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.
What a great way to see the island. Ed was our tour guide and driver. We were picked up at 8:45ish and returned to our hotel at 5ish. I'd read others' reviews so I knew where we would stop and what we'd only drive by. We saw some beautiful scenery along the way with plenty of stops for pictures. The only place I wish we could have stopped was the North Shore, but as we were there in the off season for the big waves and surfers, and we'd already stopped at another beautiful beach / shore area, it was okay. _br/_ We stopped for snacks and souvenirs and restrooms at a store that served free coffee. No fancy flavors, but I bought M and Ms and an apple juice and fridge magnets and a dog collar. Nice selection of local gifts. Next to a Jack in the Box restaurant. _br/_ Lunch was at Kualoa Ranch, others in our group wore a second sticker that entitled them to the buffet, and we could check out the buffet and purchase it on site if we wanted. We ordered from the walk up menu instead. Lots of seating inside and outside. No time to check out the petting zoo or anything else much on the ranch other than the gift shop._br/_ We visited the Valley of the Temples which is a beautiful Memorial Garden. In the back is a Buddhist temple with nice gardens and koi ponds. We didn't go inside the temple because we didn't want to slip off our shoes. _br/_ We got to visit the Dole Pineapple plantation, but again didn't really have time to do anything extra there, like go through the maze. Maybe we would have had time, but it wasn't suggested so we didn't try._br/_ I took lots of pictures, and Ed was full of good information and jokes. It was a nice tour and a wonderful way to see all that Oahu has to offer. I would recommend the tour for anyone, but realize that for kiddos, this is an all day tour on a bus.
Review by: MARKETA K, April 2017
Our tour guide, Leo B, was excellent and fun! This tour was great to see as much in as little time as possible, many stops for taking tons of photos, lots of interesting information about history, sights and everyday life here.
Review by: Gary P, April 2017
The tour was very good. Beautiful island. Could have been better without so much of the driver's personal comments.
Review by: nancyj2008, April 2017
We did this in 2015 but it is perfect for the first time visitors because it gives you a wonderful, relaxing over-all tour of the island with great picture-taking stops and a lot of interesting information. Our tour guide/driver was fantastic! He was funny and entertaining and informative. It was a wonderful time.
Review by: Jeremy W, April 2017
This was mostly stopping at tourist trap gift shops, there were a few spots worth taking pictures, otherwise too much riding on a bus. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone...
Review by: Jack, March 2017
Tour was very good except for the fact that our driver pulled away from one stop without us!! We were returning to the bus before the allotted time for the stop passed when I noticed the bus door close and the bus start to move. I ran to get behind the bus so that the driver would see me in his mirror and he finally did stop. I asked him if he had counted passengers before leaving and he said No, I assumed everyone was on board!
Review by: edward f, March 2017
Too little time at truly scenic locations. Too much time at tourist traps to sell macadamia nuts, ranch souvenirs and Dole gift shop.
Review by: MRS SC G, March 2017
Review by: Ben D, February 2017
Really great tour - we saw most of what I wanted to see on a compact trip in Oahu. The guide on our trip was both knowledgeable, and also hilarious - great guy.
Review by: John H, February 2017
I would pass on this tour. It is too much to cover in one day. We ran out of time and ended up seeing the last stop in the dark. There are really cool things to see and do at the Dole Plantation and all we saw was the gift shop. The North Shore barely got out of the bus and the big waves were just coming in. Lunch was at a fun place where many movies were shot. They have many nice tours of the property, our tour was pretty much riding a trolley in a circle. If you have the time I would break up the day to spend more time at each location.
Review by: David G, February 2017
It was a great trip although long. We used this trip at the beginning of our week so that we could figure out what else we wanted to do on the island. It helped us a lot decide what to do next. This really highlights all the important things to see. Would highly recommend.
Review by: Danette, January 2017
This tour spends way too much time at a tourist trap that sells junk souvenirs. We spent over an hour at that store and only 30 minutes at the Dole Plantation. We didn't have time to do anything and there were a lot of cool things like the maze.
Review by: Teresa A, January 2017
This was a nice tour if you don't have a lot of time and want to see a lot of the island. It is a good tour for older people or people with limited mobility. We had a very nice time and saw things we did not know about. There are a couple of things I would change: 1 Have more stopping points for photo opportunities, 2 stop at Diamond Head, 3 Kualoa Ranch trolley ride was pretty cheesy, 4 spend more time at North Shore, 5 tour guide was great but at end of 8 hour day I would not have minded a little bit of silence.
Review by: Sandor B, January 2017
The best Oahu tour!
Review by: Raelene J, January 2017
Had a very nice day. Was great to see coastal regions of Oahu. A must is an ice cream at the Dole Plantation.
Review by: Michelle M F, January 2017
Great tour, friendly guide with good local knowledge and commentary. Big day for the whole family.
Review by: Suzanne L, January 2017
Jason was an excellent driver and a most interesting, very knowledgeable, thoughtful guide.
Review by: lovecjstk, December 2016
Our tour guide was amazing! If you stop at the Dole plantation, please try the dole whip! It was amazing! 8 hour tour felt like 2 hours, it was entertaining and informative. Money well spent!
Review by: Gwen S, December 2016
We loved the tour with our guide, Garfield. He was full of stories and was able to answer all our questions. It was a fun day. I would recommend Grey Line. Thank you!
Review by: joegajdos, December 2016
Very enjoyable day. Driver/tour guide was excellent and informative, made all the difference.
Review by: Nancy L, December 2016
Great tour to do! It gives a really good idea of the Oahu Island.
Review by: William H, December 2016
Great tour. My wife and I were very pleased.
Review by: Jenohn S, December 2016
The tour guide, Robert, was excellent. He was personable, funny, timely and seemingly an expert about Hawai'i. I would recommend this tour if you have all day, however, I found it interesting that we stopped at the Buddhist Temple, but not the Punchbowl where there is a perfect place to take pictures and learn a bit history about WWII Veterans. I think there should be a shorter stop at the temple and a short stop at Punchbowl.
Review by: larjoe, November 2016
Great tour, you see alot of the island in a day.
Review by: Joni R, November 2016
Our Tour guide was the best, we really enjoyed the tour.
Review by: Maureen B, September 2016
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