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Oahu

HONOLULU'S BACKYARD RAINFOREST TOUR - Road Closed

Description

Please note: There is a road closure that impacts this tour. Please select a different Oahu tour at this time.

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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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

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!


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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Bonnie Ferguson | June 2022
Loved being able to do the tour on our own. The directions were great as well as th music and historical narrative. Highly recommend.
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Shaka Guide

Responded | June 2022
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W V | June 2022
This guide was fun and helpful. I like that you can download it before you travel to the islands, then you can plan ahead and get an idea of what days you want to do certain activities. if you follow the guide from the beginning it is very user friendly. but if you pick up in the middle of the tour you will have to use Google maps to get you to one of the checkpoints before the app will start directing (and it does not reroute you if you go awry). would not had as much fun without this guide
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Shaka Guide

Responded | June 2022
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Only works in one direction

djcap | June 2022
Great app but a bummer that it only works in one direction. Just a big FYI in case your itinerary isn’t aligned with the way the app thinks you should drive!
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