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Makapu‘u Point: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Oahu Ultimate Grand Circle Island Tour

1. Oahu: Oahu Ultimate Grand Circle Island Tour

Discover the best of the island of Oahu on a guided day tour from Honolulu. Enjoy beautiful scenery and views from locations such as the Diamond Head State Monument, the Kahala Scenic Route, Makapu'u Point, and Turtle Beach as you learn about local history. After meeting in central Honolulu, depart to your first stop of the day, the Diamond Head State Monument. Stroll through the famous East Honolulu neighborhood and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise view over Maunalua Bay. Travel along the Kahala Scenic Route, known for its large concentration of expensive real estate and beachfront properties, which include some of the most expensive in the entire state. Visit the Halona Blowholetake "postcard-worthy" photos to show off to your friends. Continue to Makapu'u Point and capture stunning images of Rabbit Island's crater and cliffs. Experience firsthand why many famous movies were filmed at this location. Drive along Kauai's windward coast, from Waimanalo onward to Kualoa. Right before heading to Kualoa's Mac Nut Farm, stop for shave ice and ice cream. Try some free coffee samples, mac nuts, and take a picture in front of the Kamehameha Statue. Visit the appropriately named Turtle Beach on the North Shore and spot Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. Enjoy some free time for swimming or sunbathing and this beautiful beach. Then, visit vintage farms and the surfer town of Hale'iwa as you learn about Hawaii's surfing culture and big wave competitions. Next, learn about Hawaiian pineapples at the Dole Plantation. Wander through the largest pineapple maze here, and you can find gifts for your loved ones. Finally, stop at the Green World Coffee Farm where you can enjoy samples of coffee and tea to sip while perusing the storefront. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Honolulu.

From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

2. From Honolulu: Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Hop aboard a helicopter and admire Oahu’s landmarks on a guided flight tour from Honolulu. See the Waikiki skyline from above, fly past Diamond Head, and round the volcanic cliffs to Makapu’u Lighthouse. Choose a private or shared tour, with your choice of an on-or-off door experience. Make your way to the local partner’s helipad to begin your experience. Ascend above the city and follow the Windward Coast, with breathtaking views of the Ko’olau Mountains in the distance. Listen to your guide's live tour commentary. Pass Lanikai Beach and see its gorgeous coral formations. Cruise over Kaneohe Bay and discover why this place is regarded as one of the most scenic locations on Earth. Glide past the “Chinaman’s Hat” off the east coast of Oahu. See the Ka’a’awa Valley—the historic home of the island’s kings. Plus, take in views of the lush rainforest surrounding the Sacred Falls. Continue onto the North Shore to spot surfers at the Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay. Loop back to Honolulu and get a glimpse of the pineapple-tastic Dole Plantation. Finally, pass over the iconic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, before returning to the helipad.

From Waikiki: Best of Oahu Photography Tour with Pickup

3. From Waikiki: Best of Oahu Photography Tour with Pickup

Take beautiful photographs of Hawaii on a photo tour from Waikiki. Capture the stunning colors of the island with the help of a professional photographer guide. Bring any camera you like on our tour and see the best of Hawaii on a photography tour. Visit scenic locations to see the amazing blue waters of the ocean and the skies of the east coast. Go to picturesque locations, such as the fantastic Makapu'u Beach lookout and the Halona Blowhole formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago. Admire Waimanalo Beach and the Ko’olau Mountains, and capture the stunning views from the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Make a stop at Waimanalo for lunch. It's a great tour for anyone who wants to see beautiful locations and spend some time capturing them on their cameras as ever-lasting souvenirs. It's also ideal for cruise ship passengers who want something different to do while in port. Tour leisurely to enhance your Hawaii experience and enjoy short walks through the dramatic landscape. Stops will be made at: • Tantalus lookout • Pali lookout (admission included) • Ko’olau Mountains • Waimanalo Bay • Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack (not catered)  • Makapu’u Beach lookout • Sandy's Beach Lookout • The Blow Hole • Hawaii Kai • Leonards Malasada (our treat)

