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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Circle the Island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains, and fascinating history during this full-day tour. Check out Diamond Head, Nu’uanu Pali lookout, the Halona Blowhole, Waimea Valley and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Soak up Hawaiian history and culture with a stop at the Dole Plantation 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.
  • View beaches on Oahu’s North Shore, including Waimea Bay, famous for big-wave surfing since the 1960s
  • 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
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup from specific locations in the Waikiki area from approximately 7:00 to 8:00 AM; please select your hotel in the pickup section. If your hotel is not listed, please enter your hotel/lodging information in the free-form field and contact us for your exact pickup location and time.

Departure Time

7:00 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, and head for Diamond Head a 350-acre (142-hectare) crater was left behind by a now-extinct volcano many millions of years ago. If time allows 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 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. Stop in Waimea Valley surrounded by verdant greenery for a picnic-style lunch, a roundtrip tram ride to the waterfall at the top to swim (weather-permitting). Waimea Valley is brimming with history as Hawaiian kahuna or priests dwelled here because of the idyllic setting and bountiful land for agriculture. Cruise by the 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. Finish the day with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Diamond Head Beach Park
Drive around the perimeter of Diamond Head a volcanic tuff cone.
Pass By:  
Kahala
Luxury beachfront estates known as Hawaii's Beverly Hills.
Pass By:  
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
This popular nature preserve on a bay features a beach, green sea turtles, parrotfish & more. View the bay from the overlook above. Closed on Tuesdays.
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 Included
Stop At:  
Byodo-In Temple
A replica of a historic Japanese Buddhist temple featuring manicured grounds & meditation sites.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Chinaman's Hat
Mokoliʻi, commonly known as Chinaman's Hat, is a basalt islet in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaii.
Stop At:  
Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley tram ride to the top of the valley and swimming in a natural waterfall fed pool (weather-permitting).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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
Stop At:  
Dole Plantation
Brief stop at the plantation to explore the gift shop and perhaps sample the Dole Whip.
Duration: 30 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 56 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.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 56 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
  • "The tour is long and should not be taken by those with low energy and stamina." See review
  • "Plus , and this is a BIG DEAL , do NOT spend the extra money for the "buffet" lunch at the Kualoa Ranch." See review

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Excellent experience
Fred_C
, Jun 2021
Seeing how others live was a great experience. The driver, Leo was fantastic. Great driving, great knowledge of the area
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star-5
Island tour
Loretta_M
, Jun 2021
I typically don’t do tours when I travel but my friend insisted. I loved it! My favorite was our tour guide and All the stories.
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Beautiful
MilviaConsuelo_E
, Jun 2021
The tour was excellent the views were breathtaking and the guide tour was very funny and friendly. The experience at the stop for lunch was not pleasant food was late for an hour was cold and meet was raw please consider changing your catering provider because is ruining the great tour.
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Awesome experience
Shareen_M
, May 2021
The whole experience was wonderful! The tour guide was amazing! Very Knowledgeable!! The views were out of this world!
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Great trip
Lan_D
, May 2021
Kimoke’O is great. He has good knowledge of the area and good sense of humor. It makes the trip more interesting and fun. I would recommend this trip if you want to take a glance of the island in one day and don’t want to drive.
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Not a good experience
Liz
, May 2021
I have to say that the tour was not what I was expecting. To start the day the bus was late and blame us because we went back at the hotel to check the correct bus stop. It was too early and tour offices were closed to call. When we got back he literally was mad at us and it only took us 5 min to check why the bus was not there on time. The guide barely speak English and most of the time we couldn’t understand him, people was either sleeping, listening to music on their phones, playing games but paying attention. We had to ask ourselves what we had to do at the stops. The place we stopped for lunch didn’t have our food ready, making a delay on the time we had to go see the attraction plus the food was not good. The places we visited were nice but not worth the price. I definitely won’t book with this company another tour any time soon.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Mahalo for posting your feedback and thank you for providing details that allow us to improve. Hope you had a nice time in Hawaii.
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Worth It
DrRN
, May 2021
Kimokeo was the best! A true historian, sincere, and comical. It was worth it to see the beautiful island of O'ahu in one day.
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Excellent
Antone_A
, May 2021
The trip was very good the driver was excellent and happy person just it was great the tour guy mikakoua was a great person
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A good day
Erin_F
, May 2021
Our tour guide, Kimoke’O was wonderful- the stops allowed for just enough time to see the sites, and O’ahu is beautiful.
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A Day of Discovery
Ken_W
, Apr 2021
Kimono was an excellent guide. Easy to empathize with the island history / culture and the importance of the future. Throughly enjoyable day.
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