Oahu

LEGENDARY NORTH SHORE LOOP

Description

A full day adventure circling the island of Oahu in a clockwise direction. This tours takes you through the Dole Pineapple fields to the legendary North Shore. From there you will stop at many famous beaches and check out some off the beaten path adventures, all before eating at some local shrimp trucks. It will be a day to remember guaranteed!

Plan on about 6-8 hours cruising the island with Shaka Guide. Start the tour from Ko’Olina, Turtle Bay, or Waikiki. Note this tour only works when you drive the island clockwise. If you want to explore the island counter-clockwise in the other direction, then check out the Circle Island tour.

Live free and come tour with Shaka Guide to explore the island at your own pace!!

**Recommended start time: Before 11AM
Full Day Tour (8-10 Hours) 119 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Highlights

  • Shaka Freebies

  • North Shore Beach Day

  • North Shore Adrenaline Rush

  • Kapahulu Local Grindz

  • North Shore Foodie

  • Circle Island for Kiddos

  • Romantic & Away from the crowd

  • History & Hawaiian Culture

  • Circle Island Shopping, Art, Boutiques

  • Haleiwa - Best Restaurants

  • Car Rentals

Tour FAQ’s

What comes with a purchase?

After you make a tour purchase, the following features will unlock for you:

Offline Map for Hawaii

  • Your map will turn into an offline map that requires no network connection

  • Map also helps chart the best route to tour locations and highlight locations

Offline Audio tour

  • All audio narration will now be available to you

  • All audio narration can be used offline

  • Interesting audio tours by Hawaii local tour guides, giving you an insider’s scoop on what to do and see!

Offline Driving Directions  

  • No need to stress about directions! Just listen up as the tour guide tells you where to go and where to turn.

Tour Highlights

  • See all locations mentioned on the tours and more

  • Local restaurants, activities and sights.

  • See website, phone number, and even get directions with an offline map.

“But I still have questions...”

  • No problem! Go to the 'Support' tab in the app and send us an email or give us a call!

How to play the audio through the car stereo?


The best way to make sure that everyone in the car can hear the tour nice and loud is to play the audio tour through the car stereo. Make sure one of these methods works before leaving the car rental lot. Rental Agents will willingly change your car if the car stereo does cannot play from your phone.

Depending on which rental car you have, this can be done in one of three ways:


1)  Audio Aux Jack

Many rental cars have an audio auxiliary jack. This slot in the cars looks just like something you would plug your headphones into. But in order to play your phone’s audio through the car speaker you need an auxiliary jack with two male ends: one plugs into your phone, the other plugs into the car. You can adjust volume from both the car radio and the phone’s volume.

If you do not have an audio aux jack, try the following methods.


2)  USB Cable

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you are able to sync your phone’s audio through a USB cable, that is also charging your phone at the same time. You can usually find a USB plug somewhere near the driver’s seat. The most likely place to find it is in the middle glove compartment, on the car dash or near the audio control panel.

  1. Connect the USB to car stereo

  2. From car stereo, select “media player” or find the name of your device.

  3. Look for signs of connectivity through the display on your car dash.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

- USB still not playing audio?

Try some of the following, testing the audio after each attempt

  • Restart your device and restart your car.

  • Connect your device to a different stereo USB port (if you have one).

  • Try a different USB cable.

  • Update your device firmware.

  • Try playing audio from a different app to see if any audio will play.

If still not working then try the other methods.

NOTE: Playing audio through the USB cable in many types of older rental cars tends to not work for reasons related to a damaged USB port or car’s stereo firmware.


3)  Bluetooth

Depending on the make and model of your car, sometimes you can sync your phone’s audio through a bluetooth connection. Here are the steps:

  1. First go to your phone’s bluetooth and turn it on.

  2. Then in your rental car, use your car’s dash (often the radio) to activate bluetooth connection of the car.

  3. When you see your phone, select it to complete the bluetooth connection.

  4. Play any of the tour audio to test if the audio plays correctly from the speakers.

If you run into problems with your rental car, it’s best to refer to the car’s user manual or ask a car rental representative to help you. Every car make and model handles bluetooth differently, and not every rental car has bluetooth.

