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Tour of North Shore & Waimea Waterfall
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Tour of North Shore & Waimea Waterfall

By North Shore Beach Bus
Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Skip the hassle of renting a car and see the highlights of Oahu’s North Shore from the comfort of a minibus or van. Along the way, a guide keeps you entertained and shares details about the island that you would likely miss if traveling on your own. At each stop, you can enjoy free time to swim, shop, or do an optional waterfall hike while getting to know the island.
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HK$1,232.87
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Ages 0-99, max of 23 per group
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • A guide narrates the journey so you can learn about the sights along the way
  • Take in the views while someone else does the driving
  • The flexible tour includes several options to create your own itinerary
  • Go on a waterfall hike or swim at Waimea Beach

  • Waikiki Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Fully narrated tour of North Shore and island of Oahu
  • Botanical Garden Admission (optional) *Admission Included *Closed Mondays SEP - MAY
  • Entry/Admission - Waimea Botanical Gardens, Oahu
  • Entry/Admission - Nu’uanu Pali
  • Entry/Admission - Nu’uanu Pali
What's not included
  • Lunch (optional) $18 Cash Only
  • Dole Ice Cream
  • Gratuities / Tips (optional)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • You must contact our reservations department 48 hours prior to your activity to confirm your exact pick-up time and location. We provide pick-up from select hotels & hubs within Waikiki. If we do not pick it up from your hotel, we will offer the closest pickup location to your hotel. Pick-up starts in Waikiki from 6:45 AM - 7:20 AM.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Infants must sit on laps
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 33545P1

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
        • Minimum drinking age is 21 years.
        • Hotel information, participant names and contact number need to be provided at the time of your booking.
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 33545P1

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        About the operator
        Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
        • North Shore Beach Bus
          4,045
          Honolulu, United States
          Joined in November 2014
        • Admanasterski
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          North Shore Excursion
          Cousin Greg was very informative of the North Shore & so many other places he talked about. He gave us plenty of time to visit check out different aspects of the tour. Too bad it was a rainy, grey day, but we still enjoyed the tour.
          Written 6 March 2024
        • andieby
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best tour we've been on!
          We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! It was definitely an adventure, we made a few extra stops that weren't on the itinerary but well worth it! Bon Jovi and Daniel were so kind, informative and accommodating. From the second we stepped on the bus they had us laughing. Thank you so much for showing us Canadians a great time!
          Written 2 January 2024
        • AnantaVShesha
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A magical Experience
          It was a great tour with a knowledge guide named Ian. I made an amazing friend on the tour as well! It was an amazing experience!
          Written 20 December 2023
        • Kieshia C
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great time on a great tour
          Had a great time on this tour. Ray was our guide and was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about all of the areas we stopped at and passed by. The weather wasn’t perfect but we still had a good time.
          Written 18 December 2023
        • frenchy475
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          North shore bus tour
          Ian was very friendly and full of useful information. He is an awesome tour guide and the type of person i would love to hang out with.
          Written 18 December 2023
        • jerrygX5293QK
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience!
          Ray was an excellent tour guide. He made the trip a lot of fun and was very knowledgeable of the area.
          Written 14 November 2023
        • azoreann
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ray gun is the best!
          Ray was an amazing driver and entertaining and fun tour guider! Would recommend going on this tour to find out more about the Hawaiian history.
          Written 7 November 2023
        • Jessicaababe1
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great time! Scenic views
          The tour was soo fun! The views were so beautiful! Lots of instagram worthy pics lol. Our tour guide Ian was super friendly, knowledgeable, and funny! From the moment the tour started to the very end, he was very energetic and personable!
          Written 4 November 2023
        • xaronm2023
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          AMAZING
          Everything was amazing I was well informed by Ian very cool and friendly service wouldn't book with anyone else beautiful sights to see very puntual and informative , over all a wonderful experience for me and my family
          Written 3 November 2023
        • Gricelda H
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ian is definitely the best tour guide I have met in this island. He knows history, he is fun and unauthentic.
