Best Private Guided Tours In Oahu

By Aciel White /

Oahu is a stunning tropical Island, popular with families, couples and groups.

Couple your visit with beautiful beaches and lush vegetation.

You can also head to the Ocean to enjoy marine life, cruises or water sports.

Alternatively head to the skies in a unique airplane or helicopter tour for panoramic views.

Or discover local culture, history and delicious food on Oahu.

With so much to choose from, here’s a list of Oahu’s best private tours, many of which you can customize.

Essentially, you are guaranteed to have a great time and make the most of your trip.

1. Customizable Island Tours Tours on Oahu
See Oahu like a local would on your personalized, fully customisable tour.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the countryside.

Choose the activities and attractions you would most like to enjoy, such as beautiful beaches and waterfalls.

As well as natural beauty, enjoy a wildlife experience such as seeing turtles.

Alternatively choose to learn more about Hawaiian culture or local food.

You will also gain an insiders perspective of the island from your local guide.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Local guide.
Private and customized itinerary.
Taxes.
Snack and water.
Towels, sunscreen, blankets, and snorkeling masks.

2. Private Safari Jeep Tour in Oahu

Your chance to explore Oahu on an exclusive private jeep tour.

This intimate experience is great for couples, as you can choose what you wish to see and experience.

However your local guide will have plenty of recommendations if you don’t know where to start.

Also you can go at your own pace, spending as much time at each place as you wish.

Or you can stop along the way for fantastic photo opportunities.

This tour is great for a personalized look at what life and culture is like in Oahu.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Local guide.
Private and customised itinerary in a luxury jeep.
Taxes.
Snack and water.
Hotel pick up and drop off.

3. Bike Tour of Mount Tantalus

Climb Mount Tantalus on a bike tour to really experience the mountain and views.

Firstly you will be kitted out with a bike and helmet.

After a safety briefing and route overview, head out with your local guide.

Along the way there are plenty of great photo opportunites for you to stop at, and special places of interest.

The climb takes you to a height of 4500m, along tree shaded switch backs.

Once you reach the top you will have fantastic views of Honolulu, Diamond Head, Waikiki and Pearl harbour.

Also included are snacks, water and toilet breaks.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Bike and helmet hire.
Local guide.
Snacks and water.

4. Private Tour of Oahu’s North Shore

Travel in style in a luxury 4 door Chrysler 300C convertible with your own private guide.

Along with plenty of legroom, the Chrysler can carry up to 4 people on this personalised tour.

The tour is fully flexible and allows time for swimming if you wish.

During the 6 hour tour you could stop at sights such as Dole Plantation to learn about pineapples or Iolani Palace.

Alternatively stop at one or several of Ohau’s best beaches, including Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach Park or Sharks Cove.

In addition, you could choose to drive into Diamond Head volcanic Crater.

Foodies will love the choice of stops such as Green World Coffee Farms, Leonard’s Bakery and Ko Hana Distillers.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Driver/guide and use of Chrysler convertible.
Hotel pick up/drop off.
Bottle water and snacks.
Use of snorkelling equipment.

5. Private South Shore Aloha Friendly Tour

This tour is great for a private run down of many of Oahu’s best attractions.

Along the way you will see film locations for movies such as Jurassic park and Pirates of the Caribbean, and TV shows including Hawaii Five O.

During the authentic tour with your local guide you can visit beautiful beaches, look out points and local spots.

Stops include beaches such as Sandy Beach Park and Kailua Beach Park, popular with kite-surfers.

Alternatively stop at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail for views from the lighthouse and the chance to see whales.

Also see how the upper class live, with views of millionaires mansions at Kahala Beach.

During your tour your friendly local guide will tell you more about each place.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Stop at Kahala Beach, Sandy Beach Park, Waimanalo Beach and Kailua Beach Park.
Entry to Diamond Head State Monument.
Views from Hawaii Kai Lookout.
Walk through Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

6. East Oahu Half-Day Private Tour
Discover the natural beauty of East Oahu and plenty of stunning vistas.

Often this 4 hour tour is great before catching your flight or as a shore excursion.

