Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour
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From jagged green mountains to sparkling ocean and pristine beaches, there are plenty of stunning sites on this full-day circle island tour of Oahu. Visit the North Shore, the Dole Plantation, Byodo-In Temple, Diamond Head, the Halona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay, Nu'uanu Pali and more as you travel with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the history of Hawaii and its amazing natural wonders for a memorable experience of beautiful Oahu.
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In Brief

Location:
Oahu, United States
Country:
United States
Duration:
8 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Fully narrated tour
Great overview and orientation of the city
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
All entrance fees included
Overview
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Start your full-day tour of Oahu with morning pickup at your Waikiki hotel and set out in a deluxe air-conditioned coach with an expert guide.

Leaving Honolulu, drive past the ritzy Kahala area en route to the Amelia Earhart Lookout, named in honor of the famous aviator who in 1935 completed the first successful solo flight from Honolulu to the continental US, landing in California. Take in panoramic views of the 350-acre (142-hectare) volcanic crater that forms Diamond Head and watch surfers catching waves in the ocean below.

Down the road, stop at the lookout over Hanauma Bay, a marine nature reserve known for calm clear waters with excellent snorkeling. Then stop for a look at the Halona Blowhole and hope to see a geyser-like spray of water rocket into the air.

Travel into the hills to reach the Nu'uanu Pali lookout where you are treated to sweeping views of Kanehoe Bay and Kailua Bay. Continue to Byodo-In Temple, a smaller-scale replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan. The stunning site, which features ornate temple buildings with a golden Buddha statue that stands more than nine feet (three meters) tall, is tucked into the foothills of the Ko'olau Mountains.

Back on the road, enjoy great views of Mokoli'l Island (Chinaman's Hat), Kahana Bay and the beaches along the North Shore of Oahu. Visit Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, made famous in the 1960s when big-wave surfing took hold here. In the winter, the beaches still draw surfers from around the world.

Head inland to the Dole Plantation, where you have a quick stop to view lush tropical gardens, take a quick break and browse the gift shop.

During the day, take a 1-hour break to purchase lunch at a sit-down restaurant. Your tour ends with drop off at your hotel in the evening.

Inclusions

  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Byodo-In Temple

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Nu'uanu Pali Overlook-closed for repairs

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Pick up available from the following Waikiki Hotels:

Ala Moana Hotel - 8:15amHawaii Prince - 8:15amIlikai - 8:15amHale Koa - 8:20amHilton Hawaiian Village - 8:20amWaikiki Gateway - 8:25amOutrigger Reef - 8:30amSheraton Waikiki - 8:30amBeachcomber (Holiday Inn) - 8:35amCourtyard Marriott – 8:35amOhana East - 8:40pmOutrigger Waikiki on the Beach - 8:40amHyatt Regency - 8:45amPacific Beach Hotel - 8:45amAston Waikiki Beach - 8:50amWaikiki Beach Marriott - 8:50am
*guests should arrive at pickup locations 10 mins prior to departure time. Please allow up to 10 mins flexibility in departure times due to traffic. Pickup locations & times may vary due to local events, therefore a 24 hour hotel pick-up reconfirmation is required.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:45pm

