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

Highlights

  • Shaka Freebies

  • Ward Village Shopping & Food

  • Chinatown Ono Food

  • Hikes & Lookouts

  • Monuments & Museums

  • Manoa Marketplace

  • Chinatown Parking Options

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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4gettfull | January 2021
Arrived on Oahu in January 2021 during COVID restrictions. I always take in-person walking tours wherever I travel in the world. I’ve taken guided kayak tours of the canals of Venice. Walked with an historian on the battlefields of Gettysburg. But there were no in-person tours available in Oahu because of the pandemic. I reluctantly purchased the Shaka app. I find most of these canned tours lightweight, hard to follow, corny and a waste of time. Man was I wrong—at least about Shaka Guides. What a great resource. What a great time. We took great walking tours in Waikiki and the historic district. And amazing driving tours of the North Shore and a rainforest. The turn-by-turn GPS directions were spot on. Especially loved the Hawaiian music played between the sights. Buy this app —you’ll be very appy. *happy.

Great info and driving directions

dakotaoutfitter | January 2021
Highly recommend. We bought the bundle and used them all

Great audio guide for independent travelers

Yoryenys | January 2021
We have now used Big Island and Oahu tours. Great directions to visit all the popular spots. Truly enjoyed the history of each site. Learnt lots from these tours.
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