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Things to do in Oahu

Things to do in  Oahu

Welcome to Oahu

This island gem—the third largest of Hawaii’s eight—offers city entertainment to the south and outdoor adventure to the north, just an hour’s drive apart. History buffs can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona or get a taste of the island at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Experience the outdoors, from snorkeling to sailing to jetskiing to just plain lounging on Waikiki Beach, or with a hike up Diamond Head. And be sure to plan a night at a traditional lu’au; visit to Haleiwa on the North Shore for garlic shrimp and shaved ice; and trip to the Halona Blowhole to snap photos.

Top 10 attractions in Oahu

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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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Made up of several historic sites and memorials, Pearl Harbor honors and educates the public about the Japanese attack on the United States on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II. It’s one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, and one of the country’s most significant WWII memorial sites.More
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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Arguably Hawaii's most well-known sight, Diamond Head Crater is more than just a famous Waikiki backdrop but also an entire attraction unto itself, featuring one of Oahu's best hikes for a panoramic view. From atop the 760-foot (231-meter) summit, visitors can gaze out from Koko Head Crater to the Honolulu skyline and down on Waikiki Beach, where surfers, paddlers, sailboats, and canoes all splash through the tropical waters.More
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USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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The USSArizona Memorial floats above the watery site where the eponymous battleship was bombed and sunk, taking 1,177 lives with it, in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The solemn, all-white memorial features a marble wall of names of those who served onboard and spans theArizona’s width, with openings to look down on the sunken hull.More
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Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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For decades, Waikiki Beach has been Oahu’s tourist mecca thanks to its palm-fringed white-sand beaches and high-rise luxury hotels that stretch from downtown Honolulu east toward the towering Diamond Head. Here all the spoils of Hawaiian beach life—from sunbathing and swimming to snorkeling and fruity-cocktail sipping—are within steps of world-class shopping and dining.More
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Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

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What started out as a Wahiawa fruit stand in the middle of the pineapple fields in 1950 is now an extremely popular Hawaiian attraction. The sprawling Dole Plantation in central Oahu is a rural throwback to a time when the pineapple helped rule Oahu’s economy. Visitors can sample the sweet yellow fruit, ride on the famous Pineapple Express train and motor out through the fields, take a walk through a huge garden maze, learn how to find fresh pineapple when grocery shopping, and hear how pineapples are grown on plants—and not underground or on trees.More
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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

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Circular Hanauma Bay is a particularly attractive, sheltered inlet of turquoise water, carved from a submerged volcanic crater east of Diamond Head.The sandy beach park is popular with families, with its calm waters, lifeguards, and gentle diving and snorkeling. Picnic tables overlook the bay, and you can rent diving equipment.The area is a Nature Preserve and Marine Life Conservation District, and when you visit there’s a short film to watch about the marine life before you head down to the beach.While diving you should spot green turtles, parrotfish and coral.More
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Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

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Kualoa Ranch is a one-stop adventure playground and a highlight for many travelers to Oahu. Stretching from the verdant folds of the Koolau Mountains to the tropical sea, the 4,000-acre (1,619-hectare) working cattle ranch is one of the largest tracts of accessible nature on Oahu and offers visitors a huge variety of ways to interact with Hawaii’s stunning landscapes, from ATV rides and zipline adventures to film site tours. The property is divided into two areas: the northerly Kaaawa Valley with its many movie locations, and Hakipuu Valley, fronted by an 800-year-old Hawaiian fishpond and the site’s Secret Island Beach.More
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Makapuu Lighthouse

Makapuu Lighthouse

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Within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is a popular hike ending at the historical red-roofed Makapu’u Lighthouse, built in 1909. Though the lighthouse is not open to the public, the moderately challenging hike attracts travelers and locals alike for its stunning coastal views.More
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King Kamehameha Statue

