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Oahu

GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

Description

Get an in-depth look at Oahu on the Grand Circle Island Tour! You’ll travel the island stopping at world-renowned surf spots, historic sites, foodie towns, and the famous North Shore

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline
•⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley
•⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa
•⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks)
•⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikiki, Ko Olina or Turtle Bay Resort
Direction: Counterclockwise loop, ending where you began

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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • 1 chinaman's hat

    Chinaman’s Hat — Mokoliʻi

  • 23 Leondards sign

    Leonard's Bakery

  • 46 temple front

    Byodo In - Japanese Temple

  • 54 trop nut farm sign

    Tropical Nut Farms

  • Kualoa Ranch

    Kualoa Ranch

  • Kahana Bay

    Kahana Bay

  • 2 pounders - huula

    Laie Beach Park — Pounders Beach

  • 48 pcc

    Polynesian Cultural Center

  • 41 laie point

    Laie Point

  • Laie Temple

    Laie Temple

  • 27 fumi shrimp truck

    Kahuku Shrimp & Food Trucks

  • Kahuku Fruit Stands

    Kahuku Fruit Stand

  • 31 Ted bakery sign

    Ted's Bakery

  • Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach

  • Banzai Pipeline

    Banzai Pipeline

  • 6 shark's cove

    Shark's Cove

  • Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

    Hawaiian Temple - Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

  • 38 waimea falls

    Waimea Valley

  • Laniakea Beach

    Laniakea Beach

  • Haleiwa Town

    Haleiwa Town

  • 32 matsu shave ice

    Matsumoto Shave Ice

  • dole official

    Dole Plantation

  • Waimea Beach Cliff Jumping

    Waimea Bay

Video

GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the Grand Circle Island Tour start & end?

This tour has three starting points, Waikiki on the south shore of the island; Ko Olina on the west side; and Turtle Bay on the north shore. Regardless of where you start, the tour will travel in a counterclockwise loop, ending where you began.

 

Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

 

  • Byodo-In Japanese Temple
  • Sunset Beach 
  • Banzai Pipeline 
  • Haleiwa 
  • Shark’s Cove
  • Kahuku Shrimp trucks 
  • Kualoa Ranch 
  • Polynesian Cultural Center 
  • Waimea Valley 
  • Waimea Bay
  • Dole Plantation 

For help planning your day check out our Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

Can I join the Grand Circle Island tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

What should I budget for the Grand Circle Island tour?

How much you spend truly depends on what you do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs:

  • $5.00 per person: Byodo-In Temple (cash only)
  • $18.00/adult and $12.00/child per person: Waimea Valley entry
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $25.00/adult and $21.00/child per person: Dole Plantation — Train, Maze and Garden pass
  • $6.00 per person: Dole Whip
  • $4.00 per person: Pie at Ted’s Bakery or shave ice at Matsumoto’s

What should I pack for the Grand Circle Island tour?

Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day. 

  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Bug Spray (for Waimea Valley)
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount 

What are the hours of operation for stops on the Grand Circle Island tour?

    • Leonard's Bakery  5:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m, open daily 
    • Moanalua Gardens CLOSED
      • Green World Coffee   7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
        • Dole Plantation  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., open daily 
          • North Shore Soap Factory Weekdays 10AM–4PM                                              Saturday 8:30AM–4PM Sunday Closed
          • Matsumoto Shave Ice  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, open daily 
            • Waimea Bay    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
              • Hawaiian Temple - Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau    7AM–5:30PM  Daily
                • Ted's Bakery  8:00 AM - 6:30 PM, open daily  
                  • Kahuku Shrimp & Food Trucks  10AM–6PM daily
                    • Laie Temple  9 AM to 9 PM daily
                      • Laie Point   7AM–6:45 PM  daily
                        • Polynesian Cultural Center  12:45 PM – 9:00 PM, open Monday - Saturday, closed Sundays. Restaurant and Marketplace open at 11:00 AM
                          • Kahana Bay 7AM–8PM  Daily
                            • Kualoa Ranch  8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., open daily  
                            • Byodo In - Japanese Temple 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., open daily

                              Can I take the Grand Circle Island tour in the opposite direction?

                              No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise. If you’re looking for a similar experience but want to travel clockwise around the island starting your day on the North Shore check out our Legendary North Shore Loop

                              Other Questions? Contact Us!

                              Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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                              Highly recommend

                              Ellis/Davis | May 2022
                              We love Shaka Guide and recommend to all of our friends. If you rent a car, take advantage of seeing more and hearing more than you would ever imagine on your vacation! I’d give it 10 stars if I could.
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                              isom7 | May 2022
                              Waist of time on vacation
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                              Somewhat useful

                              SDJour | May 2022
                              I bought three or four of the tours since I knew that I would have a car my first time in Hawaii and that I would be staying far from the crowd. I only used one, the Circle Island Tour, and was disappointed. The man narrating was annoying with his forced laughs and poor jokes. In addition, there were some stops that I missed because I was not told soon enough where to turn. I am giving two stars because I did learn about two nice sites on the tour. However, I passed a couple of state and national recreation sites that were not mentioned at all.
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