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Oahu Travel Guide

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Oahu Vacation Guide

Visitor Info & Top Things to Do on Oahu

Essential tips for the Ultimate Oahu Vacation Experience

Aloha from Oahu, Hawaii! Home to beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, and amazing outdoor activities, Oahu is the perfect place for a vacation. From exploring the bustling city of Honolulu and taking in the attractions at Waikiki to discovering the amazing culture and history of Hawaii nei, there is something for everyone here on the island dubbed "The Gathering Place." Whether you're looking for a relaxing tropical getaway, an adventure-filled excursion, or simply a place to unwind, Oahu has it all. So come explore the wonders of the island paradise that is Oahu and experience the warm aloha spirit for yourself.

Oahu is Hawaii's most populous island; and many believe it the perfect representation of paradise. Oahu is primarily defined by the state capital of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the world-famous Waikiki Beach. These areas host thousands of tourists daily.

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FREE Oahu Summary Guidesheet

Updated with a new summary map of Oahu with estimated driving times from popular starting points.

Includes the top must-see & do Oahu attractions, best times to visitwhere to stay briefing, Oahu airport detail, a monthly weather summary, and where to find the most noteworthy local ono 'grindz' (best eats) on Oahu.

It's also really important to note that Oahu is so much more than just Honolulu or Waikiki - it may well be the most beautiful of all the major islands. You simply have to know where to go to experience the beauty that is Oahu. Plan, book, pack, and go with HawaiiGuide: Oahu!

Everything you need to know about Oahu is here in one convenient place:

When to Visit Oahu?

The Best Months to Visit

Wondering when to visit Oahu? If you've narrowed down your selection of islands and Oahu is your destination, you've made an excellent choice! Oahu has excellent weather year-round; many believe it has the best weather on all the islands. Maybe that's why almost half of all visitors to the state of Hawaii pick Oahu. Or perhaps it's because Oahu is the most scenic of all the islands, or... well, that list could go on and on. Oahu is an excellent choice for visitors!

The best time to visit Oahu, considering the weather, demand for accommodations, and how crowded (or not) the island is - are the months of early April, May, September, and early October. Some call these Oahu's 'off-season periods' or the 'shoulder months.'

There's more to cover before you make a final decision. This article will cover visitor arrivals, Oahu's weather and climate, accommodations, rates, and what to expect on a visit during each season on Kauai.

Oahu Estimated Visitor Arrivals

Oahu Estimated Visitor Arrivals

When to Stay on Oahu?

Every year, nearly 5 million visitors choose Oahu from other Hawaiian islands. Most visitors flock to the world-famous Waikiki area, where most accommodations are found. Almost half of all the rooms in Hawaii, including 90% + of all rooms on Oahu, are in Waikiki. Honolulu, the state's capital, hosts the island's central tourist hub, Waikiki. Oahu can find it all, from long-term vacation rentals to short-term budget-friendly hotels to the best hostels.

However, consider going beyond Waikiki & Honolulu for other beautiful accommodations. These areas include:

  • Leeward Waianae (Including Makaha & Ko Olina)
  • North Shore (Haleiwa to Turtle Bay)
  • Windward East (Kaneohe / Kailua)
  • South Oahu (including Kahala)

This article will review the various areas & regions featuring lodging on the island to help you find the best accommodations on Oahu.

Oahu Accommodation Rates

Oahu Accommodation Rates

Oahu Weather 

Weather & Climate on Oahu

Oahu weather patterns are some of the most stable in the entire state. Unless you head mauka (inland), you're not likely to experience a lot of rain on the island, even on the wetter windward (eastern) side.

The wettest periods on Oahu are almost always in the wintertime when the tradewinds bring additional moisture to the islands. This period runs from mid-November through late March on average, and some of these systems can carry quite a bit of rain. This isn't to say Oahu isn't nice during the winter months; it is- but it's also going to mean the likelihood of wetter weather along portions of the island like the beautiful and lush East Coast. After all, it does take rain to create that beautiful verdant atmosphere.

