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52 Perfect Things to do in Oahu

Enjoy beautiful Oahu Activities, with 52 Things to do in Oahu. Our guide will give you fun in the sun, cultural activities, as well as yummy food spots.

52 Perfect Things to do in Oahu

Beach in Oahu
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1. Take a surfing lesson on Waikiki Beach.

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2. Know how to surf? Take a paddleboard lesson.

3. Go to a Luau.

4. Get a massage. Preferably in a private beachside cabana.

5. Take a downhill bike ride from the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve in the Puu Ohia rainforest

6. Swim with dolphins in the ocean.

7. Have a drink at Duke’s: the most famous bar on Waikiki Beach.

8. Try a shaved ice.

9. Take the Atlantis Submarine Ride.

10. Have your picture taken with the Bird Man at Parrot’ Dise Photo on Waikiki Beach (near Outrigger Reef Hotel).

11. Have a plate lunch (a traditional Hawaiian lunch with such items as kalua pork or chicken, rice or taro, macaroni salad and lomi salmon).

12. Visit the International Market in Waikiki.

13. Shop till you drop at the Royal Hawaiian Center.

14. Take a sunset catamaran cruise.

15. Enjoy high tea at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki.

16. Spend a day driving the loop around the island for beautiful sightseeing.

17. Spend a day visiting local museums; Bishop Museum, Pacific Aviation Museum, Mission Houses Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts.

18. Visit the Honolulu Zoo.

19. Tour the Iolani Royal Palace. Built in 1882 by King Kalakaua, it’s the only restored royal palace in the United States.

20. Visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center.

21. Take a tour of the State Capital.

22. Hike a volcanic crater: Diamond Head.

mai tai oahu
23. Enjoy a Mai Tai.

24. Visit the Dole Plantation.

25. Visit a botanical garden. And there are many to choose from! Try Foster Botanical Garden, Moanalua Gardens or Lili uokalani Botanical Garden near downtown Honolulu, Lyon Arboretum in the upper Manoa Valley. Other choices are the Ho omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Haiku Gardens or Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens in Kaneohe or the Wahiawa Botanical Garden in Wahiawa.

26. Snorkel at Sharks Cove on the North Shore or Hanauma Bay on the southeastern shore.

27. Visit Pipeline on the North Shore.

28. Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center to see Ha-Breath of Life.

29. Find a turtle at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore.

30. Ride a horse on the beach on the beautiful white-sand beaches.

Shrimp plate lunch

31. Eat at one of the many shrimp trucks on the North Shore.

32. Eat haupia pie at Ted’s Bakery on the North Shore.

33. Spend a day at Kailua Beach where you can try surfing, kayaking, windsurfing or just some time in
the sand and surf.

34. Visit Maunawili Falls near Kailua. A one and a half-mile hike to this picture-perfect waterfall.

35. Visit the largest wetlands in the Hawaiian Islands; Kawai Nui Marsh.

36. Take a ride in a glider and soar over the North Shore.

37. Get up close and personal with a Shark Cage Tour.

38. Visit the Hale iwa Surf Museum in the North Shore Marketplace.

39. Visit Kualoa Ranch.

40. Watch the sunset.

41. Golf. With almost 30 courses, there is sure to be one to fit your style and game.

42. Hike to Makapuu Lighthouse on the South Shore.

43. Visit Kapahulu Avenue and discover specialty shops that sell everything from vintage aloha shirts to antique furniture.

44. Seek tranquility at Byodo-In Temple a meticulous replica of a 900-year old Japanese Temple.

45. Check out local art in Chinatown during the monthly “First Friday” art walk.

46. Visit a local farmers market in Manoa, Diamond Head, Kailua, or Mililan

47. Hike to Makapu’u Point (2.5-mile round trip) on the most eastern point of O’ahu.

48. Spot a whale during the winter whale watching migration.

49. See Oahu from a helicopter.

50. Arrange for a scuba dive in some of the clearest waters in the world.

51. Kayak to the famous Mokulua Islands.

52. Visit Kualoa Regional Beach Park to get a peak at the island Mokoli’I also known as Chinaman’s Hat because of its shape.

Where to stay in Oahu

Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, is a pink-hued classic in the heart of Waikiki.
Photo Credit: Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

Most travelers stay in or near Honolulu, where you’ll find plenty of options, no matter what you’re looking for.

As travel today remains uncertain, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind at all times. If you are comfortable with traveling, please travel responsibly and within regulation as any travel is at your own risk.

If you do decide to travel at this time, here are a few recommendations:

  • Wear a face mask. 
  • Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands on a regular basis. Click here for a DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe 
  • Check official websites before your trip for the latest updates on policies, closures, and status of local businesses and Oahu City Travel alerts.. 
  • Book a hotel with free cancellation in case you need to change your plans at the last minute.

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