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Mini Circle Island Tour

Mini Circle Island Tour

Mini Circle Island Tour

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  • Region:Oahu
  • Available:2018-01-01 ~ 2019-12-31
  • Price:USD30+
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Overview

Visit the world famous Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Kahala, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, and Nuuanu Pali Lookout.

Itinerary

Waikiki Beach:
Waikiki has a variety of beaches to explore from Duke Kahanamoku Beach near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa to Kaimana (San Souci) Beach near The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. Waikiki Beach is the classic shoreline behind the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Moana Surfrider. When the world thinks of Waikiki, Kuhio Beach’s golden stretch of sand along Kalakaua Avenue is what comes to mind. To the east, Kapahulu Pier extends into the Pacific giving you a stunning view of the Waikiki shoreline. The rock "Wall" shelters the beach, providing a tranquil spot to swim with the family. Past the volleyball nets at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, the beaches get less crowded and grassy areas spring up, offering pleasant spots for picnicking.

Kahala:
Kahala, famous as an icon for wealth and the rich, is an affluent neighborhood of Honolulu. It is famous in Hawaii for its large concentration of expensive real estate and beachfront properties, which include some of the most expensive in the entire state. The residents and owners of Kahala are a mix of old timers living in older residences and newer arrivals living in large, expensive, mansion-like homes. Many celebrities and business moguls have also bought vacation homes in the area. 

Hanauma Bay:
Staring out at the circular-shaped shore of Hanauma Bay on the southeast tip of East Honolulu, this beautiful cove was once a volcanic crater. Today, this crater, likely flooded by wave erosion, is home to an important nature preserve and the island's most popular snorkeling destination. Preservation is emphasized at Hanauma Bay after it went through a major restoration to re-establish its delicate eco-system. Learn about protecting the bay at the recently opened Marine Education Center where you can watch a short theatre presentation and view exhibits. Then swim out into Hanauma Bay’s clear blue waters and explore the lively reefs full of colorful fish. Rent or bring your own masks, snorkels and fins. And be sure to pack a lunch or stop by the snack bar after a morning of exploration. Be aware that great care and responsibility should be shown in the waters and on the beaches. This is the first Marine Life Conservation District in Hawaii so it's important for visitors to preserve the fragile marine ecosystem of the bay by not littering and by not touching the sea animals or coral. The preserve is open daily except Tuesdays.

Halona Blowhole:
The blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The lava tubes run to the ocean and, when the surf is right, the blowhole shoots water up to 30 feet in the air. The larger the waves, the larger the spray. Situated to the right of the Halona Blowhole is the Halona Beach Cove, also known at the “Peering Place.” This small sandy beach at the cove is great for swimming when the surf is calm. 

Rabbit Island- Manana Island:
Manana Island, also known as Rabbit Island, is located off the southeastern shore of Oahu, about 1.2 km off of Kaupo Beach, just northwest of Makapuu Point. It is a volcanic tuff cone island, encompassing 63 acres and rising to about 360 feet at its highest point. Even though many regard the island to be formed in the likeness of a rabbit, it was not named after its shape but because the island was originally the location of a rabbit-raising farm. However, the rabbits were removed in 1994 because they started destroying the native ecosystem of the island, which is an important seabird breeding area.

Waimanalo:
This small windward community is located near the eastern end of the island. In the Hawaiian language Waimānalo means "potable water"; it is so named for the many brackish ponds in the area that were used for irrigation. Locals usually plant coconuts and noni near their house. Coconuts and nonis are important fruits to Hawaiian, which are considered as gifts left by their ancestors. 

Nuuanu Pali Lookout:
Just a 5-mile drive northeast of Downtown Honolulu, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout offers panoramic views of the sheer Koolau cliffs and lush Windward Coast. Driving up the Pali Highway through tall trees and dense forests to get to the lookout, you’ll see the city disappear and the tranquil beauty of Hawaii’s natural landscape emerge.

Perched over a thousand feet above the Oahu coastline amid mountain peaks shrouded by clouds, the stone terrace overlooks the areas of Kaneohe and Kailua, Mokolii (a pointy island locals call Chinaman’s Hat) and the University of Hawaii’s marine biology research center, Coconut Island. Other notable landmarks that can be seen are Hawaii Pacific University’s Windward campus, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base and the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, which is part of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens.