Oahu Ultimate Circle Island Tour

Keawe Adventures
Island Tour
Transportation Included
Lunch Included
Chinaman's Hat & Kualoa Beach Park

Chinaman's Hat & Kualoa Beach Park

Highlights

  • Tour of Oahu’s historical, natural, and cultural sites with knowledgeable local guide
  • Scenic drive up the center of the island, along the North Shore, and down the eastern coast
  • Highlights include pineapple, coffee, & macadamia nut farms, beaches, mountains, a waterfall, and more
  • Small group of no more than 8 (often less)
  • Includes hot lunch, tastings, all admission fees, and door-to-door transport
From
$169 per adult
  • Pickup 7:30am - 8:00am
  • Duration 10 - 11 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

Experience the highlights of Oahu on a full day “circle island” tour with a knowledgeable and fun local guide in a small group setting.

In new premium vehicles, you will be picked up from your lodging and head up into the hills above Honolulu to the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater to where over 53,000 veterans were laid to rest from the many major wars of the 20th century. Then you'll head up through the middle of the island, stopping first at Green World Coffee Farm (coffee and chocolate tastings), then at Dole Pineapple Plantation (pineapple whip treat, cutting & tasting demonstration, and short gardens tour).

Next you'll visit multiple beaches on the North Shore, renowned not just for their white sand and turquoise water but also as the legendary surf capital of the world, especially in the winter with monster waves attracting surfers and spectators from afar. If you'd like you can take a refreshing dip (depending on conditions) at famous Sunset Beach, or the usually calmer Hukilau Beach. Turtle sightings are common at Haleiwa Beach.

A cooked-to-order hot lunch will be served in quaint historical Haleiwa Town, where you can also check out some shops and purchase shaved ice (a popular Hawaiian treat).

The tour will then take you into historical Waimea Valley with a walk through lush botanical gardens alongside a river to one of the few accessible waterfalls on the island, Waimea Falls, where you can swim (optional & pending conditions).

After passing Waimea Bay and amazing views on the way to more beaches, you'll stop at a tropical fruit stand, where you will be treated to deep fried bananas and have the opportunity to pick up other local fruit or banana bread.

The tour will make its way down the eastern shore (“windward side”) with stunning coastal views on one side (including of Chinaman’s Hat) and scenic farms and mountains on the other. You will have the opportunity to enjoy macadamia nut tastings (and nut cracking) at a farm, and there will be many opportunities to stop to take pictures.

Against the backdrop of the majestic Ko’olau mountains, you’ll visit the Valley of the Temples including a replica of a 1,000 year old Buddhist temple in Japan, where you'll stroll the peaceful grounds, feed the koi fish, and strike the massive bell with a hanging log.

As you cross through the mountains, you’ll stop for a climactic view of the eastern coast and offshore islands at Pali Lookout. Before the tour concludes, you'll get a short driving tour of some of the famous sites of Honolulu, including historical palaces and famous museums.

INCLUDED: Door-to-door transport from Waikiki/Honolulu or Ko Olina lodgings, knowledgeable guide with deep local ties, all admission fees, a cooked-to-order hot lunch, snacks & tastings, and drinks

Booking Tips

  • Looking for a Circle Island Tour that includes Pearl Harbor? Check out our Pearl Harbor Combo Tour (and compare both tours here).
  • More than 8 people in your party or prefer a private tour? We can likely accommodate; see FAQ for more details.
  • Not able to do an available day? Please contact us with the number of people, the dates that would work for you, and your lodging, and we may be able to open up a tour for you, even possibly for tomorrow. 
  • TravelShack is the exclusive booking agent for this specific excursion. You will not find it bookable elsewhere, and contacting the tour operator directly will just result in being referred back to us to book.
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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • Smaller group (8 or less, whereas others are often more than 25) means more personalized attention from guide, more customization to your interests, better group camaraderie, less time waiting around for everyone to get on and off van, more time for stops, and no one being left behind (one major tour shuttle leaves people weekly!)
  • Includes some off-the-beaten-path stops/areas
  • No wasted stops at random souvenir shops to get you to purchase things (common with some others); there are shopping opportunities, but they are all unique on their own without any pressure to purchase

Tour Route

This is just a general representation of the circle island tour route; for a full list of specific stops, see FAQ. The tour usually goes clockwise. This map does not show Ko Olina lodging pick-ups, which are also available.

Guidebook Reviews

Lonely Planet guidebook:

Oahu in 1 Day: Best Driving is Circle Island Tour

Fodor's guidebook:

Guided tours on Oahu are convenient; you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or getting admission tickets.

Byodo-in Temple: Fodor’s Choice. Peaceful surroundings set dramatically against the sheer, green cliffs.

Waimea Valley: An ecological treasure. It's the best place on the island to see native species. A swim in 45 foot Waihi Falls is the perfect way to end your hike.

Oahu Revealed guidebook:

Punchbowl Cemetery is an immensely moving place, guaranteed to put a lump in your throat.

Valley of the Temples: A Real Gem; the Byodo-In is the absolute essence of serenity, like taking a mini-trip to Japan.

Moon guidebook:

Top 8 Beaches on Oahu: Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay Beach

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Support a small family business run by a Native Hawaiian and veteran. Company started in 2008 by Hawaii born & raised Makani Christensen, whose family goes back generations on the Island. After graduating from the Naval Academy, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan for 5 years as a Marine Officer (and earned a Joint Service Commendation Medal). His goal has been to provide a local perspective to the tourism industry with real stories from the people who live it and the knowledge passed-down from their families. He also employs many local veterans as guides.
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds within 48 hours of tour time (4 days for parties of 8+, 7 days for parties of 14+ or 2 entire vans)
Taxes added at checkout
  • 4.712% Hawaii/Oahu sales tax (GET)
Restrictions
  • Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and strollers are not permitted due to both vehicle restrictions and not being appropriate at stops. Canes are permitted.
  • For Waimea Valley, there is a .75 mile walk each way on paved surface (slight incline); alternatively, you can take a shuttle for $8 one way / $12 round-trip.
  • Maximum weight of 400 lbs / 180 kg per person