Bluetooth still not working?  

Try some of the following to troubleshoot:

  • Restart your device

  • Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned to ON (check your settings)

  • Unpair both your device and car stereo from each other, restart your car, and then try to pair and connect your device again.

NOTE: In some older rental cars bluetooth appears to be connected but still doesn't play audio. Again, likely something not working with the car's bluetooth system. Try other methods.


Still can’t get audio to play through the car stereo?

Just use your device’s built in speakers and turn the volume up as loud as you can. This may require disconnecting your USB cable from the Car Stereo.

Help! Having trouble downloading a tour.

Are you having trouble downloading a tour? Does the progress bar look frozen?

Common reasons the download is not progressing or looks frozen is due to no or poor data reception. If you are using data, make sure you have at least a LTE speed with 3 bars. If you are using Wifi and still experiencing longer than normal delays, this could be due to your Wifi connection speed. Some hotel/condos have very slow data connection. Try to use a different wifi or go to their lobby where speeds are generally faster. Coffee shop may also be an option. 

Once in a better network area, press the “pause” and then immediately unpause to continue the download.  Sometimes, you will need to try a few times before the tour can be successfully downloaded.  

Be patient. These tour files are often very large and require a good network. But it is worth it! After the download you won’t have to worry about it again! 

But if after trying multiple times and reading the other FAQ, and it still gives you problems. Don’t worry. Give us a call on our tech support # 1-888-250-2261. Also email us aloha@shakaguide.com and we will take care of you.  

Mahalo for your patience!

Download Tour over Wifi, before you go!

This is an important reminder to make sure you download the tour over Wifi before you start driving! Since everything works offline, the app downloads the audio content to your phone, and the size can range from 60mb - 120mb. Because of this it is ideal to download the tour over a Wifi network with good speed.

Otherwise you may have to wait for a long time for it to download. If you choose to download the tour using your Data, then you will need to make sure your speed is at least “LTE”.  Anything less like 3G speeds will create problems and long wait times downloading the tour.

So word to the wise: download over Wifi at your hotel or condo before starting your driving tour! You will be glad you did!

If you are having trouble getting the tours to download please email or call this support phone number: 1-888-250-2261, we will be glad to help!

How does the Tour work?

The Circle Island Oahu Driving Tour includes:

  • 4-6 hour driving tour of 130 triggering points of audio narration

  • Audio tour plays automatically as you drive -  We do this by using your GPS location and then plays the audio at just the right time and place during your drive. It literally is like having a local tour guide in your car with you!

  • Driving directions -  Just listen up as the tour guide tells you where to go and where to turn for the entire tour.

  • Offline map comes with a purchase!

  • Offline Audio Tour comes with a purchase!

Where does the Tour start / end?

There are 3 starting points for the Circle Island Oahu Driving Tour : Waikiki, Ko’Olina and Turtle Bay.

Follow the instructions when you turn on the tour switch to each of the tour starting points.

If you are not starting from any of the 3 starting points, feel free to join the tour in progress anywhere along the tour route. Since this tour is completed in a loop, you won’t miss out on a thing. But please note that you will need to follow the direction of the tour, as it goes counter-clockwise along the tour route.

At the end of the tour, it will bring you back to Waikiki and Ko’Olina. From here you will need to direct yourself back to your hotel or condo.

Which direction does the Tour go?

The tour is completed counter-clockwise as we take you circle around the Oahu island. The tour direction has been carefully curated for you to do and see the most along the drive.

From Waikiki or Ko’Olina, we will head towards the north shore via the Likelike Highway. Then we will drive through the scenic mountains and along the windward side of the island, with a few stops along the way.

