This was by far the most informative well planned out trip we could of done. Our tour guide Shorts was excellent and exceeded all of our expectations. He was a wealth of information, never pausing to find his place, humorous, and seemed to truly enjoy his job.
Although some of the stops are short, remember that you are packing many sights and miles into 10 hours, this is by far the best way to see the island . We rented a car for the week and did much on our own, but never would of been able to coordinate this on our own. This was a great value, fantastic lunch included, and is highly recommended!
We were picked up very early for this trip and taken to the main office of E Noa tours to depart on this trip. First stop was Pearl Harbour, but our tour guide left us to look around will he picked up the tickets to go over to the Arizona. It would have been helpful to have some explanation from him., rather than the Bowfin museum is over there and the Missouri is over there, when he handed out the tickets. Instead we went around the museum, but unfortunately didn't have enough time to see everything remaining as we had a particular spot to go across. After Pearl Harbour we set off on a trip around the island. Now, I go on a trip like this to learn about where I am visiting, ie Hawaii and its island,. we received a long discussion on NFL and baseball, obviously if you are an American sports fan this is interesting, but of very little interest to us, and rather misses the point of the tour. We arrived at the Dole Plantation, it would have been better to have had more of an explanation about this and had time to go around the plantation on the train. We were however time limited and it appeared to us that this was more a trip to the shops rather that visiting somewhere we would have liked to see. We went around a lot of beaches and viewpoints that were very beautiful but we had absolutely no idea where we were as our guide had run out of maps. I would have loved to have been told of Hawaii and it's history but apart from passing references info was not great. There was a stop at a ranch, more shopping, and at other outlets. The lunch provided, however, in a restaurant was very good. We returned to our hotel at about 6.30 so was a very long day. On the whole a tour to go on when you have little time on Oahu as it does take you round the main areas of beauty. Its just we would have liked more information about where we were. If you want more time at Pearl Harbour then go on a specific trip there as there was just not enough time on this trip. I would describe this trip as an overview of what Oahu has to offer.
I wish there was a 10 star scale, this adventure was it. Our tour guide Pualani was incredible. She knew the history of Oahu and shared so many interesting facts and sites. Pualani made us feel like 'Ohana from the minute we stepped on her bus. Pear Harbor is a must see and very moving. Highly recommend this tour and VERY VERY HIGHLY recommend you request Pualani if you want a good time while learning the history of the island.