If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options for island tours on Oahu, maybe this will help 🙂
I took my mom with me on the Discover Hawaii Ultimate Island Eco Adventure tour (kind of a mouthful so from now on I’ll refer to it as “the tour”) and we both absolutely loved it! Our tour guide, Bruce, was extremely knowledgeable and personable – we were blown away by how much of the island history he was able to rattle off throughout the duration of the tour. My mom was born and raised here and even she was learning a lot.
On the day we went, the weather wasn’t the best, but Bruce managed to make all of the locations work anyway. Fortunately, the sun came out for the entire time that we were at Waimea Valley, so swimming in the falls was amazing.
This tour takes you to all of the popular Oahu attractions and sites, but I think my two favorite stops were Waimea and Secret Beach at Kualoa Ranch, where we had lunch. The lunch was delicious (I went with the Santa Fe Chicken Wrap and I highly recommend it). Although the location probably would’ve been better had the sun been out, even with the rainy weather it was still a great spot to check out. I’d actually never been before, but now that I have I totally want to take all of my friends and family when they visit! There are hammocks, picnic tables, volleyball courts, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and even a tree swing. I spent a solid 10 minutes reliving my childhood on that.
Secret Beach at Kualoa Ranch
The timing for everything was perfect – we felt like we had just enough time to explore all of the areas without getting bored. I was speaking to some of the other guests with us and they said it was easily one of the best tours they’ve ever been on. It was really an ideal way to see the island and Bruce went above and beyond to make it the best experience it could possibly be for us.
Moli’i Fishpond at Kualoa Ranch with Ko’olau Mountains in the background
Beautiful Japanese temple
Hanauma Bay – check out that reef!