Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation
Oahu, United States of America
From jagged green mountains to sparkling ocean and pristine beaches, there are plenty of stunning sites on this full-day circle island tour of Oahu. 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 a quick stop to view lush tropical gardens, take a quick break 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 ok. We didn't stop as much as I thought we would and we found it difficult trying to take pictures from the bus. The Plantation was nice but I found that when we stopped we didn't have much time to do anything. Everything seemed so rushed. Maybe this tour should start earlier and end a wee bit later. Our driver was ok but more interested in talking to the Americans as he was originally from there. Gives you a rough idea of the island and where to go on another day.
Review by: Dominic B, September 2016
Not worth the money or time in our opinion. We wanted to see the Dole plantation that is why we chose this tour. Day was way too long, mostly scenic views. Great driver who was very knowledgeable. Did not have enough time at Dole plantation. Could have left off some of the other stops to shorten the trip and leave more time for Dole plantation. I would not recommend this tour. Probably could have spent the day better doing something else.
Review by: Bob P, September 2016
Great tour the guide made it a fantastic trip we saw and learned things not in books well worth the time and money.keep,spelling, was great and made both tours fantastic.
Review by: Alf.engdal, September 2016
It was an excellent experience. Interesting sites and a very knowledgeable and informative guide. We learned a lot about Hawaii on this tour.
Review by: Jill L, September 2016
The bus was a little late departing, but the tour was well worth it. The tour guide really made the tour great - he was personable, funny and very knowledgable about Hawaii and Oahu. He made the trip for me!
Review by: astaorthman, September 2016
Very nice tour!
Review by: Gerri M, September 2016
Enjoyed the trip but we always seemed rushed. I'd say skip the ranch and have lunch at Dole plantation. Driver did well with his stories of history of the island.
Review by: Everett H, September 2016
Great way to see Oahu
Review by: finakee, September 2016
The driver/tour guide, Jensen, did an excellent job with his commentary and his local knowledge and sense of humour made the tour most enjoyable. He did everything he could to provide photo opportunities and we certainly have these to keep as valuable memories of the island.
Review by: michael H, September 2016
Wasn't sue what to expect, the guide was funny and informative . Being a local he was explaining the changes that have taken place over the years.
Review by: Jo Ellen R, September 2016
Our driver/ tour guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and and answered all of our questions. We learned a lot about the island.
Review by: Ruby S, September 2016
The bus/ tour guide was very good. He makes the tour fun, interesting and informative. .
Review by: Reginald J, August 2016
Review by: CHARLES MICHAEL L, August 2016
GREAT GUIDE GREAT TRIP.
Review by: Diane P, August 2016
Our guide made this 8 hour tour go by way to quickly!!! We were celebrating my granddaughters 8 th. Grade graduation. , thank you so much!!
Review by: Luanne M. B, August 2016
The tour was awesome, the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. My only recommendation would be for the tour guide to make sure everyone is back on the bus before taking off.
Review by: Jackie F, August 2016
This half island tour is a great tasting platter for the island. They only allow about 15 minutes at each stop so you will need to go back if you want to see and experience more. Keao, our driver really made the trip a memorable experience, we had loads of fun on the trip. It is a busy island with loads of traffic, I recommend this tour if you want some commentary and don't want to drive.
Review by: Peter O, August 2016
Magic. the guide was terrific.
Review by: Nicholas S, August 2016
We had a great day! Our guide was very informative and kept us on schedule for all of our stops. I feel the Dole plantation was a bit quick. If it would be possible maybe a few more minutes. It was fun to take pictures and taste the pineapple ice-cream. We got beautiful pictures of all the stops. The Byodo-In Temple was so beautiful and peaceful.
Review by: meri-beth, August 2016
Leo our driver was very entertaining. He shared history, facts. And many jokes. We saw so much we would ha e missed if driving ourselves. Recomend a rain jacket as we needed them up in the mountains.p!enty of stops,nice sandwich for lunch.
Review by: Jeraldine G, August 2016
Our guide was very informative and kept us on schedule for all of our stops. I feel that we were given enough time at each stop for amazing pictures.
Review by: Terence R, August 2016
good way to see areas away from Waikiki. Good driver with knowledge of the islands and customs
Review by: Linda N, July 2016
Loved the entire day. My only disappointment was that it ended. Thank you Leo for GREAT tour!
Review by: Mary M, July 2016
Very comprehensive tour of the island . . . lots of history and beautiful scenery! Loved the dole ship treat at the plantation
Review by: Charles E, July 2016
Relaxing day, very casual pace which allowed for plenty of time at each stop. Highlight of the day was the fantastic commentary by the driver who took the time to get to know each of his passengers and engage everyone in the whole day
Review by: Darryl C, November 2015
Would have been better with less shopping venues.
