GyPSy Guide’s narrated driving tour for the entire island of Oahu, is an excellent way to enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour while you explore at your own pace. There are 230+ audio points that play automatically along the scenic drive, featuring the best things to see and do, stories, tips and driving directions. Professional tour guides share advice on how to prioritize your time at recommended “not to be missed” viewpoints, suggested side-trips and places of interest. Tours work offline, using free GPS signal and location services, so no data roaming, network, or wifi is required while touring. It’s Just Like Having a Tour Guide in Your Car™ WHAT TO EXPECT: Want to connect with Hawaii, beyond Waikiki? Then it’s definitely worth taking a full day, renting a car, and driving 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. Visit www.gypsyguide.com for route maps, sample audio, tips and advice and what to know before you go. Includes 3 suggested road trips to explore Oahu; BEACHES & VOLCANOES: Oahu’s Southeast corner is an area dominated by extinct volcanoes and sandy beaches. Hike 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. 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 the Pali Lookout. Return to Waikiki, or continue driving to complete the Island Circle. OAHU ISLAND CIRCLE: The main attraction is the North Shore, and it’s famous big wave surfing beaches of Sunset Beach & Banzai Pipeline. Hear the history of surfing, local legends and challengers to the throne. Enjoy the lack back town of Hale’iwa, or continue on to Shrimp Truck heaven. Continue driving along the windward side and grab a photo of the hole in the rock Laie Sea Arch. Or find your zen at the serene Buddhist Byodo-In Temple. Loop back around the Pali and return to Waikiki. You can also choose to drive this route in the opposite direction and arrive at Sunset Beach, late in the afternoon. Or scope out Ko Olina, the resort area with crested shaped beach lagoons and the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa. PEARL HARBOR: We recommend you dedicate at least a 1/2 day for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center if you want to pay respects and explore this still active naval base. WHAT YOU’LL SEE: Some of the highlights along the route: • Diamond Head • Hanauma Bay • North Shore, Sunset & Banzai • The ‘Mokes’, Kailua and Lanikai • Byodo-In Temple • Laie Sea Arch • Ko Olina • Pearl Harbor • Dole Plantation BATTERY USAGE: ++ Continued use of GPS/Location Services in the background increases battery usage. We strongly recommend taking a cigarette style (DC outlet) car charger. Avoid using a direct connection to the USB port of a rental vehicle. IPADS: ** iPad models must include a GPS chip. Please note that Apple only install these on the iPad Wifi + Cellular models. Wifi only iPad models have limited location service capabilities and are unable to play commentary automatically. DOWNLOADING: The apps are larger in size in order to work offline. You must be on wifi to download as the store may block the download over cellular networks. ABOUT US: GyPSy Guide™ produce award winning narrated audio tours along scenic drives and road trips around the world. Enjoyed by travelers who prefer to set their own pace and itinerary on vacation, but enjoy a fun, informative and educational guided experience while driving themselves. Our goal is to provide a great introduction to the region and inspire you to learn more and return. None of our apps include paid advertising.
We were researching options for circle island tours of Oahu, but struggled with only getting 10-15 minutes at any stop. So we decided to rent an car and I started looking for self directed suggested tours and GypsyGuide popped up. We decided to go out on a limb and try it! Was the best money we spent ! The commentary was wonderful, funny and informative. We got to see places that not even our friend whom had lived in the island for 3 months knew about. The directions were easy to follow. Great tour , would highly recommend !!
We first heard about GyPSy Guide when we went from Banff to Jasoer. We found it incredibly informative and entertaining. So on our first trip to Hawaii, I got the island package and first used it on Kauai. I really can’t say enough superlative words about the app. It was obvious on the road to Jasper how it worked because there was only one road, but it worked just as beautifully with choices. “Fred” helped us choose where to go, gave us lots of information about the history, culture, geology, and flora/fauna and weather. It tells you what is a must see and what to do or pass up depending on time. He speaks with humor and has a good voice. I like how he reminds of previous stories and continues them at various points. It was great for our 2 days on Oahu and then the 7 days on the Big Island. “Fred” even did a great job of explaining not only what to see in Volcano National Park and how to use our limited time wisely, but also about the important geology, history and biology related to the park. I seriously will purchase every single one available for every road trip or vacation we do from now on!!!!
We had a time box, so we picked only the stops that most interested us. We loved being able to discover great new things, and skip what we wanted. We even took our own stops and detours along the route and the guide caught up as soon as we returned to the route. Super high quality.
I live on Oahu for work. Despite the many guides and services available to tell you what the island features are, nothing beats the flexibility of a self guided tour. This app goes beyond that, and offers a friendly companion who knows exactly what you need along your visit. The history narrations are priceless and can send you down great explorations of the different topics relevant to the island. My wife and I often do the hop on hop off tours to get the history and find out what’s available locally in given area. Well, having this app is like owning your very own private tour. We love it!!
Can I get a referral fee code? I tell everyone who comes to Hawaii that these apps are a must have, and of course they all find out that I’m absolutely right. But seriously . . . I’ll take a code or something. 🤙🏽
Very informative. The narrator guides you through turns just as Maps would. We love the narratives about the history of Hawaii as you drive the route. Also like that it doesn’t try to constantly speak and leaves gaps in the commentary. Just note that it doesn’t guide you to get to the route, only once you’re on it. Use Maps to get to any point on the route then you’re good. The only negative is the huge difference in volume between the narrator and the music interludes. We constantly had to adjust volume until giving up and stopping the music. No big deal.
This app made the drive around Oahu so much more interesting. Many insights. Points out sights you wouldn’t know. Gave history, geology, culture. A must.
I used this app to drive around Oahu and Big Island on my Hawaii trip last week. Really awesome app, it gives you information and directions based on where you are at on island. I get how the app works, but it still felt like I had a real time personal tour guide. On Oahu this was all I needed; I thought I’d do the $100+ bus trip, but much happier I used this app with a rental car (less rushed, stop at areas I wanted to) . I used it on Big Island as well , but only on days I drove from Kona to Volcano Park and to Hilo. I did do a $100 big island bus tour, but that was because I didn’t want to drive entire circle myself.
My hotel concierge actually recommended this app to me and I’m SO glad she did! The narration is very clear, informative and fun! I loved his little jokes throughout the tours! We learned so much about Oahu and saw the best sites! I loved how he gave advice about “can sees” vs “must sees” and details about how much time things will take so we could make the best decision based on our schedule! I highly highly recommend this app!
We decided to download this app and rent a car as opposed to paying for tour excursions. The money we saved paid for the rental car. The information this app provide was great, and led us to some sites we had not discovered in our own research. The narrator was funny, had an easy to understand voice and gave a lot of history we found interesting a normal tour guide normally wouldn’t give or you wouldn’t be able to hear. The information was well spaced out so you had the right amount of silence and talking, and the app provided directions on turns faster and more accurately then the map app we had running. The only thing I wish the app did was cache the tracks it had already played and not play them again unless marked to do so. As Oahu only has a couple main highways we found ourselves traveling over the same areas during the time we were there and would hear the same information. We started playing the app once we got to new areas. Other then that it was great and we will continue to buy the app in any other locations they offer this service!