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Oahu

HONOLULU'S BACKYARD RAINFOREST TOUR - Road Closed

Description

Please note: There is a road closure that impacts this tour. Please select a different Oahu tour at this time.

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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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

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!


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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