Circle Island Tour w/ Byodo In Temple

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of Oahu with our Hidden Gems of Oahu Circle Island Tour. Discover the island’s best-kept secrets as you traverse its scenic routes, guided by our expert local tour guides who breathe life into each stop with their wealth of knowledge and passion for sharing the island’s rich heritage [1]. From the vibrant culture of Waikiki to the serene beauty of Byodo-In Temple, immerse yourself in the diverse tapestry of Oahu’s attractions. Witness breathtaking vistas, hidden waterfalls, and pristine beaches tucked away from the beaten path. Whether you’re a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply seeking adventure, this tour promises something extraordinary for every traveler. Join us and uncover the hidden gems that make Oahu truly remarkable.


  • Tour Name: Circle Island Tour w/ Byodo In Temple
  • Availability: Daily
  • Duration: 9h
  • Start Time: Check availability

What's included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional Guide
  • Waikiki Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • Admission to Byodo-In Temple
  • Entry/Admission – Byodo-In Temple

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Guest should bring money for food and drinks

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Diamond Head State Monument, 18th Ave. Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815

The first lookout we visit is an elevated view perched on the eastern side of Waikiki’s famous Diamond Head Volcano, This lookout grants us a great opportunity for pictures of the south eastern coastline of Oahu, with notable sights as far as Hanauma bay and Maui on a clear day. The location is more formally known as Amelia Earhart Lookout, known for where bystanders gathered to watch Earhart make her first solo aviation journey from Hawaii to North America.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Halona Blowhole, Kalanian’ole Highway, Oahu, HI 96825

Molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that occurred from Oahu’s Koko Head crater formed the natural occurrence known as the Halona Blowhole. This lava tube extends into the ocean with a very narrow opening at the top, and when the surf is just right, water pressure builds up within the lava tube and erupts through the narrow opening creating a special Hawaiian Geyser for your viewing pleasure.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Makapu’u Point, Kalaniana’ole Hwy turnout above Makapu’u Beach, Oahu, HI 96795

Witness Waimanalo’s dramatic sea cliffs as we turn into Oahu’s windward side as we begin our journey to the North Shore of Oahu. Look off into the azure blue waters of the bay and you will see Oahu’s famous Manana Island also known as Rabbit island due to its Rabbit like shape.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Byodo-In Temple, 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-4562

The Temple grounds are a lushly landscaped paradise nestled in a cleft of the pali and are home to wild peacocks and hundreds of Japanese koi carp. The beautiful grounds include a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. Our guests describe this destination as beautiful, peaceful, and restful. Admissions is included with the price of tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tropical Farms (The Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet), 49-227 Kamehameha Hwy Ste A, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-5165

After a beautiful drive along Oahu’s eastern coastline, our next stop is a local shop that finds itself tucked away under aged Banyan Trees with macadamia nut and delicious Kona coffee tastings, along with very tempting Hawaiian chocolates amongst other treats.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Kualoa Regional Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Hwy, Oahu, HI 96744-5133

Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokoli’i, is nestled right next to the Kualoa Valley Mountain range. This location is known for its dramatic landscape filmed in a number of Hollywood movies; most notably and fan favorite Jurassic Park. The island has earned the nickname Chinaman’s Hat from its resemblance to the straw hats that the Chinese immigrants wore when working Oahu’s sugar plantations during the early 1900’s.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kahuku Farms, 56-800 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731-2302

We break for lunch at a local restaurant where you can have your pick of either a famous North Shore Garlic Shrimp plate or other local delicacies. Non-Shellfish and Vegetarian options are available. Please bring cash for lunch.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: North Shore, Oahu, HI 96712

After lunch we make a stop at a North Shore tropical fruit stand which offers ice cold coconuts to drink from, fresh mangos, and other tropical treats.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sunset Beach, Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

A change of pace from the crowded beaches of Waikiki, The infamous Sunset Beach on the North Shore offers tranquility and is the epitome of a beautiful Hawaiian Beach. However don’t lets the summer months fool you, during the winter months, swells of 30 to 40 feet can be seen from the safe confines of shore.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pua’ena Point Beach Park, Kahalewai Pl, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712

Hono is the Hawaiian name for our beloved Green Sea Turtles. Our Honu are very Hawaiian in that they love to lay on the sand and bask under the warm sun. We take you to a beach where we hope to spot this incredible occurrence.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy Dole Plantation, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-2915

A historic pineapple plantation home to pineapple magnets, pineapple t-shirts, pineapple keychains and most importantly pineapple ice cream aka Dole Whip!! A great way to end the day and get some pineapple themed souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Duration: 30 minutes

Departure and return

Start:Multiple meeting point options.

