Oahu's Scenic Shores

4 hours | Honolulu | HNL-205
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Points of Interest

  • Pali Lookout
  • Diamond Head Crater
  • Hanauma Bay
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Begin your adventure by boarding your air-conditioned vehicle at the pier for a narrated scenic drive through the exotically beautiful landscape.

Throughout your adventure your knowledgeable ecotour guide and naturalist will provide a fascinating narration that includes information about Oahu's geology, geography, ancient and more recent history, marine biology, ornithology and ethnobotany.

Drive into the world famous Diamond Head, an extinct volcano named by sailors in the 1800s who, from a distance, mistook the glitter of calcite crystals in the lava rock for diamonds. The crater is so massive it became the site of a concealed fort, Fort Rutger, after Hawaii was annexed by the United States in 1898.

Continue past the residential area of Kahala and breathtaking Hanauma Bay, a curved bay formed when the side of a crater collapsed thousands of years ago. Boasting pristine white sands and crystal blue waters, this protected cove (which is also a marine preserve) features a large, rich coral reef that is home to an amazing array of sea life.

Travel past the Halona Point and the famous blowhole where, when tide conditions are right, waves surging through a submerged lava tube erupt in a spectacular geyser of sea water! Keep a keen eye out from January through May for a glimpse of giant humpback whales that frequent the waters here and green sea turtles year-round.

Take in the dramatic panoramic views as you pass Makapu'u Point. Rising 647 feet above the ocean, Makapu'u (meaning "bulging eye" in Hawaiian) was created as the result of several lava flows and is the site of a prominent lighthouse. Make a brief stop for an exclusive Lava Dole Whip refreshment and enjoy some shopping.

Travel to higher altitudes to take in breathtaking views of the island's lush windward side from the Pali Lookout in the rugged Ko'olau Mountains. This stunning lookout was the site of a bloody battle in 1795 in which King Kamehameha I forced hundreds of his opponents to jump to their deaths from the cliffs there in what was called the "Battle of the Leaping Fish."

As your visually-compelling adventure comes to an end, sit back, relax and contemplate the beauty that is the Polynesian jewel of Oahu on your scenic and relaxing ride back to your Princess ship in the glistening waters of the harbor.

Special Notes:

This tour is not able to accommodate guests with walkers, wheelchairs or scooters. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays for maintenance and on Christmas.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship to Diamond head Crater

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:25
Wheelchair accessible:
No

Diamond Head Park visit

Time at site:
00:24
Steps:
50

Driving tour past Kahala, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blow Hole and Maka'u'u Point

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:40
Inside visit:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Stop for included refreshment, shopping and restroom break

Transport Capacity:
53
Time at site:
00:35
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Explore the ancient war temple of Ulupo Heiau

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:30
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Transfer to Pali Lookout

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:45

Visit to Pali Lookout

Time at site:
00:30
Walking distance:
50

Re-board motorcoach for return to ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:40