Oahu Circle Island Tour Hanauma Bay overlook

Beautiful Hanauma Bay Overlook

Oahu Circle Island Tour

Beach made famous in the movie 'From Here to Eternity'

Oahu Circle Island Tour Holona blowhole

The Holona Blowhole ... sea water often shoots 40 feet in the air

Oahu Circle Island Tour chickens

Get out of Waikiki and meet some locals

Oahu Circle Island Tour Koolau Mountain on windward Oahu

The mystical Koolau Mountain Range on windward Oahu

Oahu Circle Island Tour Dole Plantation visitor's center

The Dole Pineapple Plantation Visitor's Center

Oahu Circle Island Tour north shore surfing beaches

Stop to witness North Shore surfing beaches

Oahu Circle Island Tour ancient Hawaiian fishpond tour

Visit an ancient Hawaiian fishpond on the Majestic Circle Island Tour

Oahu Circle Island Tour Waimea Valley on the north shore

Enjoy the Waimea Falls on the North Shore & Waimea Valley Tour

Oahu Circle Island Tour Enoa vehicle

Smaller vehicle means less people than big bus tours

Oahu Circle Island Tour Byodo-in Temple and Japanese Garden

The beautiful Byodo-In Temple and Japanese Garden

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Oahu is a beautiful island, but to truly appreciate all this gem has to offer, you MUST get away from the high rise hotels of Waikiki. The island’s north shore offers scenic beaches with impressive winter swells and world-class surf. Kaneohe Bay’s miles of offshore reef and sand bars paint a unique oceanscape. The spires of the Pali cliffs on the windward side are reminiscent of Hawaiian postcards from days of old. Central Oahu features miles of pineapple fields and gives you the opportunity to enjoy a sample of this sweet, mouth-watering field-ripened fruit!

These three excursions are all led by guides who have been certified by the state of Hawaii and are done on premium 25 passenger motorcoach vehicles with oversized viewing windows. You’ll see more, learn more, and have more dialogue with your guide. Avoid the big 55 passenger buses … THIS is the best way to see the island!

Majestic Circle Island Tour

Out of all circle island tours this is the most popular! This 120 mile excursion covers the island’s most scenic spots.

The tour starts with a view of Diamond Head and premiere neighborhood of Kahala. Then, it stops at the Holona Blowhole lookout, the beach made famous in the kissing scene in the movie “From Here to Eternity”, as well as stops at Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead, Makapu’u Lookout, Sandy Beach, and Hanauma Bay overlook (every day but Tuesday) .

Leaving downtown Honolulu, the tour stops at Pali Lookout for a panoramic view of Nu’uanu Valley and Ko’olau Mountains. A short time later you enter the peaceful, serene grounds of the Byodo-In Buddhist Temple with its koi ponds and manicured Japanese gardens. You pause – and ring the temple’s Peace Bell, said to ensure happiness and a long life.

Then you will descend into the old plantation town of Haleiwa, now a state historic, cultural, and scenic district; home to surfers and artists alike. This is home to some of the most famous surfing spots in the world, including Banzai Pipeline, Sunset and Waimea Bay. Enjoy a short hike to Waimea Falls through the beautiful botanical gardens. Swimming is permitted by Waimea Valley lifeguards. The tour guide will tell you folk stories and Hawaiian traditions.

The last stop is the historic Dole Plantation where you can learn about the sweet, spiky fruit that became the taste of Hawaii.

The tour will include a no host lunch stop where you can purchase your own lunch. Our advice is to tell your driver that you’d love to try a local plate lunch from one of the “shrimp trucks.”

Schedule: Daily. Morning pickup at Waikiki hotels, Aloha Tower, and airport hotels is between 8:00am and 8:20am. Approximate return is 5:30pm.

What to wear: Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes. Please bring a bathing suit if you wish to swim.

Restrictions:  This tour requires participants to be in moderately good shape and may be unsuitable for those with medical conditions.

Ko’olina Pickup Option – Guests staying in the Ko’olina resort area now have a special tour designed for them that picks up at your hotel. This tour operates on Sunday and Thursday only.

Royal Circle Island Tour

This 120 mile excursion has a route that is very similar to the Majestic Circle Island tour, but replaces the Waimea Falls and Haleiwa Town drive through with a tour of the ancient fish pond and short boat ride Kualoa Ranch and Moli’i Gardens. This tour also spends a bit more time at the Dole Plantation than the Majestic Circle Island Tour.

Schedule: Tour offered daily. Pickup at Waikiki hotels, Aloha Tower, and airport hotels is between 8:30am and 8:50am. Approximate return is 5pm.

What to wear: Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.

East Oahu Shoreline

This shorter 60 mile excursion is perfect escape for those who are short on time or convention attendees who are tied up during the morning hours. On this tour you’ll see the slopes of Diamond Head Crater, the Kahala neighborhood and homes of the rich and famous. Next is a stop at the Hanauma Bay overlook (every day but Tuesday) where you look down on the colorful coral reef that attracts many snorkelers.

The tour continues to the Holona Blowhole lookout, the beach made famous in the kissing scene in the movie “From Here to Eternity”, as well as brief stops at Sandy Beach and the Makapu’u Lookout. After a drive through the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead, you’ll reach the incredibly scenic Nu’uanu Pali lookout with its impressive vistas of the windward side of Oahu.

Schedule: Daily. Pickup at Waikiki hotels, Aloha Tower, and airport hotels is between 2:00pm and 2:20pm. Approximate return is 5:30pm.

What to wear: Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.

General Information
Schedule: Daily

Tour includes: Free pickup at Waikiki and Ala Moana area hotels, the Honolulu Harbor cruise ship dock, or Honolulu airport hotels.

Vehicle: 25 passenger minicoach

What to Bring & Wear: Walking attire and walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, light jacket. Cash for lunch stop.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

 

ancient hawaiian fishpond
Visit an ancient Hawaiian fishpond
hanauma bay
Snorkel in the beautiful Hanauma Bay

CCircle Island Toursruise Ship Passengers

If you are cruising on the Pride of America and spending the night at a hotel in Waikiki prior to your cruise, you can do any of of these tours on the same day that you board your NCL cruise ship. If you are on a cruise that visits Honolulu just for the day, these tours may work for your itinerary if your ship docks early enough. Call us for details.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Oahu really is a beautiful island, but to really appreciate its beauty you have to get out of the city (Honolulu/Waikiki) for a day! This point was really drilled home to us recently when we went along for the ride on one of these tours. Our motorcoach was heading north from Haunama Bay and as we rounded the corner at Makapu’u Point the entire coastal vista of the windward side of Oahu came into view. Everyone in the vehicle seemed to gasp all at once and there was a collective “woooooooow” from the entire group! Do yourself a favor and get out of the concrete jungle of Waikiki during your vacation!

We highly recommend these tours with Enoa for a variety of reasons. Firstly, this tour company is only located on Oahu … it is their specialty and they are experts on this island. Secondly, all of their guides are personable and knowledgable, certified by the state of Hawaii to conduct tours. Thirdly, and most important, their tours are conducted on 25 passenger minicoach vehicles with oversized windows for superior visibility, and NOT on giant 55 passenger buses! The big bus tours have a tendency to crawl along at a snails pace because it takes so long to get people on and off the vehicle at each stop. The more people you have on board, the better the chance someone is going to be slowing you down all day. With a smaller group, you spend more time seeing the sights and less time waiting to move on to the next stop. Also, the smaller group size gives you more personal interaction with your driver / guide.