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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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 Travellers 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
Pick-up and drop-off at Waikiki Hotels
Admission and tram ride at Waimea Valley
Admission to Byodo-In Temple & Gardens
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
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7:00 AM
The tour times provided reflect the start and end of the tour, but not your exact pickup and drop off time. Whether or not you've provided your hotel/lodging at the time of booking, you are required to contact the tour provider no less than (2) days prior to your tour date to receive your exact pickup time and location. The tour provider will advise you of the specific area at the hotel/lodging you should wait; for example "at the front entrance." Please be there at least 5 minutes before your pickup time. If your hotel/lodging is not included on our pickup schedule, you'll be advised to meet at nearby location. Please note that we are prohibited by certain properties to pickup non-hotel guests and we do not pick-up at private properties such as AirBnB's and residential areas.
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, 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.
Pass By:  
Halona Blowhole
The geyser of seawater shoots as high as 30 feet through this lava tube in a scenic cove.
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: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Mokoli’i Island
Mokoliʻi, just offshore from Kualoa Ranch 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). Lunch, included in the tour price is in a reserved area in the valley.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dole Plantation
Brief stop at the plantation to explore the gift shop and perhaps sample the Dole Whip.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact the tour provider at minimum of 7 days prior to the tour date for ADA and all special requests.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travellers
  • 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 w/ Lunch?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

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

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour w/ Lunch.

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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