          From the moment we met him @ 7:00 am in the morning (because he is very punctual) he made our day. We were all confused about what shuttle we should ride and he knew our name and greeted us with a sincere smile. Eight hours later he still had a great attitude, he knew were everyone came from, he has an amazing memory, recommend us places and gave us tips to enjoy our vacation. My self and my two friends were impressed from the minute we walked in to the office and met Joey the day before. North Bayshore Bus has prices that are totally worth every dollar we paid for. The shuttle was super clean as well. We are definitely booking with them our next trip to Hawaii. Thank you for making us feel as part of your family Ian 🙏🏽✨
          Written 1 November 2023
        • Kevincampbell3
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Bus tour of Northside Beach Hawaii
          I had a great trip on the bus tour with Ian the tour guide. He was very warm, friendly, bubbly and he had a great sense of humor. He kept his energy up the whole trip and was very knowledganle when talking about the island including the history of it. I went on vacation with my friend Grizelda and Jessica. It was a day well spent and worth every penny.
          Written 1 November 2023
        • maureenmayj
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome
          This trip was amazing for me and my family. We loved Ian and if you get him, you’ll have a fun time for sure!
          Written 1 November 2023
        • K6474RKgracel
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Hawaiian tour to remember !!!
          Ian, our tour guide and bus driver was just awesome. He is so engaging and made the trip a great educational trip. A worthwhile adventure in Hawaii!
          Written 1 November 2023
        • vinhl868
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          7-Hour Tour
          Ian was incredible. From the first time he greeted us, he had an upbeat, enthusiastic and super positive energy. He is easy to connect with which made the tour that much more enjoyable and memorable!
          Written 1 November 2023
        • Wanderer46066684219
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A trip of a life time
          Let me start by saying this. Im not one for leaving reviews however this tour is a must do! My husband and I had an amazing day around the island! My favorite stop was at lunch the spicy garlic shrimp is to die for omg! Also Ray the guide was so nice and informative he told us all about the island and folklore. Get the dole whip as well it's delicious.
          Written 31 October 2023
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        5.0
        5.0 of 5 bubbles3,281 reviews
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        3,181
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        65
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        21
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        7
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        Wander
        New Jersey8 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        I really dislike writing negative reviews but I wanted to write an honest description of the tour here because I use these reviews to make my decision as I am sure others do as well. First the good, the pick up was timely, the bus was clean and comfortable, the bus driver Tiho shared a lot of facts/history which was interesting. In prior reviews I have read that there is a guide and a driver on the bus but we only had Tiho. For the not so good - the whole tour was so rushed!!! We were running and rushing everywhere. Not just on the quick photo stops but even at the two main stops. The lunch stop was very early, which may have been to avoid long lines so I am ok with that but then we had only an hour at the Waimea Falls hike (one of the two main stops). We ran up the hike and back with no time to admire the beautiful flora along the way or swim in the waterfall. We were rushed at every step only to find out that we were too early for kayaking and had to spend 45 mins at a random shopping center to kill time. When we got to kayaking it was well organized and the company that provided the kayaks was great. The guides were very helpful but again no time to stop and enjoy the beautiful beach. I realized when we got back that we didn’t even have a picture of our son on his first kayaking trip (there was no time to stop even for a breath.) There were two other stops at the Macadamia Nut farm and the Dole plantation, these are purely commercial stops. I didn’t mind supporting a local business at the Nut farm and we sampled coffee, macadamia nuts and bought some delicious goodies. It would have been good to see something here or learn about the farm but it was just a shopping stop. The kids loved looking at the chickens in the back so over all it was not bad. The final stop was at the Dole plantation and It was just for the ice cream not for looking around or exploring. It also ended up just being a shopping stop. There were long lines to get in and more lines inside for the pineapple ice cream and gift shop. I know they can’t help the crowds but just know that you will will be spending an hour waiting in lines for the pineapple whip (which was good but we also later found it at the diamond head crater hike and other places) and not doing anything else here. I understand there were two buses that day, I am not sure if the other bus has a better experience but ours was not so great. I certainly would not recommend for families with young kids, if they end up needing to use a bathroom at one of the stops or need an extra bit of time to finish their lunch you will be the last one getting back to the bus and will get a stink eye. We feel like we wasted our money and more importantly a beautiful day in paradise being scolded and chased around the island.
