Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation
Oahu, United States of America
From jagged green mountains to sparkling ocean and pristine beaches, see Oahu's most stunning sites on a full-day tour that circles the island. Visit the North Shore, the Dole Plantation, Byodo-In Temple, Diamond Head, the Halona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay, Nu'uanu Pali and more as you travel with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the history of Hawaii and its amazing natural wonders for a memorable experience of beautiful Oahu.
Start your full-day tour of Oahu with morning pickup at your Waikiki hotel and set out in a deluxe air-conditioned coach with an expert guide.
Leaving Honolulu, drive past the ritzy Kahala area en route to the Amelia Earhart Lookout, named in honor of the famous aviator who in 1935 completed the first successful solo flight from Honolulu to the continental US, landing in California. Take in panoramic views of the 350-acre (142-hectare) volcanic crater that forms Diamond Head and watch surfers catching waves in the ocean below.
Down the road, stop at the lookout over Hanauma Bay, a marine nature reserve known for calm clear waters with excellent snorkeling. Then stop for a look at the Halona Blowhole and hope to see a geyser-like spray of water rocket into the air.
Travel into the hills to reach the Nu'uanu Pali lookout where you are treated to sweeping views of Kanehoe Bay and Kailua Bay. Continue to Byodo-In Temple, a smaller-scale replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan. The stunning site, which features ornate temple buildings with a golden Buddha statue that stands more than nine feet (three meters) tall, is tucked into the foothills of the Ko'olau Mountains.
Back on the road, enjoy great views of Mokoli'l Island (Chinaman's Hat), Kahana Bay and the beaches along the North Shore of Oahu. Visit Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, made famous in the 1960s when big-wave surfing took hold here. In the winter, the beaches still draw surfers from around the world.
Head inland to the Dole Plantation, where you have time to stroll around the lush tropical gardens, marvel at the range of pineapple varieties, try samples of the succulent fruits and browse the gift shop.
During the day, take a 1-hour break to purchase lunch at a sit-down restaurant. Your tour ends with drop off at your hotel in the evening.
The tour was great! Our driver, Garfield, was really knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see a lot of with the exception of the Poynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbor. Bummer. Over all, a good tour. The only complaint was we were picking up people until 9 and didn't start until around 9:30.
Review by: totoroboston, December 2014
Good trip. The only thing I would change is more stops.
Review by: Lina T, December 2014
For someone who doesn't have a car and wants to see Oahu, this tour is excellent! It takes you all around the island with stops at many key locations (Hanauma Bay, Byodo-In Temple, Sunset Beach, etc.) along the way. Our driver, Ed, was very knowledgeable about the island's history, and he did a great job explaining everything in a light and funny way :) Thank you!
Review by: Gary W, December 2014
We have been to Oahu 5 times, but doing the island tour was our first time, the day was great out driver Leo was brilliant, told us history of the places we went and also about the island and people. He got most of our small group (14) people involved, the tour came highly recommended to us so it was an easy decision to do it. Thanks again Gary and Tina Wade - South Australia.
Review by: Linda C, December 2014
Tour guide was excellent! Leo C
Review by: Gregg R. M, December 2014
Nice small group, beautiful tour of a beautiful island from the south and north shores to the interior and a nice stop at the Dole Plantation for fun and refreshments.
Review by: Lynda W, December 2014
Very good and interesting. Drivers on all tours very good.
Review by: Justine B, December 2014
Excellent trip. Edd our driver was great and had us laughing all the time.
Review by: John B, December 2014
The tour was very interesting, assisted and facilitated by our driver/guide Tony.
Review by: Kathleen H, December 2014
Lovely day and we saw most of the island. Very interesting. The driver/guide was informative and friendly.
Review by: Nigel G B, December 2014
Really enjoyed the tour a great over view of Oahu Dis proportionate time spent at Dole Plantation For us we could have done without that stop It was very commercial Enjoyed The Ranch at Kahula
Review by: Daralyn B, December 2014
This was a fun tour the driver was great.
Review by: Alexander P, December 2014
The Tour Guide Keouw was amazing! He really made the day tour memorable and was extremely funny haha. Would highly recommend this if you would like to see the full island and it's beauty.
Review by: Paul P, December 2014
Great way to see the island. Interesting stops, beautiful scenery. Bus driver a wealth of information and fun
Review by: George T, November 2014
The tour itself was good but there was too much by far of shopping padding. There was no visit to the shrimp farm as other trips do. Could have been much better.
Review by: Susan L, October 2014
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Mark B, October 2014
Mind overload, so much to see and take in, it was great. Fun filled day, transportation and time at each spot was perfect.
Review by: janet a, October 2014
we were taken to places to buy things we really didn't want and the places we really did want to see we were very rushed particularly at the Dole plantation.
Review by: YE W, October 2014
This tour was amazing!
Review by: oregonrv, October 2014
The tour provided a good overview of the island and many of the highlights. Our driver was courteous and entertaining as he provided ample background information for the group along the way. Unfortunately we felt the selected stops were more along the lines of a hurried shopping trip, especially at the Dole Plantation. We only had 45 minutes there, there weren't any tours of the facility simply because they don't do any "canning" there anymore, there wasn't time to take the pineapple train ride or visit the maze that was advertised on Viator, and the only thing to do/see was the Dole Store/Restaurant.
