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

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

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  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Manoa_Falls

    Manoa Falls Hike

  • Lyon Arboretum

    Lyon Arboretum

  • manoa cemetery

    Manoa Chinese Cemetery

  • Manoa Valley

    Manoa Marketplace

  • Tantalus Lookout On Oahu

    Tantalus Lookout

  • tantalus arboretum hike

    Tantalus Arboretum Hike

  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

  • Lili'uokalani_Botanical_Garden

    Queen Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

  • Shimazu shave ice

    Shimazu Shave Ice

  • Chinatown, Honolulu

    Chinatown, Honolulu

  • Foster Botanical Garden

    Foster Botanical Garden

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the Honolulu Backyard Rainforest 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 for the Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest Tour?

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 (rainforest = mosquitoes) 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount 

Can I join the Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest 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 Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest 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 or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

Customer Reviews

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Absolutely loved it!

Boilerdevil | May 2022
Truly, having Shaka guide made our entire trip! We used it to explore and know what options there were for things to do. We had friends vacationing just a week before us and they didn’t use the app but more traditional means of digging around to figure out what was worth seeing or doing… they ended up doing almost all the same stuff but without any of the interesting and fun commentary or additional gems for where to stop for the best views and such. We are excited for our next trip to use Shaka guide for our tour again!

Everyone in family enjoyed it.

dallyhb2 | May 2022
I thought it would be corny, but not at all. Very interesting hearing the background and history, as well as telling us where to find the best parking. My 2 young adults, who were not excited about going, really liked it and asked to do the rainforest self driving tour also. However, we missed part of that tour due to a closed road which caused us to go back the same way we came before reaching Punchbowl. We used google to get to Chinatown, but missed hearing those stories and where to go in Chinatown. But even with that, We loved the lookout and the North Shore day trip was one of our family’s favorite things that we did.

Randy Siders | May 2022
A great way to see the Island. It's like having your own knowledgeable guide riding shotgun.

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