That all said, this article takes a closer look at what the weather is like on Oahu, as this will help you decide where to stay during your vacation or trip. 

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*Climate Notes: Weather and Climate numbers are aggregated from trusted weather sources providing the monthly temperature and precipitation figures for Oahu's primary airport in Honolulu. These climate summaries, specific to the airport location, should therefore not be taken as a "whole-island" forecast. Weather conditions can change dramatically on Oahu due to the diverse topography, changes in elevation, the trade winds, and other unique island conditions. Temperatures are provided in Fahrenheit and Precipitation in Inches.

Oahu Average Monthly Temperatures

Oahu Average Monthly Temperatures

Oahu Average Precipitation

Oahu Average Precipitation

Oahu Weather Forecast

2024 Oahu Visitor Guides

Download your copy of one of our Oahu Visitor Guides today and take advantage of our destination expert's Oahu insights. We've just updated and released our latest Oahu Highlights & Essentials Guides for 2024.

These updated Oahu packets contain 20 visual pages (in the Intro/Highlights Guide) and over 40 visual pages (in the Essentials Guide) of pertinent Hawaii travel information to assist in planning your perfect Hawaii trip. There's lots of good Oahu information + maps, weather charts, hotel pricing graphics, and more - ideal for those who are just getting started planning their trip to Oahu.

There are also NO advertisements or paid product placements within these packets.

Intro & Highlights Guide

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Oahu Essential Guide

Oahu Essential Travel Guide

Explore Oahu with the Ultimate GPS Audio Tour Collection

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Discover the vibrant island of Oahu like never before with our comprehensive GPS audio tour collection from Shaka Guide. Whether driving along scenic routes or exploring on foot, our Oahu Driving & Walking Tour Bundle offers an immersive experience that brings the island's rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture to life.


  • Grand Circle Island Tour: Experience Oahu's top attractions on a full-day adventure around the island. This tour covers everything from the iconic North Shore beaches to the lush valleys and stunning viewpoints.
  • East Oahu Shoreline Drive: Enjoy the scenic beauty of Oahu's east coast. Visit Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, and the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse for unforgettable views.
  • Honolulu City Tour: Dive into the heart of Oahu's capital. Explore historic landmarks, including Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha Statue, and learn about the city's fascinating past.
  • Downtown Honolulu Walking Tour: Stroll through downtown Honolulu, uncovering hidden gems and learning about the city's unique architecture and cultural landmarks.
  • Waikiki Walking Tour: Discover the vibrant neighborhood of Waikiki. This tour highlights the best spots in this iconic area, from famous beaches to bustling streets.
  • North Shore Tour: Explore the legendary North Shore, known for its world-class surfing beaches and laid-back vibe. Visit Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and the historic town of Haleiwa.

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Whether you're a first-time visitor or a returning traveler, our Oahu GPS audio tour collection offers a seamless and enriching way to experience the island's wonders. Embark on an unforgettable journey with Shaka Guide and uncover the beauty and magic of Oahu.

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Oahu Regions

Popular Destinations on Oahu

Oahu, also known as 'The Gathering Place,' is made up of two separate but overlapping volcanoes, known as a volcanic doublet. Its asymmetrical butterfly shape is formed by two mountain ranges: the Waianae Range in the west and the Ko'olau Range in the east. Slicing through the center is the flat Leilehua Plateau. Recent (geologically speaking) volcanic eruptions in the southeastern portion of the island which formed the Diamond Head, Koko Head, and Punchbowl craters can be blamed for Oahu's uneven shape.

Not sure which area to visit? Wondering which part of the island would be the best fit for you? Then explore Oahu regions from afar here- learn about the many things to do, the sights, and the diverse attractions in each region of the island.

Waikiki & Honolulu Region | East Oahu Region | North Shore Oahu Region | Central Oahu Region | Leeward Waianae Oahu Region

South Oahu Destinations

Waikiki & Honolulu Region

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the most populous city in the state.  The name Honolulu means ‘sheltered bay’ in the Hawaiian language, and with its natural harbor, it has become a significant gateway into the United States, as well as a primary tourist attraction, a hub for international business and military defense. 

