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North Shore and Circle Island Adventure

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Oahu, including the North Shore, on this small-group day trip from Waikiki. Admire the views as you drive across the Ko'olau Mountains toward the Valley of the Temples. Enjoy the scenic shores of Kahana Bay, catch sight of Mokuauia Islet, see the legendary Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline, and visit a shrimp farm in Kahuku—with a stop at food truck for an included lunch plate and Hawaiian shave ice.
  • Great for nature lovers—learn about endangered wetland birds and spot green sea turtles
  • Get a feel for island life on Oahu in just one day; plate lunch included
  • Perfect for families—small-group tour accommodates 15 people
  • Pickup and drop-off from select Waikiki hotels included for added convenience
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Small group tour with nature tour guide - fully narrated tour
Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
Local taxes
Lunch
Valley of the Temples and Byodo Temple entry fees are included
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
For all our adventures you can select from nine centrally located and convenient meeting points in Waikiki. In addition to the listed hotels, we also pick up at the Army Museum bus stop on Kalia Road and the ROSS Store on Seaside Avenue.
Once we receive your online booking, our reservationists will automatically assign your pickup location to the one that is the closest to your hotel and will send you a confirmation email specifying that location with photos and maps. If you prefer to be picked up at a different location, please call our office.
If your hotel is outside of Waikiki we recommend that you meet us at the Ala Moana hotel.

Departure Time

11:30 AM
After being picked up in Waikiki, head over the Ko'olau Mountains to the legendary Valley of the Temples, traveling to the base of the cliffs where the Byodo Temple sits. Continue north along the scenic Kahana Bay, where you'll stop at Malaekahana Beach, a hotspot for birders and home to unique Hawaiian plant life with views across to the Mokuauia Islet.

In Kahuku, visit a shrimp farm and learn about endangered wetland birds. You will be served a delicious garlic shrimp, fish, or chicken plate and Hawaiian shave ice before heading to Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline, a popular location for surfing enthusiasts.

Next, travel to Waimea Bay and Haleiwa Beach Park, a well-known basking and feeding ground for green sea turtles. Relax on a drive through Haleiwa village, home to artists, craftspeople, and surfers alike. Finally, visit Dole Plantation, a historical pineapple plantation. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Oahu Nature Tours
Travel with the island's premier eco-tour company on an exciting journey of discovery to the famous North Shore of Oahu. Driving over the Ko'olau Mountains to the windward side, our first stop is the fabled Valley of the Temples where we visit the picturesque Byodo-in Temple located at the base of stunning 2,000 foot lush green cliffs.  The temple grounds are home to wild peacocks and hundred of Japanese koi carp including a reflecting pond, meditation niches and small waterfalls. Driving along the scenic shores of Kahana Bay we arrive at Malaekahana Beach, a great opportunity to marvel at the breathtaking views of Mokuauia Islet and the wild and rugged  East-Oahu coastline. Continuing North to Kahuku, we visit a shrimp farm and one of the locals' favorite shrimp trucks, where you will be served a delicious garlic shrimp, fish, or chicken plate and Hawaiian-style shaved ice. After lunch, you can observe endangered wetland birds, and learn about Hawaiian aquaculture. Our next stop if the world famous Sunset Beach where incredible waves thrill viewers, especially between November and April. Following the stunning coastline of legendary Waimea Bay we stop at a well-known basking and feeding ground to look for wild Green Sea Turtles. Traveling South we drive through the colorful and historic village of Haleiwa, well known in North Shore and home to many surfers, artist and craftspeople. After passing extensive pineapple fields we arrive at our last stop, the historic Dole Plantation. Here, you are able to purchase a souvenir to take home to share with friends and family and always remember of your beautiful journey to the famous North Shore of Oahu. Lunch Options: Burger and Veggie options are also available. Age limit: Children must be at least 3 years old and require their own reserved seat on the bus.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Valley of the Temples
Visit the temple gorunds and the peace bell. The Bell House, called kanetsuki-do, contains a five foot high, three ton brass bell, called bon-sho (sacred bell), cast in Osaka, Japan, from a mixture of bronze and tin, by permission of the government of Japan. It closely resembles the bell hanging in an identical Bell House at the Uji Byodo-In. The original is said to be more than 900 years old and to have come from India. It is revered for its distinctive shape, and the tone of the bell sounds a message of deep calm and peace, cleansing the mind of evil and temptation. The resonant sound of the bon-sho creates an atmosphere of tranquility for meditation that travels for some distance. A soft wooden log called the “shu-moku” is used to strike the bell. The bell is customarily rung before one enters the temple to spread the eternal teachings of Buddha. Ringing the bell will purify the mind of evil spirits and temptation. It is said that ringing this bell will bring you happiness, blessings, and a long life. It is customarily rung before entering the temple.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Byodo-In Temple
we visit the picturesque Byodo-in Temple located at the base of stunning 2,000 foot lush green cliffs.  The temple grounds are home to wild peacocks and hundred of Japanese koi carp including a reflecting pond, meditation niches and small waterfalls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Malaekahana Bay
We visit another beautiful spot and local favorite, Malaekahana Bay and Beach Park
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kahuku Farms
LUNCHSTOP! Continuing North to Kahuku, we visit a shrimp farm and one of the locals' favorite shrimp trucks, Fumi's, where you will be served a delicious garlic shrimp, fish, or chicken plate and Hawaiian-style shaved ice. After lunch, you can observe endangered wetland birds, and learn about Hawaiian aquaculture. *Vegetarian options are also available **Lunch and Shave-Ice are both included in your tour price!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sunset Beach Park
Our next stop if the world famous Sunset Beach where incredible waves thrill viewers, especially between November and April.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
North Shore
The detailed descriptions of the other stops include the description for this place name on this tour.
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Haleiwa Beach Park
Following the stunning coastline of legendary Waimea Bay we stop at a well-known basking and feeding ground to look for wild Green Sea Turtles. Traveling South we drive through the colorful and historic village of Haleiwa, well known in North Shore and home to many surfers, artist and craftspeople.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dole Plantation
After passing extensive pineapple fields we arrive at our last stop, the historic Dole Plantation. Here, you are able to purchase a souvenir to take home to share with friends and family and always remember of your beautiful journey to the famous North Shore of Oahu.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please let us know which hotel you are staying at so we know where our guide can meet you.
  • Not wheelchair, walker or stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Age limit: *CHILDREN MUST BE AT LEAST 3 YEARS OLD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ADVENTURE. All persons between 3 and 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over age 21.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oahu Nature Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during North Shore and Circle Island Adventure?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This was a very cost effective tour since it included a great lunch at Fumis" See review
  • "Highly recommend this tour to see a different view of Oahu compared to Waikiki." See review
  • "Had a lovely relaxing day visiting different beaches, a temple and dole plantation with a great lunch stop which was included." See review

