If you’re looking to explore the North Shore of Oahu this is the perfect Jeep tour adventure. The attractions along the way are spectacular, but what’s special about the tour is the journey, which takes guests from Downtown Honolulu clear out to the North Shore along the amazingly beautiful Windward Coast ... More info ›
If you’re looking to explore the North Shore of Oahu this is the perfect Jeep tour adventure. The attractions along the way are spectacular, but what’s special about the tour is the journey, which takes guests from Downtown Honolulu clear out to the North Shore along the amazingly beautiful Windward Coast. You’re sure to fill up your camera/phone’s memory with countless breathtaking views along the way.
The 5.5 hour tour begins with a visit to historic Iolani Palace, which remains the only royal residence ever constructed in the United States. The site was a sacred burial site for Hawaiian royalty long before the palace was ever constructed. The palace has long been the bittersweet reminder of the Hawaiian monarchy and Queen Liliuokalanu in 1893.
Pali Look Out
The North Shore Tour then continues along the winding Pali Highway, a beautiful drive through lush Nu’uanu Valley to the Pali Lookout known for its sweeping views of Windward Oahu and for the brisk trades that whip through the narrow mountain pass. Perched on a sheer cliff that plunges hundreds of feet, the Pali Lookout is the site of the famous battle that saw King Kamehameha the Great seal his victory in uniting the Hawaiian Islands.
He’eia Fish Pond
After the Pali Lookout, the North Shore tour then takes guests to the He’eia Fish Pond. The pond, or “kuapa” is 88 acres, walled in with rocks in an ancient technique that rivals the advances of aquaculture today. The pond provided a reliable, steady source of food for the ancients, for times of inclement weather or other conditions prevented open-ocean fishing.
not far from the He’eia Fish Pond is Kualoa Beach Park and the unmistakable “Chinaman’s Hat.” It’s a small, pyramid shaped island nearly a mile from shore, and it is one of Oahu’s most recognizable landmarks. Known originally as Mokoli’i Island, it is home a to a variety of flora and fauna, most of which is non-native and threatens species that are native to Hawaii.
As the tour continues north, it stops at Laie Point, a picturesque stopping point on the windswept coast. A handful of small islands just offshore are said to be bits of a slain “mo’o”, or giant lizard who was defeated by a powerful chief in ancient times.
There are many lunch options on the way to famous Waimea Bay, including shrimp trucks, local food, and quality restaurants. In the summer, Waimea Bay is as calm and idyllic as can be imagined, with a wide, white sand beach and amazing cliffs.
Coffee Farm/Dole Plantation
The final stops at a coffee farm and the famous Dole Plantation offer guests a look into the history and vitality of agriculture in Hawaii. Located on the fertile rich-red soil of the Central Oahu Plain, the area is close to being the exact geographic center of Oahu.