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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Circle the entire island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains, and fascinating history during this full-day tour. 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 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.
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Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Admission and tram ride at Waimea Valley
Admission to Byodo-In Temple & Gardens
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickups in Waikiki start at 7:00 AM from select locations. Guests not staying in Waikiki, please meet at the Ala Moana Hotel at 7:15 AM.

Departure Time

8:15 AM
Get a sense of the incredible diversity of sights on Oahu during this full-day 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, 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 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, enjoy a lunch break at a sit-down restaurant for lunch (at your own expense) and finish the day with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
This popular nature preserve on a bay features a beach, green sea turtles, parrotfish & more.
Stop At:  
Halona Blowhole
The geyser of seawater shoots as high as 30 feet through this lava tube in a scenic cove.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nu’uanu Pali
Historical landmark from 1795 featuring panoramic lookout with coastal cliff & mountain peak views.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Byodo-In Temple
A replica of a historic Japanese Buddhist temple featuring manicured grounds & meditation sites.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley tram ride and swimming in a waterfall fed pool (weather-permitting). Lunch available as a "to go" bento - three choices.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Mokoliʻi
Mokoliʻi, commonly known as Chinaman's Hat, is a basalt islet in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaii.
Stop At:  
Haleiwa Town Center
Brief stop to explore the town on your own, try a famous, refreshing shave ice and browse surf shops and clothing stores.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Special Needs requests must be called in to the local supplier AT LEAST 1 week prior to tour date. All special needs requests are handled and accommodated on a situational basis.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This is a must for every visitor to this island." See review
  • "This tour doesn't take you to the North Shore, so make time to do that." See review
  • "There was lot of traffic and no parking at a number of places as the parking lots were full no fault of the operator therefore, had to take the sights from the moving vehicle." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Very nice scenery.
David_S
, Mar 2020
Beautiful island to visit. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us insights at every location.
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Very good
Richard
, Mar 2020
Very interesting. The guide was amazing! Very comfortable vehicule. I really liked all the places where we stopped, mostly The beach in the north shore and the ranch.
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star-5
Had Great time
Sandeep_G
, Feb 2020
Excellent guide, I had great time and I would recommend for family. He was fun kind and friendly well informed.
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star-5
Grand island tour
woodard4
, Feb 2020
Our driver Leo was outstanding! Very professional along with a great sense of humor. The tour it self was very enjoyable! Was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t get to stop at the north shore!
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star-5
The ocean
woodard4
, Feb 2020
Leo our driver was Awesome! We enjoyed his sense of humor and his professionalism! The bus, as we understood was new and it was excellent! The trip it self was spectacular with all the scenery!
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star-5
Awesome trip going tour to Oahu island
vannguyet
, Feb 2020
I highly recommend this tour to everyone. Tour guide, Tommy Chong who is native to the island did a wonderful job to give us history, local news about the island
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star-3
Just your basic bus tour
wendelbrett
, Jan 2020
Nothing special except the bus. It was very nice with much leg room and comfortable seats. Good thing because we spent most of the time in the seats. The visit to the Japanese temple was the highlight of the tour. The meal at the ranch was toning special and not worth what the tour company charged. Due to traffic along the north shore we didn’t have time to do anything more than have Dole whip at the plantation. we felt that the timing could have been better managed as the traffic was always bad on the north shore our entire stay.
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Oahu Grand Circle Island day tour
Sandeep K
, Dec 2019
The Driver Leo was excellent and very knowledgeable. Locations were great. Tour was well on its timeline. The cell phone charging stations inside the bus were not working.
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star-3
You could have done the day tour a little better
SUPRIYADEVAL
, Dec 2019
we took a day tour of Ohau, Honolulu, the whole day tour was kind of sitting in the bus, with constant commentary from Mr. Lee, our guide and the driver. Felt like the tour could have been done a little better , more entertaining, and more free time on the spots . Lunch was promised on the tour, but was not provided due to some reasons, which is ok, but then overall ithe whoile tour was much in a very hurried manner. I guess, we could have done a better tour by driving ourselves and running the SHAKA Tour guide APP on our cell phone for Ohau. The Shaka Tour guide for Oahu APP on the cell phone is much much better and entertaining with stories and fun.
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour
mich1midd
, Dec 2019
My tour guide was Tommy Chong, he was phenomenal! His deep historic knowledge about every place we went to was spectacular....he was also funny. If you enjoy history, humor and a humble tour guide, ask for Tommy Chong. You will not be disappointed. Cheers!
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