Oahu, Hawaii Aloha Island Circle Tour LLC Review
As first-time visitors to Oahu, we knew that we wanted to plan a tour that would give us a feel for the layout of the island. We decided on the Aloha Island Circle Island Tour. We were picked up from our hotel at 7 am by Corey. He was very friendly and let us know that our tour would begin as soon as we picked up the rest of the guests. We chatted about Hawaii and he answered our questions as we made our way to the next pick up location. 6 more people boarded our tour van and then we were off for a fun-filled day of exploring this beautiful island.
Halona Blowhole and Beach Cove
Corey was a very informative guide and filled our drive time with stories of local culture and the history of the island. One of our first stops was Halona Blowhole Unfortunately, it was raining in the morning and our view was obstructed by the grey cloudy skies and rain so our time here was short. The views from here were still breathtaking though. From here you can also see the beach from the movie “From Here To Eternity” where they filmed the famous kissing scene. According to Hawaii.com The Hālona Blowhole is one of Hawaii’s natural wonders, created thousands of years ago when molten lava tubes were formed from volcanic eruptions. There aren’t any active volcanoes on O‘ahu anymore, but the blowhole remains a must-see scenic stop.
Next stop was Makapuu Point the southeastern-most point of Oahu. We stopped and took photos but did not have time to do the hike to the lighthouse (see this post). From here you can see the island of Molokai in the distance. Two other smaller islands, Manana (the larger of the two, also known as Rabbit Island) and Kaohikaipu are also visible. The view was gorgeous. We got back in the van and made our way to the next stop.
Along the way, Corey pointed out celebrity homes (Elvis Presley and Jackie Chan), movie spots (the diner that Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler met at in 50 first dates and the Seal Life park that Adam Sandler’s character worked at in that same movie). We also passed a TV shoot for the new Hawaii 5 0 and the Baywatch Hawaii tower. Corey also pointed out some of the most famous surfing beaches on the island.
Kualoa County Regional Park
This beach had amazing views and one of the few beaches that we actually found some seashells at. From the shore, you can see an island locals call Chinaman’s Hat because of its cone shape, which resembles the peasant’s hat worn in rural China. We took some fun photos there and then headed out again.
Next on our tour was a stop at the Macadamia Tropical Farms. We were able to sample so many macadamia nut products! Coffee, lotions, medicinal creams, and of course the nuts. Who know they made so many products from Macadamia nuts!? I loaded up on caramel macadamia nuts and cinnamon sugar. So good!!!
Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Farm
From here we headed to our lunch spot. Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Farm fora delicious meal of garlic shrimp, rice, corn, and locally grown pineapple. I think I could make a meal of just this deliciously sweet pineapple alone!
After lunch, we took a 30-minute drive to the North shore where we went to a beach known for its sea turtle inhabitants. The water was warm and inviting but due to some recent storms, the water was pretty murky. We put on our snorkel gear none the less and before we even got in the water we were greeted by two turtles as they swam right up to the shore. Once we got in the water a curious turtle seemed to follow us around swimming back and forth and all around our group. It is important to note that you should never touch a sea turtle. You must give them at least 10 feet and please do not block their path.
The water was warm and the beach was beautiful. People were surfing nearby and we were able to explore the beach and take some photos before getting back on the bus.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
The last stop of the day was the Dole Pineapple Plantation. This is still a working plantation as well as a tourist attraction. You can take a 20-minute train ride tour through the property and see various stages of the pineapple growth cycle as well as hear the story of James Dole and the history on how the Dole Pineapple business started. They also have a giant maze and a country store with more things pineapple than you can imagine. Inside the store, you will also find the grill and Dole Whip stand. You can’t visit the Dole plantation without trying a Dole Whip. It tastes like a creamy blend of pineapple sorbet and ice cream.
We were dropped back off at our hotel around 4:30. It was a great way to see the island and get a feel for places we may want to visit later in the trip. If you are visiting Oahu for the first time I would highly recommend this tour. You can call Corey direct for the best prices at 808 330 8421.
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