Oahu Circle Island Tour with Pearl Harbor (combo)

Pickup: 6:30-7:15 AM

Duration: 10-11.5 hours

8 max (shared tour)

Fitness: Easy

Highlights
  • Pearl Harbor and its most popular attraction, the Arizona Memorial
  • 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 before arriving at Hawaii's most visited attraction, Pearl Harbor. You will learn personal tales and the tragic history from your professional guide, watch a moving 20 minute film, and travel by boat to the Arizona Memorial, where you will disembark at 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.


TravelShack's Choice

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
  • Guide is with you at Pearl Harbor so your time there is spent most efficiently and so you get the most out of it, unlike simple drop-off/pick-up “tours”
  • Includes some off-the-beaten-path stops/areas, at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere around the island
  • No wasted stops at random souvenir shops to get you to purchase things (common with some others), although there is a stop at a tropical fruit stand and at the popular Dole Plantation for the famous pineapple Dole Whip

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Traveler Reviews

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Guidebook Reviews

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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