answered all our questions. Having been to the Cultural Center previously, I was raving to my friends about it. To only see 2 or 3 exhibits was a major disappointment. Please allow more time there to learn about the various islands. The canoe event was nice, but that time could have been better used learning.

Terri T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a very enjoyable day. Christine was our guide and although she was not native to the island, we learned a lot from her. There were lots of others also going to the Dole Plantation and the Cultural Center that day... So her tips on where to meet and which lines to stand in made it easy to avoid the rush and enjoy the whole experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a really good tour. The biggest part of the day is spent at the Polynesian Cultural Centre. This was the main reason we decided to take this tour, as we have been on a circle island tour before that did not include the Polynesian Centre. Our driver was very funny. He entertained us all day. He knew the tricks to getting in early to all our stops to avoid any queues.

Elbert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour, Driver and Guide -- Chrystine -- very knowledgeable and freindly.

Dennis Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was excellent and the tour guideTony was very patient and

Maurita H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour and wonderful guide! Would do it again and hope we get the same lady.

Cynthia R

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!!

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