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Explore The West Side By Jeep

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Go beyond the typical Oahu tourist sites to places like Makau Cave, catch scenic views of Pokai Bay, see honu, and more on this epic Honolulu tour.

Make your way to Oahu's Leeward Coast or "the Westside" to see five of the most stunning sights and landmarks, including Makau Cave, Yokohama Beach, and more when you book this full-day guided tour in Honolulu. Whether you're new to the island of Oahu or just want a unique experience different from common tourist excursions, this tour is just for you!

Your tour includes an expert, local guide who will take you to explore the iconic Makau Cave with powerful flashlights and the famous Aulani taro ponds to see the sustainable plant that's been key to Native Hawaiians diets for centuries. You will be provided comfortable round trip transportation to and from the pier, as well as a chance to dine on a delicious lunch at A&G Steaks (at your own expense), making this excursion perfect for foodies and culture enthusiasts alike.

Start your tour by discovering the scenic drive along Oahu's Leeward Coast. Locals refer to this scenic coast as the Westside, and you'll get several opportunities to take beautiful pictures of the landscape and skyline, including its gorgeous golden sand beaches. Your first stop takes you to Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa to see the taro ponds, a secluded art collection, and secluded coves. Here, learn why the taro plant was a key part of the Native Hawaiians' tradition and sustainability for centuries as well as get a chance to see "honu" or green sea turtles in the secluded coves, which locals consider seeing a honu as a sign of good fortune.

Next, your tour takes you the remote Yokohama Beach or Keawa' ula Beach, a beach known for its year-round high surfs and schools of squid that give the beach its translated name of "red bay." After capturing panoramic views along Yokohama Beach's shorelines and enjoying the beach, follow your guide and make your way to Makua Cave to explore 450-foot long caves that researchers believe to be more than 150,000 years old and locals associate with the demigod Kane. Your tour also makes a stop at the iconic Makaha Beach, where surfers flock to every year to ride the high tides for some of the best surfing in Hawaii. If the waves permit a safe experience, have the chance to enjoy the pristine waters of this iconic beach where lifeguards abound for peace of mind.

Conclude your tour with a stop to Pokai Bay, a local favorite. Thanks to its calm waters, golden sands, and picturesque skyline, Pokai Bay makes the ideal spot for swimming, relaxing in the sun, or enjoying a lunch on the beach. Wrap up your tour with a final stop for lunch at the famous A&G Steaks. This restaurant is known for delicious steak or seafood dishes, salads, and other locally-sourced foods to satisfy your appetite before heading back to the port in Honolulu.

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience that takes you on an off-the-beaten path, then you won't want to miss this exciting excursion along Oahu's Leeward Coast. Book this tour now and get ready from an adventure of a lifetime in Honolulu.

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
$193.00 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. Those who wish to take a quick swim (conditions and time permitting) should wear a swimsuit under their clothes and bring a towel.
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.