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Hawaii’s Grand Circle Tour voted World’s Best Travel Experience on TripAdvisor for 2023


TripAdvisor has published its definitive list of the world’s best tourist attractions and activities with some interesting inclusions.

TripAdvisor's reviewers said Hawaii's Grand Circle Island Tour is the world's best travel experience.

Hawaii’s Grand Circle Island and Haleiwa Tour in Honolulu has been voted as the world’s best tourist attraction and travel experience by TripAdvisor in its 2023 Best of the Best ‘Things To Do’ poll.

The online review platform aggregated 12 months of user reviews to collate its list, with the Royal Star Hawaii experience coming out on top in the overall ranking.

The full-day experience takes travellers on a complete loop of Oahu, visiting all the major sights including the H?lona Blowhole, the Byodo-In Temple, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Dole Plantation and many more, with some seen from the bus and time spent on the ground at others.

Snorkelling in Port Douglas was Australia's highest ranking regional experience.

Following close behind in second place was the Thai Cooking Course in Chiang Mai, Thailand; with the Best of Ubud Tour in Bali completing the podium places. Completing the top ten were experiences in Dubai, Seoul, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Siem Reap, Puerto Rico and Hanoi.

The annual list is based on user reviews, with TripAdvisor also posting regional rankings, with the best experience in the South Pacific region voted as the Original Canopy Tour Ziplining Adventure in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Australia claimed second spot with ABC Snorkel Charters in Port Douglas taking home the silver, followed by a similar snorkelling experience in Moorea, Tahiti.

Barcelona's Basílica de la Sagrada Familia was voted the world's best tourist attraction.

In a parallel poll, the world’s top attractions that draw tourists were also named, with Spain’s Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona claiming the title for the second year running.

This was followed by Rome’s Colosseum, Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam, the Dubai Fountain and the Empire State Building in New York City.

In the South Pacific region, the Sydney Opera House led the way as the region’s top attraction, with Sydney Harbour itself voted as No 3, with Perth’s Kings Park and Botanic Gardens sandwiched in the middle.

Further global rankings were published by TripAdvisor in its Best of the Best poll based on categorised experiences and attractions, with categories including Amusement Parks, Bucket List Experiences, Food and Culinary Experiences, Nature and Outdoors, Sailing and Day Cruises, Wine Experiences and many more.

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour are also much-loved attractions.

Click here to peruse the complete list including all subcategories.

TripAdvisor General Manager, Experiences, Kate Urquhart, said the awards were a testament to the businesses dedicated to ensuring the TripAdvisor community enjoys the most memorable trips.

“Experiences turn travellers into adventurers, connecting them with the local community and giving them unforgettable stories for years to come” Urquhart said.

“With more than 300,000 bookable experiences in over 250,000 destinations worldwide, Tripadvisor helps people access the best things to do globally, and we’re committed to expanding that number of tours and attractions across every destination.”


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 23 June 2023

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