GyPSy Guide provides a professional tour guide commentary along scenic drives. Our tours highlight the very best of the region with entertaining stories about history, geology, legends and local advice, so all you have to do is drive, listen and soak in the scenery.
The App that’s just like having a tour guide in your car!™
Stories, local tips and directions as you drive, so you don’t miss a thing.
All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.
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OAHU DRIVING TOUR
Want to connect with Hawaii, beyond Waikiki? Then it’s definitely worth taking a full day from sunbathing, renting a car, and driving to tour around Oahu.
There are many stories, tips and advice along the way, that will enhance your Oahu, Hawaii vacation experience. We’ll highlight the many viewpoints, but how and how long you choose to explore is up to you.
Start the tour along Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki, or pick up the commentary anywhere along the tour route. Follow the narration to continue on the entire Island Circle Tour, or just explore the North Shore and return for sunset back at Waikiki. Have another day? Explore Oahu’s small towns, best Beaches and Volcanoes.
All commentary, directions and options are included so you can choose your own adventure. Drivers can follow the route in either direction.
Here’s our suggestions for how to break up the island into 1/2 day or full day sightseeing routes.
Beaches and Volcanoes Tour – allow 1/2 day.
Oahu’s Southeast corner is an area dominated by extinct volcanoes and sandy beaches. Get fit by hiking up the short but steep staircase at Diamond Head, you’ll be reward with breathtaking view overlooking Honolulu. And one of the best, but also most popular spots to snorkel is Hanauma Bay. It now has restricted access so check hours before you go. Escape to the small towns of Kailua and Lanikai for pristine beaches, or take a guided kayaking tour to the twin islands, “The Mokes” just offshore. It’s not hard to feel the spiritual significance at two locations on the windwind side of the island. At the Pali Lookout, (but hang onto your hats, you’ll also feel the strong wind blowing up against these cliffs) and also at serene Byodo-In Temple.
Island Circle Tour – allow full day.
You may want to detour and scope out Ko’Olina, the planned resort area with crested shaped beach lagoons and 5 star resorts, including the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa. But the main attraction is the North Shore, and it’s famous big wave surfing beaches of Sunset Beach & Banzai Pipeline. Hear about the history of surfing, local legends and some overseas challengers to the throne. Enjoy a stop for some great eats, a few cold drinks in the lack back North Shore town of Hale’iwa, or continue on to Shrimp Truck heaven. We’ll point out a few of our favourites, but remember to bring mints or friends that don’t care about garlic breath. Continue driving along the shore and grab a photo of the hole in the rock Laie Sea Arch. Loop back around the Pali returning to Waikiki. We’ll also direct you to into Pearl Harbor Visitor Center if you want to pay respects and explore this still active naval base.
Your own itinerary, your pace.
Just join the tour route. All commentary, directions and options are included so you can choose your own adventure.
OAHU GPS DRIVING TOUR APP REVIEWS
DRIVING AROUND OAHU
OAHU GPS AUDIO DRIVING TOUR APP
LISTEN TO SAMPLE COMMENTARY – OAHU
Where does the tour start?
The island is divided in to 2 tours that both start from Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki. There is no need to select which tour you want to do. Just follow the instructions below and once you turn or stay straight on Kalakaua Ave, the Gypsy will know which tour you are following.
Beaches & Volcanoes Route. As you drive down Kalakaua Ave you will hear instructions to stay straight ahead at the intersection with Kapahulu Ave. The tour will include all the directions you need in the audio to follow the route. The tour does a loop and returns back to Waikiki. OR you can continue all the way around the island.
Island Circle Route. We recommend doing this tour clockwise, But you can go the opposite way – your choice. Start the tour by driving down Kalakaua Ave. You will hear an instruction to TURN LEFT AT KAPAHULU AVE. The tour goes towards the Dole Plantation and the North Shore first. It returns to Waikiki via the Pali Hwy and lookout.
OR you can join the Island Circle from the Beaches and Volcanoes Tour, and vice versa. You’ll hear instructions about how to do that as you approach the Pali Highway.
You can join the tour from somewhere else if you are not based in Waikiki; use the map to find the nearest place where you can follow the direction of the arrows.
Can I do the tour in reverse?
Yes. We’ve divided the island into 2 tours, but they link to each other so you can also explore the entire island as one continuous tour. You can drive around the island in either direction – its you choice about which way you prefer to go.
What should I bring?
It’s important to keep charging your device as you drive and we recommend using a DC cigarette lighter-style of charger. Plugging directly into the vehicle’s USB port is not recommended.
Gas, food and beverages are readily available all over the island.
Water, sunscreen and your swimsuit as there are lots of great swimming beaches.
Don’t forget your smile and some aloha.