See a rarely explored corner of Honolulu! Hawaii's bustling capital may be known for its beaches and high-rise buildings but did you know just a few minutes away there's lush forests with hiking trails? On this tour, you'll visit a waterfall hike, a 200-acre garden, Honolulu's historic Chinatown district, and a lookout with stunning views of the city's skyline.

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

•⁠ Hike to Manoa Falls
•⁠ Visit Tantalus Lookout
•⁠ Try local Poke
•⁠ Stroll through Lyon Arboretum
•⁠ Take a walk through Chinatown

Recommended Start Time: Before 11:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikiki
Direction: Loop, ending where you began

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  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Manoa_Falls

    Manoa Falls Hike

  • Lyon Arboretum

    Lyon Arboretum

  • manoa cemetery

    Manoa Chinese Cemetery

  • Manoa Valley

    Manoa Marketplace

  • Tantalus Lookout On Oahu

    Tantalus Lookout

  • tantalus arboretum hike

    Tantalus Arboretum Hike

  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

  • Lili'uokalani_Botanical_Garden

    Queen Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

  • Shimazu shave ice

    Shimazu Shave Ice

  • Chinatown, Honolulu

    Chinatown, Honolulu

  • Foster Botanical Garden

    Foster Botanical Garden

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the Honolulu Backyard Rainforest tour go?

This tour starts and ends in Waikiki and travels through the lush forests of the Makiki Valley before visiting Honolulu’s bustling downtown.

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

  • Lyon Arboretum 
  • Chinese Cemetery 
  • Manoa Marketplace 
  • Tantalus Mountain 
  • Tantalus Lookout 
  • Tantalus Arboretum Trail
  • National Memorial of the Pacific 
  • Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden
  • Foster Botanical Garden
  • Shimazu Shave Ice 
  • Chinatown 

For help planning your day check out our Honolulu Backyard Rainforest Tour suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

What should I pack for the Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest 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 (rainforest = mosquitoes) 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount 

Can I join the Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest 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.

Can I take the Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise, beginning and ending in Waikiki. 

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at 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.


isom7 | May 2022
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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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