Oahu

GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

Description

Get an in-depth look at Oahu on the Grand Circle Island Tour! You’ll travel the island stopping at world-renowned surf spots, historic sites, foodie towns, and the famous North Shore.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Watch surfers at Banzai Pipeline
•⁠ Hike to a waterfall at Waimea Valley
•⁠ Eat garlic shrimp in Kahuku and shave ice in Haleiwa
•⁠ Snorkel at Shark’s Cove (no sharks)
•⁠ Grab a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikiki, Ko Olina or Turtle Bay Resort
Direction: Counterclockwise loop, ending where you began

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Full-Day Tour (6-8 Hours) 120 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

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GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

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. 

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email to aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call at 1-888-250-2261.

Where does the tour go?

This tour has three starting points, Waikiki on the south shore of the island; Ko Olina on the west side; and Turtle Bay on the north shore. Regardless of where you start, the tour will travel in a counterclockwise loop, ending where you began.


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Byodo-In Japanese Temple
  • Sunset Beach 
  • Banzai Pipeline 
  • Haleiwa 
  • Shark’s Cove
  • Kahuku Shrimp trucks 
  • Kualoa Ranch 
  • Polynesian Cultural Center 
  • Waimea Valley 
  • Waimea Bay
  • Dole Plantation 

For help planning your day check out our Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour suggested itinerary, the complete list of tour stops here, and tour highlights in the app! 

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) 


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 Oahu Circle Island Tour 
  • $4.00/adult and $2.00/child per person: Byodo-In Temple (cash only) 
  • $18.00/adult and $12.00/child per person: Waimea Valley entry
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $25.00/adult and $21.00/child per person: Dole Plantation — Train, Maze and Garden pass 
  • $6.00 per person: Dole Whip 
  • $4.00 per person: Pie at Ted’s Bakery or shave ice at Matsumoto’s

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise. If you’re looking for a similar experience but want to travel clockwise around the island starting your day on the North Shore check out our Legendary North Shore Loop

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Cool app replaces expensive tours.

ppage100 | June 2020
If you’ve got a car (and USB charger for your phone), all you need is this app. We rode through the Volcano national park with this app pointing out all the cool things automatically along the way via GPS (no data needed!). It allowed us to take our time and stop places we wanted to or skip those we didn’t. Didn’t have to suffer from expensive tours and other tourists in a group. Definitely a must-have…wish there were more downloads for these apps, but I know they are coming soon. Great idea!

Very Useful

Jtraminbrla | June 2020
Very good app. Made our trip to Hawaii easier to plan. Wish we found it earlier. Well worth a few bucks!!

Awesome!!!

Tawzie0902 | June 2020
We loved using this guide!! Directions were easy to follow and stories were informative and fun!!! We also used the ones for Kauai and they were just as good. We had to use a guidebook and companions app for the rest of the big island and it wasn't nearly as good. Highly recommended!! Thank you!!!
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