Ohana Circle Island tour is a guided day tour of Oahu with pick up and drop off in beautiful Waikiki. Oahu is known for being a sightseeing paradise, full of spectacular lookout points, incredible white sandy beaches, colorful culture, outstanding surf and unique wildlife. Our local guide will spend the day with you on our semi-private shuttle escorting your ohana to some of Oahu’s Hidden Gems on our highly rated Oahu circle island tour that even has a special stop at the majestic Byodo-in Temple. Admission included in the cost of the ticket.
Ohana Circle Island Tour stops include:
Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, Makapu’u Pt, Byodo- In Temple (admission included in ticket price), Macadamia Nut and Hawaiian Kona Coffee Shop, Lunch at Local Hawaiian Restaurant (Garlic Shrimp, Kalua Pork, Coconut shrimp and much more), North Shore Fruit Stand, Chinaman’s Hat, Sunset Beach, North Shore beach home to Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles for turtle spotting, and Dole Pineapple Plantation
What to Bring
Cash for lunch, souvenirs, and a camera 🙂
Our semi private shuttle will arrive at 7am for pick up in Waikiki with a local guide to help you prepare for a day of exploring the island of Oahu. Pick up times vary by hotel and will be automatically assigned when you input your information into our online booking platform.
The first lookout we visit is an elevated view perched on the eastern side of Waikiki’s famous Diamond Head Volcano. This lookout grants us a great opportunity for pictures of the south eastern coastline of Oahu, with notable sights as far as Hanauma bay and Maui on a clear day. The location is more formally known as Amelia Earhart Lookout, known for where bystanders gathered to watch Earhart make her first solo aviation journey from Hawaii to North America.
Molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that occurred from Oahu’s Koko Head crater formed the natural occurrence known as the Halona Blowhole. This lava tube extends into the ocean with a very narrow opening at the top, and when the surf is just right, water pressure builds up within the lava tube and erupts through the narrow opening creating a special Hawaiian geyser for your viewing pleasure.
Witness Waimanalo’s dramatic sea cliffs as we turn into Oahu’s windward side as we begin our journey to the North Shore of Oahu. Look off into the azure blue waters of the bay and you will see Oahu’s famous Manana Island also known as Rabbit island due to its rabbit-like shape.
Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaiʻi, the temple grounds are nestled on the foothills of Ko'olau Mountains and surrounded by a lush Hawaiian landscape which is home to wild peacocks and hundreds of Japanese koi carp. The beautiful grounds instill an out of body experience via a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. Admission included into the price of the tour.
After a beautiful drive along Oahu’s eastern coastline, our next stop is a local shop that finds itself tucked away under aged Banyan trees. This location provides macadamia nut and delicious Kona coffee tastings amongst other treats like tempting Hawaiian chocolates.
Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokolii, is nestled right next to the Kualoa Valley Mountain range. This location is known for its dramatic landscape filmed in a number of Hollywood movies; most notably and fan favorite Jurassic Park. The island has earned the nickname Chinaman’s Hat from its resemblance to the straw hats that the Chinese immigrants wore when working Oahu’s sugar plantations during the early 1900’s.
We break for lunch at a local restaurant where you can have your pick of either a famous North Shore Garlic Shrimp plate or other local delicacies. Non-Shellfish and Vegetarian options are available. Please bring cash for lunch.
After lunch we make a stop at a North Shore tropical fruit stand which offers ice cold coconuts to drink from, fresh mangos, and other tropical treats.
A change of pace from the crowded beaches of Waikiki, the infamous Sunset Beach on the North Shore offers tranquility and is the epitome of a beautiful Hawaiian Beach. However don’t let the summer months fool you, during the winter months, swells of 30 to 40 feet can be seen from the safe confines of shore.
Hono is the Hawaiian name for our beloved Green Sea Turtles. Our Honu are very Hawaiian in that they love to lay on the sand and bask under the warm sun. We take you to a beach where we hope to spot this incredible occurrence.
A historic pineapple plantation home to pineapple magnets, pineapple t-shirts, pineapple keychains and most importantly pineapple ice cream aka Dole Whip!! A great way to end the day and get some pineapple themed souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
After a day of activities and fun, we return to Waikiki, just in time to make plans for the night. Mahalo for joining us!
Our Oahu tour lasts approximately 8 hours, depending on where you’re staying in Waikiki. Pickups are anywhere between 7:00 am -7:20 am, drop-offs are between 3:30 pm – 4:00 pmV
Please bring extra cash for lunch, snacks, Dole’s pineapple ice cream, and gratuities for the tour if you see fit.
There will be many stops along the way, about every 30-45 minutes for restroom stops.
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We don’t guarantee turtle sightings because we can’t control wildlife. However, it is highly likely because we work with the lifeguards on the north shore that do turtle spotting for us. If you don’t see turtles you may join the tour again for free until you see turtles!
Ohana Circle Island Tour and its affiliates are independent from suppliers over whom we have no direct control and we act only as agents for the passenger in making arrangements for sightseeing or any other services and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident, partial cancellations or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence of, or default of any supplier or person rendering any of the services included in the tour. The purchaser hereby waives any claim against Ohana Circle Island Tour and its affiliates related to the service purchased.