        Written 26 August 2021
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Aloha, We are so sorry to hear your positive and negative feedbacks on your tour yesterday. We want to let all the guests who signed up or will sign up our tour that we are providing the tour everyday in Pandemic restrictions. As you know we have too many visitors in Hawaii, which we appreciate so much. On the other hand wherever we go to restaurants, tourists' spots, Luaus and etc, there are always long lines and sometimes if we are late, there is no chance to get in. As you remember, before we start the tour from Waikiki, our guides politely ask to be punctual at every stop to avoid the long lines and make smooth movements of our activities and stops. Based on the conversation with your guide, your family was not on time even for Waikiki hotel pickup and even though you mentioned the Macadamia Nut farm was just for shopping, your family was almost 10 min late to the bus. Other guests in the bus gave your family stinky eyes for being late, not stinky eye from our guide. Regarding the Waterfall Hike your family were given 1 hour 15 min not 1 hour, and some times due to huge number of visitors to Waimea Waterfall park, our guide gave everyone a caution that you may not have enough time for swimming under the waterfall and he gave you option that if you don not like this, you can choose to go to the Waimea beach for swimming a little over an hour. Dole Plantation closes the entrance around 4 30 PM so the tour bus needs to be there at least 3:45 pm to give everyone for enough time for Dole whip. As we all know due to Pandemic there is always extremely long line especially at Dole Plantation. This is the reason why our guides politely request all the guests be on time to the bus. I want you to understand that we are not perfect, but we are doing our best to have our guests enjoy the best of Hawaii under the given restricted situation. As you read the other guests' reviews on the same tour with your family, they expressed sincere thanks to your guide and they said they will definitely recommend this tour to their friends and family. However, we will take your feedbacks to improve ourselves better. I appreciated your positive feedbacks. Aloha
        Written 26 August 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Mayleen R
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2021 • Friends
        This tour was amazing. The tour guide Kurt did a awesome job by interacting with the group & he made a lot of jokes. He was also very punctual & I appreciated the fact that he told us how much time we had on each stop. Kurt also was very knowledgeable about the island and told us many interesting facts about the islands and houses that we seen. We seen so much of the island in one day the tour did not feel like it was 8 hours long. This tour was a 10/10 would highly recommend using this company especially have Kurt as a tour guide.
        Written 14 April 2021
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        Georgina D
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2021 • Couples
        This tour is perfect for any type of tourist. It’s a small intimate bus so you get a lot of attention to detail and time to do things. Jimbo & Jackie were our guides and were very welcoming and humorous. We got to do activities and sightsee the whole island of Oahu ani enjoyed being able to get in the water and eat food I would totally recommend
        Written 17 June 2021
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        ATX Travellers
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2020 • Family
        The day we choose to take this tour, it was rainy right from get go at 7:00am. However our guide Kurt and Paul promised us no matter what they will make our day memorial. These guys are professional operators who connect with customers and know how to replan around any hinderances and manage the tour, so that we don’t miss out on any aspects. We totally enjoyed their narration and additional info Kurt provided. BTW don’t miss out pleasant surprises that you will love. Anytime there are weather issues, time management and flexibility are very important, this where Kurt and Paul act as a team excel. Kurt was very entertaining and made sure everyone is involved and enjoyed. Paul is quite when he is at the steering wheel but during stops he opens up and is very nice. If I comeback to Oahu, I am going to take this tour again and possibly pick a day, when Kurt and Paul are operating. One more thing all the facts Kurt gives out are all verified.
        Thanks for making our day memorable as promised at the beginning of tour.
