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Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

1. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Around the corner is the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Learn from your guide the rich plantation history and describe how this famously sweet plant became a symbol of Hawaii.

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

2. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at iconic Halona Blowhole Lookout – 15-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm •Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck. Choose from any of their signature entrees: butter garlic shrimp / spicy garlic lemon shrimp / & coconut shrimp. Non-shrimp and vegetarian options available. LUNCH INCLUDED · Stop at and enjoy the delicacies of a local fruit stand ! · Waimea Valley beautiful and lush, swimming optional · Byodo-In Temple-set back against the Koolau Mountains, this is a replicia of a 900+ year old temple in Japan! •Visit historic Haleiwa Town: famous for surfing shopping and shave ice! Stroll the town and take in the North Shore ambiance and flavors- ask your guide his or her recommendations! •A stop at famous Matsumoto Shave ice- purchase optional •Dole Pineapple Plantation – A 30-minute stop, home of the original “Dole Whip.”

Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

3. Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on Oahu with a sightseeing tour to the North Shore and Hanauma Bay. See the famous Banzai Pipeline where pro-surfers ride the waves. Head to Waimea Bay Beach Park and Waimea Falls (optional) to hike and see some gorgeous waterfalls.  For lunch, dig into some of the best shrimp on the island. Grab a plate, relax, and enjoy yourself. The next step includes the Dole Plantation for a serving of tasty pineapple ice cream. End the day with a ride south on the H3 Highway where you will enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Along the highway, you will see where great Hollywood productions such as Jurassic Park and Lost were filmed.

Oahu: Doors-Off Valleys and Waterfalls Helicopter Tour

4. Oahu: Doors-Off Valleys and Waterfalls Helicopter Tour

Explore the Oahu's valleys and waterfalls on this scenic flight tour. Discover aerial views of the 1000-foot Kaliuwa‘a waterfall, better known as "Sacred Falls", which is only accessible by air. Here, you will fly over incredible cliffs, powerful streams and waterfalls which have been closed to the public since 1999. Take in the dramatic ridgelines of the Ko‘olau Mountains, and see the views of places completely inaccessible by car. In addition, your aerial expedition will take you above Kāne‘ohe Bay known for miles of sandbars and crystal clear waters. End your tour at the fabled North Shore to catch the surf breaks. Here, you will see world-famous beaches and maybe even see surfers gliding across the tops of waves.

Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Koke'e Valley Bus Tour

5. Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Koke'e Valley Bus Tour

Explore Kauai's striking and unparalleled nature on a bus tour to the iconic Waimea Canyon and Koke'e Valley. Discover the latter on a short nature trail to truly immerse yourself in the area and see Waimea Canyon from above with its red and green hues. Journey through the heart of Kauai’s countryside and ascend a mountain via a meandering road engulfed by trees and endless fields to reveal the impressive Waimea Canyon. It’s hard to believe the immense cliffs and deep gorges of the Waimea Canyon could exist on a small island. Head back down the mountain to watch ocean waves propel jets of water through lava rock at the Spouting Horn Blowhole. In quaint Hanapepe town amid sugar cane fields, view Hanapepe Valley from the lookout and cross the famous Hanapepe Swinging Bridge. Then stop for a delicious lunch at the charming Waimea Plantation Cottages' Chicken in a Barrel BBQ restaurant. Stroll through the picturesque grounds with stunning ocean front views fronting a two-mile black sand beach. Next, venture down a nature trail in Koke’e State Park for an easy hike surrounded by native Hawaiian flora and fauna. The first portion of the hike is a gradual uphill stroll for about 30 yards, then the land levels, hugging the contours of the hill. On your walk, listen for the lyrical chirping of the rare red 'apapane or i’iwi bird species who sip nectar from the blossoms on the native trees. Then, peer at the expanse of Waimea Valley from Puu Hinahina lookout point and visit the recently unveiled King Kaumuali‘i Statue at Pa‘ula‘ula, more commonly known as the Russian Fort. Finally, stroll through the Kauai Coffee Plantation beneath the warm Hawaiian sun near the coast and see the entire coffee process from initial blossoming and harvesting to the final roasting. Sample the exclusive line of estate-grown Hawaiian coffees.

From Honolulu: North Shore of Oahu Tour

6. From Honolulu: North Shore of Oahu Tour

Explore the North Shore of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Visit one of the best surfing locations on the island, as well as the historic town of Haleiwa, with some time to relax on a scenic beach. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu and drive towards the North Shore area of the island. First, stop at the Pali Lookout to admire a breathtaking view of the East Shore of Oahu. Next, see the Chinaman's Hat islet off the shore at Kualoa Beach Park, a popular photo opportunity. Head to Laniakea Beach where turtles can be seen basking in the sun and playing in the surf. Then, stop at one of the best surfing beaches on the island, where you may spot pros riding the waves. Arrive in the historic town of Haleiwa, where you can take some time for lunch and shopping. Then it's time to soak up the sun and hang out at Haleiwa Beach Park. After some time relaxing on the beach, head towards the North Shore Coffee Farm for a short visit. Finally, relax on the journey back to Honolulu, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Oahu: The North Shore Photo Tour off the Beaten Path

7. Oahu: The North Shore Photo Tour off the Beaten Path

The North Shore of O'ahu holds some of the most famous names with Waimea Bay, Haleiwa historic town, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and much more. Take a break from the touristy entertainment and see what the North Shore is all about. Join the North Shore Photo Tour as you travel the world famous North shore. Depending on the time of year you will be coming you will document the day's adventure looking for beautiful waves, clear waters, pristine beaches, pounding shore breaks, local daredevils, the green sea turtle, and much more. You will be taken to the Waimea waterfall and botanical garden. In this peaceful setting you will be able to photograph with the sounds of the forest and the cool breeze coming through the valley. Stop in the world famous historic Hale'iwa town for some local eats at the famous food trucks after exploring so many beautiful locations. You will walk away from this tour with great photographs of the North Shore and its way of life. Some say if you want to see Hawaii 50 years ago, head to the North Shore. After the food truck stop for lunch, stop in a few art galleries or surf shops for your enjoyment. Stroll through the town and peruse the art galleries and surf shops that some say reflect what Hawaii was like decades ago.

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What people are saying about Haleiwa

For travelers who don't want to drive this is ideal way for circle tour of the island. The whole day tour is relaxing, well planned, and educational. As with all organized tours, stop time for staying at each site is tight; and a couple of the sites may be less exciting. Overall, a great experience with a highly skillful tour guide.

Humu was a fantastic guide. He was fun & full of information. He joked, seemed to care about us & treated us all like family. The group was small so that we could hear Humu & each other’s questions.

This was a laid back tour with plenty of time to see the turtles and a cute town with lots of charm. Our tour guide Jose, was knowledgeable, easy going, and very patient with us older folks.

We had such a wonderful time and our guide was Kieko. He was fun and patient! It was bc an amazing experience and well worth the cost!!

Paul was amazing! Very friendly and informative. I’d definitely recommend to my friends and family :)