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Waimea Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

1. Oahu: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Day Trip by Bus

Uncover Oahu’s majestic grandeur on a full-day day trip. Ride in a spacious and air-conditioned bus and be captivated by the unique beauty and the dramatic history that is found behind every corner. Take an unforgettable journey through the history of the island. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation. History comes alive before your eyes as you weave your way up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout where King Kamehameha I battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands.  Shortly after, gaze at the beautiful Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the Byodo-in Temple in Japan, built to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.  Cruise along 7 miles of world-famous surfing beaches on Oahu’s north shore and sample the local flavors along the way. Waimea Valley and its waterfalls await you, discover this beautiful place steeped with history, spirituality and island traditions.  Follow your guide through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded tradition is in today’s Hawaiian culture. Stop at the historic Dole Plantation surrounded by rows of pineapples and fields of sugarcane. Hear about how this plant became a symbol of Hawaii before returning to your accommodation. 

Oahu: Circle Island Tour with Lunch & Waimea Waterfall

2. Oahu: Circle Island Tour with Lunch & Waimea Waterfall

Join an exciting circle island excursion that will satisfy your senses and provide exceptional photo opportunities. Drive past Amelia Earhart Lookout Point on your way to the famous Halona Blowhole. Visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, and admire views of Chinaman’s Hat and Malaekahana Bay. Continue to one of the North Shore’s most famous shrimp stands, where you’ll be served your choice of 9 different sautéed shrimp plates, or other options. Drive through the town of Haleiwa and visit Sunset Beach before reaching Waimea Valley. This enchanting location, also known as the "Valley of the Priests," has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Hawaiian history. Stop at the Arboretum and admire a scenic waterfall, before heading to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Throughout your journey your nature guide will provide a fascinating narration about Hawaii’s bird and plant species, geology, history and culture. You’ll receive, a "Guide to Nature on Oahu" book as a gift.

Oahu: 120-Mile Full-Day Circle Island Tour

3. 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. 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.

Private North Shore Oahu: Swim in a Tropical Waterfall

4. Private North Shore Oahu: Swim in a Tropical Waterfall

Discover the magic of North Shore Oahu. You'll walk one mile in a tropical rainforest on a paved road Waimea Valley Falls. Optional: Time for you to swim in the pool of the 50ft waterfall. Afterwards you'll see the infamous North Shore beaches where in the winter legendary surfers ride the crazy big waves. During the summer the blue waters are calm and inviting for swimming or snorkeling. Next you'll seek out the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that may be basking on the beach. You'll be taken to Haleiwa Town for the must-have famous Hawaiian Shave Ice or a stop at a food truck for lunch before returning to Waikiki.

Oahu: North Shore Adventure with Waimea Waterfall Hike

5. Oahu: 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.

Oahu: 6 In-App Driving and Walking Audio Tours

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

Explore Oahu with 6 driving and walking audio tours you can download on your smartphone. Learn about the island's unique history, culture, and local legends in a fun storytelling format as you drive. Explore the famous North Shore, walk along Waikiki or Honolulu, and hike into the rainforest. Head out in your own vehicle and discover the area at your own pace. Pick the stops you like and skip the ones you don't. Enjoy the chance to to take part in a variety of experiences along the way, such as: •⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay and Shark's Cove. •⁠ Sample a slice of famous pie from Ted's Bakery. •⁠ Take in the views at Sunset Beach. •⁠ Watch pro surfers at Banzai Pipeline. •⁠ Walk through an ancient Hawaiian village. •⁠ Cliff jump at Waimea Bay's famous rock. •⁠ Meet the turtles at Laniakea Beach. •⁠ Discover the surf town of Haleiwa. •⁠ Taste local shave ice and pineapple ice cream. •⁠ Visit a macadamia nut farm. •⁠ Meditate at Byodo-In Temple. •⁠ Take an adventure at Kualoa Ranch. •⁠ Learn about the Polynesian Islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center. •⁠ Try a shrimp plate lunch. •⁠ Hike up to Diamond Head. •⁠ Sightsee major attractions and landmarks. •⁠ See waterfalls and swim in freshwater ponds. •⁠ Visit famous beaches and locations. •⁠ Discover lesser-known stops and lookouts. •⁠ Find the best spots for surfing and SUP. •⁠ Visit historical locations of Hawaiian history.

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What people are saying about Waimea Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 444 reviews

The botanical garden and waterfall hike were the best stops for me. I was a little disappointed with Dole Pineapple I was expecting more of a place to tour not just gift shop.

Went on the tour with Ray Ray. We saw some beautiful sites and she shared a lot of Hawaiian history with us. Would 100% recommend this tour.

It was a good way to see the island. There are many stops so it’s not just seeing things from a bus. Great view and photo opportunities.

Such an intimate exposure to life in Oahu!! Our tour guide was exceptional. Thank you for such an amazing experience!

super informative. seen a lot of the island by using this app!