There are lots of things to do on Oahu whether you are seeking to have the adventure of a lifetime or just chill out. Whether single, with the family, on business or a repeat visitor there is something that fits you and your situation. Check out these suggestions below.
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There are MULTIPLE activities to choose from and consider while here on Oahu. It can be overwhelming but if you need some ideas check out the Top 10 Best Activities on Oahu to get you started. The classics such as Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center, climbing Diamond Head and a luau are popular as well as some things you might not have considered below.
Lots of activities on Oahu and things to do in Honolulu take place on different parts of the island so it might be helpful to know what's where so that you can plan accordingly. Also, if a trip to one of these areas is on your wish list read on so that the highlights are not missed.
With gorgeous white sand beaches and calm, turqoise blue waters and a backdrop of green, rugged mountains you just might feel like you've landed in the south Pacific somewhere. Check out Lanikai Beach, famous film locations at Kualoa Ranch , taste free macadamia nuts at Tropical Farms, have a zen moment at Byodo-In Temple, spot whales at Makapuu LightHouse or play with a dolphin at Sea Life Park.
World famous landscape with the pink hotel as the jewel in the crown with Diamond Head in the distance this is a must do. World class shopping, people watching and general all around fun. Learn to surf from a beachboy or just walk down the street in Waikiki and take in one of the many Waikiki attractions. Waikiki is also home to most of the island's nightlife.
Scenic location on the near west side just 45 minutes west of Oahu the area of Ko Olina houses resorts such as Marriott and Disney. The popular Paradise Cove luau is located here also as well as snorkel, dolphin and whale watching cruises. The water park Wet n Wild is also a short drive away. Learn more at Ko Olina.
Other possibilities include a shark cage dive, going for a bike ride down a mountain or through a beautiful valley. I also enjoy kayaking, hiking in nature and surfing. There's waterfalls to check out too.
If you're more of the mellow type go golfing with the backdrop of Hawaii's rugged pali as your backdrop.
Take a snorkel/dolphin cruise on the west side (my favorite snorkeling) or go to Hanauma Bay. If you want to stay dry but still look at fish go on the Atlantis Submarine. To get up close and personal and explore Hawaii's sea life nothing beats scuba diving.
You don't have to be certified by the way. If you want to catch fish go sportfishing or spear fishing for fish unique to this eco environment. If traveling during the months of December through early April go whale watching. For a relaxing evening filled with entertainment and enjoying the Waikiki coastline a sunset cocktail cruise or a dinner cruise is the way to go.
Interested in exploring the island? Visit the north shore or see the island's highlights on a circle island tour. You'll get to go to famous places such as the Dole Pineapple Plantation, the Diamond head lookout by the lighthouse, Kualoa Ranch, a macadamia nut farm, Hanauma Bay and of course the north shore.
There's lots of shopping opportunities here on the island and it's not all sarongs and flip flops. Just about every brand on the mainland along with local retailers are at Ala Moana Shopping Center with almost 300 stores and 70 restaurants.
Souvenirs and tropical inspired wares can be found at the flea market at the Aloha Stadium and International Marketplace. Bargains and deep discounts on name brands are at the Waikele Outlets located about 35 minutes outside of Waikiki. Shopping in Waikiki offers lots of options too. Learn more here.
Oahu is rich in both American and Hawaii history. Visit the site of the Japanese attack at the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor and see restored WWII aircraft at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Step even further back in time to when the Hawaiian islands were ruled by a monarchy at Iolani Palace or learn about nature and geology at Bishop Museum. For more traditional art created by both local and international artists visit the Hawaii State Art Museum or The Honolulu Museum of Art. Learn more here
There are lots of things to do with kids here. I suggest snorkeling and dolphin watching on the west side or an up close experience with dolphins and other sea animals at Sea Life Park. For a more educational and cultural experience try the Polynesian Cultural Center or Bishop Museum. If your kids are real little (under 5 years old) then the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or the Children's Discovery Museum are good bets. The Waikiki Trolley is good for kids of all ages as well as the Atlantis Submarine.
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