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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.

Oahu: Helicopter Tour with Doors On or Off

3. 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: 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

4. Oahu: 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

The popular Circle Island tour takes you on a scenic 120-mile trip around the beautiful island of Oahu. Enjoy a scenic drive along the slopes of Diamond Head and catch a view of some of Oahu’s most impressive homes in the Kahala area. The tour continues along the coastline to the famous Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Point. Get out that camera to capture the view of Windward Oahu from the scenic Nu’uanu Pali Lookout (subject to availability). Take a tram ride at Waimea Valley and swim in a waterfall-fed pool (weather permitting). A "to go" lunch is included. Visit the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, set against the majestic Ko’olau Mountains (admission included). Take a moment to meditate and take in the beautiful temple grounds, including traditional Japanese gardens and a koi pond. 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. Enjoy a brief stop in quaint Haleiwa Town. Finally, stop at the Dole Plantation to read the information displays and presentations, as well as browse for gifts at the country store. This is sure to be an unforgettable Hawaiian experience.

Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

5. Oahu: Best of Hawaii Photography Tour from Waikiki

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 Kailua or 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: 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.

Waimea Waterfalls & Byodo Temple + Full Day Oahu Tour

7. Waimea Waterfalls & Byodo Temple + Full Day Oahu Tour

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, *1 of our Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple, Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm, Kuala Regional Park, Famous Shrimp Truck, North Shore, Waimea Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Haleiwa Town, Dole Plantation, Green World Coffee Farm, return to Waikiki.

Oahu: Chocolate, Dolphins and Beaches East Shore Day Trip

8. Oahu: Chocolate, Dolphins and Beaches East Shore Day Trip

Set off on an adventure around Oahu. Visit Halona Blowhole, the Koolau Distillery, Kualoa Ranch, Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm and Turtle Beach. This Adventure showcases Kualoa Ranch as well as other local treats on our Island. We will start our journey with dolphin, whale or monk seal searching. Then we will head to Turtle Bay for some relaxing beach time at turtle bay cove. Here you can search for turtles, snorkel, or just relax at this world class beach. Next, we will be grabbing local farm style food from one of the coolest Ranch venues in the world, Kualoa Ranch! Not only is Kuoloa Ranch the official film location for Jurassic Park and all tropical movies, it offers great locally farmed and raised food. I hope you'll be hungry, their hamburgers are all made of beef locally raised, their garlic shrimp is also raised onsite and is amazing. Don't worry vegetarians they have great vegetarian options too! Lunch is not included in the price. After a great lunch we will continue our adventure to Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm for some coffee and macadamia nuts Our next stop is one of the favorites, we will be tasting Manoa chocolate at Ko‘olau Distillery. One last stop, we will head to Halona Blowhole where Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates and whales are usually seen frolicking around. Take a closer look, to find a lava tunnel!

Oahu Circle Island Tour - Best Spots & Beaches

9. 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: Half-Day Sunrise Photo Tour from Waikiki

10. Oahu: Half-Day Sunrise Photo Tour from Waikiki

Pickup at your hotel in Waikiki 1 hour before sunrise. Then, watch and photograph the sunrise with your camera or smart phone from one of 4 possible locations, depending on the season and weather. Next, embark on a scenic road trip and stop at 4 or 5 carefully selected locations, such as Lanai Point, Makapu’u Point and the Pali Lookout. Get stunning views of the 2.5 million-year-old volcanic Koʻolau Mountain Range. Encounter ancient trees, tropical bamboo forests and the most beautiful white sand beach on O’ahu. Stop to photograph a waterfall that is a one minute walk from the road. Get the chance to buy breakfast at a local coffeehouse along the way.

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What people are saying about Makapu‘u Point

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4.7 / 5

based on 566 reviews

Had a great day out with Mac. He kept us entertained the whole way with his knowledge and expertise! Got some really fantastic photos to make everyone at home jealous. Would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a shorter tour to take in a lot of beautiful sights, we even saw some whales swimming quite close to the coast. The perfect last day in Oahu!

Love this app!!! Shakra was one of the best parts of our trip to Hawaii!!! We love to go off the beaten path on our time & this app was the perfect companion!!! Can’t wait to see if future travels in other parts of the world have it available!!!

The trip was amazing. Our tour guide Paul was very knowledgeable. It was fun getting to know some of the history about the island.

The tour was great. Our tour guide Fuji was fun and knowledgeable. We had a great day!

Fantastic way to see the island. We had a really memorable flight and experience