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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour – Halona Blowhole, Kualoa Ranch & Dole Plantation

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8:15 AM -5:45 PM

Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

Visit Oahu's Most Scenic & Cultural Sights

Take a 120-mile excursion around the beautiful island of Oahu during this Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour. See and experience some of the many natural and cultural landmarks the island has to offer. From the South Shore with far reaching views of the Pacific Ocean to the windward coastline surrounded by the towering Koolau Mountain Range as well as the famous North Shore where waves pound pristine white sandy beaches – take it all in on this one-of-a-kind tour.

Tour Highlights:
  • Hanauma Bay Lookout –  formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay is a preserved ecosystem alive with native marine life. A popular snorkeling spot, Hanauma Bay’s curved, bowl is visible from the highway above.  Your driver will make every attempt to stop briefly to view the Bay, but dependent on the current traffic and parking situation; may need to drive by for a quick glimpse from above. Hanauma Bay is closed to the public every Tuesday. 
  • Halona Blowhole – ocean breezes push waves into the cave below and a hole in the rock formation acts like a geyser shooting sea spray jets high into the air. (Note: If possible, we may be able to stop at Halona Blow Hole depending on parking congestion.)
  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout – site of the 1795 Battle of Nuuanu where King Kamehameha I victoriously united Oahu under his rule. The epic battle claimed the lives of hundreds of warriors who fell off the Pali’s sheer cliffs. One of Oahu’s best scenic points, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout offers sprawling views of the Windward Coast. (Note:  Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is unavailable due to road closure of the Pali Hwy.  Additional time will be spent at the other stops)
  • Byodo-In Temple – a replica of a template in Uji, Japan, Byodo-In is nestled in the valley along the Koolau Mountain Range. Byodo-In commemorates the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and is miraculously constructed entirely without nails. Admission is included to this lush oasis, where guests customarily ring the sacred bell and view the resident wildlife which includes black swans, koi and peacocks.
  • Kualoa Ranch – a private nature reserve and working cattle ranch, Kualoa is a popular filming location on the windward coast where Jurassic Park, Hawaii Five-O, and Godzilla were filmed. This tour stops for a delicious buffet lunch here that is included with the GOLD version. Admission is included to the “Legends & Legacy” tram ride; a narrated tour bringing guests to some of Kualoa’s ancient Hawaiian sites.
  • Chinaman’s Hat – an islet in Kaneohe Bay aptly named for the cone-shaped hat worn by Chinese immigrants. Chinaman’s Hat is easily viewed from the shore near Kualoa on the windward side of Oahu. 
  • Dole Plantation – a brief rest stop is made at the home of the history of pineapple and agriculture in Hawaii. There is just enough time for a walk through Dole’s country store where cupfuls of famous, ice-cold DoleWhip are for sale.

Departure & Return Location

  • Round-trip hotel transportation is included from convenient Waikiki locations. 
  • If your hotel or the place you are staying is not listed, we will pick you up at the closest location.
  • Tour departs the first pickup location at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM.
  • 24 hours prior to your tour, please re-confirm your pick up time and location by calling 808-833-3000.

Times

Depart: 8:15 AM    Return: 5:45 PM

Price Includes

  • Round-Trip Transportation
  • Admission to Byodo-In Temple
  • Expert, Live Narration
  • GOLD Package includes the buffet lunch at Kualoa Ranch

Additional Info

Pick-up Information:

Complimentary hotel pick up and return provided from designated Waikiki hotels. Enter the name of your hotel at time of reservation. Please call our Reservations Department at 808-833-3000, 24 hours prior to tour to re-confirm your pick up time and place.

Tour Restriction(s):

The US Department of the Interior has declared a “no bags” policy at the Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center. Passengers may not carry any concealing items. This includes purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, etc. Small cameras are permitted. Allowable vital items may be placed in your pockets. Do not leave any valuables on the coach. This tour does not operate on Christmas, New Year’s Day or Thanksgiving.

Due to ceremonies on December 7th each year, the park is closed to commercial vehicles and we do not operate our normal tours to the USS Arizona Memorial on that date. Also, on rare occasions, and due to external factors outside of our control (including inclement weather and/or shortages of boat launch tickets), there is the possibility of not being able to visit the Arizona Memorial during your visit. You will still be able to visit the many Arizona exhibits and visitor’s center, the USS Bowfin and other monuments at the park.

Cancellation Policy:

If this tour is canceled with more than 24 hours notice, the total amount is refunded. If the tour is canceled without 24 hours notice, full charges apply. No shows incur full charges. Claims for refunds must be made within thirty days of the date of service.

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