Oahu

HONOLULU'S BACKYARD RAINFOREST TOUR

Description

Take a ride with Shaka Guide as we visit some of Honolulu's most iconic spots. On this tour, we will explore the gorgeous and green Manoa valley before driving Tantalus mountain some breathtaking city views. After that, we'll visit the Punchbowl Memorial cemetery and learn about it's unique significance in history. Along the way, we will stop for try some tasty local treats before heading back to Waikiki.

Plan on spending about 3-5 on this tour depending on how long you stop at each place. This tour starts and ends in Waikiki and is taken in a loop.

** Recommended to start the tour before 9 am. Also a good idea to bring bug spray and a jacket in case it rains. (They don't call it a rain-forest for nothing!)
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

How to use the app without using data?

Before a tour is purchased, the app uses the internet to display the map, images, and play audio. However, after a tour is purchased, the tour is downloaded to your phone and functions 100% offline. This includes the map, audio directions, as well as tour highlights.  If you are concerned about your data usage, simply turn your phone on airplane mode while taking the tour. This will turn off your data while leaving your GPS signal on.

Note: some older Android devices airplane mode will turn off your GPS signal. If this is the case for you, then go to your settings and only turn off Cellular Data, (not the GPS signal). 

Again, you do not need to turn off data or do anything to the app. It is designed to work 100% offline. Just like magic!

Getting started: How do the tours work?

Shaka Guide’s audio tours play automatically based on your GPS location. 

After you purchase a tour, click on “Take the Tour”. From there it will give you some tutorial screens with audio guidance to:

  1. Help get your audio set up and connected to the car

  2. Directions to the start of the tour. (requires Data connection for this)

From there, just follow the directions. Once you arrive at the start of the tour, the audio tour narration will kick on and start talking to you. From there, the tour will give you turn-by-turn directions to an all day of fun!

We use your phone’s GPS to play audio narration at just the right time and place. It’s like having a “virtual” tour guide with you, while giving you the complete freedom to tour at your own pace!

Note: If you are not close to a tour starting point you can also join the tour anywhere along the tour route going in the same direction as the tour. Just drive to the nearest point and the tour will start to play!  If you need technical assistance, please call our support # 1-888-250-2261.

How do I conserve the battery?

If you don’t have a way to keep your phone charged in the car. You can expect your fully charged phone to work about 4-5 hours before all the charge is used up. Use the following tips to conserve the battery throughout the day!

  1. Turn OFF the Tour when making a long stop - This means the app will stop using your GPS signal. Just remember to switch the Tour back ON to continue the tour, Otherwise, you could miss out on some really great stories!

  1. Turn OFF the screen of your phone - The audio tour will continue to play automatically in the background as you take the tour.

  1. Use the car’s speakers to listen to the tour - (See “How do I use the car speakers to play the tour?”). This will also help conserve battery life of your phone.


 

How long does the Manoa & Tantalus tour take to complete?

The entire tour should take about 3-6 hours to complete depending on how many stops you take, and how long you spend at each stop.

Where does the Manoa & Tantalus tour start from?

This tour has three starting points. One begins on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, another starts from the H1 headed East, and the other from the H1 headed West.

How much money should I bring on the Manoa & Tantalus tour?

Bring cash just in case 

How much you spend really depends on the size of your party, and the activities you would like to do. Our goal is to make your vacation as affordable as possible, so we will tell you about the activities along the way, and you can decide whether or not they interest you. That being said, here are a few things you may/will spend money on:

  • Gas 

  • Food 

  • Water 

  • Souvenirs

  • Sunscreen

  • Tours & Activities:

Honolulu Museum of Art: 

Adults: $20 

18 and under: Free

Hawaii Locals: Free

Pirate Ship Adventures:

Adults: $44 ($39 online)

Kids: $33 ($29 online)

Paradise Pedals:

Bar tours: $40-70

Art Tour: $45

Are there any hikes on the Manoa & Tantalus tour?

Yes, there are just two hikes on this tour:

  1. Manoa Falls: 1.6 mile, out and back trail with minimal elevation gain. May be muddy if it's rained recently, and Manoa rains all the time.

  2. Tantalus Arboretum Hike: A short half-mile, loop trail hike rated as easy with great city views.

What are the main activities on the Manoa & Tantalus tour?

Here is a list of the main activities but please look under Tour Highlights for more information:

  • Manoa Falls Hike

  • Manoa Chinese Cemetery

  • Puu Ualakaa State Park

  • Tantalus Arboretum Hike

  • Punchbowl Memorial

  • Chinatown

Where are the food stops on the Manoa & Tantalus tour?

Here are the main locations for food but please look under Tour Highlights for more information:

  • Manoa Marketplace (Manoa Valley)

  • Shimazu Shave Ice (Punchbowl)

  • Chinatown 

  • Ward Village (Ala Moana)

Where are the restrooms on the Manoa & Tantalus tour?

Here are some of the main stops you can find restrooms:

Manoa Valley District Park

2721 Kaaipu Ave, 

Honolulu, HI 96822

Paradise Park Building (Manoa Falls)

3737 Manoa Rd, 

Honolulu, HI 96822

Manoa Marketplace

2752 Woodlawn Dr, 

Honolulu, HI 96822

Puu Ualakaa State Park (Tantalus lookout)

Nutridge St, 

Honolulu, HI 96822

Punchbowl Memorial

2177 Puowaina Dr, 

Honolulu, HI 96813

Where can I fill up on gas on the Manoa & Tantalus tour?

There are many gas stations on the tour route so feel free to stop at any point. If you are having difficulty finding gas stations, or would like to find the cheapest option, check out the gas buddy app here: 

https://www.gasbuddy.com/App

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maikaʻi loa (excellent)!

Hamptons Critic | June 2020
Loved having this very timely narration, GPS, and great Oahu information at a very fair app price. Wish I had this for other road trips that I’ve gone on.

So helpful and interesting!

Daddy_48 | June 2020
A VP at work learned I was going to Hawaii and highly recommend Shaka Guide. I read Hawaii travel reviews, but I didn’t have the confidence that I had a thorough plan so I gave it a shot. This is the best app I’ve ever used. It took me a little getting used to at first, but after the initial orientation, it was so simple and helpful. I downloaded 2 tours and that gave me 4 days of fun! The guides cover major stops with bonus gems, plus included a lot of background and history of the island. There were stops and recommendations that I hadn’t seen on travel sites that made the trip special. This app will save you hours of planning and put you on your way to a fun-packed vacation. I can’t recommend Shaka Guide enough.

Super helpful!

carolombia93 | June 2020
This was the perfect outline for our trip. We skipped the stops we weren’t interested in but for the most part, this tour pretty much covered all our items on our list. Good parking tips and suggestions for each stop.
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