Oahu: Honolulu's Cultural Hidden Treasures
"Dive off the beaten path and discover some of the loveliest, and strangest trees and flowers of Hawaii and the world. Stroll through the historical Foster estate garden. View Honolulu’s scenic hidden waterfalls, the world-famous I’olani Palace, and learn Honolulu trivia, history, myths and more!"
Learn about Honolulu’s most interesting historic sites, see an amazing collection of rainforest and tropical plants, and relax by hidden waterfalls on this professionally guided and narrated tour. Start the day with exquisite panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, Honolulu, and the southwest coast of Oahu as we travel up into the Ko’olau Mountains to famous Mount Tantalus. We’ll pause at a breathtaking overlook to take in the vista from this unique vantage point. An excellent place to take a memorable photo! We’ll also learn about the rainforest plants in the park, and look for the vibrant yellow Oahu Amakihi, a rare and endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper bird species.
From there we will take a step back in time as we visit the Royal Mausoleum and learn about the Hawaiian monarchy. A short walk takes us next on a stroll along part of the Nu’uanu stream, through a rainforest leading to a hidden waterfall, where you will view ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs (rock carvings) near the bank of the Alapena pool, and learn the legend of Kaupe, the ancient guardian spirit that is said to protect travelers at this unique place.
Our next stop is Foster Botanical Garden,* where your professional guide will point out unique and useful tropical plants such as cacao, pepper, cinnamon and allspice trees. See the famous Foster orchid collection, as well as the "Bo Tree," grown from a cutting of the original tree planted by the first Dalai Lama in India 800 years ago. Our guides have trained with the docents of this famous garden, and will provide you with an unsurpassed narrative.
Finally, you’ll relax and enjoy a visit to the Iolani Palace grounds, where you will marvel at one of the world’s largest Banyan trees, while learning more about the Hawaiian monarchy and the history of the only royal palace in the United States. See the King Kamehameha Statue, the Hawaii State Capital, and historic Honolulu sights along the way.
This tour requires some walking but is accessible for all skill levels, and is a great way experience Oahu’s world famous botanical gardens,* Honolulu’s most significant historic sites, and scenic waterfalls all in one half-day.
Exclusive - Private Charter Price Includes:
• Round-trip transportation from any Oahu island location
• Dedicated vehicle
• Narrative guide
• Tour time periods may be altered upon request
Regular - Group Price Includes:
• Round-trip transportation from resort/condo in the Waikiki Resort area
• Narrative guide
* = Separate Park Access Fee associated with stop, paid individually, if wish to visit and access site.
Restrictions for Participants:
• The state of Hawaii requires children under the age of four to ride in a child safety seat and children ages four through seven to ride in a child safety seat or a booster seat when traveling on a motor vehicle. Vehicles are generally not equipped with children safety seats or a booster seat; a nominal surcharge may apply for request or requirement for use of additional seating device.
Access to waterfall is dependent on seasonal weather rainfall amounts. Activity includes about 2 miles of walking distance throughout the day.