Oahu Nature Tours

Oahu Nature Tours Founded in 1995 as the original nature adventure company on Oahu, we offer the finest eco-tours and best prices available, and have professional, knowledgeable and friendly local guides to narrate each location visited and assist you while exploring our beautiful island.  Our tours and activities are selected and designed to show you the fascinating natural diversity and beauty of our island. Spectacular scenery, excellent photographic opportunities, and information about the Geology, Archaeology, Mythology and History of Hawaii await you on our fun and educational tours.

If booking within 10 days of the activity, please call customer service 1-866-931-2144 or vacation@hgvc.com.

Diamond Head Crater

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This exciting, fun and educational tour of the world famous Diamond Head Crater begins with a short introductory talk by a trained nature guide. Guests learn about the fascinating volcanic creation, Hawaiian history, European discovery, origin of the famous name, early cattle ranching, and modern day military use of the “Gibraltar of the Pacific”.

Before our walk begins, each guest is given one pint of bottled spring water and one energy bar. They are then escorted on a 45 minute walk that ascends to the 763' summit. Along the way visitors stop at several points to rest and photograph the crater. Walking up stairways, going into a dark 200 foot tunnel and climbing a spiral staircase imparts a sense of adventure. When reaching the summit visitors are thrilled by the incredible 360 degrees panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, the emerald green mountains and the sparkling aquamarine water of the Pacific ocean below. Guests enjoy the scenery at the summit for 15 minutes then are slowly escorted back to the crater floor.

The excursion lasts 3 hours and is a truly memorable experience. Before leaving, guests learn important information about Hawaii’s native bird and plant species and are presented with a Certificate of Achievement, including their name and date of hike, that states they successfully made it to the famous summit of Diamond Head Crater.

Tour time (pick and drop off)
8:00 am - 11:00 am

*All hikes are suitable for children 6 years or older. Tour includes admission fee, use of a backpack and binoculars, a bottle of water and a personalized certificate with a photo of the crater. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and covered-toed walking shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots are best). Please note that for your safety and comfort, sandals, slippers, flip-flops, high heels and platforms are not allowed on this hike. Please bring a rain jacket or rain poncho. Sun block or sun screen is recommended.

Diamond Head Crater Days Price
Adult Daily $36.65
8:00am

Natural Highlights of Oahu

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Our exploration of Oahu starts with visiting the world famous Hanauma Bay and the Kahauloa tuff cone along the island’s stunning southeast volcanic coastline. Our next stop is Halona Cove, where Green Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales swim in the crystal clear waters off "From Here to Eternity Beach" and a blowhole shoots columns of saltwater into the sky.

After stopping at Makapu’u Lookout, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of offshore islands, we visit colorful tide pools and the 25,000 year old Kaupo lava flow. Your professional nature guide will show you rare species of native Hawaiian coastal plants and a variety of colorful seabirds including Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigate birds and Red-tailed Tropicbirds.

Just past "Robin’s Nest", where Magnum P.I was filmed, we stop for a walk on Oahu’s longest sandy beach and enjoy the aquamarine waters of Waimanalo Bay where tropical fish and corals abound. Our next stop, Enchanted Lake Bird Sanctuary, is one of the premier birdwatching locations on Oahu where several species of rare Hawaiian birds can be observed. Then we travel to the ancient Hawaiian Temple, Ulupou Heiau, to see one of Oahu’s best preserved archaeological sites and to learn about many important Polynesian plants.

At the world renowned Pali Lookout, described by Mark Twain as one of the most beautiful views on Earth, you will see the turquoise waters of Kaneohe Bay and the jagged, 2000 foot vertical cliffs of the majestic Koolau volcano.

Tour times (pick and drop off) 1:00 pm - 6:00pm

This is a driving sightseeing tour around the island so no hiking/walking is required. We do stop for 10-20 minute photo stops at each visited locations so the only walking required would be from the bus parking areas to the lookout points, etc. (no more than 100-150 yards). We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes).

Natural Highlights of Oahu Days Price
Adult Monday, Wednesday and Friday $47.12
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North Shore and Circle Island

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Travel with the island’s premier eco-tour company on an exciting journey of discovery to the famous North Shore of Oahu. Driving over the jagged Ko’olau Mountains to the windward side of the island, our first stop is the fabled Valley of the Temples where we visit the picturesque Byodo Temple located at the base of stunning 2000 foot lush green cliffs.

Then we drive along the scenic shores of Kahana Bay arriving at Laie Point, a great opportunity to observe several native plant species while marvelling at the breathtaking views of Kukuihoolua islet and the wild and rugged eastern-Oahu coastline. Continuing North to Kahuku, we visit a shrimp farm to see endangered wetland birds, including Black-neck stilts, Hawaiian coots and Moorhens. Our next stop is the world famous Sunset Beach where incredible waves thrill viewers, especially between November and April. Following the stunning coastline of legendary Waimea Bay we stop at a well-known basking and feeding ground to look for wild Green Sea Turtles.

Traveling South we drive through the colorful and historic village of Haleiwa, home to many surfers, artists and craftspeople. After passing extensive pineapple fields we arrive at our last stop, the historic Dole Plantation. On the way towards Pearl Harbor your nature guide will show you the location of the mysterious and sacred Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, "Hawaii's Stonehenge", where royal chiefs of the islands were born for over 800 years. This tour includes lunch.

Tour times (pick and drop off) 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

This is a driving sightseeing tour around the island so no hiking/walking is required. We do stop for 10-20 minute photo stops at each visited locations so the only walking required would be from the bus parking areas to the lookout points, etc. (no more than 100-150 yards). We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes).

North Shore and Circle Island Days Price
Adult Daily $78.53
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Jurassic Park Waterfall Hike

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This adventure will fulfill all your fantasies about Hawaii’s lush rainforests, giant ferns, cascading tropical waterfalls, picturesque streams and unique species that can be found nowhere else on Earth. This trail, a hidden treasure that was used by Spielberg while filming "Jurassic Park", leads to the tallest accessible waterfall on Oahu, deep within a prehistoric landscape. Observe Hawaii’s rainforest plants and birds as we walk into a wide valley inside the lush Koolau mountains and visit this secluded waterfall.

On this educational and fun hike you will learn about the Hawaiian’s use of various plant species and the area's interesting environmental history.

Tour times (pick and drop off)
9/A 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
9/B 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For their own comfort and safety, we require guests to wear closed-toe, flat heel walking shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots). As we spend about two hours in a rainforest area, guests should be advised to also bring a rain poncho or rain jacket in case of precipitation in the valley.

Manoa Waterfall Hike Days Price
Adult Weekdays $57.59
8:00am 2:00pm

Prices include taxes, but not gratuity.