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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Circle the Island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains, and fascinating history during this full-day tour. Check out Diamond Head, Nu’uanu Pali lookout, the Halona Blowhole, Waimea Valley and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Soak up Hawaiian history and culture with a stop at the Dole Plantation and the serene, Japanese-style Byodo-In Temple. This Oahu circle island tour also includes entrance fees at the temple and round-trip hotel transport.
  • View beaches on Oahu’s North Shore, including Waimea Bay, famous for big-wave surfing since the 1960s
  • Learn all about Oahu’s landmarks from your local guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is one of your best bets for visiting all the top sights at an attractive price.
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Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Admission and tram ride at Waimea Valley
Admission to Byodo-In Temple & Gardens
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Lunch

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7:00 AM

Please arrive 1 hour before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

We pickup from specific locations in the Waikiki area from approximately 7:00 to 8:00 AM; please select your hotel in the pickup section. If your hotel is not listed, please enter your hotel/lodging information in the free-form field and contact us for your exact pickup location and time.
Get a sense of the incredible diversity of sights on Oahu during this full-day circle tour by coach, exploring a variety of the island’s natural and cultural attractions. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get an overview of all this Hawaiian Island has to offer, or want to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, this excursion is a great option.

Start your trip with pickup from your Waikiki hotel in the morning, and head for Diamond Head a 350-acre (142-hectare) crater was left behind by a now-extinct volcano many millions of years ago. If time allows Stop at the Amelia Earhart Lookout to take in some great views of the surfers down on the beach below. The lookout is named for the iconic female aviator who completed the first successful solo flight from Honolulu to California in 1935.

Continue to Hanauma Bay, a marine nature reserve known for great snorkeling and for crystal-clear waters. From there, proceed to the Halona Blowhole, a rock formation on the coast that forces ocean swells through a narrow opening, creating impressive explosion-like sprays of water.

Drive next into the hills of Oahu heading to Nu’uanu Pali, an overlook offering panoramic vistas of both Kanehoe and Kailua Bay. Your next stop is at Byodo-In Temple, a re-creation of 950-year-old Buddhist Temple found in Uji, Japan. Wander among the complex’s intricate temple buildings and glistening nine-foot (tree meter) tall gold Buddha statue, all set among the beautiful foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains.

Proceed next toward Oahu’s North Shore, admiring scenic views of Mokoli’l Island (Chinaman’s Hat) and Kahana Bay as you drive. Stop in Waimea Valley surrounded by verdant greenery for a picnic-style lunch, a roundtrip tram ride to the waterfall at the top to swim (weather-permitting). Waimea Valley is brimming with history as Hawaiian kahuna or priests dwelled here because of the idyllic setting and bountiful land for agriculture. Cruise by the beaches of the North Shore, including Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, known worldwide since the 1960s as the epicenter of big-wave surfing culture. The beach is sure to be chock-full of big-wave riders during the winter months, when strong swells hit this stretch of coast.

Turn away from the coast back to Oahu’s interior, heading to the Dole Plantation that lies at its center. Make a short stop to check out the plantation’s brilliant-green gardens and browse its gift shop. Finish the day with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Diamond Head Beach Park
Drive around the perimeter of Diamond Head a volcanic tuff cone.
Pass By:  
Kahala
Luxury beachfront estates known as Hawaii's Beverly Hills.
Pass By:  
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
This popular nature preserve on a bay features a beach, green sea turtles, parrotfish & more. View the bay from the overlook above. Closed on Tuesdays.
Stop At:  
Halona Blowhole
The geyser of seawater shoots as high as 30 feet through this lava tube in a scenic cove.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nu’uanu Pali
Historical landmark from 1795 featuring panoramic lookout with coastal cliff & mountain peak views.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Byodo-In Temple
A replica of a historic Japanese Buddhist temple featuring manicured grounds & meditation sites.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Chinaman's Hat
Mokoliʻi, commonly known as Chinaman's Hat, is a basalt islet in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaii.
Stop At:  
Waimea Valley
Waimea Valley tram ride to the top of the valley and swimming in a natural waterfall fed pool (weather-permitting).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Haleiwa Town Center
Brief stop to explore the town on your own, try a famous, refreshing shave ice and browse surf shops and clothing stores.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dole Plantation
Brief stop at the plantation to explore the gift shop and perhaps sample the Dole Whip.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 56 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Polynesian Adventure Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.

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  • "This is a must for every visitor to this island." See review
  • "The tour is long and should not be taken by those with low energy and stamina." See review
  • "Plus , and this is a BIG DEAL , do NOT spend the extra money for the "buffet" lunch at the Kualoa Ranch." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
Fun tour
Elaine_G
, Dec 2021
Tour guide Carl was awesome! Funny, informative and nice! There was a loud pitched sound in bus that was annoying- could still hear Carl well.
star-5
Book it... you won't regret it!
Jennifer_L
, Nov 2021
Kalo was AMAZING! Very professional and knowledgeable. His jokes made the tour even better! This was the best excursion of the trip. Learned and saw a lot of the Island. Greatly appreciated the organization and timelines. As well as the clean air conditioned sprinter bus. Very comfortable seats and our tour only had a total of 12 so was pleased due to the times we're in. Lunch at Waimea Valley was delicious as well.
star-5
Great experience to see the beauty of nature.
Michael_J
, Nov 2021
Where the clouds touches the mountain at the temple. Also,the last stop that you could overlook the whole island.
star-1
Huge Disappointment!
John_F
, Nov 2021
We booked this trip in advance, was at the spot we were told to be ( Hyatt Place) by 6:40 am. We waited for an hour & a half! We called as soon as the call center opened at 8:00 am. Only to be told they were not coming for us. Huge let down! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to see this beautiful island. We were looking forward to it. Polynesian Tours offered to re-book for the next day, but we have to leave. Very disappointed. The tour company said they called the day before the tour..they DID NOT leave a message. We have phone records to prove it. Unbelievable, we did everything according to plan only to be left out. We want our money back & will not be speaking highly of this company. Ruined memories. Thanks.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Aloha John - we definitely understand the disappointment and do wish that we had you on tour. A message was left on the voicemail for the number we had on file about the pickup location and an email sent through Viator; but regret to hear that you didn't receive either. Please contact Viator and they will handle the resolution. Mahalo, Poly Ad.
star-5
The best tour guide among the Hawaii tours
Colin_Z
, Nov 2021
Unforgettable one-day trip with great memories. I feel very lucky to have “Leihua” as our tour guide and driver. She is very knowledgeable and super professional.
star-5
Kaleo is an amazing tour...
Vinitha_P
, Nov 2021
Kaleo is an amazing tour guide. He explained everything well and made it fun. Had a wonderful time! Must tour to take.
star-4
Circle Back
William_B
, Nov 2021
Waimea falls, botanical gardens, and hike. Guide of entire tour did a great job with stories and info.
star-5
My hotel was not on the...
Nay_N
, Nov 2021
My hotel was not on the list of pickup places but they arranged me at the closet pickup place from my hotel. Very nice bus and the commute from place to place throughout the tour was very comfortable. The lunch was really nice and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about Hawaii. She taught us some Hawaiian words and gave us jokes and the entire time while we were on bus was very entertaining and she brought us laughters. I strongly recommend to every visitor.
star-3
Decent but not as advertised
Mary_P
, Nov 2021
Our driver was excellent and the pick up was smooth. However the tour should not have included attractions that we could not partake in due to “parking “ or not enough time like the first event on the map which did not occur. I would have liked to have taken the Dole pineapple train ride for 20 minutes instead of shop at the gift store for 45 minutes . I also would have liked the pineapple 🍍 fruit we were supposed to get from the plantation. That said , the Waterfall hike was nice , lunch was good and the Pali lookout stunning.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your feedback. Due to attractions being restricted to COVID, stops like Hanauma Bay aren't allowing commercial vehicles to enter at this time. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed Waimea Valley and the Pali Lookout. Mahalo!
star-5
Excellent tour. Well...
Bryan_G
, Nov 2021
Excellent tour. Well worth the $. Excellent presentation. Such a beautiful island. Well worth the explanation.

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