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North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Oahu on this full-day minibus tour with a small group and a local guide. With your small group of 20 people or fewer, make plenty of stops at the island's highlights, including snorkeling with green sea turtles on the North Shore. See the Dole Plantation, the Halona Blowhole, Diamond Head, and Makapu’u Beach during this day-long outing. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki hotels is included.
  • Full-day Oahu island tour with snorkeling
  • Enjoy photo ops from lookouts at Diamond Head, Makapu’u Beach, and Laie Point
  • Be awed by the Halona Blowhole and the crystal-white sands of Waimanalo Beach Park
  • Stop by Kualoa Point on Kane’ohe Bay for a look at Mokoliʻi
  • Visit a macadamia nut farm and the Dole pineapple plantation
  • Snorkel amongst Hawaiian green sea turtles
  • Travel by minibus with a maximum of 20 passengers

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Plenty of stops, at a combination of top sights and lower-key spots, offers visitors a comprehensive view of O'ahu.
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Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
Use of snorkeling equipment
Food and drinks
Gratuities

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7:20 AM
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Following pickup at your Waikiki hotel, board your minibus and meet your small tour group of 20 people or fewer and your local guide.

Travel first to Diamond Head, stopping for a photo-op at the spectacular lookout before heading to check out Halona Blowhole, where the ocean waves crash into a lava tube and spray water 50 feet (15 meters) in the air. 

Back aboard the minibus, head for Makapu’u Beach, passing beautiful Sandy Beach along the way. See Manana Island (Rabbit Island) and views of Makapu'u Point Lighthouse, then head for a secret spot at Waimanalo Beach Park. 

As you drive along the North Shore, see the famous surf beaches like Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay, and Pipeline on the way to Tsue Farm, where you have the chance to purchase a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch. Options include veggie stir fry, teriyaki chicken, shrimp or pork. Cap off your traditional Hawaiian lunch experience with one of Tsue's famous shave ices (own expense). Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the Anahulu River during your stop here.

Stop at family-owned macadamia farm, where you get a chance to crack raw macadamia nuts, taste macadamia nut coffee and taste samples of one of Hawaii's most famous products. Leaving the farm, stop at Kualoa Point for photo ops of Mokoli'i, a basalt island in Kane'ohe Bay. Then, head further up the coast to Laie Point, where you get fantastic views of the Ko'olau Mountains in the distance. 

