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Polynesian Cultural Center: 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.

Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

2. Oahu: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Experiences

The Oahu All-Inclusive Pass gets you free admission to the island's top activities, attractions, and tours, offering the ultimate in convenience, savings, and flexibility. Choose between a 1- to 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price and pay nothing at the gate. Save up to 50%* compared to full retail admission prices. The more you do, the more you save. When you buy a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day pass, you’ll also receive free admission to one premium activity. Simply check your digital guide on the Go City app for any instructions, including how to make advanced reservations for selected activities, then show your pass on your mobile device (or in printed format) at each attraction for admission. Premium Activities (3+ day pass-holders can choose 1): • Moana Splash Luau • Makani Catamaran Sunset Sail with Drinks • Aloha Kai Luau at Sea Life Park Included activities, attractions, and tours with the Oahu All-Inclusive Pass (for all pass durations): Cultural and Historic Sights • Polynesian Cultural Center • Battleship Missouri Memorial • Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum • USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum • Bishop Museum Honolulu • Iolani Palace • Honolulu Museum of Art • Queen Emma Summer Palace Tours and Cruises • Makani Catamaran Sail • Secret Island Beach Activities at Kualoa Ranch (choice of 1 Kualoa Ranch activity per day) • Circle Island Tour: Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple & Turtle Spotting • Ocean Voyage Adventure at Kualoa Ranch • Kualoa Ranch: Fruit & Farm Tour • Pearl Harbor & Honolulu City tour • Guided Hike on the North Shore • North Shore Soap Factory Tour • Waikiki Cruise with Snorkeling (2-hours) Outdoors • Diamond Head Hike: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Rainforest, Waterfalls, and Movie Sites: Shuttle & Self-guided Hike • Makapuu Lighthouse & Halona Blowhole Tour • Waimea Valley • Waterpark: Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii • Sea Life Park Hawaii • Stand-Up Paddleboard Nature and Turtle Tour • 3-Hour Kayak or SUP Rental (choice of 1) • Waikiki: Sunset Beach Yoga • Snorkel rental on the North Shore • Snorkel rental near Hanauma Bay • Shoreline Fishing Experience on the North Shore • Hawaiian Style Rentals: Bike Rentals or 3-Hour Moped Rental (choice of 1 rental per day) • Coconut Palm Basket Weaving on Sunset Beach • Hawaiian Lei Making on Sunset Beach • Waikiki Surfboard Rental • Fire Dance Workshop • Lyon Arboretum Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including instructions before you go. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

Oahu: Polynesian Cultural Center Island Villages Ticket

3. Oahu: Polynesian Cultural Center Island Villages Ticket

Get up close and personal to the six islands of Polynesia with admission to Polynesian Cultural Center's Island Villages. Go at your own pace as you explore the beauty and uniqueness of the Hawaiian Islands, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, and Samoa. Play games and learn ancient dances with the ambassadors at the Hawaii village. Enjoy a taste of traditional Hawaiian food, and try your hand at fishing. Learn about Maori tattoos and their symbolism at the Aotearoa Village. Give the ancient game of poi balls a whirl and watch the Haka warrior dance. Feel the rhythm and power at the Fijian Village with music and dance. Learn the art of making coconut oil, get a temporary tattoo, and enter the home of a chief. Crack open a coconut picked fresh before your eyes at the most popular village — Samoa. Find out how to start a fire the old-fashioned way, weave a fish, cook island food, and take in the traditional architecture. Try fishing with a pole at the Tahitian village. Learn a romantic dance, and practice spear throwing. Hear the history of pearl farms, tattoos, and Tahitian royalty. Discover how to dance without standing at the Tonga Village. Enjoy a rousing performance and a paddle on an outrigger canoe. Test your skills with Tongan games, and feel what it's like to be a queen.

Oahu: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours - Full Island

4. Oahu: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours - Full Island

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you across Oahu to not-to-be-missed viewpoints, with fascinating stories, tips and directions, along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Want to explore Hawaii, beyond Waikiki? Then it’s definitely worth taking a full day from sunbathing, renting a car, and driving to tour around Oahu. Major Highlights: Byodo-In Temple* Diamond Head Dole Plantation* Hale'iwa Hanauma Bay Kailua & Lanikai Ko Olina Laie Sea Arch National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific North Shore, Sunset Beach & Banzai Pipeline Pearl Harbor* Punchbowl Crater Shrimp Trucks* The Pali Lookout Includes: Island Circle If you want to have an amazing day and see everything, then all you have to do is start early and spend a full day of sunshine driving all the way around the island. Whichever direction you choose to go around, you will hear all of the commentary and visit all the best locations. Explore Oahu's Beaches and Volcanoes If you have more than one day and you like to do the activities as well as enjoying sightseeing, this is a great route to follow that can be completed in as little as half a day - but you can easily fill a full day too. This route starts by driving from Waikiki to Diamond Head (reservations now required). It then explores the south eastern corner of the island, places like Hanauma Bay (reservations now required), Halona Blowhole and Kailua before you have the option to cut back across the island to Waikiki, via the Pali Lookout. Head to the North Shore Many visitors are excited to start their journey by heading to Oahu's most famous surfing beaches and the eclectic town of Haleiwa first and then following around the windward side of the island (clockwise). Again, you can fill a day of touring by stopping at all the suggested attractions including the Polynesian Cultural Center. Instead of going all the way around the island, you can also cut across the island back to Waikiki as a shortcut at the Pali if you don't have time to complete the full circle in daylight. Visit Pearl Harbor It's recommended to dedicate at least a half day as its own day trip from Waikiki for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center if you want to pay your respects and explore this still active naval base.

