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. 

  • $9.99: 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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Gtown Reunion | June 2021
We did most of the tours with great delight. The directions were spot on. We could start and stop on the tour at different points since we came from a different location. We laughed and sang along and had a smile on our faces the whole time. Thank you for the opportunity to see the island through your eyes!🌈🤙🏼

Vanessa McPherson | June 2021
great tour of oahu! we enjoyed it so much and it was def worth the [little] money!!

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Took the circle tour on a Monday in June. Definitely busy at a lot of the stops so we opted to skip a lot of the places with the long lines, but even still, we loved the tour and information passed. We learned so much and feel more connected to the island of Oahu and the culture. Would definitely recommend and we will certainly use Shaka again!
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