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Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

1. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands.  Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions.  Follow your guide through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Stop at the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Hear about how this plant became a symbol of Hawaii before returning to your accommodation. 

Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

2. Honolulu: Oahu Sights and Bites Island Tour

Discover the delicious cuisine and natural beauty of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Soak up the views and experience local flavors on a foodie sightseeing tour. Start your tour with pickup at selected hotels. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Diamond Head Lookout. Admire panoramic views and taste a local favorite Poi donut from Kamehameha Bakery. Continue along the coast to the famous Halona Point blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Visit the famous Halona blowhole, and keep an eye out for humpback whales and green sea turtles. Drive into the Koolau Mountains and take in breathtaking views from the Pali Lookout, the site of a fierce battle in 1795. Head to the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm, to sample coffee, chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Stop for an included lunch at the famous North Shore Shrimp Trucks! Head to Haleiwa town, where you can go shopping, and try delicious ice cream and other bites. End your tour with a taste of Dole Whip, a dairy-free pineapple dessert, at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

3. Oahu: Multi-Stop Island Highlights Tour

Spend the day exploring Oahu’s most scenic sights, unique culture, and rich history. Travel from Diamond Head Crater along the southern coast to the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore. Get a complete overview of all the scenic points from your tour driver. An experienced tour driver will provide a complete overview of all the scenic points that the “Heart of Hawai‘i” has to offer. Some of the featured sites include: (*Denotes a stop) • Diamond Head Hawai‘i’s most recognized landmark. • Exclusive Kahala Estates Hawai‘i’s Gold Coast. • Halona Blowhole Lookout* Where a volcanic lava tube propels water up to the sky. • Waimānalo Town Known for its local flavor and numerous plant nurseries. • Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout* With panoramic views of the coast line to the sheer mountains veiled by the clouds. • Byodo-In Temple* Commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i. • Chinaman’s Hat The basalt islet in Kaneohe Bay is shaped curiously like a hat. According to Hawaiian mythology, the island is formed from the remains of a giant lizard or dragon’s tail tossed to the ocean. • Kualoa Ranch* Enjoy the Legends and Legacy at Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve owned by eight generation descendants of Dr. Gerritt P. Judd. On 4,000 acres, it is one of the most sacred places on the island with their goal to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the lands. Sunday only Lunch Stop. All other days, lunch at Hukilau Marketplace, Polynesian Cultural Center. • La‘ie Hawai‘i Mormon Temple Contains breathtaking lush tropical gardens of Hawaiian foliage and flowers, cascading water features and more. • North Shore Surfing Beaches The surfing mecca that attracts surfers from around the world for the massive winter waves and Hollywood for the 7 miles of picturesque beaches. • Dole Plantation* Visit Hawai‘i’s Pineapple Experience, see pineapple varieties and try the delicious Dole Whip.

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

4. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at iconic Halona Blowhole Lookout – 15-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm •Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck. Choose from any of their signature entrees: butter garlic shrimp / spicy garlic lemon shrimp / & coconut shrimp. Non-shrimp and vegetarian options available. LUNCH INCLUDED · Stop at and enjoy the delicacies of a local fruit stand ! · Waimea Valley beautiful and lush, swimming optional · Byodo-In Temple-set back against the Koolau Mountains, this is a replicia of a 900+ year old temple in Japan! •Visit historic Haleiwa Town: famous for surfing shopping and shave ice! Stroll the town and take in the North Shore ambiance and flavors- ask your guide his or her recommendations! •A stop at famous Matsumoto Shave ice- purchase optional •Dole Pineapple Plantation – A 30-minute stop, home of the original “Dole Whip.”

Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

5. Waikiki Trolley Hop-on Hop-off 1, 4 or 7-Day All-Line Pass

Find more in Hawaii than just the sights, and board the Waikiki Trolley and take in the soaring mountains that meet the sea to all the historic landmarks, including shopping and dining. Make the choice yours. Board the breathtaking Blue line, called the Coastline/Diamond Head Line. Find yourself at Diamond head, a natural landmark of Hawaii and explore through the Kalanianaole Highway. This place is famous for its rugged cliffs and dramatic ocean scapes. On the Red Line, learn of Hawaii's rich cultural past all the way to the modern present. Hawaii has its own story to tell for anyone interested in listening. Travel through the cultural and historical history, from the time of kings and queens through its importance in WWII and even the cultures that influence it to this day. If you're looking for some iconic shopping and dining, board the Pink Line and find the epicenter of the Pacific. Delight in Asian cuisine mingling with popular American comfort food, high-end fashion alongside popular streetwear that suits everyone's comfort and style. You can find all these throughout Waikiki, but your Hawaiian vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Ala Moana Center–Hawaii’s Center–where all things shopping and dining collide into a truly Hawaiian experience. So much so that Ala Moana isn’t just for visitors–it’s a popular shopping mall for locals as well.

Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

6. Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

Take in the beautiful island of Oahu from thrilling heights on this 30-minute helicopter tour. Select between private or shared tour options. Your tour begins on the island's South Shore where you can see the Waikiki skyline and beaches from a new perspective. After taking in the iconic Diamond Head, approach the magnificent Hanauma Bay and its glorious waters and cliffs. Makapu’u Point and its lighthouse will appear before you as you head down the Windward Coast, one of the world’s most scenic coastlines. Admire the island's crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches before you turn inland for a jaw-dropping glimpse of Mt. Olomana. Next, see the Nu’uanu Pali cliffs, carved from the volcanic fires of the island, now lined with lush rainforest. Last, but most certainly not least, come home to the famous Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Oahu: 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

7. Oahu: 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

The popular Circle Island tour takes you on a scenic 120-mile trip around the beautiful island of Oahu. Enjoy a scenic drive along the slopes of Diamond Head and catch a view of some of Oahu’s most impressive homes in the Kahala area. The tour continues along the coastline to the famous Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Point. Get out that camera to capture the view of Windward Oahu from the scenic Nu’uanu Pali Lookout (subject to availability). Take a tram ride at Waimea Valley and swim in a waterfall-fed pool (weather permitting). A "to go" lunch is included. Visit the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, set against the majestic Ko’olau Mountains (admission included). Take a moment to meditate and take in the beautiful temple grounds, including traditional Japanese gardens and a koi pond. See the world-famous North Shore beaches of Sunset, Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay, home to big wave surfing and surf competitions like the Vans Triple Crown of Surf. Finally, stop at the Dole Plantation to read the information displays and presentations, as well as browse for gifts at the country store. This is sure to be an unforgettable Hawaiian experience.

Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

8. Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

Take beautiful photographs of Hawaii on a photo tour from Waikiki. Capture the stunning colors of the island with the help of a professional photographer guide. Bring any camera you like on our tour and see the best of Hawaii on a photography tour Visit scenic locations to see the amazing blue waters of the ocean and skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the marine reserve of Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Visit Sandy Beach and the Makapu’u Point Lookout on Oahu's southeastern tip. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at Kailua or Waimanalo for lunch. It's a great tour for anyone who wants to see beautiful locations and spend some time capturing them on their cameras as ever-lasting souvenirs. It's also ideal for cruise ship passengers who want something different to do while in port. Tour at an easy pace to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape along the way. Stops will be made at: • Tantalus lookout • Pali lookout (admission included) • Ko’olau Mountains • Waimanalo Bay • Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack (not catered)  • Makapu’u Beach lookout • Sandy's Beach  • The Blow Hole lookout • Lana’i lookout • Hanauma Bay

From Honolulu: 20 Exciting Sites North Shore of Oahu Tour

9. From Honolulu: 20 Exciting Sites North Shore of Oahu Tour

Explore the North Shore of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Visit one of the best surfing locations on the island, as well as drive through the historic town of Haleiwa, grab lunch, and explore the tide pools of the famous Shark's Cove. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu and drive towards the famous North Shore of Oahu. Head to Laniakea Beach where turtles can be seen basking in the sun and playing in the surf. Pass by, a couple of the best surfing beaches on the island, where you may spot pros riding the waves, during winter. Arrive at Shark's Cove, for lunch, beach, and tide pool exploring. This is one of the best beaches on the island with a variety of great food trucks. After lunch, then it's time to soak up the sun and hang out at the tide pools. Next, enjoy free coffee and Mac nut samples at the mac nut farm, where many local products can be purchased and enjoyed. Following that, see the Chinaman's Hat islet off the shore at Kualoa Beach Park, a popular photo opportunity. After some great coffee and Mac nuts, head through the East Shore of the island to see the highlights of the East shore including Koko Head, Lanai Lookout, Halona Blowhole, and Sandy's beach before heading back towards Honolulu, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa, Dole, & Island Circle Adventure

10. Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa, Dole, & Island Circle Adventure

Explore the Island of Oahu on a guided sightseeing tour. Go to the Halona Blowhole, try to spot a whale at the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and have a coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch at Shark's Cove before snorkeling and swimming. Leave the city behind and head out to the country. Rows of pineapple fields will lead you to your first stop at the famous Dole Plantation. Here you can buy fresh tropical fruit, souvenirs and enjoy the best Pineapple Ice cream in the world. Check out Turtle Beach, to find the sea turtles basking in the sun or playing in the surf. Sip on a cup of coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm and try some local nutty treats and products. Arrive at Shark's Cove and take your pick for lunch from one of the food trucks. Lay on the beach, rent some snorkel gear, or just swim in the gentle waves. Next, see the highlights of the East shore including Halona Blowhole, the famous filming spot for Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity. Head from there to Makapu'u Lighthouse. Capture spectacular views of the east shore and seasonal whale sightseeing. Lastly, return to your accommodation fulfilled from a great day in Oahu.

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What people are saying about Nuuanu Pali Lookout

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4.6 / 5

based on 955 reviews

One of the Best Tours I ever been on. Dave was very informative and Super Kind. Gave us some tips we used in our trip. Great Tour. Bus was Clean and Nice. Well Worth every Dollar.

Trolley was well worth the time and money. Suggest hopping on the green or blue line as soon as you arrive to see where you want to go back to.

Went on the tour with Ray Ray. We saw some beautiful sites and she shared a lot of Hawaiian history with us. Would 100% recommend this tour.

I had a great time! The tour was complete and enjoyable! Thank you

Was a lot of fun and learning . Our guide was awesome.