Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour w/ Lunch & Waimea Valley

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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation
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  • 10 hours 45 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Waikiki Hotels
  • Admission and tram ride at Waimea Valley
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:00 AM

Pickup details

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.

What To Expect

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.

Diamond Head Beach Park (Pass By)

Kahala (Pass By)

Halona Blowhole (Pass By)

Nu’uanu Pali

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Byodo-In Temple

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Mokoli’i Island (Pass By)

Waimea Valley

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Oahu's North Shore (Pass By)

Haleiwa Town Center

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Dole Plantation

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 88 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

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


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Marshall_L, Sep 2023
The guide Wally was most excellent. Long day on bus, drop Dole, more time at blow hole, and the last stop. If folks are getting wet at the falls need more time and tells folks they are changing in a small public rest room. Xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for the valuable feedback, we appreciate the opportunity to continually improve our tour experiences. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your driver guide Wally. Mahalo!
It was lovely and the guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Great tour
Sharon_V, Sep 2023
It was very beautiful and nice. It was a long trip but the scenery and views were great and we had a lot of fun
Fun and Informative!
B_A, Sep 2023
Our tour guide Wally was so personable and shared his abundance knowledge with us in an educational yet entertaining way! Chase our driver was cautious and made sure to drive slowly so that we could view all the sights Wally pointed out.
A great taste and glimpse of the awesome island locations
Matthew_C, Aug 2023
The stops on the tour are great and the guide provides a lot of information at and about each of the stops. However, there is so much to see and do that at times it can feel a little rushed. The tour provides a glimpse into some of the awesome places on the island, but some of these may require a more dedicated and longer subsequent visit to properly appreciate them.
Donna_P, Aug 2023
Our tour guide was great. Disappointed with Dole plantation. Bathrooms were in disrepair and did not flush properly.
Great way to see Oahu
James_b, Aug 2023
Waterfalls were beautiful. The water was so refreshing. Our driver was fabulous. We would encourage everybody to take this trip.
A tour worth the time and money.
Steven_E, Aug 2023
Our tour operator, Lee, was a lifetime Hawaiin resident. He was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. The stops we did were all worthwhile. Adequate time was spent at each location. The tour was certainly worth the time and money.
A good look at the island
Mary_C, Aug 2023
I am a scenery fan and we visited some lovely spots but other stops in towns were not to my liking. Guide was very knowledgable
Worth the time
Shailesh_P, Aug 2023
The tour guide was awesome, humble and very knowledgeable. He made the tour very memorable and kept everyone engaged. Leo is a gem and a human with great sense of humor. If I do another tour, I would like to do it with Leo again.
Definitely worth it!...
Nanda_B, Jul 2023
Definitely worth it! Great way to gain familiarity of Oahu at the beginning of your trip. Can get a feel for what parts of the island you want to explore more. Also great way of checking off a few sites (Look out point, Byodo temple, Waimea Valley) that you only need to spend less than an hour at. Great history & narration by tour guide Mike!
Find another Tour Not as described
Vicky_H, Jul 2023
The only part of this tour that was a positive was Leo our driver and bus We got to Dole at 10:30 in Am for 15 min We went to halewa town for an hour wasteful place Looked forward to waimea valley Only 1 hour and 15 min only one Tram Hike is 30 min each way Information says 2 hours there Unable to hike to waterfalls not enough time So disappointed The information did not match our tour And the sites were so disorganized They made such a big deal over giving us a turkey sandwich Do not be fooled by what this tour says It does not match proper to the day I asked for followup from Polyanesian adventures Never heard back Tour guide says its not his problem Talk to company but they did not reach back Tour guide spoke of places having roaches all over in oahu as well The bus was comfortable thats about it Never saw much Find another tour This is not the one The description is NOT what you get They took us to places for us to buy soveneirs And it’s definitely not worth the money
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for sharing your feedback - we are sorry that the tour didn't meet expectations. We have shared your thoughts with our management team. Mahalo.
jjuancho1, Jul 2023
Leo was awesome, knew everything about each place we visited..very friendly..would do it again soon..
Absolutely Fantastic
sydjan11, Jul 2023
We had an Amazing time my kids Love it and that's all that mattered to me! Family vacation and lots of memories! Thank you Viator tours!!
Best Island tour
Latonia_B, Jul 2023
This tour provides you with the opportunity to see all the beauty of the island in a day. The tour guide Mike was amazing and very knowledgeable! I highly recommend him and this tour.
I would go for it.
Jesus_R, Jul 2023
First of All MIKE was excellent! He was very informational, funny, great stories and all around great!
Island Success
Shiana_B, Jul 2023
Mike was funny, personable, full of tons of info about the island and gave amazing suggestions on shopping. 10/10
Great experience
Rajeev_N, Jul 2023
Our guide Reuben was phenomenal and he was instrumental in ensuring our trip was exciting and informative.
Timika_H, Jun 2023
The guide was very knowledgeable about the island and the culture. The bus was clean, ours had a plug outlet, so bring your phone charger. I wish I would have known this little tidbit! 😅 overall.. I enjoyed myself! I’m
Tanny_W, May 2023
The entire tour was very memorable I especially enjoyed the first stop and the walk up yo the waterfall was fantastic
Cultural experience
Sharon_J, May 2023
Our guide Reuben was very knowledgeable and fun. We loved the variety of places to see and the lunch was very tasty.

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