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our driver for the day was Ben and he really made this trip with his humor and knowledge. We saw all thr beautiful spots around the island.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
This tour gave us a good overview of the island and the guide/driver, Keau (spelling?) was outstanding. Friendly, personable, informative about history and current events. He was proud of his home and culture and seemed to enjoy his job. The meal at the ranch provided many choices and the store stops gave you a chance to taste different products of the islands- nuts, coffee and pineapple - without any pressure to purchase. Polynesian Adventure Tours were a hit with us. The day was long, but went quickly and was enjoyable.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
This is a must for every visitor to this island. Great sights and an excellent history lesson by our tour guide.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Very informative and accommodating tour guide. Safety is a high priority for everybody. Enthusiastic and very smooth ride along. Highly recommended and worth every dollar!
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
The trip was very informative and entertaining. The stops were appropriate for experiencing the places.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2019
Leo was a fantastic tour guide! I’ve been about 30 times and I like to do the Island tour every couple years. Leo was pleasant and very knowledgeable of the Islands history. He made the day fun.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
I had the greatest time ever. Keo was extremely funny and very knowledgeable. Not only can he drive but he can sing too!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2019
We chose a tour that allowed us to have an unrushed breakfast before the 8:30 departure and arrived back around 5pm.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Beautiful scenery and great attractions. Our guide was very informative, interesting and very knowledgeable. Loved it!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This is our first trip here in Hawaii. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. He took us around the island and we learned a lot about volcanoes, the fruits and vegetables that grow here. Gave us tips on other tours we might like to take. Overall we had a good time. Thank you Ben.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Wonderful tour, full of adventures! Ben with Polynesian Tours, a native, was very knowledgeable and informative. He was also so nice and FUN! We especially enjoyed our visit to the Dole Plantation, where we experienced our first pineapple whip! We went in mid-April, and the weather was perfect!
• Submitted 07 May 2019
The tour director/ driver was one of the most knowledgeable person I have had. My husband and I took this tour 4 years ago and we did not see half of what we saw yesterday. She was outstanding. I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about the island and since she is Hawaiian we heard a lot about the daily life of an average person who lives here. Just an incredible visit
• Submitted 05 Oct 2018
Very good tour, we tour all the island and stopped at some lovely places for photo opportunities
• Submitted 08 Sep 2018
This tour was in a comfortable motor coach van with a company called Polynesian Adventure Tours. Guide was a very positive and energetic Samoan guy by the name of Kalaa (pronounced like “Clay” with an “ah” in the middle between the “C” and “L” to make it two syllables).The tour picks up people from multiple hotels between 8:15- 9 AM and then sets off on its way. Lasts until about 6 PM with a lunch break around 12:30-1 PM at a picturesque place called Kuuola Ranch. Guide is also the driver and tells many interesting fun facts about each place we visit, as well as about Hawaii in general. Some of the places we saw included Hanauma Bay Reserve, the Byodo-In Japanese temple, Waimea Bay, the Halona Blowhole, the Dole Plantation, and at the end, a beautiful scenic view of the Honolulu area from a viewing area called Nu’uanu Pali. The tour is long and should not be taken by those with low energy and stamina. But if you can complete it, it will definitely be one of the most fun and fulfilling tours offered by any tour company that you can take of Oahu. Would definitely take other similar tours with this company and guide again!!
• Submitted 06 Sep 2018
Driver very knowledgeable. Learned a lot about Hawaii and the culture. Learned about the kings and queens of ancient Hawaii
• Submitted 02 Sep 2018
This was a perfect way to see oahu! My mom and I came here for vacation! It was my moms second visit and my first visit here and I wanted to see as much as we could. Oahu is beautiful and there’s so much to see but this tour allows you to explore and not have to worry about the commute or transit. You hope on an air conditioned bus and just enjoy the ride. Our driver Jensin was so great, he was extremely knowledgeable and he took us to every spot listed on the schedule. If I had to choose a favorite spot it would either be the Byodo-In Temple or the Nu’unau Pali lookout point. This is a great tour for anyone! A family, group of friends and solo if you want! It was so much fun!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
This is an eight-nine hours tour, many stops for photos. We had Keao as our driver who is a seasoned tour guide, told many stories. The entire trip had zero downtime. Well worth it for the value.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Great to visit
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
Our tour guide/bus driver was friendly and knowledgeable. Willing to stop when he saw a monk seal on the beach, we all got to see it even though it wasnt on the agenda for the day. Great stops along the way, plenty of time to see the sights at each stop. You have to have a Dole whip at the plantation- amazing! Loved the coffee and macadamia nuts stop - got several bags of each! Great way to get out of the city and see the sights of Oahu.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
Good day out, got to see all round Oahu and the Japanese temple, never seen so many Koi Carp in one place. Not to mention the Black Swans. Would have liked to stop at the North Shore but you cant have everything.
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
Tommy was happy and fun. We made a few extra stops. Get the ice-cream at the first stop. we had Macadamia nut, banana chocolate swirl, and pineapple. AMAZING!! Dole pineapple farm was HUGE and glad we didn't have to make the trip in our rental car. We were able to decide what we wanted to spend time doing after seeing the island on this tour. Hanauma Bay to go snorkeling was 1! and it was amazing. This tour doesn't take you to the North Shore, so make time to do that.
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
A fun day out. Pity it rained. We would have liked more time at the Dole plantation. Would definitely visit again.
• Submitted 17 Mar 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Tommy Chong was the best and most knowledgeable. Loved it all, one of the best things we did on the Island.
• Submitted 28 Feb 2018

In Brief

Location:
Oahu, United States
Country:
United States
Duration:
8 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Fully narrated tour
Great overview and orientation of the city
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
All entrance fees included