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Oahu Island, the third largest of the Hawaiian Archipelago, is known as “the Gathering Place” and lives up to that name by being one of the world’s premier and most loved attractions.

Home to the city of Honolulu, the island offers a unique world-class collection of attractions that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.

The island offers breathtaking views of pristine beaches, imposing volcanic tuff cones, windswept cliffs, vast botanical gardens, movie locations such as the Jurassic Valley, and lush plantations.

Rugged hikes will take you to waterfalls, surf beaches, cultural centers and culinary experiences, and lead you to lava tubes where massive crystal-clear water geysers erupt.

A lot of these attractions can be covered in circle day tours of the Oahu islands.

One tends to run out of breath when listing the experiences this Pacific island has to offer!

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.

What to expect at Oahu Grand Circle Island tour

Around the Oahu Island: A Glimpse.

Visit the island’s most famous beach destination, Waikiki Beach, and enjoy the dazzling shoreline, turquoise waves perfect for surfing, and stunning sunsets.

Drive along the perimeter or take a hike to the iconic volcanic crater, the Diamond Head State Monument.

Climb to the lookout point and feel the history of this scenic landscape seep into your bones as you stand at the point where bystanders gathered to watch Amelia Earhart make her first solo journey from Hawaii to North America. 

Stand in contemplation at the tranquil Byodo-In Temple, a magnificent replica of a 950-year-old Buddhist temple from Japan, surrounded by a picturesque pond. Take a moment to meditate and connect with the profound spiritual essence and beauty of this monument.

Take a tram to the gorgeous Waimea Valley and bathe in natural waterfall-fed pools.

The Valley is home to a botanical park and ancient Hawaiian archaeological sites. 

Sunbathe at the Makapu’u beach and take a hiking trail to Makapu’u Lighthouse for panoramic views that will permeate deep into your heart for all eternity.

Witness the dramatic spectacle of nature’s power at the Halona Blowhole, where waves crash into an underwater lava tube, and water spurts up like a geyser. 

The Halona Blowhole is located in a sandpit surrounded by cliffs called the Halona Beach Cove, which offers sumptuous views of the surrounding waters and is immortalized in the movie “From Here to Eternity.” 

Gorge on tropical fruits such as pineapples, coconuts, and dragon fruits at the Dole Plantation and Kahuku Farms, or try macadamia nut and delicious Kona coffee tastings at the Macadamia Nut Farm.

Perch yourself at the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout for wondrous views of Oahu’s Windward Coast and wonder at the duality of things as you realize this beautiful place was the site of the bloodiest battle in Hawaiian history.

Try the best Hawaiian Culinary experience with lunch at Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp.

Visit the Haleiwa Beach Park on North Shores’ world-renowned coastline, famous for its giant waves, turtles, and snorkeling. 

You will also have a chance to visit Ehukai Beach Park, Sandy Beach Park, Sunset Beach, and Sandy Beach Park, which looks serene and calm but is widely infamous for its powerful shore breaks!

Pass some wonderful Hawaiian mainstays, such as the Polynesian Cultural Center, Kahala Luxury Beachfront, and the Kualoa Regional Park.

Ride through vintage farming and surfer town Hale’Iwa for some cultural learnings and shaved ice cream!

Tickets Ticket Costs
Hidden Gems of Oahu – Circle Island Tour with Waimea Waterfall US$139
Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour w/ Lunch & Waimea Valley US$150
All Inclusive Ultimate Circle Island Day Tour with Lunch and Waimea Waterfall US$146
Private Oahu Circle Island Tour US$212
Aloha Circle Island Tour – Full Day Adventure US$110

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Where to book tickets

Tickets for Full Day Circle Island Day Tour are available online. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early also helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the booking page for Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour.

Specify your planned travel date and the number of members in your traveling party.

Once you complete the booking process, the tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

Show the e-ticket on your smartphone to the staff at the pickup point. Carry a valid ID. 

Circle Island Day Tour ticket price

For the Hidden Gems of Oahu – Circle Island Tour with Waimea Waterfall, the ticket cost for all ages above 12 is US$139.

Children aged between three and 12 can get access at US$109.

For the Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour w/ Lunch & Waimea Valley, the ticket cost for all ages above 12 is US$146.

Children aged between three and 12 can get access at US$104.

For the All Inclusive Ultimate Circle Island Day Tour with Lunch and Waimea Waterfall, the ticket price for all ages is US$146.

For the Private Oahu Circle Island Tour, the ticket cost for all ages above 15 is US$212.

Children aged under 16 can get access at a cost of US$146.

For the Aloha Circle Island Tour – Full Day Adventure, the ticket cost for all ages above 13 is US$109.

Children aged between four and 13 can get access at US$86.

Circle Island Day Tour tickets

Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full-Day Adventure tickets
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There are a range of options to choose from for a Circle Island Day Tour.

Each tour comes with a different itinerary and attractions.

Hidden Gems of Oahu – Circle Island Tour with Waimea Waterfall tickets

A ticket to this tour will get you access to the Full Day Circle Island Day Tour with entrance to the Waimea waterfall.

An air-conditioned van will pick you up at the Waikiki beach. 

A professional guide will accompany you on your journey. 

The tour will be inclusive of all admission ticket prices.

You will visit Diamond Head State Monument, Halona Blowhole, and Tropical Nut Farms.

The tour will continue further to Mokoli’i Island, Sunset Beach, Kahuku Farms, Waimea Valley, and the Dole Plantation.

