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Oahu North Shore Tours

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Oahu North Shore
Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.

The Basics
There are a number of options for exploring the North Shore. Head to the water for a surfing or stand-up paddle board lesson, a sunset catamaran cruise, or a shark cage diving excursion. On land, tour the area’s rich farms, hike to Waimea Valley Falls, explore the fields and jungles of Kualoa Ranch, or see the island from above on a helicopter tour. While many tours leave from nearby Waikiki, it’s also possible to visit the North Shore on a day trip from Honolulu. Some full-day excursions include visits to Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay State Park, or the Dole Plantation. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Only expert surfers should attempt to ride the North Shore’s massive winter waves.
  • Parking can be difficult to find, especially during the winter surf season. 
  • Bring sun protection, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water.

How to Get There
Oahu’s North Shore stretches for more than seven miles (11 kilometers) and is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) from downtown Honolulu. During winter, the one-way road along the North Shore’s “seven-mile miracle” of popular surf beaches can back up for hours, so it’s best to visit on a tour to avoid the hassle of driving and parking. 
 
When to Get There
The North Shore’s summer and winter seasons each have their benefits. In summer, seas are calm and you can to take beginner surf lessons, go kayaking, or enjoy some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling. Winter is the busiest time to visit, when expert surfers hit the waves and other visitors stick to the safety of land. If you opt for a winter visit, it’s best to arrive early (before 9am) to score a parking spot. 

Must-See North Shore Spots
Don’t miss the historic Haleiwa Beach town, with its clapboard shops, surf boutiques, and restaurants. The Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay are some of the most famous North Shore beaches, while Turtle Beach offers a chance to see sunbathing Hawaiian green sea turtles.
Address: Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa 96712, USA
Admission: Free
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69 Tours and Activities to Experience Oahu North Shore

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Oahu Shark Dive

Oahu Shark Dive

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Set out from Oahu’s scenic North Shore to the depths of the big blue Pacific, where you have the chance to observe wild sharks from inside an underwater shark cage. Thanks to your professional, experienced crew, the Oahu shark dive is completely safe as they know the predators’ behavior, and the underwater cage provides proven safety against all different species of sharks. Whether you’re in the cage with sharks right in front of you or watching from up in the boat, Oahu shark diving is a Hawaii activity you’ll definitely never forget.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.26
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$109.26

Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore

Zipline Tour On Oahu's North Shore

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Feel the adrenaline rush of soaring from the top of Oahu’s longest ziplines on this guided tour. Start with a short ATV ride to the top of a mountain. Then enjoy spectacular panoramic ocean and mountain views of Oahu's famous North Shore from long, high and extra-quiet ziplines ranging from 500 to 2,400 feet. Along the way, encounter rappels, sky bridges, scenic boardwalks, and a couple of surprises for some fun activities that challenge in a safe and controlled way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$181.19
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$181.19
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Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

Highlights of Oahu Tour: Circle Island, North Shore, Turtles & Local Food

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Get a comprehensive overview of Oahu's landmarks and highlights on this circle island tour. Enjoy a small-group setting to ensure personal attention from your local guide while seeing over thirty local attractions. See the surf and sand at Waikiki Beach, taste some samples of Dole pineapples, learn about the history of Haleiwa town. Get the insider info about favorite local eateries and see filming locations for various movies and television shows. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.61
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$167.61
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Photo Adventure of The North Shore, Hawaii

Photo Adventure of The North Shore, Hawaii

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Spend the day exploring and photographing the North Shore of O'ahu during this full day of activity from Waikiki. Visit a local coffee farm and learn about the cultiviation of 100% Hawaiian coffee. Then head to Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, and the historic Haleiwa town, as well as Waimea Falls. Round-trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.95
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$119.95

Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour

Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour

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Experience Oahu’s top sights on a small-group tour. Relax while your guide takes care of driving, and makes sure you don’t miss any key spots. Visit Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, and Diamond Head Crater, then explore Haleiwa town and try some local flavors for lunch. Get some cultural insights from your guide and finish the day with a great overview of the island.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.29
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$136.29
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Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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Explore Hawaii’s island of Oahu by air on this helicopter tour. Fly above the island and many of its most well-known landmarks, such as Diamond Head, Sacred Falls, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor. On this ride, choose your departure time and whether or not you’d like the helicopter doors on or off.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$315.00
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$315.00
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Surf Lessons on the North Shore of Oahu

Surf Lessons on the North Shore of Oahu

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Enjoy a 2-hour surfing lesson with an experienced guide who is also a professional lifeguard in Hawaii. Learn to read the surf and ride the waves during a lesson that includes instruction on the beach followed by practice in the warm waters of Oahu’s North Shore. This family-friendly experience provides plenty of customized attention and fun, along with the chance to view the sea turtles that are commonly found in this area.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.75
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$69.75

Private North Shore of Oahu Tour

Private North Shore of Oahu Tour

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Explore the North Shore of Oahu with a private guide who showcases the Hawaiian island's top sights. Visit scenic lookouts and historical sites such as Diamond Head, Chinaman's Hat, Waimea Bay lookout, and more. You'll also stop for a delicious lunch (own expense) and visit a Japanese Buddhist temple on a tour that includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, live commentary, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Honolulu.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.88
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$178.88

Grand Circle Island Tour Plus North Shore Snorkeling

Grand Circle Island Tour Plus North Shore Snorkeling

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and spend a whole day of exploration, fun, and activities. Discover the whole island of Oahu in a day! We will take you to the best historical sights, scenic routes and cultural highlights Oahu has to offer, Once we get to Oahu's famous North Shore you will have 2 hours to enjoy the beach and snorkel where hundreds of different Hawaiian species of fish call it home including common sightings of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles but not guaranteed and we provide snorkeling gear for FREE. Our Stops: *Diamondhead Lookout *Hanauma Bay Lookout (closed on Tuesdays) *Halona Blowhole *Sandy Beach *Makapuu Point *Byodo-In Temple (admission fee included) *Macadamia Nut and Coffee Farm *Lunch at Kahuku Shrimp Trucks (other lunch selections available) *Sunset Beach North Shore *Oahu's famous North Shore(we spend at least 2 hours snorkeling & swimming here) *Dole Plantation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.78
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Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center

Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center

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Discover Hawaiian history and culture in one day during this small-group tour of Oahu. Start your day off at the Pearl Harbor memorial site to learn about the U.S. and World War II. Then, head to the Polynesian Cultural Center to learn more about Pacific Islanders and local culture. Conclude your tour to the famous Dole Plantation where you can sample the famous Dole Whip and other pineapple treats.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.00
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Intimate North Shore Eco-Fun Waterfall from Waikiki

Intimate North Shore Eco-Fun Waterfall from Waikiki

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Spend the day immersed in small town Hawaii on an intimate tour of the North shore. See famous big wave surfing beaches, explore the quaint surfing village of Haleiwa town, and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian lunch. Take an easy hike to Waimea waterfalls and swim below the rushing water. Explore Waimea Valley botanical gardens and see the fragrant flowers used to make traditional lei. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to see a slower pace side of the island.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.36
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Private Secret Oahu Circle Island Tour

Private Secret Oahu Circle Island Tour

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Circle the island of Oahu and its many points of interest on this guided adventure. Learn about Hawaiian history and culture while exploring the coastline. Visit sites like Diamond Head, the Pali Lookout, Chinaman’s Hat, and Laie Point. Also, see famous places like Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay. For lunch, try some fresh Hawaiian shrimp from one of the local food trucks (own expense). And if time permits, check out some of the secret spots for viewing sea turtles and monk seals.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$166.00
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$166.00
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Small Group North Shore Circle Island Tour

Small Group North Shore Circle Island Tour

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Visit the top stops of the North Shore of Oahu with this small-group tour. You'll see dozens of local points of interest, including the Dole Plantation, Haleiwa Town. Turtle Beach, and North Shore surf spots, to name a few. You'll also have plenty of time to stop and snack at local food trucks before making your way back to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.88
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$178.88
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6-Hour Private Customized Luxury Convertible Tour of Oahu's North Shore

6-Hour Private Customized Luxury Convertible Tour of Oahu's North Shore

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Explore Oahu’s North Shore on a six-hour, fully customizable, private tour with space for four passengers plus your driver. Visit top sights like Banzai Pipeline and sunset beaches and swim, snorkel, or boogie board with equipment provided. Your driver can suggest stops to sample local delicacies like chocolate haupia pie, and garlic shrimp. Have time to look at boutiques and surf shops in Haleiwa town, and opt for a visit to the Dole Pineapple or Green World Coffee plantations if you choose.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$430.77
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North Shore Biking Adventure

North Shore Biking Adventure

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Travel from Honolulu to the North Shore of Oahu for a full-day tour that includes a bike tour along the Seven Mile Miracle, a world-class surfing destination. Stop at Kualoa Park's Dinosaur Mountain, Turtle Beach, the old town of Haleiwa, and a beach where you can swim and snorkel. Includes lunch, bike and snorkel equipment, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure

Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure

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Combine a circle island tour of Oahu with the chance to swim and snorkel on this all-day adventure. With pickup and drop-off in Honolulu, you can make it around the island in a single day and without even renting a car. All transportation and the use of snorkeling gear is provided for you so you can get the most out of your tour. You'll stop at all the must-see Oahu spots and listen to in-depth guided commentary as you travel.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.24
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$73.24

Hawaii Polo Oceanfront Horseback Rides

Hawaii Polo Oceanfront Horseback Rides

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Try something different with a horseback ride on the beach. Explore a beautiful oceanfront trail on horseback at Oahu’s North Shore. Perfect for visitors looking for an off the beaten path Hawaii experience, no prior horseback riding experience is necessary and expert guides are on hand to help. Private or small group rides are available, and sunset rides with incredible views and photos ops are also an option.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$105.25
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$105.25

Private Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour

Private Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour

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This comprehensive tour of Oahu hits many of the island’s most iconic locations such as the Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, Shark's Cove, Byodo-In Temple, Halona Blowhole, and more. You’ll also visit several beaches where you’ll have time to take photos. Along the way, sample tropical fruit, macadamia nuts, coconut water, and other island fare.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.48
Price varies by group size
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$199.48
Price varies by group size
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

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Explore Oahu's most popular spots all in one day on this tour, including transportation to and from your hotel. Travel comfortably around the island in an air-conditioned coach or minivan as you pass by Diamond Head and North Shore Surfing Beaches. Make stops at the Dole Plantation, Kualoa Ranch, Byodo-In Temple, and a variety of lookout points.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.00
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$114.00

North Shore Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

North Shore Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson

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Ride a stand-up paddleboard down a sheltered river during a 2-hour lesson on Oahu’s scenic North Shore. Choose a small-group, semi-private or private lesson, then paddle alongside your instructor as you practice balancing, steering and maneuvering your board. Take your first paddle, or improve your skills with tips from your skilled instructors, then watch for bright fish and sea turtles as you explore a tranquil cove and enjoy this traditional Hawaiian water sport. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.13
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Swim with Sharks (cage-free)

Swim with Sharks (cage-free)

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Leave your preconceptions about sharks at the door and get up close to these sleek creatures on this unique ocean experience. Head out from Haleiwa, on the North Shore of O’ahu, and spend roughly half an hour swimming with the sharks living in the area. Don’t worry, though: even if you aren’t swimming in a cage, you’re still in safe hands, with a guide on board and a safety diver swimming with each group.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
Price varies by group size
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$153.85
Price varies by group size

Private Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

Private Circle Island Tour With Beaches and Local Food

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Circle the island of Oahu on this private tour for a maximum of five passengers. Discover the turquoise waves, famous for surfing and the soft sand beaches, as well as more than 30 other popular attractions. Get personalized attention from your guide as you visit attractions such as the Dole Plantation, historic Haleiwa town, and various locations made famous by feature films. Snacks, bottled water, and round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels are included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$223.95
Price varies by group size
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$223.95
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Complete Island Oahu Helicopter Tour

Complete Island Oahu Helicopter Tour

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Leave the stress of traffic, waiting in line, and parking behind and see Hawaii from the air. Experience Oahu from a birds-eye view; get unparalleled views of the azure waters, lush greenery and cascading falls. See the most beautiful natural landmarks with a complete circle island tour including the extinct volcano of Diamond Head, the coral reefs at Kaneohe Bay, and Pearl Harbor. A wonderful way to get your bearings if you’ve just arrived, or a grand finale to your vacation.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$368.00
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$368.00

Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day on Oahu

Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day on Oahu

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Fashion your own perfect itinerary on this fully-customizable tour of Oahu. Once you meet your dedicated guide, talk about what interests you and your group and agree on a plan. You can focus on the island's highlights or off-the-beaten-path spots you might not otherwise find on your own. The tour includes a photo package of all the photos taken as you explore.
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  • 8 hours
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$371.84
Price varies by group size
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$371.84
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