Oahu in 1 Day: Best Driving is Circle Island Tour
Experience the highlights of Oahu on a full day “circle island” tour with knowledgeable & fun local guides in a small group setting.
In modern air-conditioned 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. On the way to Kailua on the eastern coast, you’ll stop at Pali Lookout for breathtaking views of Oahu’s natural beauty.
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. The tour will make its way up 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, with many picture-taking stops and the opportunity to enjoy Macadamia Nut tastings at a farm.
The afternoon takes you to the beaches of 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.
The tour will take you into historical Waimea Valley with a walk through lush botanical gardens alongside Waimea River to one of the few accessible waterfalls on the island, which you can also swim in. After passing Waimea Bay, you’ll check out the shops of quaint historical Haleiwa Town, and you’ll have a chance to purchase local tropical fruit and shaved ice (a popular Hawaiian treat).
Heading down through the middle of the island on the way back to Honolulu, you’ll stop at the popular Dole Pineapple Plantation where you can stroll the gardens and buy their famous frozen pineapple whip.
INCLUDED: Door-to-door transport from Waikiki/Honolulu or Ko Olina lodgings, knowledgeable local guide, all admission fees, a cooked-to-order lunch at the hotspot Pupukea Grill (with local dishes such as ahi loco moco and spicy tuna poke bowl), fresh fruit, local snacks, and drinks