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North Shore Circle Island Adventure Including Snorkeling with the Turtles
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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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 Macadamia Nut Farm and Farm Tour
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-5
So fun and lots of food!
Noemi_B
, Jul 2022
Such an awesome island tour. It was really nice to be able to sight see throughout the island as well as have numerous opportunities for pit stops and snack/food purchases. The fruit stand was so cute and offered so much delicious fresh fruit and macadamia nut farm was filled with lots of yummy samples available for purchase. Fumi’s shrimp spot was absolutely delicious- clean and had live music playing. Shout out to King Mike, our driver, who kept things entertaining throughout the day - he was also knowledgeable and answered any questions we asked. Would definitely recommend this experience to all!
star-5
Awesome experience!
Hermogenes_A
, Jul 2022
Nevin is a very good asset for a tour guide. We’ve enjoyed the whole trip and experience snorkeling the turtles. The trip is highly recommended!!!!
star-5
Josh, our tour guide, was...
Dana_S
, Jun 2022
Josh, our tour guide, was amazing. He told us so many interesting facts about Hawaii and entertained us the entire tour. We loved snorkeling with the turtles. We even got lucky and saw a monk seal that was sleeping on the beach, I would highly recommend this tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great island tour
Chelesea_C
, Jun 2022
The tour was amazing from beginning to end. Our tour guide, Mike was awesome, he kept us entertained and gave us alot of information about the island. We got to swim with several turtles. Definitely recommend doing this tour.
star-5
Day trip with turtles
Rachel_L
, Jun 2022
Nevin was our guide for the day and he was friendly and gave lots of history about the island. This is a great tour to do if are here for a few days.
star-5
Great tour and amazing turtle sighting experience!
Magdalenne_C
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Nevin did a fantastic job! My three teenagers even enjoyed all the historical stories and facts about the island! It was amazing to see turtles up close.
star-5
Awesome
Mindy_M
, Jun 2022
Very informative, entertaining and enjoyable. Let much at the shrimp farm was delicious. Just the right group size that you feel that you are in a tour with your own family.
star-5
Great tour guide, great...
Gabriela_M
, Jun 2022
Great tour guide, great driver. Everything on itinerary is just as described. Have a few minutes at each stop enough to get a pic.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Diamond Head. The...
David_B
, Jun 2022
Diamond Head. The swimming with turtles was very disappointing. We saw 3 turtles but the water was muddy and hard to see underwater. The coach was not helpful at all. The area is very rocky. I hurt my toe and knee. I wasn't the only one disappointed. My husband and I have been to Hawaii in the past and snorkeled but had much more pleasant experience. Not this time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Aloha David, Thank you for the feedback however when you said you "were not the only" one disappointed is a bit contradicting on all the 5 star reviews that we got from all the guests who went on the trip for the same day. I guess you are not one of our customers or probably a competitor just trying to ruin or flooding 5 star reviews from "our" guests. Also, if any of our guests were hurt or anything - we will definitely help and assist them or will not even let it happen in the first place.
star-5
Worth going to, as couple of family
Markus_S
, Jun 2022
The trip was well paced, not exhausting and not boring. Out guide did great job telling about places we passed and that made the trip doubly fun. We saw some turtles as well (8-9 big ones). Kids liked it as well and did not stay glued to devices.
star-5
Best tour!! So worth it!
Vildana_C
, Jun 2022
Justin was our tour guide and he was amazing!!! He was sooo knowledgeable at everything so it definitely made the experience way better. He was funny as well and we just all over all had a great time as a group. Will be doing this tour again.
star-5
The BEST tour on Oahu!
Erica_O
, Jun 2022
Josh is THE BEST tour guide! He’s so knowledgeable of the island and made the whole experience super fun. I highly encourage this excursion - totally worth the money! Wilber was a great and safe bus driver also :)
star-5
Fantastic and memorable trip…Johnny rocks!
Lei_C
, Jun 2022
Johnny was our tour guide. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful and fun. Our trip became much more interesting and memorable because of Johnny and Raul the driver. Felt bad that we were out of cash and wish we could tip more. Suggestion: use other mobile apps to accept tips rather than just cash.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unforgettable
Carol_R
, Jun 2022
Great way to get an overview of the island and plan the rest of our trip. The turtles were the best part, but our tour guide, Johnny, was pretty amazing as well. Loved how respectful he was of the island.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
It gives a nice over view...
Stacey_O
, May 2022
It gives a nice over view of the island. If you have never been to the island I would recommend the tour. It was a comfortable vehicle and there were no issues. I do wish that we would of had a different tour guide though.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent
Raquel_N
, May 2022
Swimming with the sea turtles, eating shrimp, and getting a history of the north shore, Johnny was very knowledgeable of the north shore and a cool guide
star-4
Great to see the highlights (no lingering)
DAnna_S
, May 2022
First off this is great if you're not familiar with Oahu or don't want to drive. Harry & Kurt were are guides and they made it fun and informative. The stops were timed and there was no time for lingering . That being said we spent the most time at the bay snorkeling which was optimal. Kurt ordered our lunch ahead of time so we had no delays in getting our food (great shrimp!) which was appreciated. The stop at the Dole plantation was just long enough to get a Dole whip and go to the bathroom and change. Definitely a whirlwind tour but you get all the highlights without having to drive or think about anything. Which at the tail end of our vacation was actually kind of nice.
star-5
King Mike (our guide) was...
Julia_P
, May 2022
King Mike (our guide) was not only highly knowledgeable but extremely entertaining. There wasn’t a dull moment!
star-5
Best day exploring the north of the island
Patricia_W
, May 2022
This was an amazing trip. I had a fantastic day where the group was small (18) and the guide Kurt and driver Tiho were funny, knowledgeable and created this atmosphere so we made the beat memories. By the end of the day it felt a bit like family. The snorkeling was great. Saw a few turtles up close . The lunch was amazing and the other stops showed us bit of the island away from Waikiki. Absolutely recommend this. Thanks Kurt and Tiho you were amazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
North shore turtles.
Leslie_C
, May 2022
Tour guides Kurt and Tiho were great. The turtles were awesome. The entire tour was better than expected, I would highly recommend it!

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