Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor (combo)

Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor (combo)

Pickup: 6:30-7:15 AM

Duration: 10-11 hours

8 max (shared tour)

Fitness: Easy

Highlights
  • Pearl Harbor and its most popular attraction, the Arizona Memorial (AZ)
  • Scenic circle tour through the center of the island, along the North Shore, and down the eastern coast
  • 30+ sights include pineapple & coffee farms, beaches, mountains, Valley of Temples, military cemetery
  • Small group of 8 max (often less), or private tour
  • Includes expert local guide, all admission tickets, hot lunch, and door-to-door transport

Overview

Experience the highlights of Oahu on a full day “circle island” tour with knowledgeable local guides in a small group setting.

In newer premium vehicles, you will be picked up from your lodging and start the day learning about famous Honolulu sites and Hawaii's most visited attraction, Pearl Harbor. At Pearl Harbor, you will watch a moving 20 minute film, and then travel by boat to the Arizona Memorial*, where you will disembark on this hallowed gravesite for over a thousand U.S. service members.

After a couple of hours at Pearl Harbor, you'll head up through the middle of the island, where you’ll first stop at Green World Coffee Farm (with coffee and chocolate tastings) and then at the popular Dole Plantation, the last remaining farm for pineapples which have an important history in Hawaii. After a tasty made-to-order hot lunch at a highly rated local food stand, you’ll visit the famous North Shore beaches, including possible turtle sightings on the beach.

During the afternoon, you'll head down the eastern side (“windward side”) with stunning coastal views on one side (including of Chinaman’s Hat) and scenic farms and mountains on the other, with many picture-taking stops and a chance to purchase some local fruit.

Additional afternoon highlights include a Macadamia Nut Farm (with tastings), a historical Hawaiian place of worship (Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau), Valley of the Temples, Pali Lookout, and the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater (over 53,000 veterans laid to rest there), before returning to your lodging in the early evening.

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WHY WE RECOMMEND THIS OPTION OVER OTHERS

  • For shared tour, the smaller group (8 or less, whereas others are often more than 25) means more personalized attention from guide, better group camaraderie, less time waiting around for everyone to get on and off, and more time for stops
  • Includes some off-the-beaten-path stops/areas
* Arizona Memorial Update

Due to continued challenges related to procuring limited Arizona Memorial tickets, there are now 2 versions of this tour: 
1) the original tour ($219/person) that has guaranteed tickets for the AZ Memorial. This is the (with AZ) option in the booking form.
2) a new version ($199/person) where visiting the AZ Memorial is not guaranteed but you would still spend a similar amount of time at Pearl Harbor -- to view the historical film, see the AZ from shore with commentary from your guide, and to visit multiple exhibits and memorials. This is the (without AZ) option. However, as long as the date is more than 3 days out, there is still a solid chance AZ tickets will be procured since the tour attempts to get them in the lottery system 2 months out and 3 days out; if procured, they will be included at no extra charge. In the recent past when there were no operating boat rides to the AZ Memorial, guests still found the visit to Pearl Harbor worthwhile, which is why we are offering this version in order to make more tour dates available (and also to provide a lower priced option). 

If you are only interested in this tour with AZ tickets to actually step on the memorial and no available dates work for you, then your options are:
1) Submit our form and we will contact you about any new available dates.
2) Check back within 2 months of your trip when more dates with guaranteed AZ tickets may be available. You can also check back within 3 days of a tour date for last-minute openings.
3) Book our more in-depth Pearl Harbor Tour which includes guaranteed AZ tickets for all dates. You could then book our similar Circle Island Tour (but without Pearl Harbor) for another date, since there is no overlap, and you'll get the most complete Circle Island and Pearl Harbor experiences.

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Lonely Planet guidebook:

Pearl Harbor has a resonance for all Americans. The site is accessible, evocative, and moving. It’s the top site for visitors to Hawaii.

Oahu in 1 Day: Best Driving is Circle Island Tour.

Fodor's guidebook:

Pearl Harbor: Top Reasons to Go to Oahu. A sobering, don’t miss sight. 
Byodo-in Temple: Fodor’s Choice. Peaceful surroundings set dramatically against the sheer, green cliffs.

Guided tours on Oahu are convenient; you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or getting admission tickets.

Moon guidebook:

The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are a must-see to grasp.

Oahu Revealed guidebook:

The USS Arizona Memorial is the single most popular visitor attraction on Oahu. One of those must-dos on Oahu and for good reason. It makes WWII real for the rest of us. Parking can be difficult at peak times.

Punchbowl Cemetery is an immensely moving place, guaranteed to put a lump in your throat.
Valley of the Temples: A Real Gem; the Byodo-In is the absolute essence of serenity, like taking a mini-trip to Japan.

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