Hawaii

GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

DurationDuration 6-8 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 3
tour Tour Stops 22
$19.99

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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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Intro to Tour
Leonard's Malasada
Exit 20A Likelike
Koolau Mt Range - Volcanoes
Ko'olau Cliffs, Views and Waterfalls
Byodo-In
Movie & TV Shows
Kahana History & Fishing
Polynesian Cultural Center
Pounders Beach
Shrimp Truck Stop
Ted's Bakery
Shark's Cove
Laniakea - Turtle Beach
Exit Haleiwa
Continue on Kam Hwy to Dole Plantation
Waialua Coffee
Pineapple & Hawaii
End of Monarchy & The Rise of Tourism
Return to Ko'Olina Directions
Red Hill & Continue on H1 East
Intro to the Tour
Red Hill & Continue on H1 East
Koolau Mt Range - Volcanoes
Ko'olau Cliffs, Views and Waterfalls
Byodo-In
Movie & TV Shows
Kahana History & Fishing
Polynesian Cultural Center
Pounders Beach
Shrimp Truck Stop
Ted's Bakery
Shark's Cove
Laniakea Turtle Beach
Exit Haleiwa
Continue on Kam Hwy to Dole Plantation
Waialua Coffee
Pineapple & Hawaii
End of Monarchy & The Rise of Tourism
Return to Ko'Olina Directions
Ted's Bakery
Shark's Cove
Laniakea - Turtle Beach
Exit Haleiwa
Continue on Kam Hwy to Dole Plantation
Waialua Coffee
Pineapple & Hawaii
End of Monarchy & The Rise of Tourism
Red Hill & Continue on H1 East
Koolau Mt Range - Volcanoes
Ko'olau Cliffs, Views and Waterfalls
Byodo-In Temple in Hawaii
Movie & TV Shows
Kahana History & Fishing
Polynesian Cultural Center
Pounders Beach
Shrimp Truck Stop
Start of Tour - Waikiki
BYODO INN TEMPLE

Tour FAQs

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!

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.

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

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 

    • 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

                              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


                              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!


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