Travel to a site known as 'Turtle Town' for its proliferation of green sea turtles. Embark on a guided snorkeling trip to see this secluded feeding ground and its majestic residents up close. Take a quick shower at the beach park's facilities and change into dry clothes before heading to your last stop, the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Here, see where the bulk of Hawaii's famous pineapples are grown and enjoy a refreshing frozen pineapple treat before heading back to your Waikiki hotel for drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Waikiki
Our shuttle will arrive at 7:20am for pick up in Waikiki, with a local guide to help you prepare for a day of exploring the island of Oahu. Pick up times vary by hotel and will be automatically assigned when you input your information into our online booking platform.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Diamond Head State Monument
The first lookout we visit is an elevated view perched on the eastern side of Waikiki’s famous Diamond Head Volcano, This lookout grants us a great opportunity for pictures of the south eastern coastline of Oahu, with notable sights as far as Hanauma bay and Maui on a clear day. The location is more formally known as Amelia Earhart Lookout, known for where bystanders gathered to watch Earhart make her first solo aviation journey from Hawaii to North America.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Halona Blowhole
Molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions that occurred from Oahu’s Koko Head crater formed the natural occurrence known as the Halona Blowhole. This lava tube extends into the ocean with a very narrow opening at the top, and when the surf is just right, water pressure builds up within the lava tube and erupts through the narrow opening creating a special Hawaiian Geyser for your viewing pleasure. 
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Makapu'u Point
Witness Waimanalo’s dramatic sea cliffs as we turn into Oahu’s windward side as we begin our journey to the North Shore of Oahu. Look off into the azure blue waters of the bay and you will see Oahu’s famous Manana Island also known as Rabbit island due to its Rabbit like shape.
Stop At:  
Tropical Farms (The Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet)
After a beautiful drive along Oahu’s eastern coastline, our next stop is a local shop that finds itself tucked away under aged Banyan Trees with macadamia nut and delicious Kona coffee tastings, along with very tempting Hawaiian chocolates amongst other treats.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mokoli’i Island
Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokolii, is nestled right next to the Kualoa Valley Mountain range. This location is  known for its dramatic landscape filmed in a number of Hollywood movies; most notably and fan favorite Jurassic Park. The island has earned the nickname Chinaman’s Hat from its resemblance to the straw hats that the Chinese immigrants wore when working Oahu’s sugar plantations during the early 1900’s.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
56-777 Kamehameha Hwy
Famous North Shore Shrimp Lunch on Local Hawaiian Farm  Our guide will walk you through a local taro patch on a farm located at the base of the Koʻolau Mountain Range . Get a first hand look at how ancient Hawaiian agriculture practices live on and how to this day still manage to provide for local families to live off the land using the techniques and traditions passed down through generations.  We also eat lunch at the farm. The farm has a restaurant that can prepare all of the famous North Shore delicacies. Garlic Shirmp, Coconut Shrimp, and Kalua Pork are just some of the mouth watering plates available for lunch. Vegetarian options are available. Please bring cash for lunch.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oahu's North Shore
Tropical Fruit Stands After lunch we make a stop at North Shore tropical fruit stands, which offers ice cold coconuts to drink from, fresh mangos, and other tropical treats.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sunset Beach
A change of pace from the crowded beaches of Waikiki, The infamous Sunset Beach on the North Shore offers tranquility and is the epitome of a beautiful Hawaiian Beach. However don’t lets the summer months fool you, during the winter months, swells of 30 to 40 feet can be seen from the safe confines of shore.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
North Shore
Hawaii Green Sea Turtle Beach Snorkeling Hono is the Hawaiian name for our beloved Green Sea Turtles. Our Honu are very Hawaiian in that they love to lay on the sand and bask under the warm sun. We take you to a beach where we spend 90 minutes hoping to spot this incredible occurrence and we will also provide snorkeling gear so guests can go for a swim and hopefully snorkel along side a green sea turtle as well.  Snorkel Gear is included in the price of the tour. Please alert your guest to bring sunscreen and a towel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Haleiwa
Outskirts of Haleiwa Town, Pineapple, Coffee and Agricultural Fields
Stop At:  
Dole Plantation
A historic pineapple plantation home to pineapple magnets, pineapple t-shirts, pineapple keychains and most importantly pineapple ice cream aka Dole Whip!! A great way to end the day and get some pineapple themed souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Sandy Beach Park
Sandy Beach is a beach on the South Shore of Oʻahu in Hawaii. It is known for its excellent bodyboarding and bodysurfing opportunities due to shore break and consistent barrels.
Pass By:  
Waimanalo
Waimanalo have gorgeous white sand beaches, snorkeling with near-guaranteed honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) sightings, several hole-in-the-wall but worth a stop eateries, roaming bands of wild chickens, and a handful of family-owned farms
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, bottled water and change of dry clothes in a small day bag for this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Some places listed may not be followed due to availability, restrictions and etc.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As our company name states, we provide a scenic tour around our beautiful island. We make it a priority to visit the beaches most frequented by our Hawaiian green sea turtles, however on occasion due to weather or sea conditions are guests may not experience them on the beaches or while snorkeling. They are beautiful and awesome creatures of nature and sometimes unpredictable, therefore we can not guarantee turtle sightings.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Turtle Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles.

