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Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike and North Shore Experience

1. Oahu: Diamond Head Crater Hike and North Shore Experience

Start your morning by hiking up Diamond Head Crater. Reach the lookout point and enjoy beautiful views of Waikiki and Honolulu. Stop at Halona Blowhole on the east side of Oahu to begin your sightseeing adventure. Head around the east side and make your way through to the north shore of Oahu. Visit the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts and have the chance to sample a variety of locally grown macadamia nuts. Experience The Kahuku Sugar Mill which contains many fantastic food trucks. Have the chance to purchase the popular and tasty garlic shrimp plates. Spend some time on the North shore and snap some great pictures at Haleiwa Beach Park. Finally, visit the Dole Plantation and check out their vibrant pineapple garden. Try some of the plantation's famous Dole Whip, and have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.

Oahu: North Shore Experience and Dole Plantation

2. Oahu: North Shore Experience and Dole Plantation

Discover the incredible sights of the idyllic island of Oahu, and immerse yourself in the local culture as you try authentic dishes and ice cream. Marvel at the emerald blue water of the Pacific from the famous Halona Blowhole, while watching water spurt out into the air. Soak in the spectacular views at the North Shore, as you pad through soft sand at the iconic beaches of Sunset Beach and Alii Beach. Admire astonishing waves that can reach up to 25-50 feet high during the winter season. Satisfy your tastebuds at Kahuku Sugar Mill as you try a range of local dishes at eateries such as Giovanni's Shrimp Truck, Mike's Huli Chicken, and Da Bald Guy. Cap off this unforgettable trip with the world-famous Dole Pineapple Whip Soft Cream at the Dole Plantation.

Oahu Hidden Gems & Waimea Botanical Garden/Waterfall tour

3. Oahu Hidden Gems & Waimea Botanical Garden/Waterfall tour

After being picked up in Waikiki, you will set off for a full day Oahu Island Tour with a local guide, who will take you through the history and culture of Hawaii while you visit some of its lesser-known gems. There will also be a special stop at the botanical gardens at Waimea Valley, which features dozens of distinct collections with flora from different parts of the world, including the Ogasawara Islands, Central and South America, Fiji, Guam, and the Mascarene Islands. Stroll through the Hawaiian collection and enjoy an assortment of plants found only in Hawaii, many of which are rare and endangered. There is a waterfall in the garden as well where you can swim, with lifeguards present. Guests must wear provided life jackets. The tour will also stop at nine additional locations throughout the day, including the Halona Blow Hole, Dole Pineapple Plantation, a Macadamia Nut Farm, and the north shore of Oahu. At the end of the day you will be saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local views outside Waikiki and dine on local delicacies.

Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

4. Oahu: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Combine the convenience of a tour with the flexibility of a road trip. This app will take you to O'ahu's best beaches and landscapes, as well as off-the-beaten-path gems. Explore the gorgeous and green Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain for some breathtaking city views. After, visit the Punchbowl Memorial Cemetery and learn about its unique significance. Experiences you can have on the tour are: •⁠ 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 •⁠ Hike Diamond Head Crater •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay •⁠ Hike Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail •⁠ Relax at Lanikai Beach •⁠ Grab lunch in Kailua Town •⁠ Explore Manoa Valley before driving to Tantalus Mountain

Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

5. Oahu: North Shore and Hanauma Bay Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day on Oahu with a sightseeing tour to the North Shore and along the Hanauma Bay coastline. See the famous Banzai Pipeline, where pro-surfers ride the waves. Head to Waimea Bay Beach Park or Waimea Falls (optional) to hike and see some gorgeous waterfalls.  For lunch, dig into some of the best shrimp on the island. Grab a plate, relax, and enjoy yourself. Finish the day at the Dole Plantation for a serving of tasty pineapple ice cream. End the tour with a ride south, where you will enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes on Oahu.

Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

6. Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

Explore the Island of Oahu on a guided sightseeing tour. Go to the Halona Blowhole, try to spot a whale at the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and have a coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch at Shark's Cove before snorkeling and swimming and finish off the day a the Pali Lookout. Arrive first at the Halona Blowhole, the famous filming spot for Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity. Head from there to Makapu'u Lighthouse. Capture spectacular views of the east shore and seasonal whale sightseeing. Sip on a cup of coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm and try some local nutty treats and products. Arrive at Shark's Cove and take your pick for lunch from one of the food trucks. Lay on the beach, rent some snorkel gear, or just swim in the gentle waves. Finish off the adventure at the Pali Lookout. Take one more glance at the east shore, snap some photos, and return to your accommodation fulfilled from a great day in Oahu.

Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

7. Hawaii: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

Spend the day away from busy Honolulu and surround yourself in the beauty of Hawaii’s North Shore. Start the day with pickup from your accommodation, then head off on your adventure. Choose between two amazing options: Activity Option #1: Paddleboard or Kayak in Haleiwa on the North Shore with all equipment included. Activity Option #2: Enjoy a guided hike to one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, Waimea, and feel immersed in the gorgeous greenery that surrounds you. Then, cool off with a refreshing dip in the water. After the activity of your choice, enjoy a stroll along one of the North Shore's many white sandy beaches, sample some local coffee, and more.

From Honolulu: 20 Exciting Sites North Shore of Oahu Tour

8. From Honolulu: 20 Exciting Sites North Shore of Oahu Tour

Explore the North Shore of Oahu on a guided tour from Honolulu. Visit one of the best surfing locations on the island, as well as drive through the historic town of Haleiwa, grab lunch, and explore the tide pools of the famous Shark's Cove. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Honolulu and drive towards the East Shore area of the island to see the highlights of the East shore including Koko Head, Lanai Lookout, Halona Blowhole, and Sandy's beach. Travel towards North Shore with a stop at the Pali Lookout to admire a breathtaking view of the East Shore of Oahu. Next, enjoy free coffee and Mac nut samples at the mac nut farm, where many local products can be purchased and enjoyed. Following that, see the Chinaman's Hat islet off the shore at Kualoa Beach Park, a popular photo opportunity. Head to Laniakea Beach where turtles can be seen basking in the sun and playing in the surf. Pass by, a couple of the best surfing beaches on the island, where you may spot pros riding the waves, during winter. Arrive at Shark's Cove, for lunch, beach, and tide pool exploring. This is one of the best beaches on the island with a variety of great food trucks. After lunch, then it's time to soak up the sun and hang out at the tide pools. After some time relaxing on the beach, head through pine trees and pineapple fields back towards Honolulu, with drop-off at your accommodation.

Dole Plantation, Haleiwa Town and Green World Coffee Farm

9. Dole Plantation, Haleiwa Town and Green World Coffee Farm

Explore Oahu with this van tour that includes pickup and drop-off from several hotels on the island. Drive through areas like enjoy some free time at Haleiwa Town. Taste some farm fresh flavors at the Dole Plantation, and the Green World Coffee Farm. Make your way to the Dole Plantation. Sample farm-fresh pineapple products and visit the Country Store where you can buy original goods and souvenirs or some tasty DoleWhip®. Arrive at Haleiwa Town where you will have some time to stretch your legs, shop for souvenirs at the vibrantly-colored boutique shops, or purchase some delicious shaved ice. Take in the atmosphere of Old Hawaii where time passes more slowly than in Honolulu. Visit the Green World Coffee Farm, a coffee farm which has a stylish café. Buy a cup of fresh coffee while viewing the natural beauty of Hawaii. Return to your hotel after a satisfying day on Oahu's North Shore.

Oahu: The North Shore Photo Tour off the Beaten Path

10. Oahu: The North Shore Photo Tour off the Beaten Path

The North Shore of O'ahu holds some of the most famous names with Waimea Bay, Haleiwa historic town, Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and much more. Take a break from the touristy entertainment and see what the North Shore is all about. Join the North Shore Photo Tour as you travel the world famous North shore. Depending on the time of year you will be coming you will document the day's adventure looking for beautiful waves, clear waters, pristine beaches, pounding shore breaks, local daredevils, the green sea turtle, and much more. You will be taken to the Waimea waterfall and botanical garden. In this peaceful setting you will be able to photograph with the sounds of the forest and the cool breeze coming through the valley. Stop in the world famous historic Hale'iwa town for some local eats at the famous food trucks after exploring so many beautiful locations. You will walk away from this tour with great photographs of the North Shore and its way of life. Some say if you want to see Hawaii 50 years ago, head to the North Shore. After the food truck stop for lunch, stop in a few art galleries or surf shops for your enjoyment. Stroll through the town and peruse the art galleries and surf shops that some say reflect what Hawaii was like decades ago.

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What people are saying about Pupukea

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 356 reviews

What a great day with Jonah. We were so lucky to be on a private trip, just the 3 of us and him. Took us to some great sights and gave us as much time as we wanted in each location. Even asked if we could go to the rum distillery after Dole plantation which was no hassle. Highly recommend

We had the best tour guide, Ian! From the call in the morning confirming where he would pick us up to the fun with our group and seeing the amazing sights. I highly recommend this tour!

Fantastic tour really enjoyed it, would highly recommend especially for those who have done the more traditional tours previously and are looking for something more relaxed/different

Tour agent was very nice, knowledgeable and helpful. He even helped me take photos.I am grateful for the amazing experience. Thank you so much !!

The guide was really good, very attentive and explain everything.