GRAND CIRCLE ISLAND TOUR
The Grand Circle Island Tour begins as the morning sun warms the sandy beaches of Waikiki. Soon the eastern shores of Oahu will appear as you circle Diamond Head Crater. Then you’ll pass through luxurious Kahala with its mansions and beach houses. The day only gets better from there. It’s one of the best sightseeing tours in all of Hawaii!
Join O’ahu’s most experienced tour company on an exciting Waimea Waterfall and Circle Island Adventure that will satisfy your senses and provide exceptional photo opportunities. Our journey begins at the Amelia Earhart Monument that overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the slopes of the world-famous Diamond Head Crater, a 100,000-year-old extinct volcanic crater — overlooking the Pacific Ocean. From here we travel up the spectacular southeast shore of O’ahu to experience the stunning natural scenery, white sands, snorkeling sites, turquoise waters, and volcanic cliffs and shorelines of popular sites including Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, From Here to Eternity Beach, Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Lookout. Driving up the eastern side of the island, step into the peaceful Valley of the Temples and marvel at the Byodo-In Temple nestled under the lush Ko’olau Mountains. View the incredible offshore islet of Chinaman’s Hat in Kane’ohe Bay and visit Malaekahana Bay, a favorite site of O’ahu residents for beach-going.
Before long, we’ll weave up the Koʻolau Mountains to the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. This is where King Kamehameha battled to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Later, you’ll find yourself in a mountain cleft gazing at the Byodo-In Temple. This remarkable structure commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants.
We will stop at Pounders Restaurant for a run-of-the-menu meal or at the local shrimp trucks for a shrimp plate lunch (9 varieties of shrimp, or vegetarian, burger, or chicken options) and shave ice for dessert. After lunch, walk on the sands of Sunset Beach, a major big-wave surf competition site in the winter months and peaceful sandy beach in the summer.
Moving on, we’ll visit Waimea Falls and the surrounding valley. These places are rich with history, spirituality and island traditions. Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens of this vast and tranquil setting. Learn how deeply embedded traditions live on in today’s Hawaiian culture. Waimea Valley is an ancient valley filled with over 5,000 unique species of tropical flowering plants and ancient Hawaiian cultural sites. A short hike (1.5 miles round-trip) on a paved road will take you to the enchanting Waimea Waterfall, one of the most scenic on the island.
Next, we’ll journey to Dole Plantation with its rows of pineapple and sugarcane. Your E Noa guide will share the rich agricultural history of Oahu. And you’ll learn how the sweet and prickly pineapple became Hawaii’s symbol of hospitality.
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