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star-4
Fun way around the whole island
Cassandra_E
, Aug 2022
We loved all the knowledge that Mike had. Not just for the tour but for tips and experiences around the Island. He was a crack up as well. Only downside to the tour is that the bus was hot! Bring a portable fan.if you can.
star-5
Great excursions
Zoltan_K
, Aug 2022
We had a great time on this tour! Our tour guide, Mike was knowledgeable, and funny. The whole day went by really quickly. I can highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Good way to see the island
Joann_M
, Aug 2022
Mike was engaging and very knowledgeable! The stops were good. The picture is a big different than what you actually see.
star-5
I am so happy that I made...
Iryna_B
, Aug 2022
I am so happy that I made the decision to buy this tour for my family. It was a very interesting and knowledgeable tri. We had so much fun. Thank you so much Harry and especially Kurt (the incredible tour guide) for everything. I recommend everyone with kids (or not with kids) take this tour who want to see the real Oahu. Iryna
star-5
Great for first timers!
NiharN_R
, Aug 2022
Great tour for first timers on the island! Kurt and Harry were entertaining tour guides and made it a memorable experience for our family. The tour bus was comfortable and the itinerary was well planned. The snorkelling experience was wonderful on the North Shore. Definitely recommend this company for anyone looking for a hassle free experience!
star-5
Great time! Cindy was...
Robert_C
, Aug 2022
Great time! Cindy was very Knowledgeable with the island history. Everyone on our bus was very comfortable and had a great time
star-5
Island tour
Sharon_D
, Aug 2022
Greg stopped at beautiful views and took pictures of our family. He took us to try delicious food samplings of the island. A great day all in all. Saw sea turtles right from the shore.
star-5
Well organized and great...
Ryoichi_T
, Aug 2022
Well organized and great content. We saw many turtles. Tour conductor did a great job. My family enjoyed the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
An Island look about
Thomas_P
, Aug 2022
The guide Kurt called prior to pick-up to ensure there were no miscommunications. He was interesting & fun bordering on too silly for my taste, but I liked him & he was a good guide. The tour was as expected except the turtle snorkeling was underwhelming because the water was murky & no other sea life. That’s why 4 stars. Generally the Island is beautiful to tour & well worth it. Lunch was better than expected & the Dole stop was forgettable. I would recommend this tour as long as one knows it’s mostly an Island look about, not a snorkeling tour.
star-5
Good tour guide Johnny....
Steve_G
, Aug 2022
Good tour guide Johnny. He was fun and kept trip interesting. Victor bus driver was polite and obliging.
star-3
A waste of money. A tour that can be skipped!
Jan_H
, Aug 2022
The tour bus was 20-25 minutes late and several stops were unneeded. The only memorable experience was snorkeling with the sea turtles
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Lucked out picking this tour!
Tina_B
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Justin was amazing! His ancestors of been here on the island for years he grew up on the island. He is a wealth of knowledge so informational in a fun way! Basically the tour was circle around the island stopping in the best possible places loved snorkeling with the turtles a local fruit stand on the side of the road lunch at a local shrimp shack. Dole plantation was yummy. Diamondhead lookout was great. You just hit so much in one trip it was very fulfilling! lots of activities! Highly recommend
star-5
Go in your bathing suit and take a change of clothes.
Chris_C
, Jul 2022
The scenery was fabulous. Swam with the sea turtle right below me. Meet a lot of locals in our journey and people from all over the USA and world!!! Friendly!!! Everyone was friendly!! Tour guide Josh was a hoot!!
star-5
Fun
Esteban_T
, Jul 2022
We had a great time with Josh & Joe. Funny & entertaining throughout the whole trip. Those who have a hard time walking be warned….the snorkeling location is quite a walk. I have bad feet & I paid a price! Overall, great experience!
star-4
One of the best tours we’ve been on
Jason_A
, Jul 2022
This tour was so much very and be prepared because it is a full day. That’s not a bad thing because that’s what we paid for…we visited some nice picture locations and Fumi's Shrimp was a very good meal. Johnny was our tour guide and Raul was our driver…both had us laughing and were very interactive. A must if you visit here in Honolulu.
star-5
Well planned tour, especially for first time visitors.
Laura_M
, Jul 2022
What a great way to see most of Oahu, especially if you’ve never been. I highly recommend this tour your first day on the island so that you can learn the best spots to visit. From the various lookout stops along the way, to the Dole Pineapple Plantation, to the snorkeling with the turtles, you’ll learn a lot of history of the islands well. We had a family of eight, only two of whom have never been to Oahu, and we all enjoyed it. And the best part - someone else is doing the driving!
star-5
It was verry good .
Ana_L
, Jul 2022
It was verry good trip my kids enjoyed a lot , driven and instructor was verry friendly..I can recommend .😃😃
star-5
Book it!
Cipriano_P
, Jul 2022
It was amazing! I got amazing photos! Highly recommend this tour on day one so you can plan places to return to. Our driver, Justin was friendly and informative. We would definitely recommend!! 100%
star-3
Boring…. Not for kids, teens or adventurous
Melinda_B
, Jul 2022
The pickup is sketchy, you really have to nail down exactly where they will pick you up!! I mean call them the day before. The guide was fabulous, he is knowledgeable and fun. Lunch was good. All the stops are a place to see for 30 seconds and then a huge gift shop. The snorkeling was laughable….. I was bored and I’m the mom, my boys were very bored. Wasted a day, sadly.
star-5
And we swam with turtles
Sunshine_R
, Jul 2022
This was a great island overview with lots of sights and ideas for longer visits. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. Stops were long enough to enjoy and explore while short enough to keep your interest. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn about the island and get ideas for further exploration.

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