Honolulu Heights Tour in Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail"Hotel Pick-up Only"Kapolei, HI 96707
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Overview

Experience the natural side of Oahu from a birds-eye view on the Honolulu Heights hiking tour. Follow your Naturalist Guide through Honolulu to destinations including Diamond Head, the Nuuanu Pali lookout, and the Lyon Arboretum. Discover how Oahu’s history, natural landscape, and volcanic activity has shaped life and tourism on the island while trekking through the dense forest, rocky pathways, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kapolei Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 7.5 hours long.
  • Appropriate for all ages.
  • Breakfast, snacks, and water are included.
  • Tour groups max out at 12 people.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Waikiki area hotels are included.

Description

from Honolulu Heights
Think outside the bustling city borders and instead discover this dynamic region’s natural and cultural history. Your certified interpretive guide will lead you to spectacular view planes, atop ancient eruptive sites, and into the wonder of the tropical mountain forests, where they will reveal and connect you with a Hawaii that few experience. Begin your day with a short hike up Diamond Head in the cool morning air. This hike is 1.6 miles and has an elevation gain of 700 feet. Atop the summit, your guide will bring to life the geologic and historic events of this famous landmark while overlooking Waikiki beach. Afterwards enjoy a local-style breakfast picnic with smoothies and freshly cut fruit.

Soak in the panoramic views from Waikiki to Waianae as you gaze from atop the Tantalus Overlook. When you look down on the Honolulu district from it's ancient volcano peaks, you can begin to understand how the landscape was shaped and how the forest watershed plays an important role for this iconic city. Enjoy an expert lead exploration through the thousands of tropical and subtropical exotic plants at the Lyon Arboretum - all accentuated by the thoughtful stories and naturalist knowledge of your guide. Discover how Hawaii’s one of a kind position in the Pacific helps host these botanical wonders, and how the arboretum serves as a living outdoor laboratory.

By the end of your Honolulu tour, you will have a fresh perspective on Honolulu and the nature that surrounds and supports this vibrant Hawaiian metropolitan area.

Highlights:
• Summit the iconic Leahi, Diamond Head, with a guide who will bring to life to the geologic and historic events of this storied place.
• Recharge with a picnic breakfast that includes island fruit smoothies and freshly cut pineapple.
• Follow the marching footsteps of Kamehameha's warriors to the Nu`uanu Pali Lookout. Gaze upon the stunning view of the cliffs that are a designated National Natural Landmark.
• Stroll among thousands of tropical and subtropical exotic plants at the Lyon Arboretum. Discover how Hawaii's one of a king position in the Pacific helps host these wonders, and how the arboretum serves as a living outdoor laboratory.

Schedule: Tours depart daily from all Koolina Resorts and select Waikiki locations. Duration: 7.5 hours

Rated: Easy to moderate; Diamond Head Hike of 1.6 miles with an elevation gain of 700 feet. Moderate hike and climb at Diamond Head with paved surfaces, steep stairs and short sections of enclosed tunnels.

Includes: All entry fees, breakfast, daypacks, walking staffs, snacks, and water.

Menu: Island-style breakfast burrito, banana-poi bread, island fruit smoothies, fresh-cut pineapple, and coffee.

Group size: Tour limited to 12 passengers

Restrictions: Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged and able to hike up steep paved walkways and numerous stairs with an elevation gain of 700 feet.

What to Bring & Wear: Closed-toe shoes are required; a light jacket is recommended


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Lilmexbro
New York City, New York
"I saw planets!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
Great trip very informative. The dinner was nice but I wish I brought my own food, but then again the focus is the summit and the star gazing. Wear warm clothes, I don’t care how hot it is at the resort, it is freezing at the summit and while stargazing. I got to see a globular star cluster, Jupiter, Saturn and binary stars! Mataeo was extremely knowledgeable and the trip was enjoyable. Also, the oxygen deprivation is real so take it easy at the top.
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Leslie C
Maui, Hawaii
"A taste of the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We have enjoyed other tours with Hawai’i Forest and Trail in the past and knew they would make this tour of the Big Island interesting and memorable for our grandkids and adults. Our guide Mateo was so knowledgeable and made so many Hawai’i facts come to life. Thanks Mateo and thanks Hawai’i Forest and Trail!
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Jane W
Pickerington, Ohio
"Awesome tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We took the Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour and had a great time. Our guide, Matt was extremely informative and personable. The sights were unforgettable. If I had one complaint, it would be that the van was older and the seats were uncomfortable. Other than that, I highly recommend this tour and tour company!
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ashleytorlando
"Great Tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
My husband and I wanted to find tours to really see the beautiful island of Hawaii and this one really hit home! Gorgeous scenery, fantastic locations thanks to their relationship with the locals, sights we wouldn’t have seen otherwise! Our tour guide Amanda was so friendly and VERY knowledgeable, it was like having a friend showing you around the island. I would highly recommend this if you are looking to see what the land has to offer, very easy as well!!
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Roving198268
"Mauna Kea Sunrise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Overall awesome experience. Our guide was nice, knowledgeable and onetime. The vehicle and cold weather clothing were excellent, and the tour fantastic. Watching the full moon set, then stargaze for an hour was amazing. Other than being out at sea, it was by far the best star gazing on land I've experienced. Followed by an incredible sunrise.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Honolulu Heights

How long is the hike?
Diamond Head Hike is a hike of 1.6 miles. There are a few other short, easy walks.

How challenging are the hikes?
Moderate hike and climb at Diamond Head with an elevation gain of 700 feet, paved surfaces, steep stairs and short sections of enclosed tunnels. Guests must be able to walk at a moderate pace.

What should I expect for weather?
The hike to Diamond Head is generally hot, while it can be foggy and misty in the mountains.

Are there any physical restrictions for the tour?
Yes. Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged and able to hike up steep paved walkways and numerous stairs with an elevation gain of 700 feet in 0.80 miles.

Is this tour appropriate for kids?
Yes. All ages are welcome to join us on the tour.

Will I be picked up from my Waikiki area hotel?
Yes. Please refer to the instructions on your tour confirmation for scheduling tour pick-up and drop-off.

What should I wear?
Please wear weather appropriate, athletic attire with comfortable closed-toe walking shoes such as sneakers or hiking shoes.

Are food and beverages offered?
Yes. Your tour will include a picnic breakfast of island fruit smoothies and freshly cut pineapple, as well as snacks and water.