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Oahu for Families

By Viator, August 2014

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For some, Oahu is a honeymoon or a romantic escape to the white sand shores of paradise. For others, it’s an annual pilgrimage to a surfing mecca and the site of the “Seven Mile Miracle.” Mostly, however, Oahu is for families, and smiling groups of parents and children form the core of the island’s visitors. After all, with year-round sunshine, non-stop activities and over 125 beaches to choose from, Oahu is a tropical outdoor playground that the whole family can enjoy.

One of the most popular activities for families in Oahu is to take a family surf lesson, where you can share in the successes and awkward failures of trying to learn a new sport. The gentle waves of Waikiki are perfect for beginners and children, but you can also pile the whole family into an outrigger canoe to ride waves like ancient Hawaiians. Or, pair up into family groups and fly hundreds of feet in the air while getting a panoramic view of the city from a parasail canopy in paradise. You can spend family time beneath the water while snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, or take your family to the depths of the ocean with a submarine tour of the sea floor.

But there’s more to Oahu than just the ocean, and it's a great place for that time-honored activity of a family road trip. On an all-day outing to the island’s north shore, make some stops along the way to keep the family entertained. In winter, take a hike to the Makapu‘u lighthouse to look for whales from the viewpoint, or watch the surf at Waimea Bay or the famous Banzai Pipeline. To delve deep in a valley that served as the filming site for some of the family’s favorite movies, explore beautiful Kualoa Ranch by either horseback or ATV. By night, gather around the family dinner table at a fiery Polynesian luau, where the twirling fire and swaying hips will make memories that last a lifetime.

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45-minute Oahu Helicopter Tour: Hidden Oahu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

See the very best Oahu has to offer on this spectacular 45-minute Oahu Helicopter Tour. Your knowledgeable pilot will select the optimal route based on weather ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $235.33

Oahu Surf Lessons: Class and Equipment at Ala Moana Beach with Round-Trip Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

A surfing lesson adds a great workout and a lot of fun to your Oahu vacation. Learn the art of how to hang 10 with a lesson from a qualified instructor at Ala ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: Varies. 1- or 2-hour lessons

From USD $82.72

Oahu Parasailing Tour from Honolulu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Bring the whole family along for an exhilarating Oahu parasailing adventure from Honolulu! Soar above the waters of Maunalua Bay for breathtaking views of the ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Oahu
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.45

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 323 Reviews

From jagged green mountains to sparkling ocean and pristine beaches, see Oahu's most stunning sites on a full-day tour that circles the island. Visit the North ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.95

Oahu North Shore Adventure Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

Discover a different side to Oahu on this half-day tour of North Shore Hawaii. On the Oahu North Shore you'll visit ancient temples, wildlife habitats, surf ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.28

Germaine's Luau on Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Can you picture yourself on a secluded beach, with a beautiful Hawaiian sunset as your backdrop and the tantalizing aroma of a Hawaiian barbeque sizzling ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.00

Oahu Atlantis Submarine Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 83 Reviews

Dive below the surface of Hawaii's blue waters on an Atlantis Submarine Oahu tour! You'll have a unique chance to observe marine life up close without getting ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.40

Oahu Whale Watching Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Go Oahu whale watching, with whale sightings guaranteed and a lunchtime buffet served onboard. You're ensured a comfortable ride with outdoor viewing decks ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.39

Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Punchbowl from the Big Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

This historic Oahu Day Trip from the Big Island to Pearl Harbor Hawaii takes you on a patriotic journey from the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $419.37

Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise - Buffet

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Enjoy a prime-rib buffet dinner on a relaxing Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise as the sun sets on another Hawaiian day. A favorite of families and couples preferring ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.63

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