Oahu’s Award Winning Grand Circle Island Tour
During this captivating, wraparound adventure, you will be swept off to the island’s most awe-inspiring landmarks and destinations, including the world-famous Hanauma Bay, the spouting “Blow Hole,” Pali Lookout and the sacred Kualoa Ranch nestled against the stunning Koolau Mountains.
Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)
- Diamond Head – A 200,000-year-old defining volcanic structure formed from the Honolulu Volcanic Series. It is a symbol of the worldwide recognition of the Hawaiian Islands.
- Kahala Estates – A large concentration of some of the most expensive real estate and beachfront properties in Hawaii. Many celebrities and business moguls have their vacation home in this area.
- Hanauma Bay Lookout* – Once a recreational area of the Hawaiian nobility, today this sheltered bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island. It is closed on Tuesdays. This tour does not include swimming at the Bay, stopover is access permitting. As the Bay is a strict conservation area, on occasion when capacity is reached, we may not be allowed to stop.
- Halona “Blow Hole” Lookout* – This volcanic lava tube propels water into the sky like a whale’s blowhole.
- Waimanalo Town* – This quaint scenic town is known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries and agricultural lots that extend back towards the Koolau Mountains.
- Nuuanu Pali Lookout* – This bewitchingly scenic lookout was also the site of the Battle of Nuuanu, one of the bloodiest conflicts in Hawaiian history. It was here that Kamehameha I conquered the island of Oahu on his quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands.
- Byodo-In Temple* – This picturesque Buddhist temple tucked in the Valley of the Temples is a half-sized scale replica of the 900-year-old temple in Japan. It has been featured in “Hawaii Five-O,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Lost” and the 2001 movie “Pearl Harbor.”
- Kualoa Ranch* – Enjoy a tram ride around one of the most sacred places on the island. The sacred hill of Kauakahi-a-Kahoowaha, found here, was the key to sovereignty of the Kingdom of Oahu.
- Laie Hawaii Mormon Temple – The first temple built by the LDS Church outside the continental United States, this beautiful complex features breathtaking lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features and more.
- North Shore Surfing Beaches – Welcome to the surfing Mecca of the world! Watch out for the massive winter waves that have attracted so many surfers to its shores. These beaches are also a popular Hollywood area for filming.
- Dole Plantation* – Visit Hawaii’s Pineapple Experience, see pineapples from all over the world and try the delicious Dole Whip ice cream!
- Chinaman’s Hat – This basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay is shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a Dragon’s tail that was chopped off and tossed to the ocean.
About the Tour
The narrated Oahu circle tour begins at Diamond Head, then heads past the lavish beachfront residences of celebrities and moguls in Kahala. The trip continues east to Hanauma Bay, then stops at the Halona “Blow Hole,” where a natural volcanic lava tube shoots water to dramatic heights. A stop in Waimanalo will allow you to experience the small-town side of Oahu, then it’s time to be whisked off to enjoy sweeping views from the Pali Lookout. At the Byodo-In Temple, tucked in the Valley of the Temples, you will see a half-sized replica of Japan’s 450-year-old place of worship, then travel to the sacred Kualoa Ranch for a tram tour to the lush Kualoa Mountains. At the northern peak of the island, the tour cruises by the Laie Hawaii Mormon Temple and North Shore’s best surfing beaches, then ends at Dole Plantation, home to the famous Dole Whip ice cream. A perfect way to cap a sweet day!
- (Approximate timings) Tour: 7.15am- 4.30pm
- Moderate walking, please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately.
- You may wish to bring a light jacket in case of rain at Kualoa Ranch. The Legends and Legacy Tram is included in tour.
- Dole Plantation’s maze, train and garden tour are not included in the tour.
- Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays.
- Dole Plantation is closed on Christmas Day.
- Kualoa Ranch is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
- Routes and time may be modified or restricted due to circumstances beyond of the control of Roberts Hawaii.