Review by: Christine D, October 2014
Loved this tour, as a person who doesn't drive while on holiday's this is the best way to see the island
Review by: Linda C, October 2014
Our driver was fantastic and took care of a tire situation without worrying everyone of the bus. Wish we would have had more time at the Dole Plantation, as I would have like to take the tram/train ride and hear the history of the dole Plantation.
Review by: Maureen B, October 2014
Had a wonderful experience on our day trip around the island. Our guide was absolutely fantastic, I cannot remember his name, but he really was the best. Was picked up at our hotel and dropped back to our hotel which was fantastic.
Review by: Mike D, October 2014
Very knowledgable guide , enjoyable day
Review by: Loretta R, October 2014
The circle island tour was great. I got a great tour of everything the island had to offer.
Review by: BRIAN A, October 2014
Our driver Ed was great and we loved the tour!
Review by: Margaret L, October 2014
Ed the Tour Guide was one of the most entertaining and informative guides we have had the pleasure to meet. He was absolutely great and apart from stopping at the pineapple establishment for so long, we had a fabulous day. THANK YOU ED
Review by: Mary P, October 2014
Review by: tracymaria.parkinson, October 2014
Excellent tour, would highly recommend
Review by: Cynthia A, September 2014
Went on the tour and it was great! Had a wonderful time. Got to see the whole island in a day and then decide where else to go the rest of the week. Thanks.
Review by: Sandra M, October 2012
We had a fantastic driver who was informative and funny. The sights were spectacular and this trip gives a great overview of the island. Highly recommended.
Review by: Jennifer K, September 2012
Excellent. You must have our tour guide, Nappy! He was amazing and very comical. Very disappointed when we got to the Dole Plantation. When talking to agent about this trip, they said we would get samples of fresh pineapple when we arrive..... instead it was over $7 to buy a pineapple. Thought that was a bit steep.
Review by: Christopher H, September 2012
Excellent day - and the tour guide/driver - Ed - was brilliant. A great way to see the Island - especially for a first timer!
Review by: Shirley, September 2012
My husband and I had a wonderful day. The tour guide (Kim) was really good. Thank you from Shirley and Charlie in Gibraltar.
Review by: Hans Joerg Z, September 2012
the tour bus driver (Eddie or olie) was fantastic, did the air craft emergency proceedure when we got on the bus and that set the mood for the whole day, there was a joke in every conversation. he was very informative and we saw alot of the island which was fantastic. Highly recommend it.
Review by: Janet A, September 2012
The guide (Dennis I think his name was) was very good he had a great knowledge of Hawaii and was able to answer all questions asked by the tourist. The only negative was not being able to get out of the bus to see the turtles and perhaps not being taken on a tour around the pineapple plantation and taken to the other side of the ranch which I here should not be missed.
Review by: Denise T, September 2012
what can I say wow wow love every bit
Review by: Rhonda R, September 2012
I like taking tours where you get an idea of the whole of where you are visiting. This was a lively, informative day.
Review by: Lisa B, August 2012
Long day, (w/2-11yr olds) but very informative._br/_
Wished we could of stayed longer at the Dole Pineapple Plantation to do the maze (for the kids)_br/_
EAT at the Ranch, we didn't, but should have, everything smelled amazing! (next time!)_br/_
Great family tour, a little bit of everything for everybody.
Review by: Constance C, August 2012
This was a terrific tour and we enjoyed everything! My only recommendation would be to somehow allow more time at the Temple, which was more lovely and fascinating than we'd imagined!
Review by: nor28, August 2012
Great day tour to learn about the island._br/_
Lots of good photo opportunities and a knowledgable driver/guide.
Review by: Tubby, August 2012
A great introduction to the island.
Review by: Chien G, August 2012
I don't remember our driver's name, but he is one dedicated tour guy that I've ever met! There are about 50 people on our bus, he is not only driver, but using every minute he could to introduce us the surroundings and the city. He is non-stop talking... very knowledgable about the local places and hardworking. We have 8 people in our group, we were all amazed by his energy level and dedication. thank you tour guy!
Review by: Sharon B, August 2012
Quite a good way to see a lot of the island, but it felt a bit rushed and because some people were late back to the coach we had to miss out one of the stops.
Review by: Steven S, August 2012
Trip is too long. Dole plantation not worth the visit. All we really saw was the store. Trip to some ranch terrible. The Buddhist temple great though.
Review by: CHERYLL E, August 2012
The trip around the island was quite fascinating and interesting. The driver was very informative when he described the places of interests. I strongly recommend it!
Review by: Anonymous, August 2012
The driver had a great knowledge and was able to keep people interested the whole day. The right combination of stops and time spend at every point. _br/_
The big downside were the sits at the far end of the bus – as they are located only on a left hand side of the bus – the right hand side is completely blocked by the toilet and you can only observe left hand window for the whole day. I believe those sits shouldn’t be booked at all as half of your trip is simply lost – every time the driver tells you to look right you feel completely fooled.
Review by: hungcuong, July 2012
the driver was good service for the tour
Review by: Russell B, July 2012
An easy paced day trip. Driver 'Nappy' was very entertaininmg and informative. Plenty of comfort stops and stops at attractions for photo taking. A pleasant lunch stop with a large range of food selections and sightseeing made at Kohala Ranch. Got to see all the big surf beaches I had only heard about. Worth the price.
Review by: Vincent R, July 2012
A wonderful day out, this was our 7th visit to the Island and have visited other islands, as before the driver was very knowledgeable, helpful and courteous. Have used Viator on many many occasions no problems.