After your pick up in east Oahu, your first stop is Hanauma Bay Lookout.

Continue along the coast to other viewpoints including Halona Blowhole and Makapu’u Lookout.

Choose to stop for lunch at Kailua Town or alternatively enjoy some laid back shopping.

Afterwards continue to Pali Lookout and Tantalus Lookout.

Finish at your pick up point or an alternative location if you prefer.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Private guide.
Private transport in air conditioned vehicle.
Pick up and drop off from East Oahu.
Bottled water.

7. Pearl Harbor Half-Day Excursion

Pearl Harbor is one of Hawaii’s most visited attractions amd this tour is one of the best ways to maximise your time.

Included with this tour is skip-the-line admission as well as a private chauffeur.

Following your arrival to Pearl Harbor Visitor center you will be greeted with a refreshing drink.

Afterwards, a tour representative will give you an introduction to USS Arizona Memorial.

Then you are transferred by boat to pearl Harbor memorial, which you can explore at your own pace.

Currently the USS Arizona memorial is closed for repairs, set to reopen in Autumn 2019.

As a result, instead of skip the line entry you will enjoy a boat cruise around the memorial instead.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Private transfers from Waikiki hotels.
Complimentary water or juice.
Round trip boat ride to USS Arizona Memorial.
Entry/admission to USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

8. Private Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri

This 6 hour private tour of the Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri Battleship is great for history lovers.

Beginning at USS Arizona Memorial, which is the final resting place for 1,177 men, you will watch a video about the Pearl Harbour battle.

Afterwards, enjoy a cruise around the memorial.

Continue on to Battleship Missouri Memorial where the guide will tell you about the ships history, capabilities and weapons.

When you go below deck you will discover what life was like at sea.

Also you will get the chance to take command of the ship and see if you’ve got what it takes.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Entry to USS Arizona and Missouri battleship.
Private guide.
Hotel pickup and drop off.

9. Ko’olau Waterfall Hike

Head to the hidden Ko’olau Waterfall to discover your own slice of paradise.

Fortunately Oahu is a hikers paradise, and this moderate 2 mile hike is great for most explorers.

As Ko’olau waterfall is 35 meters high, it’s an impressive reward after trekking through native forest.

Couple your hike with an afternoon biking, sailing or snorkelling tour if you wish.

You will also see small streams and lakes where you can enjoy a leisurely swim.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Hotel pick up and drop off.
Professional nature guide.
Rain Poncho, Hip pack.
Mosquito repellent.
Bottled water and trail snacks.

10. Manoa Waterfall Hike

Combine some of Oahu’s impressive natural beauty and tasty treats on this tour.

Standing an impressive 150 meters tall, Manoa Waterfall is stunning.

You can reach it on an easy 1.6 mile hike through Hawaii’s lush vegetation.

before your hike you will have the opportunity to purchase snacks at Rainbow’s End Snack Shop.

After your hike you can see amazing panoramic views of Southern Oahu from Tantalus lookout.

Continue to Leonard’s Bakery where you can purchase a tasty treat such as Malasada.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Air conditioned vehicle with WiFi.
Bottled water.

11. Sail Oahu, Hawaii’s Premier Luxury Sailing Experience
Take a relaxing cruise on a luxurious yacht, SV Shalimar, with teak on its deck and sleek lines.

You will have 4 options to choose from, as tours are 2, 3, or 4 hours in length.

Most leave at 11 am and include a buffet lunch, and snorkelling if you opt for a day tour.

Alternatively choose a sunset tour, or sunset and fireworks on a Friday night for a magical experience.

During the evening you will also receive a gourmet buffet dinner.

The sunset tour is a great romantic choice for couples.

What’s included on this Oahu Tour?

Buffet Lunch or Dinner.
Professional skipper and guide.
Unlimited drinks (alcoholic, soft drinks and bottled water).
Use of snorkeling equipment.

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Aciel White
It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.