The city extends from Pearl Harbor in the west to Makapu’u Point on Oahu’s southeastern shore, encompassing the world-famous area of Waikiki.  

Waikiki is best known for its famous white sand beach - it is an international destination and one of the most frequented locations in all of Hawaii.  Over the centuries, Waikiki has been an area where people come to both play and relax.

Windward Oahu Destinations

East (Windward) Oahu Region

Including Waimanalo, Kailua, Kane'ohe, and Ka'a'awa

Oahu's East Shore, also known as Windward Oahu, is located 30 minutes from Waikiki and Honolulu and is well worth touring by car as the coastal drive is scenic and varied.  The region is largely made up of quiet, coastal neighborhoods and towns nestled between stunning 3000ft mountain ranges and the sea.

Bordered by the Ko'olau Range, the East Shore extends from Makapu'u Point and Lighthouse on the southeastern point of the island, all the way to Kahana Bay which adjoins the area known as the North Shore.

The windward East Oahu region is perfect for outdoor adventures such as swimming, hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling, with many beautiful beaches such as stunning Lanikai BeachWaimanalo Beach Park, and Kalama Beach.

North Shore Destinations

North Shore Oahu Region

Including La'ie, Kahuku, Waimea, and Hale'iwa

The North Shore of Oahu encompasses the 17-mile north-facing coastal area between Ka’ena Point in the west and eastward to Kahuku Point. Famous for its surfing, snorkeling, and of course the fifty-one beaches that stretch for more than 11 miles along this incredible expanse of Oahu coastline.

Gigantic 30-foot waves are prevalent in the winter months but calm down in the summer to allow for glorious diving and snorkeling conditions. The crowds certainly gather in the area's top beaches like Sunset Beach (one of the longest surf ride locations in the world), Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach) and Waimea Beach (one of the original surfing beaches in the 50’s) to soak in the rays and watch daring surfers.

Central & Leeward Oahu Destinations

Central Oahu Region

Including Wahiawa, Mililani, Pearl City, and Pearl Harbor

The Central Oahu region encompasses the fertile valley in the heart of Oahu, between the Ko'olau Range on the east side of the island and the Waianae Mountains on the west side. 

This area is not as interesting as Honolulu, Waikiki, Windward East, or the North Shore, as it consists largely of residential areas and pineapple plantations. 

However there are definitely some sights to see and certainly, the most significant landmark in the area is historic Pearl Harbor in the south, near Pearl City.

Waianae (Leeward) Oahu Region

Including 'Ewa, Kapolei, Ko Olina, Ma'ili, Wai'anae, and Makaha

The Waianae – often termed Leeward - Coast of Oahu is largely undiscovered by the majority of visitors to the island and is home to rural towns and one luxury resort area (Ko’olina).  The area north of Ko'olina is not well known and some parts of it are quite remote. 

This region is located on the coastal side of the Waianae mountain range and extends from Ko’olina in the south-west corner of Oahu, to the town of Waianae in the central coastal area and all the way north to Kaena Point on the north-west tip of the island. 

The Waianae region is everything that Waikiki is not – untamed and largely unknown.

Oahu Travel Map Packet

Updated to include Top Oahu Beaches Map

Oahu Travel Map Packet

Updated with a new printable high-resolution map of 'The Gathering Place.' Includes most major attractions, all major routes, airports, and a chart with estimated driving times.

PDF packet now additionally includes an Oahu Top Beaches Map.

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Oahu Top Attractions

Top 15 Oahu Things to See & Do

Truth be told, nearly all of Oahu is worth a visit. However, some sights and attractions are significantly more popular because they offer an experience that truly captures the essence of Oahu. Breathtaking Sights, Must-See and Do, the Best of Oahu... no matter what you call them, you absolutely must witness these attractions first-hand.

