I took this trip with my wife to take a closer look at the remote places in Oahu which are not very "touristy" and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. I will list down the pros and cons of this trip:Pros:1. This trip was very well organized, the tour started and ended exactly as mentioned so this allowed for better planning for the rest of the day.2. Monique (hope I spelled her name correctly!) our tour guide and driver, deserves a special mention! The best tour guide we had so far! She was very informative of the entire trip, right from the origin and cultural history of Oahu to all the different biological species we saw on our trip (she is a budding biologist!). This tour is operated by Oahu Nature Tours and they donate part of their income towards nature conservation, so a big thumbs up to them!3. This trip includes food, they take you to a local shack which serves garlic shrimp that is locally sourced (which is supposedly a big deal since they only have enough shrimp to cater to 1/3rd of the tourist population, the rest is imported).Cons:1. We booked this tour on Viator, but there was very little description included in terms of the list of places we will be visiting. Especially, Hanauma bay was listed as a major attraction, however this site is closed on Tuesday which is when we took our trip, and therefore we could not visit it. This info was not included in the tour description and was a little disappointed to not visit it.2. This tour includes multiple halts which lets us enjoy the different parts of the island. Although most places visited are awesome, there are some (Dole plantation- pretty average although personal preference) which could have been avoided and resulted in more time for others (Byodo-In temple deserves a lot longer of a time span than provided).
Levant, our guide, was fabulous! He was so well informed and interesting. We learned so much about the Hawaiian Islands! The geology, history, flora and fauna that is unique to the islands was explained with such expertise. We made many stops to view various beaches, parks, important sites and famous sites. The lunch at the shrimp shack was delicious! We highly recommend this tour. Ask for Levant for you guide.
Great tour of the Island of Oahu. Our tour guide, Levent, was excellent. Really provided lots of interesting facts and extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional. Lunch at Fumi’s Shrimp was outstanding. Well worth the time for trip and cost was very reasonable for approximately an 11 hour tour. Highly recommend
The Ultimate Circle Island tour was amazing, our tor guide/bus driver Monique was excellent and provided great information about the island. She was also a excellent guide in the botanic gardens. I would recommend this tour for anybody wanting a great overview of Oahu. Also the shrimp lunch was delish!!!!!!