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star-5
Great Tour
Chen_W
, Aug. 2022
Very knowledgeable tour guide/driver. Stopped at many scenic spots to take photos. Highly recommended if you want an overview of the island.
star-5
Oahu delivered on one day
Bubbiew
, Aug. 2022
Very informative for a tourist not familiar with the area and seeking a meaningful experience. Guy was the perfect person to deliver. He combined knowledge with humor and personality. He is excellent in giving his clients the feeling that they are involved.
star-3
Ok experience
Kathy_P
, Aug. 2022
We had to wait over 30 minutes initially for the driver so didn't start too well. Tour was ok. It didn't feel like it was that memorable.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Mahalo for posting your feedback. Sorry to hear about the initial delay. Hope to see you back in the islands soon!
star-5
Great tour for venturing the island
Xaviera_Z
, Jul. 2022
I took my two daughters (4&9). The tour was very educational and fun. We stopped at many beautiful places around Hawaii. Cousin Guy took care of us. Lunch was great! We had three different lunches to get a variety. Highly recommend this tour for first timers! Thanks Guy for all the recommendations throughout our tour! Aloha!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Our Driver Lee
Patrick_F
, Jul. 2022
Our loop around Oahu was cursed from the beginning: horrendous traffic delays (with the Hwy closure due to broken water main repair), prepared lunch mix-ups and late returning fellow passengers from the stops. Our group ended up have to miss Sunset Beach (on the other side of the closure) and the last stop. HOWEVER, our Driver Lee, was fantastic!! What a professional. He was patient, attentive and very-very knowledgable. His narrative was on point and sailed us through the delays. Oh, he sure can drive a large bus. All-in-all, lower your expectations until Hwy construction is over and the returning tourist wave levels off before attempting any full day excursion that can be accomplished on other normal days. If I go again, I’ll definitely try and get Lee. Mahalo
star-2
Disappointed
DeAnn_F
, Jul. 2022
The tour guide was nice and informative, but the tour itself was not all that enjoyable. Way too long on the bus. Traffic was horrible and had many delays. We didn’t get to stop at our last stop because we ran out of time and the traffic delays. We didn’t get to spend much time anywhere that was disappointing. We were scheduled for 5 stops and only did 4 and two of the stops we were rushed. The Waimea Valley we were looking forward to swimming at the water fall, but couldn’t because of time. At the Dole Plantation only for 30min.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Traffic was heavier due to recent inclement weather. Emergency road closures were needed where they are repairing sections along the highway on the east coast for the safety of all. Mahalo.
star-5
Do this Oahu tour
Albert_C
, Jul. 2022
Seeing parts of the island was phenomenal. All the history of the island is explained on this tour. It’s a must see and recommend the tour.
star-5
Just amazing!
Amandip_M
, Jul. 2022
The narrative on the tour was excellent. Saw so many things in just one day, great value for money. I would change the lunch as not great. Everything else was amazing.
star-5
Great
Lizarco_E
, Jul. 2022
Bus driver was great ,he was very informed , gave many historical facts mixed in with a little humor
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Theresa_W
, Jul. 2022
Tour bus driver was funny, timely, and very professional. Visited a lot of scenic places and got some really great pictures.
star-5
Best Tour to Take
Cyndi_D
, Jul. 2022
Guy was so great. Very knowledgeable and funny. Loved the tour. He made us laugh and gave us a pat on the back when we were on time. Lol!! Great tour!!
star-5
All day trip around Oahu
Rachelle_R
, Jul. 2022
Waimea falls were so cool. The gardens were spectacular. Lunch was pretty good too, I had pulled pork and salad! Loved loved loved pali point- really amazing and windy.
star-5
Excellent Job Kimoke ó!!!
Freda_M
, Jun. 2022
Our tour guide, Kimoke ó, made the tour educational and enjoyable. His presentation was humorous but serious when he needed to be. My son and I were eager to find out about the history in order to share with others. He was fantastic and all the sites were wonderful. The temple and the last stop was very meaningful. Thank You! Excellent Job Kimokeó!!!
star-5
True Hawai’i
Eric_R
, Jun. 2022
An amazing day with an exceptional guide (Cousin Guy)! Adding more words for a higher word count, even though more words we’re not necessary to convey our satusfaction.
star-5
Fun time with family for sure!
Nhi_L
, Jun. 2022
Love swimming the ocean! Nice enough where you can see all the fishes! Only regret is only being fast enough to see the turtle!!
star-2
Long Tour
Zahra_R
, Jun. 2022
Shuttle was an hour late. The tour took over 10 hours. Most of the time we were on the bus. We did not have good seats on the bus. Lunch was good
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced and will address your comments with our management team. Mahalo!
star-2
Do not recommend
Betsy_B
, Jun. 2022
We've done several tours over the years and felt like the tour did not match the stated description. This tour felt rushed and did not follow the itinerary posted. We had 15 minutes at the Dole Plantation. Just enough time to wait in a very long line to get a Dole Whip. No time to see anything but to get our ice cream and get back on the bus. We needed at least 45 minutes to explore a bit. Lunch was supposed to be at 1:00. Unfortunately, we weren't fed until 2:15. (We had a diabetic with us and were prepared, but others were not.) We stopped at a souvenir store that was not on the itinerary for 25 minutes. At the falls there was not enough time to eat, walk back to the falls and swim, and get back in time. The description says that there was a tram. Come to find out, the tram is actually a golf cart. This was not explained to us. We weren't able to use the bathroom and walk to and from the falls and get back in time. There was a VERY long line in the women's restroom due to people changing clothes in the stalls. (There needs to be a separate place to do this.) Two of our group members didn't go back to the falls because of the limited time and mobility issues. Had we known about the golf cart, they could have seen the falls as well. Overall, we were not satisfied with this tour. We've called the company and have received no response The company apparently combined three different tours on one bus. This made no sense since each tour had a different itinerary. There were many unhappy people on our bus.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced and have addressed the items you mentioned with our team for follow up. Mahalo!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
I your was awesome and...
Lahama_S
, Jun. 2022
I your was awesome and very informative. I learned so much about Hawaii history. Furthermore, the beaches were attractive and fun for taking pictures. The beach houses were phenomenal.
star-2
Disappointed in this tour
Holly_K
, Jun. 2022
We were very excited about this tour and the highlights we were to see. But our tour guide changed things and did what he wanted. It was disappointing as some of the places we thought we would stop at we did not. We felt very let down.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Thank you for posting a review. We've shared your comments with the management team. Mahalo.
star-2
Did not anticipate 8 hours on the bus.
Joseph_D
, Jun. 2022
Started at 7:00 AM arrived at 6:00 PM. Of the 11 hours, 8 hours were riding on the bus. Nu’uanu Pali lookout - 15 minute stop Halona Blowhole - 15 minute stop Dole Plantation - 25 minutes. All in line for whip. No plantation time. Byodo-in Temple - 15 minutes Waimea Valley/waterfall - 1 hour & 50 minute stop for lunch and waterfall. Originally told waterfall was not included but enough riders complained that we were able to get in the water.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Thank you for posting your feedback. This Circle Island tour covers the highlights of Oahu; we are sorry to hear that it didn't meet expectations.

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