You cannot visit Oahu and not visit the pineapple plantation. This place pretty much produces like 90% of the pineapples for the US. They also grow other fruits as well (such as: rambutan, sugar cane, jackfruit), not just pineapples. I literally spent like 30 -45 mins just browsing the souvenirs store. There was so much! i didn’t know what to buy! You can get anything from pineapple gummie bears to pineapple pancakes batter. After buying all the candies and snacks I wanted to bring back to Cali, i headed outside. They have a mini garden outside in the back where you can see baby pineapples. Of course, I browsed around and took pictures of almost everything there!
There are 3 tours you can do:
1. Train Ride Through History: It’s a 20-minute train tour aboard the Pineapple Express that covers two miles of the plantation. You’ll travel through the greenery of the North Shore on a custom-made while listening to narration on James Dole, the agricultural history of the island and the Dole story. You’ll see a working plantation showcasing stages of pineapple and other tropical fruits from planting to harvest. My friend and I opted for this tour. Tickets cost $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. The only thing that was a bummer with this tour was that the pineapples were already harvested so we didn’t see any during the ride.
2. Plantation Garden Tour: It’s a self-guided tour where you get up close and personal with the plants and fruits and learn how pineapples grow. Through an audio tour, you’ll hear about the Hawaiian heritage and history of the Dole Plantation. There are 8 different gardens you’ll be visiting. Tickets for adults are $5.00, and for kids $4.25.
3. Pineapple Maze: Apparently this is the world’s largest maze in 2008. There are 8 hidden stations, and if you complete the maze in record time, you’ll win a prize and have your name inscribed at the maze entrance. Tickets for adults run at $6.00 and $4.00 for kids.
Note: even if you just come here for fun and don’t want to do any of the tours, you must ABSOLUTELY get dole whipped yogurt ice cream. It is absolutely refreshing and tasty! Ever since I had it at Disneyland here in California, I’ve been dreaming of having the REAL thing in Hawaii and it did not disappoint! Honestly, I still drool over it just thinking about it.
The dole plantation is one of those tourist things that you need to do once in your lifetime. It’s not the most exciting thing if you dont care for educational, history stuff so you’ll probably just be bored if you do visit the second time. But definitely visit it at least once if you’re every in Oahu!