Hawaii

HONOLULU'S BACKYARD RAINFOREST TOUR - Road Closed

DurationDuration 2-4 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 1
tour Tour Stops 11
$19.99

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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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Start Of Tour Waikiki
MOUNT TANTALUS

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

In Hawaiian the word malama means “to take care” and the word aina means “land.” When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you practice this and pick up your trash; respect the marine life, plants, and animals; and avoid spots that are unsafe. Hawaii’s natural resources are precious, it’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources for generations by respecting the aina when you visit. 

  • $5: parking at Manoa Falls (cash only)
  • $5 per person: Foster Botanical Garden
    • Children 6-12: $1, children under 5: free
  • $1 - $10: Donation at Lyon Arboretum (no official entrance fee)
  • $5: Shave Ice at Shimazu Shave Ice

We recommend you start the tour before 11am to make sure you get to all the stops before they close!

  • Expect to spend 3-5 hours on the tour.
  • Lyon Arboretum is open from 9am – 3pm on weekdays and is closed on weekends. There’s no admission fee but a donation is recommended.
  • Tantalus Lookout is open daily from 7am – 7:45pm
  • Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden is open daily from 9am – 4pm.
  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is open daily from 8am - 6pm.
  • Foster Botanical Garden is open daily from 9am - 4pm.
  • Very Important: Car Charger
  • Sneakers 
  • Hiking Clothes 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Bug Spray (rainforest = mosquitoes) 
  • Towel 
  • Bathing Suit 
  • Sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat 
  • Snacks 
  • Cash 
  • Phone Mount

Tour FAQs

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!

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 

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.

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise, beginning and ending in Waikiki. 


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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