To say Oahu is brimming with amazing things to see and points of interest is a massive understatement. Nearly anywhere you go on Oahu, you're bound to find something fascinating. From the gorgeous Waimea Valley on the North Shore to world-famous Waikiki to the once battle-scarred Pearl Harbor, Oahu has something for everyone. Take the kids to the Honolulu Zoo at Kapiolani Park, snorkel the breathtaking Hanauma Bay, and snap some photos for social media at Mokoli'i Island at Kualoa Point.

Additionally, since Oahu is one of the older islands in the chain and is well developed, it has a plethora of beaches available to visitors. And no matter what your idea of the perfect Oahu beach experience may be, you'll surely find it here.

Top 15 Attractions on Oahu

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#1 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a gorgeous wineglass-shaped bay situated on the southeastern side of Oahu near Hawaii Kai, tucked into the sheltered side of Koko Head. 

Merely a 30-minute drive from Honolulu (traffic permitting), this stunning bay feels like a world away from the bustle of the city, which cannot even be seen from the beach as the large bay is surrounded by the lush green, gently fluted hills of Koko Head.

The bay is secluded and tranquil in the early morning, but during the day becomes a very popular place for locals and visitors.  Thousands of people flock to the bay each day to experience the excellent snorkeling in the area.

Pearl Harbor

Central Oahu Region
#2 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor situated about 10 miles west of Honolulu.  It is the site of the infamous air assault by Japan in 1941, which heralded the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War II. 

Pearl Harbor is a solemn reminder of a tragic day.  It is one of the most significant sites in the history of the United States and a National Historic Landmark. 

The area consists of a number of museums and memorials that honor those who served in World War II.


Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#3 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the most populous city in the state.  The city extends from Pearl Harbor in the west to Makapu’u Point on Oahu’s southeastern shore, encompassing the world-famous area of WaikikiToday Honolulu is home to over 390,000 people and has been the capital since 1845, when King Kamehameha III officially moved the capital from Maui to Oahu.

The city is a multicultural epicenter with many historical landmarks and an array of global culinary choices, as well as a buzzing cosmopolitan city with world-class shopping and a lively arts, cultural and entertainment scene.  Honolulu has it all – from the art galleries and international cuisine of the Chinatown district to the fine dining, live music and nightlife of Waikiki.

Lanikai Beach

East Windward Oahu Region
#1 Rated Beach on Oahu

This little treasure has plenty of soft sand and seclusion for a morning of peaceful sun-worshipping or swimming. This beach used to be about a mile long but development has caused erosion, making it about a half-mile. But a great half mile!

The two islands located offshore are called the Na Mokulua (or simply "The Mokes"), and the southern island is a bird sanctuary. Thanks to the stunning backdrop it provides, professional photographers frequent Lanikai, often for photoshoots with well-known models and personalities. The wind is also good here for sailing and windsurfing. There is even some good snorkeling to be had.

Diamond Head (Leahi) Monument & Trail

Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#1 Rated Hiking Trail & #6 Rated Sights on Oahu

Diamond Head State Monument, also known as Le'ahi, is located just east of Waikiki, on the island of Oahu, and is the most recognized landmark in Hawaii. Le’ahi is a place that offers respite from the busy highways of Honolulu. The drive around Diamond Head is quite picturesque, as it winds around the crater by the ocean. Once you enter through the tunnel that bores into the side of the crater, it feels like a world away from the city.

The trail to the summit of Diamond Head (Hawaiian name Le’ahi), near Waikiki, was built in 1908 as part of the U.S. Army Coastal Artillery defense system. From the trailhead to the summit of Diamond Head Crater, it is 0.8miles (1.3km) one way, and it is a 560 foot (171m) climb from the crater floor. 

At the top, there are extensive 360-degree views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the surrounding area.  From here you can clearly view the bunkers situated along the crater rim that was built in 1915.  There are also sweeping views of the southeastern Oahu coastline towards Koko Head and the offshore islands of Moloka’i, Lana’i, and Maui.  The elevation at the summit is 761 feet (232m).

Waimea Valley & Falls

North Shore Oahu Region
#4 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

The beautiful Waimea Valley on North Shore, Oahu, attracts a couple thousand visitors per day however you wouldn’t know it, as its stunning botanical garden setting provides many spacious areas to relax under huge shady trees. 

