Oahu

HONOLULU'S BACKYARD RAINFOREST TOUR

Description

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

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

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2-4 hour drive 73 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Manoa Falls Hike

  • Lyon Arboretum

  • Manoa Chinese Cemetery

  • Manoa Marketplace

  • Tantalus Lookout

  • Tantalus Arboretum Hike

  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

  • Queen Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

  • Shimazu Shave Ice

  • Chinatown, Honolulu

  • Foster Botanical Garden

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the 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 and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)

There are no entrance fees to any attractions on this tour, however you might want to bring some cash for food and souvenirs along the way. How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $9.99: Shaka Guide’s Honolulu Backyard Rainforest Tour 
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $5.00 per adult, $1.00 children 6-12, free children 5-under: Foster Botanical Garden


Can I join the 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 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 aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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North Shore!!

derrickfrom | March 2021
Simply amazing!! So much knowledge and was very helpful! If we can add in a stop for the fresh poke at the kahuku superette people would really love that place!! Quality at its finest!!! Mahalo!

Worth the money and then some.

BigK PSU | March 2021
Great guide. Bought all tours.

Smooth Brotha

Familia OG | March 2021
Aloha , This App is very smooth and informational. Shaka is by far the very best Tour guide I’ve used, highly recommended. When you make pit stops is will start up where you left off. Take you across the island with ease and at your own pace. So no rushing, just drive and relax and listen. Just watch out for Roosters and Chickens.
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