10 Hours
Pick Up
Seasonal between 4:50am to 6am
Tour Times

The #1 Tour of Oahu!

Our celebrated Circle Island Sunrise photo tour will guide you through a 10-hour circuit of O’ahu. You will get to photograph and experience ancient natural beauty, cultural hubs, Hawaiian wildlife and the peaceful design of a temple shrine. The time will pass by as you will be having so much fun on this highly rated tour!

From sunrise on the Eastside of Oahu to the iconic North Shore, our Circle Island Sunrise tour brings you through locations like Makapu’u Beach Lookout, Waimanalo Bay, extinct volcanoes, century-old marketplaces, lush forests and hidden nature spots. Plus, one of our last stops will be searching for turtles. Capture great content, have fun, and become an expert on the rich diversity and beauty that Oahu has to offer! You’ll create memories to cherish as well as personal keepsakes from your trip.

Sites Visited:

  • Sandy Beach for Sunrise
  • Makapu’u Beach Lookout
  • Waimanalo Bay (weekdays only)
  • Ko’olau Mountains
  • Kalapawai Market*
  • Kaneohe Bay Lookout
  • Byodo-In Temple
  • Waiahole
  • China-mans Hat
  • Kahuku Farmlands*
  • Kawela Bay
  • Banzai Pipeline
  • Shark’s Cove
  • Pu’u O Mahuka (weekends only)
  • Turtle Beach
  • Dole Plantation

(*) Lunch and refreshment stop items not included

Available Times:

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 hour before sunrise


  • Pick up & drop-off at Waikiki Hotel
  • Free admission to Byodo-In Temple
  • Free Tripod
  • Free Wi-Fi

What to bring

  • Do not bring more than you can carry. Nothing is left in the van when we are out shooting to prevent theft.
  • We provide you with a tripod. You may bring your own.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.
  • Bring something to drink for yourself.
  • Grab some coffee. We will not stop for coffee for a few hours after pickup.
  • You may want to bring a light jacket if you get cold easily/it will get very warm during the day.
  • We recommend you bring additional batteries and memory cards for your camera. We would hate to see you miss out.

Activity Company: Oahu Photography Tours

Your Day at a Glance

We begin the day on the east side of Oahu on the stunning location of Sandy beach. Arriving in time to catch the sunrise, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the drama of daylight as it casts away the night.

Next, we’ll continue along the scenic Kaiwi shoreline, stopping at Makapu’u Lookout and Makapu’u Beach, where you can play with distance to capture scenic landscapes. You’ll be taken to spots of epic natural phenomena, including giant tide pools, the dwelling places of extinct volcanoes, and a hidden blowhole. You’ll even have the chance to capture the popular Makapu’u lighthouse trademark, an essential image of any Oahu photography tour!

Moving on to Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, ranked as the number one beach in America. The longest uninterrupted white-sand beach on all of Oahu lined with unique Australian ironwood trees creates a dynamic interplay between the visual elements of earth, sky, and water, and adds a sincere richness to your Hawaii photos.

Next stop is on the Windward coast at the magnificent Ko’olau Mountains. To stand in presence of these ancient formations creates an energy of pure appreciation. Experience the atmosphere and capture the memory through gorgeous photographs before heading off to the Kalapawai Market for a tasty breakfast. This market has been a part of Hawaiian life since 1932 and offers a wide selection of food and drink that will melt your taste buds!

After recharging with a satisfying breakfast, this Hawaii tour will head over to a lookout of Kaneohe Bay to soak in the view of crystal clear waters. This site is one of the must-do activities in Oahu because it’s one of the largest sandbars in the world! Knock that off your Hawaii tour bucket list!

Cruising over to the Byodo-In Temple brings the focus onto architectural design and themes of spiritual mindfulness and the esoteric. The Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational shrine located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii at the Valley of the Temples.

Our Circle Island Sunrise tour continues to pass through Waiahole before stopping at Kualoa Beach Park to see the small island officially named Mokoli’i, but more commonly known as Chinaman’s Hat. We’ll then head to the Windward coast to view the country scenery, local and colorful fruit stands, and a stunning 150-year-old Banyan tree as we make our way to the famous North Shore.

Depending on the time of year, you’ll witness the world-famous Banzai Pipeline and the daredevil surfers who test the power unleashed through oceanic waves, or you’ll search for the beloved Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle who basks on white sandy beaches.

Our final stop is at the Dole Plantation. Here you’ll get a chance to try the famous Dole Whip or purchase some great keepsakes to take home to your friends and family. If you are still wanting to shoot, try to find the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees in the parking lot. They make for a great desktop background.

At the end of this curated photography tour of Oahu, your fun-filled day will leave you with an array of quality photographs. Bring your images home to share with loved ones and carry forward your enjoyment of photography play! Most importantly, you’ll have preserved the memories you’ve made to last a lifetime on the best Hawaii tour in the islands!

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 5 reviews
February 2, 2018

For the length and depth of this tour I feel like it’s an incredible value. We left our hotel before 5 AM and had a full day of incredible sightseeing across the Windward Coast. If you want to explore this area, this is by far the best tour to go on.

February 2, 2018

This was a fairly long tour for me and my husband and we couldn’t believe the value that was given here. The operators thought of everything from keeping us comfortable to the most efficient transportation routes between sites. They are true experts!

March 19, 2019

If you want to do a complete, detail oriented island bus tour- this one is a great option. It will be pretty long, but you’re going to fully take advantage of your day.

March 19, 2019

It may seem like a long tour, but this is your time well invested!

March 19, 2019

Take two batteries, two good memory cards, a sweater and sunscreen- it’s gonna be a day you will remember forever! My favorite part was the photos we took in the Byodo-In Temple- I wish I could post them here.

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