You will also pass by Makapu’u Point Witness Waimanalo’s dramatic sea cliffs.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (13+ years): US$139
Child Ticket (3 to 12 years): US$109
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

All Inclusive Ultimate Circle Island Day Tour with Lunch and Waimea Waterfall

All Inclusive Ultimate Circle Island Day Tour with Lunch and Waimea Waterfall
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A ticket to this tour will get you access to the Full Day Circle Island Day Tour with entrance to the Waimea Valley and a delicious Hawaiian lunch.

An air-conditioned van will pick you up from your hotel near Waikiki. 

A professional guide will accompany you on your journey. 

The tour will be inclusive of all admission ticket prices.

You will visit the Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach Park, Nu’uanu Pali, and the Byodo-In Temple.

The tour will continue further into Mokoli’i Island, the Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Dole Plantation.

You will also pass by Makapu’u Point, Sunset Beach, and Diamond Head State Monument.

Ticket Price: US$145

Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour w/ Lunch & Waimea Valley

Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour Lunch & Waimea Valley
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A ticket to this tour will get you access to the Full Day Circle Island Day Tour with entrance to Waimea Valley and a delicious Hawaiian lunch.

An air-conditioned van will pick you up from your hotel near Waikiki. 

A professional guide will accompany you on your journey. 

The tour will be inclusive of all admission ticket prices.

Admission to Waimea Tram Ride will be included.

You will visit Nu’uanu Pali, Byodo-In Temple, Waimea Valley, Haleiwa Town Center, and Dole Plantation.

You will also pass by Oahu’s North Shore, Mokoli’i Island, Diamond Head Beach Park, Kahala, and Halona Blowhole.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (12+ years): US$150
Child Ticket (3 to 11 years): US$104
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Private Oahu Circle Island Tour

Private Oahu Circle Island Tour
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Opt for a private adventure if you’re seeking a flexible tour to discover Oahu. 

A few locations on the route can be changed as you see the island’s major attractions in your spacious vehicle. 

Over the course of the day, visit the Halona Blowhole, the Byodo-In Temple, the well-known Pipeline Beach, and many other places while learning about the history and culture of Hawaii. 

Easy transportation from any location on Oahu is guaranteed, and the private tour will give you a specially curated tour by your guide.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (16+ years): US$212
Child Ticket (up to 15 years): US$146

Aloha Circle Island Tour – Full-Day Adventure tickets

Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full-Day Adventure tickets
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Embark on a full-day adventure, merging an Oahu round island tour with the opportunity to indulge in swimming and snorkeling.

Explore the entire island in a single day without the need to rent a car, thanks to convenient pickup and drop-off services in Honolulu.

Stop at all the must-see locations in Oahu and listen to in-depth tour commentary.

Visit the Diamond Head State Monument, the Halona Blowhole, Waimanalo, Macadamia Nut Farm, Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp, Haleiwa Beach Park, and Dole Plantation.

You will also pass by Sandy Beach Park, Makupu’u Point, Oahu’s Windward Coast, Polynesian Cultural Center, and Kualoa Regional Park, amongst other things. 

Transportation services are included in your ticket, allowing you to concentrate on the beauty that surrounds you, rather than on driving! 

The tour vehicle also has a cooler for your food and drinks.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (14+ years): US$150
Child Ticket (4 to 13 years): US$104
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

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Meeting point for Oahu Grand Circle Island tour

The Oahu Circle Island Tours mostly begin at Waikiki and provide pick-up services from all major hotels around Waikiki. 

The meeting point details, along with comprehensive instructions on how to get there, will be provided to you upon completing the booking.

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour timings

The Full Day Circle Islands Tours usually start at 7.30 am or 8 am from a predetermined meeting point, where a shuttle will pick you up. 

The shuttle will drop you back at the original meeting point between 4 pm and 6 pm, depending on the length of the tour selected. 

How long does the tour take

How long does the tour take
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The Circle Islands Tour takes between 8 to 10 hours from start to finish, depending on your selected tour. 

For instance, the All Inclusive Ultimate Circle Island Day Tour with Lunch and Waimea Waterfall tour takes 10 hours to complete.

Similarly, the Hidden Gems of Oahu – Circle Island Tour with Waimea Waterfall and the Aloha Circle Island Tour – Full Day Adventure take 8 and 9 hours, respectively.

Best time to visit Oahu Grand Circle Island

The best time to visit Oahu Circle Island is from December to April. 

However, these months also attract the most crowds as they are peak tourist seasons.

The shoulder season of September to early November and May offers a good balance between pleasant weather and fewer crowds.


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FAQs about Circle Island Day Tour

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Circle Island Day tours:

Is the Full Day Circle Island Tour of Oahu disability friendly?

No, the tour is, unfortunately, unable to provide wheelchair access.
The tour is also unsuitable for pregnant women and people with back issues.
Service animals are allowed.

Are food and drink expenses covered in the Full Day Circle Island Tour of Oahu?

While some tours provide lunch, not all tours do.
Please check the tour booking page for details before buying your tickets.

What is the tour’s rain policy?

The Full Day Circle Island Tour of Oahu remains functional during all weather conditions, rain or shine.

Can I swim in the waterfalls during the Full Day Circle Island Tour of Oahu?

Swimming or snorkeling is prohibited unless explicitly stated in the tour’s itinerary.
Some tours allow swimming in the Waimea Waterfall.
Please bring your own towel and bathing suit.

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