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Rain Forest Tours on Oahu

Rain Forest Tours on Oahu

Vine-encrusted trees, wild ginger, and huge ferns populate lush rain forest in the mountains just beyond bustling Honolulu. Rain forest tours—on foot or by vehicle—help visitors navigate this natural landscape in search of waterfalls, epic valley views, and even hidden templates. Here are your options for Oahu rain forest excursions.

 

Waterfall Hiking Tours

Join a group trek departing Waikiki for the ridge trails of Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountains set alongside streams, swimmable natural pools, and ancient Hawaiian rock terraces. You’ll learn about jungle herbs, fruits, and plants important to Hawaiian culture on your guided, round-trip journey. If you’re looking for waterfalls, take a guided trek through Manoa Valley to its impressive 150-foot (46-meter) waterfall, or head to the Waimea Falls’ landscaped gardens and rain forest paths on the North Shore.


Jeep Tours

Set out by jeep or 4x4 to head deep into the rain forest and down rugged roads off limits to most rental cars. Choose a circle island tour to hit a mix of rain forest hikes and sightseeing highlights (such as Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head, and the tucked-away Byodo-In Temple), or select a custom itinerary to lesser-visited sites like the North Shore wilds seen in the six-season TV show Lost. On Kualoa Ranch tours, safari-style vehicles traverse jungle landscapes so gnarly that it doesn’t take much imagination to imagine the area as a refuge for dinosaurs; in fact, the setting was a filming location forJurassic World.

Things to Know

  • Though Oahu’s weather is generally sunny and hovers around 80°F (26°C) year-round, it’s best to come prepared for rain with a light jacket or poncho.

  • Regular rain (especially during the winter rainy season) can muddy hiking paths and trails, making them slippery. Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (avoid flip-flops!) are a must.

  • Some tour guides carry and offer mosquito repellant.

  • Rest assured that Hawaii’s tropical rain forests are free of snakes.

  • Prolonged, heavy rains can wash out trails and cause dangerous flash flood conditions. Listen to your tour guide to avoid dangerous situations.

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Manoa Waterfall Small-Group Adventure with Hidden Trail Hike

Manoa Waterfall Small-Group Adventure with Hidden Trail Hike

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Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature found of Hawaii as you hike 2 miles to Manoa Falls in Oahu on this small-group excursion. Join a local hiking expert, and a group of no more than 12 guests, as you journey via the Manoa Trail on a moderate hike to the tallest accessible waterfall on the island, a location made famous as a film location for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Lost World.’ This Oahu waterfall excursion also includes a backpack and hiking staff plus round-trip transport from Waikiki hotels.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.06
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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
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$166.00
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Manoa Waterfalls Run and Hike with Local Guide

Manoa Waterfalls Run and Hike with Local Guide

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See what the locals know on this hike to Manoa falls. Ideal for relatively fit and adventurous travelers who want to get out into nature and see how truly beautiful this island is. Hike or run with your guide along the 2.5-mile (4 km) off-road trail to Manoa Falls - an impressive 150-foot (46 m) high waterfall. Hike through bamboo forests and stop to admire tropical botanicals and enjoy refreshing snacks along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.67
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Oahu Volcanic Rainforest Hiking Adventure

Oahu Volcanic Rainforest Hiking Adventure

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On this Oahu volcanic rainforest hiking adventure, explore a lush native rain forest preserve offering sweeping views of O’ahu’s two parallel mountain ranges, where ancient lo’i (taro fields) and lush vegetation make up the terrain. Trek to a 200-foot (60-meter) waterfall that thunders its way down the valley, and listen as your local, knowledgeable guides explain its sacred past. After 1.5-hours of exploring the valley and weaving amidst its streams, you’ll feel like you’ve journeyed back in time to the days of 'old Hawaii.'
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.51
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Oahu Island Photography Tour

Oahu Island Photography Tour

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Escape to the island of Oahu and learn the tips and techniques of professional photography on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Waikiki. Learn about Oahu’s history while exploring the ancient volcanoes, lush rainforest, surfing beaches and sacred Hawaiian sites. This unique, in-depth photography workshop in motion is suitable for all skill levels — from beginner to advanced — and offers participants an authentic island adventure and rare opportunity to experience Oahu from an insider's perspective. Bottled water, tripods, umbrellas (if needed) and a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.00
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Off-Road Adventure Tour on Oahu's North Shore

Off-Road Adventure Tour on Oahu's North Shore

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Explore Oahu's North Shore on an off-road tour that gives you the chance to see some of the island's native wildlife in its natural habitat. As you travel by Ford Raptor F150, you'll visit natural locations not typically open to the public to see turtles, monk seals, albatross, and maybe even humpback whales. This is a custom tour that can be adapted to meet your needs and preferences.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$309.86
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Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous Beaches

Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous Beaches

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Explore the picture-perfect beaches, historic landmarks and headlands of eastern Oahu on a 4-hour tour that’s a great overview of the scenic area. Learn about Waikiki history, then get sweeping views of the coast from Diamond Head lookout; drive alongside the sandy beach at Hanauma Bay and explore coves and blowholes. Find out why Sandy Beach is ‘the most dangerous in America,’ then look deep into the rainforest from Pali Lookout, where Hawaiian armies clashed in the 18th-century. Take home a video (available for purchase) of your tour that’s a wonderfully personal souvenir.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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