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

4. Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

Take a scenic helicopter flight over Oahu and marvel at the island's highlights from the air. Choose between a shared or private tour option to best suit you. See Waikiki Beach, Makapu’u Lighthouse, the Chinaman's Hat, and much more. Begin the helicopter adventure with a flight over Honolulu Harbor. See the Aloha Tower, which has been welcoming ships into the harbor for nearly a century. As you soar down the coast, go past the Waikiki beaches, looping around Diamond Head. Shortly, witness Maunalua Bay open in front of your eyes, revealing the island's world-renowned reefs. Be greeted by Makapu’u Lighthouse after the rocky cliffs before you travel up Windward Coast. Pass Lanikai Beach and then see the appropriately named Chinaman’s Hat, the island’s iconic monument. But it’s not all beach and coastline on your tour. Get a chance to experience the lush tropical landscapes of the Ka’a’awa Valley and see the beautiful Sacred Falls. On your homeward journey, catch sight of the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Get an emotional flyover of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. The top sights include Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Lanikai Beach, Chinaman’s Hat, Ka’a’awa Valley, Sacred Falls, and Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Oahu: Full-Day Island Highlights Tour with Transfer

5. Oahu: Full-Day Island Highlights Tour with Transfer

This popular circle island tour takes you on a scenic excursion around the beautiful island of Oahu. Enjoy a relaxing drive along the slopes of Diamond Head and see of some of Oahu’s most impressive homes in the Kahala area. Get ready to capture the view of windward Oahu from the scenic (and blustery) Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. The tour continues along the coastline past the famous Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Point. At Waimea Valley swim in a waterfall-fed pool (weather permitting). Visit Byodo-In Temple at the Valley of the Temples on the windward side, set against the majestic Ko’olau Mountains. Take a moment to reflect and take in the beautiful temple grounds, including traditional Japanese gardens and koi ponds. See the world-famous North Shore beaches of Sunset, Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay, home to big wave surfing and surf competitions like the Vans Triple Crown of Surf. Take in the local vibe at quaint Haleiwa Town with time for shopping at boutiques and surf shops and grab a shave ice from famous Matsumotos. Enjoy a brief stop at Dole Plantation to peruse the information displays and presentations, as well as browse for gifts at the country store. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience on Oahu. You'll be returned to your hotel after a full and unforgettable day.

Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

6. Oahu: Path to Pali 30-Minute Doors On or Off Helicopter Tour

Take in the beautiful island of Oahu from thrilling heights on this 30-minute helicopter tour. Select between private or shared tour options. Your tour begins on the island's South Shore where you can see the Waikiki skyline and beaches from a new perspective. After taking in the iconic Diamond Head, approach the magnificent Hanauma Bay and its glorious waters and cliffs. Makapu’u Point and its lighthouse will appear before you as you head down the Windward Coast, one of the world’s most scenic coastlines. Admire the island's crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches before you turn inland for a jaw-dropping glimpse of Mt. Olomana. Next, see the Nu’uanu Pali cliffs, carved from the volcanic fires of the island, now lined with lush rainforest. Last, but most certainly not least, come home to the famous Pearl Harbor, home to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Waikiki: Guided Byodo Temple and Waimea Waterfalls Day Trip

7. Waikiki: Guided Byodo Temple and Waimea Waterfalls Day Trip

Maximize time in Oahu with a full-day tour of the island complete with stops at top landmarks like the Waimea Waterfalls. Meet the minivan at a departure point. Admire views during the scenic drive that includes stops such as Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, and Dole Plantation. Learn about local history and heritage while checking out sights like the Byodo Temple and Waimea Waterfalls. Your Tour Sites: Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, Makapu'u Point, Byodo-In Temple, Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm, Kuala Regional Park, Famous Shrimp Truck, North Shore, Waimea Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Haleiwa Town, Dole Plantation, return to Waikiki. Sites and time spent at each site varies and may change on your tour date

