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Driving Tours on Oahu

Saint Cloud...
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Driving Tours on Oahu

I am going to add this forum thread to the Oahu Driving tours Top Question.

This is the original Top Question for Oahu Driving tours. It is still valid.

There are four driving tours on the Traveler Article page.

At the end of Driving tour #2 there are several links to other options and maps. Driving tours #3 and #4 were added later and therefore show up after the links.

https:/…Driving.Tours.html

Visitors can combine driving tours and/or add parts of other driving tours to one day.

Examples: National Cemetery of the Pacific (from Driving tour #3 can easily be added to Driving tour #1 or #2). Driving tours #1 and #2 can be done in one day without spending much time at any stop.

Please add any other stops (mention which driving tour) that you like that are not already included. Or mention any of the stops that are included. Add a link to photos, etc., if you want for the stops.

Or mention any other stop on the island that is not on any of the driving tours.

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Saint Cloud...
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1. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

Add Kawela Bay to Driving tour #2. There is a short access path right across the highway from the fruit/vegetable stand near the entrance to Turtle Bay Resort. There is a huge banyan tree near the beach that has been in "Lost" and "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Optional for Driving tour #2:

Ehukai Pillbox Hike. Trailhead starts across from the tennis courts at Sunset Elementary School across the highway from Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline). Takes about one hour roundtrip There are two military bunkers (pillboxes) with great views of the beaches.

Saint Cloud...
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2. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

Kawela Bay:

https://lookintohawaii.com/hawaii/5267/kawel…

The access to Kawela Bay is perhaps 2-3 minutes from the highway.

This is an unknown Hawaii gem!

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3. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

This is awesome thanks for this dusty!

We stayed at Turtle Bay and would you believe we missed going to Kawela Bay. It was literally around the corner grrr. Anyway another reason to go back!

Cheers

Saint Cloud...
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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is mentioned in Driving tour #1. Optional: From the lighthouse lookout look toward the mountains. There is a ridge nearby with two pillboxes (military bunkers). Easy 10 minute hike (each way) to the pillboxes. There are switchbacks to make the hiking easy. You can climb atop the pillboxes. Really nice views from atop the pillboxes.

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5. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

Kailua Beach and nearby Lanikai Beach!

Visitors can easily see these toward the end of Driving tour #1 or the beginning of Driving tour #2. Or the opposite if visitors choose to do these driving tours in reverse.

This is a really good map of Kailua and of the beaches in the area from Waimanalo to Kailua.

kailuavacationrentals.net/images/Kailua_V8.p…

Other good info on the main site including Dining and Shopping:

http://www.kailuavacationrentals.net/

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6. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

is there a link that combines all 3 driving tours in one?

Saint Cloud...
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7. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

"is there a link that combines all 3 driving tours in one?"

There are 4 driving tours on the Driving tour page link in the topic.

The page mentions combining #1 and #2 and how to combine them.

The page added Driving tour #3 as a city tour (kind of starting at Pearl Harbor Visitors Center) going back to Waikiki. You can add some of these stops at the end of #1 or #2 or a combination of them.

The page added Driving tour #4 as a Leeward (west side) driving tour.

On the page, after Driving tour #2, there are about 10 links to other narratives (some with pics) or maps.

As explained on the page, you can easily combine #1 and #2 in one driving tour. You may have time to add National Cemetery of the Pacific, Tantalus, etc., from Driving tour #3.

There is no link that I know of that combines all three Driving tours together.

I wrote these 4 driving tours as best as I could based on my experience on Oahu.

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8. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

Dusty, Mahalo for these driving tours. As many times as we've been to Oahu... I sometimes miss something along the way and I'm always interested in what others recommend.

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Saint Cloud...
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10. Re: Driving Tours on Oahu

Shaka G

You cannot promote your company on the TA forums!

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