Oahu

HONOLULU'S BACKYARD RAINFOREST TOUR

Description

See a rarely explored corner of Honolulu! Hawaii's bustling capital may be known for its beaches and high-rise buildings but did you know just a few minutes away there's lush forests with hiking trails? On this tour, you'll visit a waterfall hike, a 200-acre garden, Honolulu's historic Chinatown district, and a lookout with stunning views of the city's skyline.

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

•⁠ Hike to Manoa Falls
•⁠ Visit Tantalus Lookout
•⁠ Try local Poke
•⁠ Stroll through Lyon Arboretum
•⁠ Take a walk through Chinatown

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 11:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikiki
Direction: Loop, ending where you began

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2-4 hour drive 73 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Manoa Falls Hike

  • Lyon Arboretum

  • Manoa Chinese Cemetery

  • Manoa Marketplace

  • Tantalus Lookout

  • Tantalus Arboretum Hike

  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

  • Queen Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

  • Shimazu Shave Ice

  • Chinatown, Honolulu

  • Foster Botanical Garden

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour starts and ends in Waikiki and travels through the lush forests of the Makiki Valley before visiting Honolulu’s bustling downtown.

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

  • Lyon Arboretum 
  • Chinese Cemetery 
  • Manoa Marketplace 
  • Tantalus Mountain 
  • Tantalus Lookout 
  • Tantalus Arboretum Trail
  • National Memorial of the Pacific 
  • Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden
  • Foster Botanical Garden
  • Shimazu Shave Ice 
  • Chinatown 

For help planning your day check out our Honolulu Backyard Rainforest 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)

There are no entrance fees to any attractions on this tour, however you might want to bring some cash for food and souvenirs along the way. 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 Honolulu Backyard Rainforest Tour 
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $5.00 per adult, $1.00 children 6-12, free children 5-under: Foster Botanical Garden


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, beginning and ending in Waikiki. 

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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