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Private: Indulge In The Tastes And Sights Of Oahu Pre-Cruise

Day Trip, Private Tour
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Have time to spare before your cruise? Make it a delicious day tasting Mabolo, lunching on North Shore beaches, and more on this scenic Honolulu tour.

Enjoy a jammed-packed excursion that offers a full day of places to explore and food to dine on before embarking on your cruise when you book this exciting private culinary tour. The food you'll sample and cultural connections you'll learn about makes this tour ideal for foodies and culture connoisseurs alike. Your private vehicle will transport you to and from your destinations, where you'll make stops and see sights like the Chinaman's Hat inlet, Turtle Beach, Byodo-In Temple, and the Halona Blowhole, a geyser-like blowhole, where you can catch stunning views of sky-high ocean sprays. You'll even get a chance to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, farm cade or food trucks on North Shore beaches at your own expense, sample exotic fruits and food like Mabolo and Masaldas at popular eateries, and choose from visiting the famous Dole Pineapple farm or Green World Coffee Farm.

Start off your private, full-day tour with a morning filled with Malasadas to dine on from the famous Leonard's Bakery. This delicious delicacy is a Portuguese-imported tradition that dates back to the 1800s and is similar to a donut but with a fried, crispy texture topped with granulated sugar. Follow up your malasada "munching" session with a scenic tour along Hanauma Bay and head down Oahu's east side, stopping by beaches and capturing vista views of natural sights, including the lava-tube formed Halona Blowhole. Continue your epicurean excursion to the Ko'olau Mountains' base with a visit to the Makapu'u Frankies Nursery, a local fruit farm that has a wide selection of exotic fruits like the Honey Cream Pineapple. Come any day of the week except Wednesdays and Thursdays to sample exotic fruits like the Honey Cream Pineapple and Mabolo, a small fruit from the persimmon family that tastes and smells like a creamy cheese.

Now, it's off to the Manoa Chocolate Factory to enjoy a wide selection of local and imported chocolate from places like Hawaii, Ecuador, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic. Next, enjoy sightseeing at the replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist temple known as the Byodo-In Temple before stopping for lunch at the famous food trucks along the North Shore beaches. You'll also have the choice of devouring Hawaiian cuisine and other local favorites at a nearby restaurant or local farm before heading to catch views of Hawaiian green sea turtles on Sunset Beach. Wrap up your tour with a stop at the famous local coffee farm of Green World Coffee Farm, sink your teeth into the sweet flavors of pineapples from the Dole Pineapple farm, or opt to enjoy the cool flavors of shaved ice while in the beach town of Haleiwa.

Whether you're looking forward to tasting a wide variety of local foods and exotic fruits or just want to connect with the culture of the scenic landmarks before heading out on your cruise, this private tour offers the best of both worlds. Reserve your spot today and get ready to indulge in some of Honolulu's local delights and popular attractions on this private full-day tour.

  • Culinary and Cooking
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
$109.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Cultural, Cuisine
Tour Duration
8.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Your Waikiki Hotel
Food/Beverage Provided
Varied snacks and water.
Special Instructions
We recommend weather-appropriate comfortable clothing and shoes, sun cap, sunglasses, sunscreens and an umbrella in case of rain.
The tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs or scooters. Collapsible walkers are permitted. Guests should be able to make their own way on and off the transportation.