Oahu Circle Island Tours
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 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!
Pickup at Waikiki and Ala Moana area hotels, the Honolulu Harbor cruise ship dock, or Honolulu airport hotels is included with these tours.
Majestic Circle Island Tour
Adults (12 and up): $91.85
Children (ages 6-11): $69.25
(ages 1-5): $67.75
This tour is unavailable from 1/6/2014-1/31/2014 due to rockfall mitigation at Waimea Falls. We recommend the Royal Circle Island tour instead during this temporary closure.
This is the most popular cicle island tour. This 120 mile excursion covers the island's most scenic spots, including an extended stop at Waimea Valley with admission and a guided walking tour to majestic Waimea Falls!
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. You'll drive through high elevation rain forests and then head to central Oahu for a short 15 minute stop at the Dole Pineapple Plantation visitors center.
The drive continues past Haleiwa town and North Shore surfing beaches at Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. The longest stop on the tour is made at Waimea Valley where admission and a guided tour are provided. You'll walk on paved paths that meander up the valley through a tropical garden to majestic Waimea Falls.
The tour continues around the northern tip of the island past Laie Town, Kahana Valley, and stops at the exquistely beautiful Byodo-In Temple with its Koi ponds and manicured Japanese gardens.
This tour includes a break during the day where lunch is available for purchase. Our advice is to tell your driver that you'd love to try a local plate lunch from one of the "shrimp shacks" near Kahuku!
Schedule: Tour offered daily. Morning pickup is between 7:30am and 7:50am. Approximate return is 5:00pm.
Attire and Advisory: Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes. This tour requires participants to be in moderately good shape and may be unsuitable for those with medical conditions.
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Royal Circle Island Tour
Adults (12 and up): $82.75
Children (ages 6-11): $67.00
Toddlers (ages 1-5): $58.00
This 120 mile excursion has a route that is very similar to the Majestic Circle Island tour, but replaces the extended stop and longer walk at Waimea Falls 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, and drops the stop at the Byodo-In Temple.
Schedule: Tour offered daily. Morning pickup is between 8:30am and 8:50am. Approximate return is 5:30pm.
Attire and Advisory: Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes. This tour has less walking than the Majestic Circle Island Tour and is a better choice for those who wish to go sightseeing but don't want to do as much walking.
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Little Circle Island Tour
2014 Rates: Adults (12 and up): $39.50
Children (ages 1-11): $35.45
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: Tour offered daily. Pickup is between 2:00pm and 2:20pm. Approximate return is 5:30pm.
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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.
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.