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A Cultural Exploration Of Oahu By Jeep

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Explore historic Oahu sites like Pali Lookout and Iolani Palace while immersing in Hawaiian history on this cultural tour in Honolulu.

Get to know the historical and cultural significance behind places like Hawaii Kai and Iolani Palace, visit two Hawaiian temples, and more when you book this guided Honolulu tour. With stops at historic sites such as; Makapuu Heiau and Ulupo Heiau, this tour is perfect for history buffs!

Your tour includes round trip transportation to and from the pier and a local, knowledgeable expert guide and native Hawaiian who will share the history behind iconic sites like Pali Lookout and Makapuu, where you can see Pete's Chair and stop for photos. Have the opportunity to see the last home of the Hawaiian monarchs and learn how ancient Hawaiians used the Hawaii Kai fish ponds to feed the population.

Begin your epic tour by taking a comfortable drive with your friendly guide from the pier to your first stop at Hawaii Kai. This iconic fish pond is one of Oahu's largest fish ponds and holds cultural and historical significance. Learn how the ancient Hawaiians used these very fish ponds to catch fish and trap them for food.

Your tour continues as you drive to Oahu's extreme east side Makapuu. Discover iconic landmarks along the scenic shoreline, including the Koko Head and Pele's Chair, a rock formation made from lava and shaped like a seat. Listen to your expert guide about this important lava rock formation's history and legendary significance, including how leaving a floral arrangement as an offering became a part of Hawaiian culture.

Next, make your way to the coastal community of Kailua to see a sacred religious site of the Hawaiians: the Ulupo Heiau. Continue with a brief drive and stop where King Kamehameha I won the Battle of Nuuanu to unite Oahu and the Kingdom of Hawaii in the late 18th century: Pali Lookout. Get your camera ready to take some beautiful photos of the panoramic views you'll catch here as you get time to stop for Insta-worthy photos. Before returning to your pier in Honolulu, wrap up your tour with a stop at Iolani Palace the home of the last Hawaiian monarchs.

If you are looking to discover the cultural connection with historic sites or want to catch breathtaking views of Oahu along the way, this tour offers the best of both worlds. Reserve your spot today and get ready to experience an unforgettable excursion on the island of Oahu!

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$182.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural
Tour Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Light snacks and beverage.
Special Instructions
We recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
The maximum allowable weight is 400 lbs. The tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs, walkers or scooters and is not considered suitable for those with mobility issues.