Hawaii

EAST OAHU SHORELINE DRIVE

DurationDuration 6-8 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 17
$19.99

Description

Oahu’s eastern shoreline is one of the most scenic roadways in Hawaii. Traverse this unique corner of the island to discover hidden beaches, famous hikes, and volcanic landscapes thousands of years in the making.

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

•⁠ Hike Diamond Head Crater
•⁠ Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
•⁠ Hike Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail
•⁠ Visit Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden
•⁠ Grab lunch in Kailua Town

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

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Intro to Tour - Keep Right
Turn left to Poni Moi Rd
Leahi, Diamond Head
HANAUMA BAY

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

NOTE: Waves can get rough in winter (November-April), when in doubt ask a lifeguard.

 In Hawaiian the word malama means “to take care” and the word aina means “land.” When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you practice this and pick up your trash; respect the marine life, plants, and animals; and avoid spots that are unsafe. Hawaii’s natural resources are precious, it’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources for generations by respecting the land and culture when you visit.

Click here to learn about being a responsible traveler in Hawaii.

Reservations are now required to visit Hanauma Bay. You can make a reservation up to two days in advance here.

Diamond Head now charges both entrance ($5/person) and parking ($10/car) - fees are credit card only. Reservations are also required 14 days in advance.

Other Costs to Consider:

  • $10: Parking at Diamond Head (credit card only)
  • $5: Entry to Diamond Head (per person, credit card only)
  • $3: Parking at Hanauma Bay (cash only)
  • $25: Entry to Hanauma Bay (per person, children 12 and under get in FREE)
  • $7: Parking at Pali Lookout (per vehicle)

If you plan on doing everything on the tour, we recommend you set aside 10 to 12 hours.

Other things to plan for:

  • Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden - the last stop on the tour - closes at 4pm.
  • Hanauma Bay is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The bay opens at 6:45 am - 4:00 p.m. with last entry at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Arrive early to find parking.
  • Diamond Head is now closed on Wednesdays.

(Reservations are required for Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay - see the Budgeting, Fees & Reservations section to find where to book)

  • Very Important: Car Charger
  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Bug Spray 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks
  • Cash 
  • Phone Mount

Tour FAQs

This tour starts and ends in Waikiki and travels around the eastern coast of Oahu exploring beaches, hikes and scenic spots along the way.


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


  • Diamond Head  
  • Hanauma Bay 
  • Halona Beach Cove and Halona Blowhole
  • Makapu’u Point Lighthouse and Hike 
  • Kailua Town 
  • Lanikai Beach 
  • Pali Lookout 
  • Judd Trail and waterfall 
  • Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden 

For help planning your day check out our East Oahu Shoreline Drive suggested itinerary.

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.

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise, beginning and ending in Waikiki. 

  • $10.00: Parking at Diamond Head (credit card only)
  • $5.00: Entry to Diamond Head (per person, credit card only)
  • $15.00: Lunch (per person)
  • $4.00: Ice Cream or local Snack (per person)
  • $3.00: Parking at Hanauma Bay (cash only)
  • $25.00: Entry to Hanauma Bay (per person, children 12 and under get in FREE)
  • $7.00: Parking at Pali Lookout (per vehicle)

Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day. 

  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Bug Spray 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount 


Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


Mahalo,

Shaka Guide

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