King Kamehameha Statue

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Planted firmly on the lawn of Aliiolani Hale, the State Supreme Court building, is the most visited of all the statues honoring King Kamehameha I in Hawaii. The 18-foot bronze icon with golden-colored detailing was erected in 1883 and depicts a spear-wielding and cloak-draped Kamehameha the Great, the first Hawaiian monarch and the ruler credited with uniting the Islands under single rule in 1810.Each year on a date near the June 11 state holiday commemorating King Kamehameha, community groups build massive flower lei garlands and drape them over the Honolulu statue using the ladder from a fire truck. The popular lei draping ceremony commemorates the King’s significance and kicks off week-long celebrations of colorful parades and festivals throughout the Islands.The story of the statue’s procurement also undoubtedly adds to its allure: Constructed in Europe, the sculpture took several years to make, and, when finally finished and rounding the horn of South America, (the Panama Canal wasn’t completed until 1914) the ship carrying it wrecked near the Falkland Islands. Using insurance money, a second statue was quickly built and arrived in Honolulu without incident; this is the statue that stands here today. Meanwhile, Falkland fishermen were able to retrieve the sunken original and sold it to back to the then-U.S. territory, where the strikingly similar sculpture still stands not far from the king’s birthplace on Hawaii Island. Another Kamehameha figure, made from molds of the Honolulu version, is one of two statues representing the state of Hawaii in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.More
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Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore

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Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.More

Trip ideas

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Awesome experience!
Anastasia, Feb 2021
Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu "Magnum Experience" (50 Minute)
A great way to see the island of Oahu from the bird eye’s view!
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Oahu like you never seen it before
Pedro_F, Dec 2020
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Had a great time, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see Oahu from the sky.
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Best way to see Oahu is with Tyco & Spiritual Tours
Britt_W, Dec 2020
Private Customizable Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu
No better way to see Oahu than with Tyco from Spiritual Tours was one of the best Tour guides I have had in 30+ years of traveling around the globe.
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Amazing Best Experience of my Life
Shreyas, Nov 2020
No Certification Required Guided Scuba Diving Tour
Would definitely recommend this activity if visiting Oahu and can't wait to be back in summer :)
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Don’t miss out on this Gem!!
Coral_and_James, Feb 2021
Custom Island Adventures Tour
Lastly, Elf took us on an absolutely breathtaking hike to a private waterfall that you’ll never be able to find on your own.
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Great time with no crowds
Christine_S, Dec 2020
USS Arizona Memorial & City Tour
Our driver AJ gave us tips on great things to see and experience during our stay on Oahu.
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Go With This Company!
Callen_H, Dec 2020
Moana’s Sunset Sailing along Oahu's Waikiki Coast
Once on the boat, we were surprised to see there was a smaller group of about 10 of us!
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Great day
Heather, Mar 2020
Oahu Circle Island and Snorkeling Tour
Great way to see the island and know what we wanted to do for the rest of our time on Oahu.
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Not to be missed
Sharon_P, Mar 2020
Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall
Great way to see Oahu and get history of the people, surfing.
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Great family tour
Sheila_G, Mar 2020
Oahu Tour: Pearl Harbor, Haleiwa Historical Town and Honolulu City Tour
Great way to visit major attractions in Oahu with a very Knowledgeable and accommodating guide - Jay.
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Waianae coast snorkel cruise
Jason_J, Feb 2020
Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu
If you are going to Oahu, this should be on your list of activities without a doubt!
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Loved the Dole plantation and the beautiful Rainbow Trees.
debbihoffman, Feb 2020
Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour
Ideal way to visit the entire island.
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Great experience
michaeltb60, Jan 2020
Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu
Best way to get a real look at the island of Oahu , especially the more remote areas & beautiful mountains & waterfalls.
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Great day in Oahu!
BethK1525, Jan 2020
Oahu Circle Island Small Group Tour
He shared his knowledge and answered our questions and listened to what we wanted to see and do.
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I’d give them more stars if I could!
aadkins742019, Nov 2019
Chief's Luau Admission
Activities were interesting and engaging, the venue was really great and the cast was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
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Great way to see the north shore
Glenia C, Oct 2019
North Shore and Circle Island Adventure
Highly recommend this tour to see a different view of Oahu compared to Waikiki.
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Awesome!
cortes198, Oct 2019
Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet
Didn’t get to see turtles but saw dolphins jumping around.
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Circle Island Tour with Waimea Waterfall 9/30/2019
mharnois123045, Oct 2019
Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall
Thank you for a wonderful experience and a chance to see the beautiful island of Oahu!
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Around we go
barehead53, Oct 2019
Oahu Grand Circle Island Audio Driving Tour
Got to see some places of which many folks are not aware.
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Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu
alunolds, Sep 2019
Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu
What a great way to see the island

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