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Oahu circle tour.
Fred_M
, Mar 2020
The tour stops were well planned and enough time was given at each stop. High light was seeing a turtle on the beach. Driver gave a very good narrative.
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Mr Kens wild ride!!
TomBella
, Mar 2020
It’s all about personality, knowledge of the island and a little excitement that our guide Ken brought to our tour that made 7 hours seem like 3!! Uniting 11 strangers at the beginning to friends at the end of the tour!! Mahalo Ken!! Tom & Bella
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Tour with Ken!!
Michelle_G
, Mar 2020
The tour guide, Ken, was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made the tour memorable for me and my friend from California. All the places we went were beautiful. Totally would recommend it.
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Highlight of my Oahu trip
Callyan_Y
, Mar 2020
Ken was the best tour guide! He was informative and funny the whole trip. The tour was definitely a highlight of my entire trip. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have the full Oahu experience!
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Great North Shore tour
CORNELIOC_A
, Mar 2020
Good lenght if tour (5 hrs). Saw a lot. North Shore is beautiful. Pick up service is very convenient. Delicious lunch. Above all the guide/ driver is very funny, informative, courteous and very engaging. We had a good lively group.
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North Shore Brilliance
Rohanb
, Feb 2020
Great tour with PE with her local knowledge took us to some great places you would miss on a self tour. Turtle and Monk Seal viewing was great.
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Dole
Awhitia_P
, Feb 2020
Ken was the bomb!! Very interactive. It was stink that there was traffic but I still enjoyed it. Thanks
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Excellent
Rita_M
, Feb 2020
Our driver was very knowledgeable and personable. Very friendly and humorous. Her driving was safe and cautious.
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So great!!!
astott2013
, Feb 2020
PE was amazing and really knowledgeable. I loved learning all about the history of the different places we went and drove around.
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Great island tour
tigerpk
, Feb 2020
PE was great. Lots of history about the island and many stops along the way for photos. Seeing the sea turtle was a highlight. Lunch was really good too!
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