THIS TOUR OPERATES: Every day except Sundays.
DEPARTURE: 7:30 AM | RETURN: 6:30 PM
Join us on this exciting journey of discovery that will satisfy your senses and provide exceptional photo opportunities on our Ultimate Circle Island tour as you visit Waimea Valley Waterfall!
Our first stop is near the world-famous icon of Hawaii, Diamond Head Crater, where we stop at the Amelia Earhart monument which overlooks the Pacific Ocean as the 100,000-year-old volcanic crater towers above you.
Our island discovery continues with the beautiful Hanauma Bay, a pristine marine eco-system with colorful living coral reefs and beaming fish and marine life. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays.
Travelling along Oahu’s spectacular southeast coastline we arrive at the famous Halona Blowhole and “From Here to Eternity” beach where Green Sea Turtles can often be spotted in the emerald green waters of the cove made famous by the only Oscar-winning movie made in Hawaii.
We continue to visit Sandy Beach, a beautiful sandy-bottom beach that looks peaceful and serene but is known for its notoriously powerful shore-breaks, pounding waves and body-surfing opportunities.
Driving by Makapu’u Lookout you will see the island’s most recent lava flows and enjoy incredible panoramic views of offshore islands, turquoise and azure ocean water and breathtaking lava cliffs above.
We continue to the world-renowned Pali Lookout, that Mark Twain called the most beautiful views on the planet.
Driving north we arrive at the Valley of the Temples and visit the colorful Byodo-in temple, a photographer’s dream. This Hawaii State Landmark is home to wild peacocks and hundred of koi carp with a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls.
Continuing on the relaxing windward coast we also visit scenic Chinaman’s Hat, a picturesque islet located in the warm, tropical waters of Kaneohe Bay.
We will visit another beautiful spot and local favorite, Malaekahana Bay and Beach Park, then 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.
World famous Sunset Beach is next on your itinerary. This is the legendary big-wave surfing location where towering, giant waves arrive between November-April.
Next we visit Waimea Valley and Waterfall. This enchanting location showcases over 5,000 species of tropical flowering plants, ancient archaeological sites, and one of the most scenic waterfalls on the island.
Our last stop is the historic Dole Plantation where you will find many colorful varieties of pineapple species from all over the world. Here, you can buy a souvenior to take home and share with your family and friends and always remember your exciting adventure around the Island of Oahu and Waimea Waterfall.
Throughout your journey of discovery around the island of Oahu your nature guide will provide a fascinating narration about Hawaii’s bird and plant species, geology, history and culture.
Age limit: Children must be at least 3 years old and require their own reserved seat on the bus.
A recent landslide and the subsequent shutdown/ closures of nearby roads by the State of Hawaii is currently making it impossible for us to visit one of our stops on your Ultimate Circle Island Adventure.
The affected location is the Pali Lookout. We can still offer you eleven scheduled stops around the island though because we are adding a replacement location: Haleiwa Bay, where we will look for endangered Green Sea Turtles and see a Baywatch Hawaii filming location. The State is planning extensive repairs for the next two months until about the middle of April this year. This period of course can be shorter or it can be extended by the State but as soon as they open the roads again we are reverting to the original itinerary. The tour price remains unaffected by this itinerary change.
TOUR LENGTH: 11 HOURS
APPROXIMATE WALKING LENGTH: 1.5 MILES
TERRAIN DETAILS: Waimea Valley is the home of more than 5,000 documented kinds of tropical an subtropical plants including native and endangered Hawaiian plants. The trail is a paved road with slight inclines up to the waterfall
Included with this Tour
Round trip transportation: We provide transportation from several designated pick up locations throughout Waikiki.
152 Page Book “Pocket Guide to Nature On Oahu” (1 per party)
Lunch and Shave Ice: Fumi’s Shrimp Truck has many different options from several types of shrimp plates, chicken katsu, cheese burger with fries or vegetarian chow mein. Many drink options are also available.
Delicious Menu Options
You can make your selections when you are on board the vehicle during your tour. 1 entree, 1 drink, 1 shaved ice or popsicle per guest.
|Entree||Original Cocktail Shrimp, Butter Garlic Shrimp, Lemon Pepper Shrimp, Hot & Spicy Shrimp, Fried Coconut Shrimp, Tempura Shrimp, Deep Fried Cod, Spicy Garlic Shrimp, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, Chicken Katsu, Cheese Burger, or Vegetarian Chow Mein|
|Drinks||Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Guava Juice, Green Tea, Passion-Fruit Orange, or Water|
|Dessert||Shave Ice Flavors: Vanilla, Pineapple, Strawberry (Choose up to 3 flavors)|
Popsicle Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Red Bean, Ube (Sweet Potato)
|Dole Whip||Available for an additional cost|
What to Bring: Please wear comfortable walking shoes, you will be walking 1.5 miles round trip on a paved path. Please remember to bring bottled water. Please bring a rain poncho or rain gear, in case of precipitation.
Grace Periods: Please allow a 15 minute grace period after your designated pick up time as there are other pick up locations. Due to the length of this circle island tour and the area covered please make sure you allow for a comfortable return time to Waikiki. Drop-offs might be a half an hour later than scheduled, due to traffic delays or other unforeseeable circumstances.
Centralized Pick Up Locations: We assign transportation from one of our centralized pick up locations throughout Waikiki including Ala Moana Hotel, Ilikai, Hale Koa, Army Museum Bus Stop, Ambassador, Hyatt Regency, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Lotus.
Age limit: Children must be at least 3 years old and require their own reserved seat on the bus. All persons between 3 and 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian over age 21.
Vehicle: The vehicle will be a white mini bus with “Oahu Nature Tours” in green letters and a logo of a red bird on the side.
Waimea Valley: This tour is suitable for guests with walking difficulties because there is a small golf cart train in Waimea Valley that can accommodate a limited number of guests and take them up to the waterfall without having to walk at all. A shuttle runs approximately every 30 minutes and currently charges $8.00 for a one-way transportation and $12.00 for round-trip per person.
For parties of 1-6 guests: a minimum of 24 hour notice is required prior to departure time for changing, rescheduling or cancelling your activity. Tours cancelled or rescheduled within the last 24 hours are non-refundable.
For parties of 7 or more guests: a minimum of one week notice is required prior to departure time for changing, rescheduling or cancelling your activity. Tours cancelled or rescheduled within one week prior to departure time are non-refundable.