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

Tour Stops

  • Manoa Falls Hike

  • Lyon Arboretum

  • Manoa Chinese Cemetery

  • Manoa Marketplace

  • Tantalus Lookout

  • Tantalus Arboretum Hike

  • National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

  • Queen Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

  • Shimazu Shave Ice

  • Chinatown, Honolulu

  • Foster Botanical Garden

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. 

  • $14.99: 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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Another Amazing Trip

Fleflore9 | September 2021
Shaka Guide saved the trip! Had an amazing time using the the guide to take my family around the island. Was able to learn a lot and a capture many historical jewels! Thanks!

The best thing since sliced bread

Firechick257 | September 2021
This app is amazing!! We split the grand tour into two days. If you wonder what your going to do in Oahu, wonder no more. Shaka has you covered. Do the app first and then go back and hit the places that most appealed to you. Since tours are expensive and time limited you don’t want to waste time doing stuff that may disappoint, using Shaka will be a great into to the island

Highly recommend

AnnoyedUser72067 | September 2021
This is such a great app. He is so on point with turn by turn directions. The extra stops that we would not have stopped at were great. However the best stop was Lanikai but there is no kayaking there on Sunday to the Moakes. No biggie though. We hit all the best spots and know where we want to go on another day. Highly recommend this to all.
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