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Our most recommended Honolulu Neighborhood Tours

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

1. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

•Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at Hanauma Bay Lookout –A 15-minute stop. •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Nu’uanu Pali Lookout – 10-minute stop. Breathtaking ocean & mountains views •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 •Kahuku Fruit Stand – Known for its fried local banana! Try their locally grown exotic fruits! •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.”

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Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

2. Oahu: Majestic Full-Day Circle Island Tour

Join an adventure and discover all of Oahu’s majestic grandeur. Be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history found at every turn. The morning sun slowly warms the sandy beaches of Waikiki as your guide takes you on a 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.

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Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

3. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater and North Shore Experience

Start your morning by hiking up Diamond Head Crater. Reach the lookout point and enjoy beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu. Stop at Halona Blowhole on the east side of Oahu to begin your sightseeing adventure. Head around the east side and make your way through to the north shore of Oahu. Visit the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts and have the chance to sample a variety of locally grown macadamia nuts. Experience The Kahuku Sugar Mill which contains many fantastic food trucks. Have the chance to purchase the popular and tasty garlic shrimp plates. Spend some time on the North shore and stop at Haleiwa Town for some shave ice at Matsumoto's or snap some great pictures at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park. Finally, visit the Dole Plantation and check out their vibrant pineapple garden. Try some of the plantation's famous Dole Whip, and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.

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Honolulu: Cultural Day Excursion on Polynesian Canoe

4. Honolulu: Cultural Day Excursion on Polynesian Canoe

Enjoy an immersive tour of Honolulu with a cultural day sail excursion on a one-of-a-kind Polynesian canoe. Listen to the history of the Hawaiian Islands through storytelling and song. Enjoy hands-on traditional activities and try local foods while on the beautiful ocean waters. Start your excursion with oli (Hawaiian chant) that welcomes guests to board. Follow with introductions, music, and storytelling. Hear about the history and stories of the islands as you sail along the coast from Kewalo Basin towards Diamond Head. Learn to make poi (traditional Hawaiian food) and enjoy locally grown pupus (Hawaiian snacks). Try out a hula lesson and make Hawaiian lei. Benefit from a teacher/practitioner on board for guidance. Between activities, relax and enjoy the spacious wooden decks on the Polynesian canoe that's 44 feet long and 21 feet wide. Lay in the canoe's nets while marveling at ocean wildlife, beautiful waters, and the colorful Waikiki coastline of O‘ahu. Enjoy plenty of shade under the large canopy covering part of the main deck and easy access to restrooms below deck. By the end of the tour, gain newfound cultural knowledge of authentic Hawaii with skills to share and remember forever.

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From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

5. From Waikiki: Private Custom Oahu Tour

This private tour is fully customizable and perfect for families, couples, and private groups. Contact the local partner and figure out which places you'd like to see or have the guide show you the best spots and stops on Oahu. Either way, lean back and relax in a private luxury vehicle. Tour options • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center - The guide shows you around the Pearl Harbor Museum • USS Arizona Memorial - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack • Turtle Beach Laniakea - High chance of Green Sea Turtles lounging on the beach • North Shore beaches and surf spots - See the big waves during surf season • Dole Plantation - Learn about Dole and the success of pineapple in Hawaii • Kualoa Ranch - Movie location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji 2, Hawaii Five-0, Godzilla, Elvis Blue Hawaii etc • Haleiwa Town Shopping - Stroll the streets of the famous surf town • Aloha Tower - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii • I'olani Palace - Only royal palace in the US • King Kamehameha Statue - First King of all of Hawaii and a famous spot in the Hawaii Five-0 TV show • Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii • Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest outdoor shopping mall in the USA • World War I Memorial - Salt water swim stadium • Secluded Beach in Waikiki - Home of Hawaiian Monk Seals • Diamond Head Beach Lookout - Whale watching during the season • Hawaii Five-0 Movie Spots - Different spots along the route • Most expensive neighborhood on Oahu - mansions and Japanese Mafia • Military in Hawaii - Schofield Barracks • Sunset Beach - Visit one of the most popular spots for surf competitions • Shrimp Farms - Where the famous North Shore Shrimp are raised • Lunch (not included in the cost of the tour) for example at Kahuku local food trucks - Variety of freshly prepared Hawaiian food, Korean BBQ, poke bowls, vegetarian, North Shore Shrimp, and more • Chinamans Hat - Basalt island off the coast • Macadamia Nut Farm - Free coffee and macadamia nut tasting • Makapu'u Lookout - WWII bunkers and whale watching during season • Sandy Beach Lookout - Most dangerous beach in the USA • Halona Blowhole - Volcanic lava tube spouting water • Eternity Beach - Movie spot for Pirates of the Caribbean and From Here to Eternity • Hanauma Bay - Great snorkeling spot for beginners • Koko Head Lookout - Diamond Head and Koko Head crater view

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Waikiki: North Shore & Hanauma Bay East End Sightseeing Tour

6. Waikiki: North Shore & Hanauma Bay East End Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on Oahu with a sightseeing tour to the North Shore. 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 cruise 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.