Then the tour will enter the iconic north shore area with its famed white-sand beaches. The north shore stretch ends in Haleiwa and Dole Plantation, before we head back to town.

It is a jam-packed day with a truckload of things to see and do!

How long will the Tour take?

The drive takes about 3 hours to complete. But with 25 actual stopping points along the way, plan to spend about 5 - 8 hours, or the better part of your day.

If you are not into fast-paced sightseeing, take your time and come back to the north shore on another day of your vacation. There will always be things to see and do on the north shore.

The best way to take this tour is just to let it happen naturally while being open to some crazy stuff along the way. But remember to just take your time to soak in the sun, sand, and memories of this tropical paradise.

 

Best time of the day to start

It is best to start the tour after 8:00am but no later than 9am. This will allow you to miss the morning commuting traffic while making it to our first stop on the tour, Byodo-In, which opens at 9 am.

It’s a good idea to get to the North Shore area around lunch time, so you can try some of the excellent local food options for lunch.

How much should I budget to spend on the tour?

Most all of the places that we will take you on the tour are free. However there are some paid attractions along the way that charge for admission:  

  • Byodo In

  • Kualoa Ranch

  • Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Waimea Valley

  • Dole Plantation

Aside from these, I would plan on spending about $15 per person for a plate lunch, or $25 at a sit-down restaurant. Plan also for about $5 per person for a local style snack along the drive such as shave ice or malasada. Truly this driving tour isn’t the same without stopping to try some local food!

What should I bring?

Be prepared with a change of clothes and shoes for some swimming and snorkeling, and short strolls.  

What to bring on your Circle island adventure:

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug repellent (sometimes needed)

  • Light jacket just in case of rain

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • Money (most places take credit cards)

  • Camera

  • Beach towels

  • swimsuit

  • Snorkel gear

  • Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Auxillary jack for listening to the tour

  • Car USB charger

  • Smartphone with the Shaka Guide tour installed ;-)

How to Avoid Traffic?

Most commuting traffic starts to subside around 8:30 am which is about the time I recommend starting the tour. However, traffic resumes in the afternoon again around 3:30 - 6:00pm when most people get off work.

My advice to you is check your watch when you get to Haleiwa Town. If it is around or after 3pm, you will likely get stuck in traffic on the way back to town. I recommend hanging around the North Shore area, and possibly eat dinner there before starting your trip back into Waikiki or Ko’Olina. This will allow the traffic to die down a bit so you can avoid spending your vacation bumper to bumper.

Accidents: At random, there may be road construction or traffic accidents where they need to close one or two lanes. Since the Island pretty much only has one freeway in and out of town, lane closures can cause pretty bad delays. If this happens just try to be patient. Oahu is an absolute perfect paradise, just without the traffic.

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maikaʻi loa (excellent)!

Hamptons Critic | June 2020
Loved having this very timely narration, GPS, and great Oahu information at a very fair app price. Wish I had this for other road trips that I’ve gone on.

So helpful and interesting!

Daddy_48 | June 2020
A VP at work learned I was going to Hawaii and highly recommend Shaka Guide. I read Hawaii travel reviews, but I didn’t have the confidence that I had a thorough plan so I gave it a shot. This is the best app I’ve ever used. It took me a little getting used to at first, but after the initial orientation, it was so simple and helpful. I downloaded 2 tours and that gave me 4 days of fun! The guides cover major stops with bonus gems, plus included a lot of background and history of the island. There were stops and recommendations that I hadn’t seen on travel sites that made the trip special. This app will save you hours of planning and put you on your way to a fun-packed vacation. I can’t recommend Shaka Guide enough.

Super helpful!

carolombia93 | June 2020
This was the perfect outline for our trip. We skipped the stops we weren’t interested in but for the most part, this tour pretty much covered all our items on our list. Good parking tips and suggestions for each stop.
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