Oahu Bundle: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

8. Oahu Bundle: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your ultimate companion for exploring the vibrant island of Oahu, Hawaii. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through stunning beaches, lush valleys, iconic landmarks, and cultural treasures. As you begin your tour of Oahu with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be immersed in the island's natural beauty, rich history, and unique cultural experiences. The app will provide informative and engaging audio commentary, sharing insights into the island's geology, marine life, Hawaiian traditions, and local tips. The app will guide you through the historic district of downtown Honolulu, where you can explore attractions such as Iolani Palace, the State Capitol, and the iconic King Kamehameha Statue. Discover the vibrant food scene, explore local markets, and learn about the city's fascinating past. Continue your exploration as you venture to the North Shore, a surfer's paradise renowned for its massive waves and laid-back vibe. The app will guide you to famous surf spots like Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline, where you can witness surfers tackling the legendary breaks. Enjoy the pristine beaches, indulge in delicious shrimp from the local food trucks, and explore the charming town of Haleiwa. Discover the natural beauty of Oahu's eastern coast as the app leads you to scenic spots like the Halona Blowhole and the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views, spot humpback whales (during the season), and capture the beauty of rugged cliffs and sparkling turquoise waters. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and lushness of the island as you journey to the stunning Ko'olau Mountains. The app will guide you through scenic drives and recommend hiking trails where you can marvel at waterfalls, tropical foliage, and panoramic views of the island's interior. Experience the cultural richness of Oahu by visiting sites such as the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Byodo-In Temple. Learn about the diverse Polynesian cultures, enjoy traditional performances, and soak in the serene ambiance of the temple. As you explore the island, the Shaka Guide app will recommend local eateries, hidden gems, and cultural experiences that will enhance your visit to Oahu. Whether it's trying local Hawaiian dishes, or snorkeling in pristine waters, the app will provide valuable insights to make the most of your trip. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your tour of Oahu will be enriched with fascinating stories, natural insights, and practical information. So, grab your phone, and get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes and vibrant culture of Oahu, Hawaii.

Hidden Gems of Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple

9. Hidden Gems of Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple

Take a full-day tour to visit all of Oahu’s major landmarks and hidden spots. This tour includes a special stop at the Byodo-In Temple and spotting green sea turtles. Your local guide will talk to you about the history and culture of Hawaii while taking you to some of its lesser-known gems. Experience Hawaii as the locals know and love. Stops also include lots of the major sights such as Chinaman's Hat and Oahu's famous North Shore. Visit sites such as Diamond Head, Halona Blowhole, Makapu'u Point, Byodo-In Temple, Macadamia Nut Farm, Chinaman’s Hat, North Shore Shrimp Trucks, North Shore Fruit Stand, Sunset Beach, Turtle Spotting, and Dole Pineapple Plantation. This tour will have you saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local culture and dine on local cuisine offered by the authentic local food trucks.

Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

10. Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

Enjoy a semi-private tour with a maximum of 14 guests in a spacious van Enjoy a funny and knowledgeable tour guide, learn about the Hawaiian history and stop at secret spots where none of the big tours can stop. Visit a Macadamia Nut Outlet and try Macadamia Nut Coffee and Macadamia Nuts. Try local food at the famous Food Trucks on Oahu's North Shore. See some of the most beautiful beaches Hawaii has to offer and explore popular and secret spots all around the island. This is the best tour on Oahu for families, friends and even large groups! This day trip around the beautiful island of Oahu is interesting, funny and will give you insights that you will not get anywhere else! You will see more than 30 hot spots on Oahu. The private tours are held in English or German. You will learn interesting facts about the history of Hawaii, the life on the islands and you hear facts no travel book has. Here are some of the famous tour stops and spots you will see: • Duke Kahanamoku Statue (drive-by) • World War I Memorial • Diamond Head Beach Lookout • Hanauma Bay (drive-by) • Whale watching at Makapu'u Lookout (during season) • Macadamia Nut Farm • Chinamans Hat (drive-by) • Shrimp Farm (drive-by) • North Shore Beaches • Haleiwa Town (drive-by) • Dole Plantation (drive-by) Interested in a private tour? Feel free to contact Daniels Hawaii Customer Service to learn more about private tours on Oahu.

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4.7 / 5

based on 566 reviews

Excellent sampling tour of Oahu. We really liked some locations, so we will just go back to the a rental during the rest of our trip. Our tour guide Cousin Johnny was awesome with good humour & island information. He handled a flat tire situation very quickly that didn’t even cause much inconvenience for our tour.

The tour was fantastic 😊 our guide made it a fun day, he was knowledgeable and informative. He was also relaxed and friendly. I enjoyed seeing the sights around the island, particularly the beach stop where we had a great swim.

Awesome! So many things to see and do! Had enough time at each stop and had an amazing tour guide! Dirk was such a great and hilarious dude! Definitely would recommend to a friend or family member.

The tour driver was great and we covered everything we wanted to see which was amazing. So many wonderful places we experienced. Thank you!

Loved every minute. Emma was great. Lots of information and scenery and loved the ride.