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Honolulu, United States
Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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
Pick-up and drop-off at Waikiki Hotels
Admission and tram ride at Waimea Valley
Admission to Byodo-In Temple & Gardens
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Gratuities
Port pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The tour times provided reflect the start and end of the tour, but not your exact pickup and drop off time. Whether or not you've provided your hotel/lodging at the time of booking, you are required to contact the tour provider no less than (2) days prior to your tour date to receive your exact pickup time and location. The tour provider will advise you of the specific area at the hotel/lodging you should wait; for example "at the front entrance." Please be there at least 5 minutes before your pickup time. If your hotel/lodging is not included on our pickup schedule, you'll be advised to meet at nearby location. Please note that we are prohibited by certain properties to pickup non-hotel guests and we do not pick-up at private properties such as AirBnB's and residential areas.

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, 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: 30 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:  
Dole Plantation
Brief stop at the plantation to explore the gift shop and perhaps sample the Dole Whip.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact the tour provider at minimum of 7 days prior to the tour date for ADA and all special requests.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to the Hawaii statewide mask mandate, all guests must bring and wear a mask on tour except when actively eating or drinking. Eating or drinking is not allowed on the coach.
  • On Oahu and Maui, in order to go on tour and enter restaurants and other indoor venues visited on tour, guests 12 and older prior to boarding are required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative FDA approved molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours along with photo identification to their driver.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 w/ Lunch?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch?
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 w/ Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch?
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 w/ Lunch.

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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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star-5
Great tour to view the...
Haydee_M
, Jan 2022
Great tour to view the hole island, great explanations of Hawaii’s history Lunch is good also Comfortable bus
star-5
Great tour and a great way to get an overview of Oahu
Diane_W
, Jan 2022
Leo was a great tour guide. He pointed out everything, including plant life, homes, everything imaginable. The tour was an excellent experience.
star-5
Loved this tour so much!...
Alba_R
, Jan 2022
Loved this tour so much! So many beautiful things to see in this tour of the island! Just to name some of our favorites, Halona Blowhole, Byodo-in Temple, Waimea Falls, Nu’uanu Pali lookout and the stop at Dole Plantation for some delicious pineapple ice cream. Our tour guide Kimoke’o was amazing. He knows the island well and the history behind Oahu.
star-5
Good tour
David_H
, Jan 2022
Guide was well-informed. Lots of local knowledge. I was impressed she knew the winner of the previous weekend’s state HS football championship game.
star-5
Sweet December
Chiwen_H
, Dec 2021
Family vacation to a beautiful island Oahu for Christmas instead being wet and cold in Sacramento 😂
star-4
Wonderful tour just wish they were enforcing mask rules
Helene_W
, Dec 2021
Honestly it would have been 5 stars if they had been enforcing masks on the bus. Unfortunately given that they weren’t I feel the need to convey that since I don’t know that we would have signed up had we known folks would be unmasked on the bus. Other than that though the guide was Knowledgeable and the stops were all the perfect amount of time. We had an absolute blast and left with amazing memories to last forever.
star-5
Excellent guide. Very...
Scott_B
, Dec 2021
Excellent guide. Very interesting places. The transportation was quite comfortable. We would highly recommend Stuart to anyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience!
Debra_A
, Dec 2021
Kaleo was the perfect host! He was fun, entertaining and knowledgeable. He was patient in the traffic and always concerned for safety. We had a wonderful day of learning about Oahu and just having fun! We would go again!!!
star-5
Beautiful, fun & entertaining
Gina_L
, Dec 2021
We booked this excursion for our Anniversary. Our guide, Leo was awesome. We feel we got to see most of the island. The only disappointment was that there was no parking for the blow hole. We would have liked to have stopped.
star-5
Great tour
Becky_B
, Dec 2021
I enjoyed learning a lot about the island with Kaleo. And of course,the sights were amazing. I would recommend this BUT not the lunch. That was not good at all.

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