  • Option 1
    333 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Ross Dress For Less Store – 333 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 @ 7:10 AM
  • Option 2
    Ala Moana Honolulu by Mantra, 410 Atkinson Dr, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
    Ala Moana Hotel- curbside on Mahukona Street @ 6:50 AM
  • Option 3
    Grand Islander bus depot, Waikiki, HI 96815, USA
    Hilton Hawaiian Village – Grand Islander Bus Depot @ 7:00 AM
  • Option 4
    Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort And Spa, 2424 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa- Green awning on Koa Ave. @ 7:15 AM
  • Option 5
    The Twin Fin Hotel, 2570 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    The Twin Fin’s Trolley stop (Formerly Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel) @ 7:20 AM
  • Option 6
    Ka La‘i Waikiki Beach, LXR Hotels & Resorts, 223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Trump International Hotel Trolley Stop @ 7:05 AM
    Option 7
    Hilton Vacation Club The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Modern Honolulu Hotel Valet @ 6:55 AM

End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Accessibility

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Total duration includes travel time to each location
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Child (3-12)$114

Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of Oahu with our Hidden Gems of Oahu Circle Island Tour. Discover the island’s best-kept secrets as you traverse its scenic routes, guided by our expert local tour guides who breathe life into each stop with their wealth of knowledge and passion for sharing the island’s rich heritage [1]. From the vibrant culture of Waikiki to the serene beauty of Byodo-In Temple, immerse yourself in the diverse tapestry of Oahu’s attractions. Witness breathtaking vistas, hidden waterfalls, and pristine beaches tucked away from the beaten path. Whether you’re a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply seeking adventure, this tour promises something extraordinary for every traveler. Join us and uncover the hidden gems that make Oahu truly remarkable.


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  • Availability: Daily
  • Duration: 9h
  • Start Time: Check availability

What's included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional Guide
  • Waikiki Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • Admission to Byodo-In Temple
  • Entry/Admission – Byodo-In Temple

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Guest should bring money for food and drinks

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Diamond Head State Monument, 18th Ave. Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815

The first lookout we visit is an elevated view perched on the eastern side of Waikiki’s famous Diamond Head Volcano, This lookout grants us a great opportunity for pictures of the south eastern coastline of Oahu, with notable sights as far as Hanauma bay and Maui on a clear day. The location is more formally known as Amelia Earhart Lookout, known for where bystanders gathered to watch Earhart make her first solo aviation journey from Hawaii to North America.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Halona Blowhole, Kalanian’ole Highway, Oahu, HI 96825

Molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that occurred from Oahu’s Koko Head crater formed the natural occurrence known as the Halona Blowhole. This lava tube extends into the ocean with a very narrow opening at the top, and when the surf is just right, water pressure builds up within the lava tube and erupts through the narrow opening creating a special Hawaiian Geyser for your viewing pleasure.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Makapu’u Point, Kalaniana’ole Hwy turnout above Makapu’u Beach, Oahu, HI 96795

Witness Waimanalo’s dramatic sea cliffs as we turn into Oahu’s windward side as we begin our journey to the North Shore of Oahu. Look off into the azure blue waters of the bay and you will see Oahu’s famous Manana Island also known as Rabbit island due to its Rabbit like shape.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Byodo-In Temple, 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-4562

The Temple grounds are a lushly landscaped paradise nestled in a cleft of the pali and are home to wild peacocks and hundreds of Japanese koi carp. The beautiful grounds include a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. Our guests describe this destination as beautiful, peaceful, and restful. Admissions is included with the price of tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tropical Farms (The Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet), 49-227 Kamehameha Hwy Ste A, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-5165

After a beautiful drive along Oahu’s eastern coastline, our next stop is a local shop that finds itself tucked away under aged Banyan Trees with macadamia nut and delicious Kona coffee tastings, along with very tempting Hawaiian chocolates amongst other treats.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Kualoa Regional Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Hwy, Oahu, HI 96744-5133

Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokoli’i, is nestled right next to the Kualoa Valley Mountain range. This location is known for its dramatic landscape filmed in a number of Hollywood movies; most notably and fan favorite Jurassic Park. The island has earned the nickname Chinaman’s Hat from its resemblance to the straw hats that the Chinese immigrants wore when working Oahu’s sugar plantations during the early 1900’s.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kahuku Farms, 56-800 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731-2302

We break for lunch at a local restaurant where you can have your pick of either a famous North Shore Garlic Shrimp plate or other local delicacies. Non-Shellfish and Vegetarian options are available. Please bring cash for lunch.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: North Shore, Oahu, HI 96712

After lunch we make a stop at a North Shore tropical fruit stand which offers ice cold coconuts to drink from, fresh mangos, and other tropical treats.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sunset Beach, Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

