Welcome to the beautiful Hawaiian island of O’ahu! Featuring the vibrant city of Honolulu, lush jungles that have appeared in blockbusters like Jurassic Park, and the most stunning beaches in the world, the Oahu tour truly has a little bit of everything. Cruise around this tropical paradise, hike its best trails, and learn about its incredible conflict-strewn history… all from the comfort of your own vehicle or rental!
Your tour around this island begins in Honolulu, near Pearl Harbor. You’ll hear about the “day that will live in infamy” as well as the unexpected history of Honolulu.
Next is Aloha Tower, one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Continuing on, you’ll see Iolani Palace, the extravagant former home of Hawaii’s monarchs, as well as a statue of King Kamehameha the Great.
Ala Moana Beach
The first beach on the Oahu tour is Ala Moana Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that was actually once used to dump garbage! But don’t worry, it’s almost impossibly clean these days. Waikiki Beach follows it. This is where surfing superstar Duke Kanahamoku got his start before he transformed the world of surfing forever.
Leaving the beaches behind for a moment, you’ll see Diamond Head State Park, an enormous volcanic crater, and Hawaii’s most popular park. You’ve really got to see this one up close to truly appreciate it!
Continuing on toward the volcanic China Walls, you’ll hear the dramatic tale of Kamehameha’s rise to power, and his rival, Kalanikūpule, who was even willing to kill his own family to take control for himself.
Hanauma Bay Trail
At the Hanauma Bay Lookout, next, you’ll find some of the most spectacular views on O’ahu. Be sure to have your camera at the ready! For a less crowded spot, follow the route to the next lookout, which most visitors miss.
After passing some seriously scenic shoreline, you’ll see Rabbit Island just off the coast and learn about the utterly failed rabbit farm that once operated here. Then you’ll come to Waimānalo Beach, the perfect stop for anyone seeking a little seclusion.
As you approach the town of Kailua, where former President Obama spent his winter vacations, you’ll hear a dramatic account of the Battle of Nu’uanu, which earned Kamehameha the title of King of Hawaii once and for all. And if you’re a kayaker, you won’t want to miss Kailua’s beach!
Up next, you’ll catch a glimpse of the last remaining Heiau on O’ahu. These ancient temples were deeply sacred to the Hawaiians, and still hold a great deal of significance today.
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden
After that, you’ll find a trail to one of Oahu tours’ famous waterfalls. If you’re craving more nature, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden will be just ahead, offering a staggering 400 acres of carefully cultivated flora.
You might not expect a huge Buddhist temple in Hawaii, but that’s the next stop! After checking out the Byodo-In Temple, you’ll reach the Kualoa Ranch. A Hollywood favorite, this ranch has appeared in everything from Jurassic Park to Hawaii Five-O and much more!
Feeling peckish? You’ll soon arrive at Hukilau Marketplace, a quaint cluster of restaurants and gift shops that retains its original 1950s charm.
Wildlife enthusiasts will love what comes next: a huge wildlife refuge and Turtle Beach, frequented by the enormous Hawaiian green sea turtles. Then it’s on to Sunset Beach, the perfect spot to catch the day’s final rays of light. You’ll then head to the historic Dole Plantation, where the tour concludes.
Why Tour With Us
Stop 4 - Attack on Pearl Harbor
Stop 14 - King Kamehameha the Great
Stop 20 - Diamond Head State Monument
Stop 56 - The Byodo-In Temple
Stop 83 - Dole Plantations
Well done. We took both of your tours. GPS worked well. We did not have to touch the phone. It was simple to use. The best part is the voice. We stopped at many places. Took 5-6 hours. Thanks.
Very detailed tour
Lots of great information in the “Learn More” stops – definitely don’t skip those.
Pretty simple hands-free driving tour, just remember to download in advance.
Worth every penny!
We used their Tour for Road to Hana and then bought this one. Did not disappoint! I love their narrator and enjoy the content. Worked flawlessly for us.