Oahu: Islands of Polynesia Tour & Live Cultural Performance

5. Oahu: Islands of Polynesia Tour & Live Cultural Performance

Journey through Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and Tahiti and experience their culture at the 42-acre Polynesian Culture Center in Oahu. Immerse yourself in village traditions and participate in activities that celebrate their uniqueness. Finish with a performance of Hā: Breath of Life. Visit the Hawaii village to learn the significance of dance while taking a hula lesson, try your hand at ancient games, taste prepared poi, or try the art of lauhala (reed) weaving At the Tahiti village, experience a special wedding ceremony, give pole fishing a go, or see the famous hip-shaking Tahitian dance. At the Fiji village, watch presentations featuring the derua (bamboo instrument), get a temporary tattoo, and tour the 6-story temple. Don't miss the marvelous Canoe Pageant, a theatrical show featuring performers from every island dancing on their canoes as they float through the water. Finally, enjoy reserved seating for the evening performance of “Hā: Breath of Life,” telling the symbolic story of Mana and his beloved Lani. The tale is accentuated by Polynesian dance, music, and blazing fire knife dancers featuring over 100 Polynesian natives, special effects, and animation.

Oahu: Private Custom Island Tour

6. Oahu: Private Custom Island Tour

Tailor your Oahu experience with our fully customizable private tour. Ideal for families, couples, or private groups. Contact our local partner to craft your itinerary or trust the guide to unveil the best spots. Enjoy the journey in a private luxury vehicle—ultimate relaxation awaits! Free Pick Up in Waikiki, Spacious Luxury Vehicle, Cold AC, Experienced Guide and lots of ALOHA. Possible Stops • Pearl Harbor Visitor Center - The guide shows you around the Pearl Harbor Museum • USS Arizona Memorial - Resting place of 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack • Turtle Beach Laniakea - High chance of Green Sea Turtles lounging on the beach • North Shore beaches and surf spots - See the big waves during surf season • Dole Plantation - Learn about Dole and the success of pineapple in Hawaii • Kualoa Ranch - Movie location for Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji 2, Hawaii Five-0, Godzilla, Elvis Blue Hawaii etc • Haleiwa Town Shopping - Stroll the streets of the famous surf town • Aloha Tower - The Statue of Liberty of Hawaii • I'olani Palace - Only royal palace in the US • King Kamehameha Statue - First King of all of Hawaii and a famous spot in the Hawaii Five-0 TV show • Downtown Honolulu - Drive through the most important business district of Hawaii • Ala Moana Shopping Mall - Biggest outdoor shopping mall in the USA • World War I Memorial - Salt water swim stadium • Secluded Beach in Waikiki - Home of Hawaiian Monk Seals • Diamond Head Beach Lookout - Whale watching during the season • Hawaii Five-0 Movie Spots - Different spots along the route • Most expensive neighborhood on Oahu - mansions and Japanese Mafia • Military in Hawaii - Schofield Barracks • Sunset Beach - Visit one of the most popular spots for surf competitions • Shrimp Farms - Where the famous North Shore Shrimp are raised • Lunch (not included in the cost of the tour) for example at Kahuku local food trucks - Variety of freshly prepared Hawaiian food, Korean BBQ, poke bowls, vegetarian, North Shore Shrimp, and more • Chinamans Hat - Basalt island off the coast • Macadamia Nut Farm - Free coffee and macadamia nut tasting • Makapu'u Lookout - WWII bunkers and whale watching during season • Sandy Beach Lookout - Most dangerous beach in the USA • Halona Blowhole - Volcanic lava tube spouting water • Eternity Beach - Movie spot for Pirates of the Caribbean and From Here to Eternity • Hanauma Bay - Great snorkeling spot for beginners • Koko Head Lookout - Diamond Head and Koko Head crater view Seize the moment! Customize your Oahu adventure with our exclusive private tour. Perfect for families, couples, or groups. Don't miss out—book now before this sought-after experience sells out! Create lasting memories in paradise.

Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

7. Oahu: Highlights of Oahu Small Group Tour

Enjoy a pick up from your hotel early in the morning and pass the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki. Learn more about where the sand on the beach comes from, and which movies were set in front of the scenic city. Hear stories about the formation of the island, its discovery, and see historic pictures. See the volcanic craters of Diamond Head and Koko Head. Pass Khala and head to the incredible Hanauma Bay. Look out for whales from the Makapu'u viewing platform and visit Halona Blowhole and Sandy Beach, one of the most dangerous beaches of Oahu. Discover where the movie "50 First Dates" starring Adam Sandler was shot. Stroll through a macadamia nut farm and see the small islet of Chinamans Hat. Drive by the filming locations of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, as well as the location for the Spartan Race, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple. Then, you will enjoy lunch in a local food truck. Along the north coast of the island you can see the beaches of Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea. Hear the sad story of Eddie Aikau and learn more about the surfing tournament The Eddie. Drive by Haleiwa and the Dole Plantation. Learn interesting facts about pineapples and get more insider tips for an incredible trip.

Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

8. 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.

Oahu: North Shore Circle Island Small-Group Tour

9. Oahu: North Shore Circle Island Small-Group Tour

Circle Island Tour - Unveil the Beauty of Oahu! Embark on a captivating journey through the diverse landscapes of Oahu with our Circle Island Tour. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Hawaii as you discover iconic landmarks, local gems, and the rich history that shapes this tropical paradise. Convenient Pick-up and Start - Begin your adventure with a hassle-free pick-up at around 9 AM from your Waikiki hotel. - Step into a spacious, air-conditioned van, ready to transport you to the wonders of Oahu. North Shore Odyssey - Delve into the world-famous North Shore of Oahu, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and surf culture. - Explore the iconic DOLE pineapple plantation, a symbol of Hawaiian sweetness and hospitality. - Pass by the laid-back historic Haleiwa, a charming surf town with unique shops and local charm. Local Flavor at Food Truck Paradise - Indulge your taste buds in a culinary adventure at the North Shore's famous food trucks (lunch not included). - Discover the vibrant flavors of Hawaii through local dishes and exotic treats. Surfing Wonders - Witness the thrill of the world's most famous surf spots, including Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay, and iconic Waikiki. - Hear tales of legendary surfers and feel the energy of the waves that have shaped the island's identity. Discover Hidden Treasures - Uncover both must-see attractions and lesser-known, local spots that showcase the authentic beauty of Oahu. - Your experienced guide will narrate captivating stories, providing insights into Hawaii's history, culture, and traditions. Beach Bliss - See pristine beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters, soaking in the sun and the aloha spirit. - Capture Instagram-worthy moments against the backdrop of Hawaii's stunning coastal scenery. Family and Friends Adventure - Bring your loved ones along for a day of exploration and bonding. - Learn intriguing facts about Hawaii, fostering a deeper connection with the island and its people. 6-7 Hours of Pure Enjoyment - Lean back, relax, and savor every moment of this 6-7 hour tour that showcases the real essence of Hawaii. - Create lasting memories as you traverse the island's landscapes, guided by our knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. This immersive experience promises a day filled with adventure, discovery, and the vibrant spirit of Aloha!

Best of Oahu in One Day

10. Best of Oahu in One Day

This tour offers a curated blend of natural wonders, cultural treasures, and culinary delights. Ride alongside the ocean and mountains, pausing to absorb picture-perfect landscapes. Indulge your senses at a local coffee farm, where the world’s finest beans are roasted daily. The journey continues to the North Shore, where green sea turtles gracefully navigate the waves, and surfers showcase their skills. Savor the iconic Pineapple Dole Whip while basking in the Hawaiian sun. Tailor your adventure by choosing a flexible start time as you desire, allowing you to either follow the itinerary or take leisurely detours. Your exploration begins when you get picked up from your chosen location, with a preview of Waikiki at the tour’s outset or conclusion. Come and explore the South Coast, the East Coast, the North Shore, and the Center of Oahu in a full day of fun activities. Highlights stops include: 1- Diamond Head Lookout 2-Leonard’s Malasadas 3- Blow Hole 4-Eternity Beach 5- Byodo-In Temple 6-Macadamia Nut Farm 7-Chinaman’s Hat Island 8-Kualoa Ranch Visiting Center 9-Laie Hawaiian Temple, Polynesian Culture Center 10-Famous food Truck for Lunch (shrimp truck or a restaurant of your choice in the North Shore) 11-Sunset Beach, Waimea Beach, Pipeline Beach ( we will stop at one of them) 12-Turtle Beach 13-Haleiwa Town 14-Matsumoto’s shaved ice 15-Dole Plantation 16-Coffee Farm This tour is not just a journey; it’s a personalized experience. Connect with us to customize your adventure, ensuring an unforgettable exploration of Oahu’s beauty and culture.

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What people are saying about Polynesian Cultural Center

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4.2 / 5

based on 23 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.

This tour was wonderful. Our tour guide Ric showed us all the important places we needed to see. He was knowledgeable and shared many things about Oahu and the North shore . We did not feel rushed as he was patient and kind.

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!