Oahu

GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

Description

Get an in-depth look at Oahu on the Grand Circle Island Tour! You’ll travel the island stopping at world-renowned surf spots, historic sites, foodie towns, and the famous North Shore

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline
•⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley
•⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa
•⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks)
•⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikiki, Ko Olina or Turtle Bay Resort
Direction: Counterclockwise loop, ending where you began

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Full-Day Tour (6-8 Hours) 120 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Chinaman’s Hat — Mokoliʻi

  • Leonard's Bakery

  • Byodo In - Japanese Temple

  • Tropical Nut Farms

  • Kualoa Ranch

  • Kahana Bay

  • Laie Beach Park — Pounders Beach

  • Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Laie Point

  • Laie Temple

  • Kahuku Shrimp & Food Trucks

  • Kahuku Fruit Stand

  • Ted's Bakery

  • Sunset Beach

  • Banzai Pipeline

  • Shark's Cove

  • Hawaiian Temple - Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

  • Waimea Valley

  • Laniakea Beach

  • Haleiwa Town

  • Matsumoto Shave Ice

  • Dole Plantation

  • Waimea Bay

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GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour has three starting points, Waikiki on the south shore of the island; Ko Olina on the west side; and Turtle Bay on the north shore. Regardless of where you start, the tour will travel in a counterclockwise loop, ending where you began.


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Byodo-In Japanese Temple
  • Sunset Beach 
  • Banzai Pipeline 
  • Haleiwa 
  • Shark’s Cove
  • Kahuku Shrimp trucks 
  • Kualoa Ranch 
  • Polynesian Cultural Center 
  • Waimea Valley 
  • Waimea Bay
  • Dole Plantation 

For help planning your day check out our Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

What should I budget for the Circle Island tour?

With any Shaka Guide tour, what you see and do is totally up to you! You pick the stops along the tour that you want to visit, and skip the ones you don’t. Here is a list of paid attractions on the tour and what you can expect to spend at each one. 


  • Byodo In Temple: $5

  • Kualoa Ranch: Prices vary, visit website for more information. 

  • Polynesian Cultural Center: Prices vary, visit website for more information. 

  • Waimea Valley: $20/ adults, $16/ children 

  • Dole Plantation: $25/ adults, $21/ children - Train, maze and garden pass. Other options available, see website

And, don’t forget about food! Here are some of the restaurant and snack stops you’ll make along the tour with some pricing estimates. 

  • Leonard’s Bakery: $5

  • Tropical Nut Farms: $10 

  • Kahuku Shrimp Trucks: $15, CASH ONLY

  • Ted’s Bakery: $5 

  • Matsumoto Shave Ice: $5

What should I pack for the Circle Island tour?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes

  • Water

  • Bug spray

  • Towel

  • Bathing Suit & sandals 

  • Sunscreen 

  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat

  • Snacks

  • Car Charger

  • Camera

  • Cash (See answers for “What should I budget?”)

What are the hours of operation for stops on the Circle Island tour?

    • Leonard's Bakery  5:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m, open daily 
    • Moanalua Gardens CLOSED
      • Green World Coffee   7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
        • Dole Plantation  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., open daily 
          • North Shore Soap Factory Weekdays 10AM–4PM                                              Saturday 8:30AM–4PM Sunday Closed
          • Matsumoto Shave Ice  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, open daily 
            • Waimea Bay    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
              • Hawaiian Temple - Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau    7AM–5:30PM  Daily
                • Ted's Bakery  8:00 AM - 6:30 PM, open daily  
                  • Kahuku Shrimp & Food Trucks  10AM–6PM daily
                    • Laie Temple  9 AM to 9 PM daily
                      • Laie Point   7AM–6:45 PM  daily
                        • Polynesian Cultural Center  12:45 PM – 9:00 PM, open Monday - Saturday, closed Sundays. Restaurant and Marketplace open at 11:00 AM
                          • Kahana Bay 7AM–8PM  Daily
                            • Kualoa Ranch  8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., open daily  
                            • Byodo In - Japanese Temple 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., open daily

                              Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

                              No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise. If you’re looking for a similar experience but want to travel clockwise around the island starting your day on the North Shore check out our Legendary North Shore Loop

                              Other Questions? Contact Us!

                              Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

                              Customer Reviews

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                              Awesome app

                              Mike D from NYC | January 2022
                              The app is super helpful, I bought this one and the kuaui app - going at your own pace, hits all the spots and then some that aren't popular but super cool, love that you can skip something if you don't want to do it and can pick up where you left off etc. Saves, time and money and still feels like you're seeing it all!

                              Gary Burt | January 2022
                              Easy and informative tour guide for the phone and car.

                              Shaka Guide

                              Responded | January 2022

                              Loved Maui but Oahu Tour Disappointes

                              Anchortown 367 | January 2022
                              I greatly enjoyed the combination of history, music and detailed location information in the Maui Tour. The narrator was so good and made the trip a richer experience. However, I just did the Oahu Tour and felt it lacking in comparison. Too commercial without the local color.
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