First of all this was really the only way we wanted to see the island, as I couldn't be bothered hiring a car namely because I drive for a for a living back home. So we went with our concierge's advice at the hotel who recommended this company and one of their tours the "Ultimate Island eco tour". Now on paper this looked really good, so off we went with our driver/guide Josh who just let me say is one top bloke and full of information, now according to the itinerary we should be seeing Pearl harbour (Thankfully we saw this ourselves earlier) , Hale'iwa , turtle beach (We were informed there were no turtles anyway) and this we all did from the window of the bus doing around 50mph ? never mind though we did stop at the Waimea falls park and went for a swim in the falls which was really cool, after this I got the impression that the tour was timed to the minute and there was no room for error, this I know from my experience down the years from driving back home.
After a while we began to slow down a little probably due to Josh being ahead of himself now, and don't get me wrong we were seeing a good part of the island and beginning to enjoy ourselves and yes we did get to walk on some beaches, even with a Tsunami warning sounding to everyone's amusement.? Josh was really amazing now with his knowledge of the island and his obvious curiosity with his "Worldly" passengers whom he was getting to know quite well, the trip down the island was brilliant to say the least, seeing the Japanese temple, Makapu'u lookout, and the stop for lunch out to the private island was simply breathtaking.
Inbetween stops Josh kept up his relentless friendliness with us all on board, no one sleeps on his watch, but he's a decent laddie who obviously loves what he's doing and it shows. Now at this point the bus broke down just before the end of our tour meaning the classic "Houston,We Have a Problem" sprung to mind, and as I had a bit of knowledge in dealing with heavy vehicles, I had a quick look and informed Josh at what I thought was wrong, and made the suggestion that we empty the bus and us guys push it back to safety. Unfortunately for me an Aussie guy picked up what I said and told Josh and promptly got the credit for it, ah well never mind at least you now know Josh.
To be fair the company had a replacement bus with us quite shortly and we resumed our tour, however we had to miss our beach swim and something else, but we did see the other things left such as Hanauma bay etc, and I even got to climb down to the beach cove where they filmed the
famous beach scene from here to eternity. But as I said earlier some of the wording with the tour is slightly misleading due to you driving past whilst seeing "Movie locations" etc and not actually visiting them, perhaps it could be worded better as I actually wanted to see Hale'iwa town not just a sign post flashing past, it might also be more feasible if they dropped some of the beaches instead and slowed things down a little more here.
As for Josh, well he's a top bloke and a credit to his company, and I even met him some days later at Hanauma bay where he was with another tour group, and he took the time to speak to us again (Hi, from Scotland Josh,,! ). Would I recommend this company absolutely, just beware of the wording folks for if you did this by the book it would take about two days to complete, so just enjoy it for what it is a rushed tour for the lazy, but a great way to see the Island if you're on a limited visit..!
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