Aloha to Oahu – Review of Private Driver Services with Oahu Spot Tours

A rented car, a family filled with nervous drivers and the majesty of the Hawaiian Islands … Which of these three things do not belong?  It was the first two of those items that led us to sign up with Ron at Oahu Spot Tours for our family’s trip to Hawaii this past May.

I booked the services of Ron’s company after reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews of Oahu Spot Tours on TripAdvisor.  Ron was quick to respond to my emails and offered up some very helpful suggestions for structuring our trip. Since this was our first time in Hawaii, we opted for a full day private tour of Oahu.

Ron picked us up at our hotel (see my earlier review of the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk for more details on our accommodations) at 7:30 am to begin our excursion. Our mode of transportation for the day was Ron’s comfortable nine-passenger Mercedes-Benz minibus. In addition to a friendly smile, Ron greeted us with box of warm malasadas – Portuguese doughnuts which are a popular breakfast treat in Hawaii.

Our first stop of the day was a scenic overlook that gave us some wonderful panoramic views of Honolulu with Diamond Head off in the distance.

Oahu Spot Tours Scenic View of Waikiki

Ron then drove us around the Island to take in several other scenic spots.

Oahu Spot Tours Scenic View 2

Oahu Spot Tours Scenic View 1

For lunch, we made a stop at a traditional shrimp stand.

Oahu Spot Tours Fumis Shrimp Truck

Despite the fact that we were purchasing seafood, off the back of a truck, on a warm Spring day, even my usually overly-cautious, food-squeamish Partner F enjoyed the delicious garlic shrimp scampi.

Oahu Spot Tours Shrimp Truck Lunch

Right next door was a shop, run by a friend of Ron’s where we purchased a hand carved tiki statue …

Oahu Spot Tours Carved Tiki Shop

… that we had personalized with our names.

Oahu Spot Tours Handcarved Tiki Shop

Don’t worry, we made sure we bought an “un-cursed” one.

Over the course of the day, we also made stops at the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm (free samples galore!) and the Dole Plantation.

We then headed up to the North Shore of Oahu where we took in a little sea turtle viewing from a respectable distance …

Oahu Spot Tours Sea Turtle

…. before Ron drove us back to our hotel and bid our little group farewell with a nice gift of kukui nut leis.

Oahu Spot Tours Ron

In addition to our day-long tour of Oahu, Ron handled our transfers to and from the airport and drove us out to Pearl Harbor where we visited the USS Arizona Memorial and other naval exhibits.

Our Oahu itinerary included many of the same stops that are featured on the numerous “circle island” group tours.  That said, Ron was great at keeping “one step ahead” of the big tour buses. The advantage of working with Oahu Spot Tours was that Ron was able to tailor the excursion to our preferences and allow us to enjoy the day at our own speed. However, what really made the day special was that during our 7+ hours on the road with him, Ron made us all feel like members of his extended family.  Ron and his company Oahu Spot Tours truly embody the “Aloha Spirit” of Hawaii.

Have you ever visited Oahu? What were your impressions of the island?


One thought on “Aloha to Oahu – Review of Private Driver Services with Oahu Spot Tours”

  1. Just finished the day with Ron. It was a great day!!! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the island, was able to navigate the island with great ease, having been raised here. Also, he tailored our tour to our interests and was able to make suggestions that added to our enjoyment. On top of all this he was very personable and engaging and had a great sense of humor. It was like an old friend picking you up and taking you on a tour. We are already planning a return trip to the island so Ron can take us on a more extensive tour. In addition to all this I am disabled and needed additional help getting In and out of the van and stowing my mobility scooter. Ron was more than happy to help, was caring and attentive to all my needs. He even stood in line 2 hours before the tour to get us tickets to the USS Arizona memorial. There were 4 in our party and we were all greatly impressed with Ron and would highly recommend him.

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