Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. This is Ohana Circle Island tour’s last stop of the day which happens to be one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions welcoming more than one million visitors a year. Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Also popular are informational displays and presentations, as well as the plantation store offering a wide variety of gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments. And, before you leave you can purchase a fresh pineapple to take home!
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Like many beaches on Oahu’s North Shore, Sunset Beach is considered dangerous to inexperienced surfers. Tradewinds and the offshore breeze make paddling out an arduous task and extensive coral formations present a risk of injury. For seasoned surfers, Sunset Beach will pump perfect waves with West-to-Northeast swells coming from the North Pacific. It was home to the Duke Kahanamoku invitational surfing competition until 1985 and it now holds contests such as Pipe Masters and the WSL Championship Tour. Our Ohana Circle Island tour guests will enjoy this lovely beach with views of the ocean and to have a chance to watch world-famous surfers doing what they do best.
For many years the North Shore of Oahu has been know for two major attractions: big surf and shrimp farms. Visitors can enjoy fresh never-frozen shrimp, freshly farmed in the backyard. Equipped with long picnic tables and lots of aloha, the shrimp stand is a quality lunch stop frequented by locals and visitors alike. Traditionally served with a scoop of rice on the side, this thirteen dollar plate is sure to keep our Ohana Circle Island tour guests happy and satisfied for the adventures still ahead. For those who are allergic to shrimp, fresh local fruit can also be purchased at other stands in the vicinity.
Ohana Circle Island tour visits a family owned farm that began its roadside operation in 1987. With Kamehameha highway in the front and the Pacific Ocean at its back, this farm boasts natural beauty in abundance. Roosters and chickens can be observed roaming the property and pecking on macadamia nuts and their shells. The farm reserves an area where guests can put their skills to work and and crack open their own nuts by placing them on a tree stump and striking them with a rock. A decently sized gift shop can also be found nearby, for those who prefer their macadamias pre-cracked. Many flavors are available – from simply salted to fun flavors like caramel and cinnamon. Guests are also able to enjoy delicious Kona coffee and purchase locally crafted arts and a variety of gifts.
Located on the eastern end of the island of Oahu, Makapu’u has served as movie set for movies like 50 First Dates and Hunger Games. On Ohana Circle Island tour you will visit the Makapu’u Point cliff lookout, located on the most eastern tip of the island and is the site of a prominent lighthouse, which is actively utilized by the United States Coast Guard. The entire area is quite scenic and a panoramic view is presented at this lookout, here the road surmounts the cliff just before turning north to the windward side of the island. This lookout is also a great area to spot whale spouting at a distance, so visitors usually make sure to keep an eye on the vast blue ahead! Also visible is Manana Island, dubbed Rabbit Island by locals due to its shape.
Thousands of years ago when volcanoes were still active in Oahu, Koko Crater’s lava flowed into this area of the ocean. The molten lava tubes that occurred thousands of years ago formed the natural occurrence we now kn0w as Halona Blowhole. The lava tubes extend into the ocean which are narrow at the top and, when the surf is favorable, this blowhole can shoot sea spray up to thirty feet high in the air. The geyser is most active when the tide is high and the winds are strong. On a calm and clear day, the island of Moloka’i can also be observed in the distance.
Also known as Amelia Earhart lookout, this is the first stop of Ohana Circle Island tour. Amelia Earhart lookout is the highest point reachable on Diamond Head crater with no need of a hike. This beautiful lookout near Diamond Head State Monument overlooks the clear blue water where Amelia Earhart gained reputation as the first person to solo flight from Hawaii to north America. Directly below, surfers can be seen hitting small to medium waves at one of the most legendary surf locations on Oahu. When peering the other way around, the crater can be seen from below. Considered a defining element of Oahu’s skyline, Diamond Head is estimated to be about 400.000 to 500.000 years old.