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The Best North Shore and Hanauma Bay Tour

The Best North Shore and Hanauma Bay Tour

With limited time in Hawaii, holidaymakers need to maximise Every. Single. Day.  That’s why the North Shore Beach Bus is such a great option! It’s a North Shore tour and Hanauma Bay tour, all-in-one.

It’s the only tour company that combines time on Oahu’s famous North Shore beaches AND snorkelling down South in Hanauma Bay. Plus it includes so much more!

Follow my journey and if you’d like to experience it for yourself check out the SPECIAL DISCOUNT at the end 🙌

North Shore Beach + Hanauma Bay Tour (Premium Package)

The tour kicks off with Waikiki hotel pick-ups starting from 7:20 am. The North Shore Beach Bus vans are white, and group sizes are kept small with 15-22 seater vehicles.

North Shore Beach Bus Van

You’ll meet your Driver AND Guide. Other companies use one Driver/Guide, but North Shore Beach Bus invest in two people, one focuses on driving (very important!) and the other gives commentary.

The owner of the business Paul was our Driver and Sergio our was Guide (above), they’re awesome!

Pineapple Field, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

As someone who previously worked for Hawaii Tourism, I thought I knew a lot about Oahu, but I learnt a ton of new stuff on the hour-long drive. Like…

  • The island’s soil has a high level of iron, and that’s why local pineapples taste so sweet!
  • The scenic H3 interstate highway took THIRTY years to build.
  • Jack Johnson went to Sunset Beach Elementary School 🙂

As we approached Oahu’s North Shore Sergio gave us the lowdown on Hawaii’s surf culture setting the scene for our first stop, Banzai Pipeline.

Billabong Pipe Masters, Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Randomly, our North Shore tour hit the World Surf League jackpot. Billabong Pipe Masters was on!

Billabong Pipe Masters, Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

This added to the excitement of our tour, but surfing event or not, you’ll always get a buzz from standing on this famous beach. It’s a blast watching the waves barrel in, they break close to shore and are only ridden by the most experienced surfers.

Next stop, Waimea Bay.

Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Credit: Google Earth Pro

Everyone is encouraged to hang loose on this gorgeous beach, there’s time allocated to swim, sunbake and stroll along the sand.

Please note, Oahu’s North Shore surf is seasonal. In Hawaii’s winter (Nov-Apr), this beach is a prime spot for viewing professional surfers riding waves as high as 12 metres (40 foot). In summer (May-Oct), it’s calm providing the perfect environment for splashing around.

In true Hawaii-style, a rainbow appeared.

Rainbow, Waimea Bay, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

By this time we’d worked up an appetite, and like clockwork, we started making our way to lunch.

Tsue's Farm, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Tsue’s Farm is a beautiful recreation area home to farm animals like rabbits, ducks and turtles!

Tsue's Farm, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Guests get a choice of plate lunch from coconut, spicy, or garlic shrimp (my selection) to shredded Kalua pig, homemade teriyaki chicken or a veggie stir-fry. All dishes are served with rice, pineapple, and greens tossed in a lilikoi (passionfruit) dressing. It was a delicious feed.

Garlic Shrimp, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

The next part of the tour was a real highlight for me. We were given the opportunity to stand-up paddleboard or kayak on the Anahulu River.

Here’s me trying to figure out which activity to choose (the toughest part of the day) 🤔

Kayaking, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

The majority chose stand-up paddleboarding, we went with kayaking. Check out the smiles!

Kayaking, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

If water activities aren’t your thing, feel free to book the Standard Package and just kick back and relax (you just have to cover the cost of lunch on the day).

Tsue's Farm, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Tsue’s Farm also sells shave ice but we were told to hold off on dessert. This was life-saving advice because our next destination was Dole Plantation.

Pineapple Float, Dole Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii

Whatever you buy at Dole Plantation is at your own expense, I couldn’t resist a Pineapple Float.

A warning to all pineapple lovers, you are going to lose it at the gift shop LOL.

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Dole Plantation, Oahu, Hawaii

After the sugar hit, we were back on the road. Eventually, the tour heads south along Oahu’s stunning east coastline. Manana Island (Rabbit Island) is just one of the many sights you’ll see!

Manana Island, Rabbit Island, Oahu, Hawaii

North Shore Beach Bus have carefully crafted the logistics of this tour. Guests are dropped off at a local beach rental company where they’re given snorkelling instruction and seamlessly fitted for a snorkel, mask and fins. Without further ado, it’s time for our Hanauma Bay tour!

Snorkel Gear, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay is Oahu’s premier snorkelling destination, a designated Marine Life Conservation District. Take in the primo view from the parking lot, it’s like something out of a movie… Oh wait, it actually is! Has anyone seen Elvis Presley’s film Blue Hawaii?

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

We watched a compulsory educational video designed to teach visitors how to best-protect the bay.

Now for the main event, snorkelling over living coral and alongside plenty of tropical fish. I even crossed paths with a Hawaiian green sea turtle, INCREDIBLE. There are octopuses, manta rays and moray eels also hanging about, but I didn’t see them on this occasion.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

You’re pretty much left on your own for the Hanauma Bay tour portion. You can break away from the group (if you want to), and bask in the glory of this ocean playground for a few hours.

That just about wraps up this adventure! Everyone met up in the parking lot at a set time and Paul and Sergio re-appeared to escort us back to Waikiki. Upon reaching my drop-off point around 5:30 pm, I spotted another rainbow out the window. The ideal finale to a bright and cheerful day!

Rainbow, Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii

North Shore Beach + Hanauma Bay Tour (Premium Package) is run by North Shore Beach Bus.

I’ve partnered with them to give fellow Hawaii Admirers a SPECIAL DISCOUNT – 10% OFF!

Visit https://northshorebeachbus.com, choose your date and hit BOOK. When it comes to the information page choose the Premium Package (or other) and fill in the areas as highlighted below.

North Shore Beach Bus, Hawaii Admirer Special Discount

  1. Where it says “How did you hear about us?” pick “Other (Explain Below)” from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the “Comments or Special Instructions” box type the words “The Hawaii Admirer
  3. Click the grey link “If you have a promo code enter it here“, a box will pop up and type in the promo code: admirer10

The discount will show with a green tick! Then proceed to the payment 🤙🏽

If you have any troubles please email me: ashlee@thehawaiiadmirer.com

For those who book this North Shore + Hanauma Bay Tour, have an awesome day!

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Tour Review Disclaimer: The Hawaii Admirer was welcomed as a guest on the North Shore Beach + Haunama Bay Tour hosted by North Shore Beach Bus on 13 December 2018. All of the thoughts expressed in this article are my honest opinion.

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