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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

Our acclaimed Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu is the most enjoyable and informative way to see the beauties of the entire island in a single day. This exciting 120-mile excursion includes the key sites of Hawaii’s most visited island. Your professional driver guide will meet you in Waikiki in a deluxe tour vehicle and share the many natural and cultural landmarks of Oahu. From the South Shore with far reaching views of the Pacific Ocean to the windward coastline surrounded by the towering Ko’olau Mountain Range, then onward to the famous North Shore where waves pound pristine white sandy beaches, and back to Honolulu – you’ll take it all in during this one-of-a-kind tour.

Tour Highlights:
  • Amelia Earhart Lookout, located on the south side of Diamond Head, commemorates the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the US mainland in 1934, two years after flying across the Atlantic.
  • Exclusive Kahala Avenue is known as “Hawaii’s Beverly Hills”, and you’ll view the stunning multi-million-dollar properties in this affluent community while we travel toward the South Shore sea cliffs area.
  • Hanauma Bay Lookout was formed within a volcanic cone and 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 acts like an ocean-driver geyser as the ocean breezes push waves into the cave below and a hole in the rock formation shoots sea spray jets high into the air. We’ll strive to include the blowhole during your tour; accessibility is dependent upon parking congestion situation at this popular stop. 
  • Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is the location of the 1795 battle in which King Kamehameha I victoriously united Oahu under his rule. The epic battle claimed the lives of hundreds of warriors forced over the Pali’s sheer cliffs. At 1,200 feet above the green and blue views of Windward Oahu, the Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most breathtaking scenic points.
  • Byodo-In Temple is a stunning replica of a temple in Uji, Japan, Byodo-In. It is nestled in the Valley of the Temples on the slopes of the Ko’olau Mountain Range, Byodo-In commemorates the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and was constructed entirely without nails. Its beautiful peacocks and hundreds of Japanese Koi Carp contribute to one of the most peaceful and picturesque locations on the island.  
  • Kualoa Ranch, a private nature reserve and working cattle ranch, is a frequent filming location on the windward coast where Jumanji, Jurassic Park, Hawaii Five-O, Godzilla, and others were shot. Book the “Gold” version of this tour during check-out to include a delicious buffet lunch served at the ranch cafe. While at Kualoa, you’ll enjoy the “Legends & Legacy” narrated tram ride that will take you to view remarkable ancient Hawaiian sites.
  • Chinaman’s Hat, officially Mokoli’i, or “little lizard” in Hawaiian, an islet in Kaneohe Bay aptly named for the cone-shaped hat worn by Chinese immigrants. Chinaman’s Hat is will be viewed near Kualoa as your deluxe tour vehicle winds its way along the scenic coastline.
  • North Shore Surfing Breaks, including world famous Sunset, Waimea Bay, and others, are viewed from your tour vehicle as it crosses the island’s big wave territory. The region is known for its fabulously large wintertime waves and international surfing competitions.
  • Historic Haleiwa Town, with its preserved old plantation character and surf town image, makes its shops and restaurants popular among visitors and Oahu residents. It’s the gateway to the North Shore for those arriving from Honolulu and is the area’s largest commercial center.
  • Dole Plantation is “Hawaii’s Complete Pineapple Experience”. Learn, see, and taste the fruit that is part of the island’s heritage and enjoyed throughout the world. Walk through Dole’s country store where delicious ice-cold Dole Whip treats are available. The quintessential final stop before heading back to Waikiki.
Details:
    • Fascinating live narration by professional driver guide
    • Amelia Earhart Lookout on the south side of Diamond Head
    • Exclusive Kahala Avenue drive through “Hawaii’s Beverly Hills”
    • Hanauma Bay (pending available parking)
    • Halona Blowhole (pending available parking)
    • Nu’uanu Pali Lookout scenic vista towering 1,200 feet over Windward Oahu
    • Byodo-In Temple in Valley of the Temples, gorgeous grounds and remarkable architecture
    • Chinaman’s Hat island offshore near Kualoa
    • Kualoa Ranch tram ride. Book the “Gold” version of this tour to include delicious buffet lunch at the ranch café.
    • North Shore world famous surfing beaches of Sunset, Waimea Bay, and others
    • Drive through rustic, historic Haleiwa Town
    • Coffee and pineapple farms of Central Oahu
    • Dole Plantation where you’ll learn of Hawaii’s pineapple history

    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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