Review by: Darryl A, October 2015
Family had a very nice time
Review by: Gail J, October 2015
Really enjoyed seeing the island..if we had more time we would have gone back to some of the places we visited during the tour.
Review by: Allen B, October 2015
Friendly knowlagable funny guide. Benny gave us a great insight into everyplace that he took us to. We enjoyed the tour.
Review by: airofft, October 2015
This was a great tour. I got to see some great sites and taste some great food. Dwight, our tour guide, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and injected the right amount of humor to make it enjoyable. The tour bus we were on was very comfortable.
Review by: BARRY K, October 2015
Great driver/guide with excellent commentary ,all very interesting.
Review by: Tyson E, October 2015
It was a great way to see the hole island, it allowed us to pick the sites we wanted to return too. The guide was very knowledgeable, however its a long day.
Review by: Shawn P, October 2015
Best tour of island. Learned a ton of information and saw many historical sites. We highly recommend this tour.
Review by: Shawn P, October 2015
Highly recommend this tour because it covers a lot of area and historical sites. The tour hit so many sites and the guide was knowledgable and fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. So glad we took the tour.
Review by: Natasha C, October 2015
Great way to see the island if you don't have a car- not really clear what you have to pay for at the dole plantation
Review by: ulysses l c, October 2015
Our tour guide Ernie was absolutely the best. He was funny, extremely knowledgeable and had his destinations times perfectly. Visits to the Summer House bathrooms were timed perfectly. He made you feel welcome and part of the family. He is so personable. A true asset to your organization. If and when we ever return we will be sure to book any tours with him. He made you laugh and enjoy the trip a long trip planned for this tour seemed short. We loved it.....Lou and Ronna
Review by: Janet L, October 2015
Was disappointed that we did not actually stop at Diamond Head as listed in highlights only got roadside view. Dole plantation stop did not provide enough time to do train ride only to shop and grab a snack. Otherwise it was an enjoyable day. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Review by: arubadiver7, October 2015
SCENERY WAS NICE DOLE A RIP OFF RANCH ALSO AS FOOD WAS BARELY ACCEPTABLE AND TRAM RIDE SHOWED NOTHING NICE RIDE FOR A SHOPPING TRIP TEMPLE WAS NICE
Review by: Grahame S, October 2015
Great tour and our tour guide outstandingKeaow
Review by: Wendy Anne F, September 2015
We enjoyed the Oahu full day tour. Very informative information provided by the driver and we made some great stops along the way. We really enjoyed the Buddhist temple - a very peaceful place. We also really enjoyed the pineapple ice-cream at Dole Plantation.
Review by: Anna M, September 2015
I cannot recommend this tour enough. If you want to see the island without the stress of driving yourself this is the tour for you. Our tour guide Keao was fantastic, he kept the tour moving and was very knowledgeable about Hawaii and the places we visite, and there were plenty of stops for photo opportunities. Keao made the effort to know everyone's names on the tour. This was by far the best tour of our honeymoon trip. Thank you to Polynesian Adventure and a special thank you to Keao for making our trip memorable.
Review by: micsmate, September 2015
Had a great day travelling to the north of the island. Our guide/driver, Keau, was fantastic,full of information and song!,,
Review by: Jaimie W, September 2015
Very pleasant and informative tour. Driver was determined to get us into areas that were packed or blocked off. This made the trip worth while because we didn't have to skip those areas. Unfortunately rain on and off did cause access problems, but we can't blame the tour driver for that he did his best to get us where we were suppose to go.
Review by: Mr BG, September 2015
A great way to learn about the Island. An outstanding tour guide made they day._br/_ The weather meant that we missed out on part of the tour.
Review by: cua_abigail, September 2015
I am glad I booked this tour... Being that it was our first time in oahu this saved us a lot of hassle in driving around. The driver was informative but the tone of his voice was pretty bland that I fell asleep at the very end. Otherwise I could give this a 5.
Review by: noldty64, September 2015
This was a great tour and Robert the tour guide was knowledgeable the tour gave us enough time to take pics._br/_ Thanks
Review by: Pamela G, September 2015
Very long tour. Kind of boring but thank god for our tour guide, Robert, who was so knowledgeable and funny.
Review by: Karen M, September 2015
It was good but all day is too long should be a half day
Review by: TERI L R, September 2015
WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR TOUR, THE DOLE PLANTATION TOUR WAS CUT SHORT BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC ISSUES, NOTHING CAUSED BY COUSIN BEN !
Review by: Bonard C, September 2015
Loved this! So informational! Ed was great! . Very knowledgeable and funny!