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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

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

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

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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!


                              Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

                              Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


                              Mahalo,

                              Shaka Guide

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                              Kinda fun!

                              Charkie01 | July 2022
                              We did the circle of the island. The ap worked great. Nav was a little off only insofar as it could have give a little more warning about turns on a couple of occasions, but as long as you’re paying attention, you’ll get it. Best way I can think of to get acquainted with Hawaii. Loved it! Hot tip::: we left at 7:15am. We were 30 minutes early for the Japanese Temple to open at 8:30am, and more than 40 minutes early for the Polynesian Cultural center to open—just the market side. We arrived at Dole at 4:30 so we only had time for the train and some Dole whip. It’s every bit of a full day. I would have rather gone to the Waterfall in the morning so I wish they’d offer a reverse tour because that was the selling point
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                              Great trip around the Island

                              ThreeRiz | July 2022
                              I’ve been to Oahu many times but with the Shaka tour I learned so much and really enjoyed every minute of it. Great driving direction! Great tips along the way and perfect for first time visitors or even if you’re local. Mahalo!
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                              Perfect for finding hideaways

                              Huskielover1234 | July 2022
                              This app is super friendly and we loved how it points out little known areas we were able to see. I didnt want to book an all day bus tour and this was a fraction of the cost plus we could go at our own pace …. Highly recommended
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