Circle Island Tour: Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple & Turtle Spotting

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Byodo-In Temple in Hawaii.
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What you'll do

Epic views, local delicacies and wonderful wildlife. See the best of Oahu on this circle island day tour!

Experience the Hidden Gems of Oahu on a full-day tour with Go City® 

  • With us, there are no additional fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • Enjoy beautiful island vistas including views from Diamond Head Lookout and Makapu'u Point, explore Byodo-In Temple, then go turtle spotting on the beach.
  • Includes round-trip transportation to and from your hotel.

With off-the-beaten-path moments, as well as the chance to tick off some of Oahu's most famous spots, this tour is the ultimate Oahu road trip.

Byodo-In Temple, A Spiritual Retreat in Oahu

The Byodo-In Temple in Oahu is a place of serenity for visitors and locals alike. Found at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains, this replica of a famous Japanese temple offers the ultimate experience in tranquility. The gentle sound of the large koi pond and the sight of majestic peacocks strolling the groundsare just what you need to slow down and enjoy some contemplative time.

Oahu's Hidden Gems, Including the Japanese Garden

When exploring Oahu, don't miss some of the lesser-known but stunning attractions, like the Japanese garden near the Byodo-In Temple. This garden, fitted with well-manicured trees, beautiful stone paths, and soothing water features, provides a taste of Japan's elegant garden culture. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or new to the island, discovering these hidden gems of Oahu can add a unique touch to your trip, creating memories that last a lifetime

Spend the day with a local guide and prepare yourself for spectacular lookout points, those straight-outta-brochure beaches, local culture and, of course, turtles.

Hidden gems of Oahu tour highlights

Diamond Head Lookout

Perched on the eastern side of Waikiki's famous Diamond Head Volcano, enjoy impressive views of the southeastern coastline of Oahu, with notable sights as far as Hanauma Bay and Maui being visible on a clear day. Also known as the Amelia Earhart Lookout, this was the spot where bystanders gathered to watch Earhart make her first solo aviation journey from Hawaii to North America.

Halona Blowhole

Molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions formed this famous landmark. 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 – all for your viewing pleasure.

Makapu’u Point

Dramatic sea cliff views and topaz waters make this a top selfie spot. You'll also be able to spot Manana Island (also known as Rabbit Island due to its shape).

Byodo-In Temple (admission included)

Visit this impressive replica of the original Byodo-In Temple in Japan. The lush landscaped grounds here are filled with koi carp ponds, and colorful peacocks strut their stuff in the Japanese garden. Head inside to take a peek at the huge Lotus Buddha statue.

Hawaiian coffee and macadamia nut tastings

Beneath aged banyan trees a local shop offers up macadamia nuts and delicious kona coffee, along with chocolates and other treats.

Mokolii and Kualoa Valley mountain range

With such a beautifully dramatic setting, it's no surprise this is a top spot for Hollywood film sets. Gaze out over the impressive views and before long you'll be humming the Jurassic Park soundtrack. 

Lunch at a traditional Hawaiian restaurant

Pause for lunch at a traditional restaurant where North Shore garlic shrimps and other local delicacies await. Please bring cash for lunch.

Tropical fruit stands

After lunch, you'll make a stop at a North Shore tropical fruit stand where you can purchase ice-cold coconuts to drink from, fresh mangos, and other tropical treats.

North Shore Sunset Beach

A change of pace from the crowded beaches of Waikiki, Sunset Beach on the North Shore offers tranquility and is the epitome of a beautiful Hawaiian Beach.

Green sea turtle-spotting on the North Shore

The stars of the show have got to be Hawaii's beloved green sea turtles. You'll get to spend time enjoying a beach where they'll (hopefully) visit.

Dole pineapple plantation

Treat yourself to a Dole Whip (delicious pineapple ice cream) and pick up some pineapple-themed souvenirs at this historic plantation.

Go City is a better way to sightsee. Your pass includes tickets to the hidden gems of Oahu tour, plus admission to dozens of top Oahu attractions for one money-saving price.

Experience Circle Island Tour: Hidden Gems, Byodo-In Temple & Turtle Spotting and many other attractions with the All Inclusive Pass.

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Know before you go

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Booking required

This attraction requires advanced booking.

Getting in: show your pass upon arrival and you're in. To ensure your comfort and safety, we require that you wear closed-toe shoes for this activity

Please note:

  • Transportation is included. Pick-up times will vary and will be confirmed when your reservation is made.
  • Admission to the Byodo-In Temple is included.
  • The cost of lunch and snacks is not included, so please bring enough cash with you to cover these.

For more information, please visit the Go Hawaii Tours website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Daily: Waikiki pick up 7AM-7:30AM. Return to Waikiki in the late afternoon, 5PM.

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