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Oahu: 10-Hour Sunrise & Scenic View Points Photo Tour

7. Oahu: 10-Hour Sunrise & Scenic View Points Photo Tour

Photograph the dramatic landscapes of Oahu on an amazing full-day tour that starts with a beautiful sunrise on the Windward coast. Visit some of the island's scenic lookout points, and capture majestic mountains, sandbars, country fruit stands and giant banyan trees on your camera. Much of the focus will be on the weather and lighting of each day to make sure you get the best photos possible. Travel all the way up the Windward coast to the North Shore where, depending on the time of year, you'll witness the famous Banzai Pipeline and daredevil surfers who test the power of the waves.  Alternatively, go in search of honu, the green sea turtle native to Hawaii, and marvel as they pose for photographs whilst they bask in the sun on the white sand beaches.

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Honolulu: Morning Polynesian Canoe Voyage

8. Honolulu: Morning Polynesian Canoe Voyage

Sail along the beautiful Waikiki coastline, becoming immersed in the stories and history of the area. As you travel, learn about both the land and ocean from your classroom on the sea. Your cultural practitioner and crew will involve you in hands-on activities, using native materials to make food, clothing, tools, and other traditional items. Feel free to ask questions, explore the deck, nets and hulls, and take part in poi pounding. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy your experience out on the water. Enjoy local ukulele music and traditional chants accompanied by locally-sourced traditional food and drinks. At the conclusion of your day out on the water, your boat returns you back to your starting location.

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Oahu: Half-Day Sunrise Photo Tour from Waikiki

9. Oahu: Half-Day Sunrise Photo Tour from Waikiki

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Waikiki 1 hour before dawn. Then, watch the sunrise from one of 4 possible locations, depending on the season and weather. Next, embark on a scenic road trip and stop at 4 or 5 carefully selected locations, such as Lanai Point, Makapu’u Point or the Pali Lookout. Get stunning views of the 2.5 million-year-old volcanic Koʻolau Mountain Range. Encounter ancient trees, sacred temples, tropical bamboo forests and the most beautiful white sand beach on O’ahu. Get the chance to buy breakfast at a local Kailua coffeehouse along the way.

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Oahu: Sunset Photography Tour with Professional Photo Guide

10. Oahu: Sunset Photography Tour with Professional Photo Guide

Perfect for photography enthusiasts and those who love a sunset... not only does this tour position you in perfect timing to capture the brilliant colors of a Hawaiian sunset, but you get to take pictures of the sunrays as they touch and graze the topography of Oahu Island’s windward side. Enjoy cool breezes on top of mountains, the calming effects of a Buddhist temple, delicious local food not found in Waikiki, paragliders flying over lighthouses and sea cliffs on the water’s edge. Begin your journey high above the clear waters of Hanauma Bay. Ask your guide to discuss the feature of this world-renowned bay, then drive to the Lana'i lookout. The blue colors of the Kawai channel are both breathtaking and overwhelming. Depending on the time of year, you may spot the Hawaiian-born hump-backed whale. A stop at Koko Crater Botanical garden is next on the list. Beautiful and intricate groves of plumeria will have you stopping to smell and photograph these bright tropical flowers. The spirit of this location is pleasing and benefits all visitors with a sense of inner peace, serenity and, of course, by providing the gift of beautiful images. Centered and inspired, you’ll be brought up close and personal with the Ko’olau Mountains at the Makapu'u lookout for an unforgettable experience in this protected landscape. You’ll understand why this location was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1972 because preserving the pure quality of this natural place is worth appreciating. Anyone looking for memorable things to do in Oahu will feel the value in sharing space with the majestic Ko’olau Mountains.  Watch the Halona Blow spout. You could be really lucky to see the water shoot up over your head at this movie location and favorite photo spot. After snapping the shots of the Blow Hole and Eternity Beach, you’ll prepare to photograph Hawaii’s most epic sunset on the eastern tip of Oahu, where you’ll capture the sun dropping down the sky along the sea cliff walls. 

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What people are saying about Honolulu

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Hiking Diamond Head before sunrise was one of the most unique adventures we experienced in Hawaii. This tour was the highlight of our vacation. Jonah was the best guide: personable, accommodating, patient, and knowledgeable. Starting our day early with the hike up to Diamond head gave us a sense of accomplishment and allowed us to connect to nature first thing in morning before driving around North Shore. Unlike any other tour! Highly recommend very memorable experience!

This was perhaps the best tour we've taken on the Hawaiian islands. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and gave us a bit of information about practically everything we passed on our way to the major sites.

We had a great tour guide. It was nice to see the rest of the island and all the other places to return too. It was definitely worth it for us.

Highly interactive trip with ful filled activities to keep the tour engaging and interesting.

I have rated below and do not feel the need to write a book.