        Written 5 January 2020
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        song pingyue
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2020 • Couples
        My and wife have our 2021 new year trip here in Oahu, and We booked the tour with Paul to show us around the northern part of the island. Paul definitely surprised us in a good way, and he showed us the pipeline beach, dole pineapple plantation and an extra kayaking trip. That day we were lucky to see a dozen sea turtles. Paul is also a professional YouTuber and he helped us with a lot of video and photo shooting. We would recommend Paul and his company to anyone who would like to enjoy Hawaii a bit deeper than just shopping at Waikiki.
        Written 1 January 2021
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        Aloha Yating and Dave, I appreciate your kind and excellent review. Paul said he really enjoyed being with both of you as well. Happy New Year 2021 to both of you !!!
        Written 2 January 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Paige B
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2022 • Friends
        Paul was such an amazing tour guide! He was very funny, made sure that we saw everything that we wanted to as well. His narration of the tour added so much and was very fun and informational! He made sure to know everyone personally and made sure that we had enough time to do everything we wanted without crowds. Paul went above and beyond with this tour and I greatly enjoyed my time with him. This tour itself let me see so much of Hawaii that I would not have seen otherwise. I highly recommend taking this tour if you want a good time in Hawaii with great narration and great sight seeing!
        Written 1 July 2022
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        Aloha & wow! What an awesome snapshot of our tour! We try to get every great spot in our 8 hour tour with the perfect mix of sightseeing & action! We appreciate your recommendation because it helps others to just book us! Mahalo!
        Written 2 July 2022
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        Jacob
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2021 • Couples
        Had so much fun on the tour with my wife. We went to all of the sites listed and had enough time to really enjoy them. Our tour guide was Tiho and he gave us a ton of information throughout the trip. The macadamia farm had a free coffee sample and different samples of the nut flavors. We decided to goto waimea falls instead of the beach and had fun swimming at the base of the waterfall. The lunch we had was %100 worth every penny of the $15 dollars. We both had butter garlic shrimp and it came with corn, a pineapple chunk and rice with garlic butter. We ended the trip at the dole plantation and had the dole whip with a cup of pineapple. We spent around $45 dollars per person to do some of the excursions. I would highly recommend doing this because it will take you to many places you may not otherwise visit.
        Written 17 November 2021
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        Mahalo for your 5 star review! We are stoked to hear you had a great experience! Our team members do our very best to make sure you have an awesome time! Safety & comfort are our top priority! Sounds like you both did a little bit of everything! Life time memories for sure! Aloha!
        Written 19 November 2021
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        Kevin G
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2021 • Couples
        Had a fantastic experience with Kurt and Tiho. Kurt was very knowledgeable about the island while being entertaining at the same time and Tiho was a fantastic driver and made me and my wife feel safe the entire trip. They also found out it was our honeymoon and went above and beyond to make it special for us. Thank you for the great time and I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see all the nicest parts of the island in a very organized and well thought out day.
        Written 26 June 2021
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        Zoe R
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2021 • Friends
        The North Shore Beach Bus tour was AMAZING! Kurt was a very knowledgeable and fun guide! He made sure that every stop (and the extras) were pleasurable for everyone! Not only was he concerned about us learning about the islands culture, he also made sure that everyone was safe. Kurt did more than just tell us to look to the right and the left, he made it fun and interesting and interacted with the rest of the tourists. I would definitely take this tour again. If you’re hesitant to book a tour that 9 hours long, do it and you won’t regret it! If you can book your tour with Kurt, he’s the best and treats you with such great kindness. Thank you Kurt and thank you North Shore Beach Bus!
        Written 20 July 2021
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        Anni G
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2021 • Couples
        Jimbo and Richard were the perfect combination! Jimbo would speak about the wildlife or the scenery and Richard would expertly drive past it to give us the best views. We had a great time and loved the experience. I highly recommend this tour and if you get Jimbo as your guide please take his advice on all of the activities! He talked my boyfriend and I into the waterfall and it was absolutely beautiful! 10/10!!!
        Written 7 July 2021
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