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

Video

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!

What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below) 


How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 


  • $9.99: Shaka Guide’s Oahu Circle Island Tour 
  • $4.00/adult and $2.00/child per person: Byodo-In Temple (cash only) 
  • $18.00/adult and $12.00/child per person: Waimea Valley entry
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $25.00/adult and $21.00/child per person: Dole Plantation — Train, Maze and Garden pass 
  • $6.00 per person: Dole Whip 
  • $4.00 per person: Pie at Ted’s Bakery or shave ice at Matsumoto’s

Can I join the tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. 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. 

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.

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Great app great directions

Carol30152 | April 2021
This is the way to go if this is your first visit to any island!!!!

Ten Stars

BC19607 | April 2021
Having only one day with a car we chose the N. Shore Circle the Island Tour. From the moment we left our hotel in Waikiki this Self drive tour was a much better experience than we have ever had with any personal tour guide. We we’re guided every step of the way and it entertained us with stories and just the perfect music in between and pointed out every point of interest along with restaurant recommendations, restroom facilities and great stories and history throughout the drive. I highly recommend shocker self driving tours. It made our day perfect. As we were driving on H1 back to Waikiki there was a huge rainbow stretching all the way across the sky and the tour had somewhere over the rainbow playing. The perfect end to a perfect day end to a perfect day.

Luis Hernandez | April 2021
I purchased this app a while back, and paid the one time fee, but now shows that I never bought anything even though they charge me for it

Shaka Guide

Responded | April 2021
Aloha Luis, I am sorry for the trouble. Please email us and we are happy to check your purchase history and help resolve this. Did you switch devices? Are you using the same Google Play account and Log in method? Email us and we can help resolve this. aloha@shakaguide.com
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