A change of pace from the crowded beaches of Waikiki, The infamous Sunset Beach on the North Shore offers tranquility and is the epitome of a beautiful Hawaiian Beach. However don’t lets the summer months fool you, during the winter months, swells of 30 to 40 feet can be seen from the safe confines of shore.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pua’ena Point Beach Park, Kahalewai Pl, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712

Hono is the Hawaiian name for our beloved Green Sea Turtles. Our Honu are very Hawaiian in that they love to lay on the sand and bask under the warm sun. We take you to a beach where we hope to spot this incredible occurrence.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy Dole Plantation, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-2915

A historic pineapple plantation home to pineapple magnets, pineapple t-shirts, pineapple keychains and most importantly pineapple ice cream aka Dole Whip!! A great way to end the day and get some pineapple themed souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Duration: 30 minutes

Departure and return

Start:Multiple meeting point options.

  • Option 1
    333 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Ross Dress For Less Store – 333 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 @ 7:10 AM
  • Option 2
    Ala Moana Honolulu by Mantra, 410 Atkinson Dr, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
    Ala Moana Hotel- curbside on Mahukona Street @ 6:50 AM
  • Option 3
    Grand Islander bus depot, Waikiki, HI 96815, USA
    Hilton Hawaiian Village – Grand Islander Bus Depot @ 7:00 AM
  • Option 4
    Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort And Spa, 2424 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa- Green awning on Koa Ave. @ 7:15 AM
  • Option 5
    The Twin Fin Hotel, 2570 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    The Twin Fin’s Trolley stop (Formerly Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel) @ 7:20 AM
  • Option 6
    Ka La‘i Waikiki Beach, LXR Hotels & Resorts, 223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Trump International Hotel Trolley Stop @ 7:05 AM
    Option 7
    Hilton Vacation Club The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Modern Honolulu Hotel Valet @ 6:55 AM

End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Accessibility

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Total duration includes travel time to each location
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What others are saying...

Mary H. Avatar
Mary H.
7/07/2024
Fun and Informative Tour RJ was absolutely the best tour guide. His knowledge of Hawaiian history, culture and language was phenomenal! Noel our driver was also great! Highly recommend this tour and RJ!
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yolanda m.
7/07/2024
Fun even for Solo Travelers 😊👍 Our tour guide Eddie was funny and knowledgeable making all of us tourists feel welcomed. The tour took most of the day beginning at 7am and ending by 4pm but it went by quickly since we were all having a good time. Also we had a Russian bus driver who was also fun. Overall I would recommend this tour to anyone who is new to the island. You get a little taste of everything. Only wish Eddie would do a food tour around the island. Where we would visit different menus of the many cultures that live here.
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Michael O.
7/07/2024
Rob is the man! Great way to get acclimate to the island when you first arrive. This tour takes you all the way around the island and stops at major points of interest, as well as showing you smaller, local spots and food stops to come and check out later if you want. Ask for Rob Chow...amazing tour guide with great local knowledge and very helpful with my disability scooter to get me around to see everything. I didn't miss a thing!
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Jacklyn W.
7/07/2024
Great tour! It was great!! The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable!! I would definitely use this company again!!

The only con was I wish some of the stops were longer like the Dole plantation. But the dole whip was worth even a fast stop!
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Kelli H.
7/07/2024
Hidden gems and a great time along the way! This was a fantastic tour of Oahu! Not only did we see truly wonderful aspects of the island that we wouldn’t have found on our own in our time here (we do not have a car!), but from RJ, our funny and friendly guide, we learned some of the Hawaiian language and history that made the sites even more meaningful to us! He and Noel got us around the island safely the day went by more quickly than we expected! We would highly recommend this tour; even our 5 year old enjoyed himself! This was one of the highlights of our trip!!
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Fiona K.
7/07/2024
Hidden Gems Byodo Tour Lots of turtles🐢 Sun, fun and great host. Great trip around the island. See a lot in day, with plenty more to come back and see.
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Steven K.
7/07/2024
Had fun Fun day with RJ tour guide and Noel as driver. Lots of great food to eat and picture spots. Got ahead of the crowds and stayed out of the queues.
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Lenard H.
7/07/2024
Interesting Tour The tour was great and lots of opportunities for pictures. RJ was very helpful and knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture and history. Highly recommend this tour with GO Tours Hawaii and RJ and our driver Noel.
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NorthStar11477216457
7/07/2024
An amazing tour!!! This was such a fun tour! We did this our first day in Oahu and it was a great way to see the island and learn some history. RJ was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable and funny. He kept the tour entertaining the whole time. Noel was a great driver as well. I’m so glad we did this tour!
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Dan H.
7/07/2024
Excellent tour! Excellent tour and way to see Oahu. RJ and Noel were a most excellent guide and driver for our tour. Fun and entertaining ride.
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