Oahu for Families

By Viator, December 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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Waikiki and Diamond Head Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

See the best of Waikiki and Diamond Head, and experience it all in an exhilarating way on a Segway tour! On your own Segway Personal Transporter, you can enjoy ...  Read more

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

From USD $177.99

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

4.5 star rating: Recommended 527 Reviews

From jagged green mountains to sparkling ocean and pristine beaches, there are plenty of stunning sites on this full-day circle island tour of Oahu. Visit the ...  Read more

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

From USD $97.85

Germaine's Luau on Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 143 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 $88.00

Oahu Atlantis Submarine Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 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 $123.86


4.5 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

Soak up the excitement of Las Vegas while in Hawaii! The Legends in Concert Waikiki® 'Rock-a-Hula' show brings together tribute artists like Elvis, Celine ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: Varies

From USD $55.00

Swim with the Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Don’t miss a chance to swim with some of Hawaii’s most beautiful creatures and everyone’s favorite ocean mammal – dolphins! Experience a thrilling belly ride, ...  Read more

Location: Waimanalo, Oahu
Duration: Varies

From USD $73.29

Hawaii Duck Tour: East Oahu Sightseeing

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

With Hawaii’s abundance of attractions on land and in the water, a duck tour is the perfect way to experience the best of both worlds. As you tour Waikiki and ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00

Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii Water Park Admission

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy a fun day of waterslides and wave pools at the Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii water park on Oahu. Ride exhilarating waterslides, relax in the wave pool, or take the ...  Read more

Location: Kapolei, Oahu
Duration: Flexible

From USD $51.87

Waikiki Banana Boat Ride

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Get ready for a wet 'n' wild banana boat ride that the whole family can enjoy! This banana boat adventure from Honolulu takes you on a fun-filled ride along ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.36

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