It’s easy to find a quiet spot to rest on the grassy areas and unwind from the busy highways of Honolulu.  Most visitors flock to Waimea Falls, a 45-foot waterfall, located on the property, to swim and sunbathe.

 As well as being a popular tourist attraction, many folks also utilize the beautiful grounds for concerts, parties, weddings, special events, and even a weekly farmers market.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

East Windward Oahu Region
#5 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

The Nu'uanu Pali Lookout is one of the most stunning views of Oahu's Ko'olau Mountain Range. Located just a short 5-mile drive from downtown Honolulu, this lookout offers some of the best views on Oahu. From here you can spot Kailua town as well as Kaneohe Bay and, of course, the breathtaking Ko'olau Mountains.

In 1795, Kamehameha the Great's troops drove Oahu's men up the hills only to force them off these cliffs and to their deaths. Following that battle, Kamehameha was able to finish his quest and unite the islands.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#3 Rated Beach on Oahu

Provided Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, what list would be complete without a mention of it? Crowded, you bet - but still one of the iconic attractions in all of Hawaii. The two mile stretch of white sand coast is fronted by hotels and tourist facilities.

The area is excellent for swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, catamaran and outrigger canoe rides. It's likely that if you are staying in Honolulu, you'll be staying near Waikiki.

Even if you are not into crowds (and again, there will be A LOT of tourists here) it's worth a visit just to say you walked on Waikiki Beach.

Mokoli'i Island at Kualoa Point

East Windward Oahu Region
#7 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

This little cone-shaped lump of lava off Kualoa Point is officially called Mokoli'i Island.

In the past, this little chunk of land was part of Oahu, but through years of erosion, it has separated. You can still reach it though. It is possible to walk there from Kualoa Regional Park during low tide. You can also surf or kayak there.

The island supports an interesting array of sea life and a small beach in a secluded cove.

Valley of the Temples

East Windward Oahu Region
#8 Rated in Sights to See on Oahu

The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is situated on the windward side of Oahu, in an area called Ahuimanu.  It is a favorite gathering place for people of all faiths to enjoy some peace and tranquility. 

Its gardens honor many faiths including Christianity and Buddhism.  There is also a Japanese WWII cemetery on the grounds.

The Valley of the Temples is well worth a visit, especially if you are seeking some tranquility - away from the bustle of the Honolulu city traffic.

Kailua Beach Park

East Windward Oahu Region
#2 Rated Beach on Oahu

This 2.5 mile stretch of gorgeous sand is one of Oahu's most beautiful beaches. It boasts excellent swimming and windsurfing as well as kayaking.

It has a very nice, fine sandy beach for strolling and general lounging about. This is a world-class windsurfing destination and there are several shops in Kailua that offer rental gear and can arrange for lessons. Kailua rarely experiences the high surf of the North Shore.

Koko Crater Railway Trail

Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#2 Rated Hiking Trail on Oahu

The Koko Head Hike railway “stairs” is a short drive from Diamond Head and Waikiki. It puts you through your paces and can be a challenge even for the fittest of the fit. However, if you’re up to the challenge it is worth the effort to reach the Koko Head Crater summit.

Although it is a short hike of 1.4 miles, it is grueling with an extreme incline that will have you doubting you can ever reach the top. A relic of World War II, the military constructed Koko Head Railway to transport supplies and soldiers. The site has had many functions until it was finally passed onto the City of Honolulu and became Koko Head Regional Park in 1966.

The trail heads up 990ft at a very steep incline, and the views at the Koko Head Crater summit are 1208ft above sea level. There are 1,048 railroad ties to climb and then 30 feet to the lookout.

Waimanalo Beach

East Windward Oahu Region
#4 Rated Beach on Oahu

This stunning slice of sand is located about a 45-minute drive from world-famous Waikiki Beach but is a world away in terms of hustle and bustle. But in terms of beauty, it just may be one of the most beautiful you'll see on Oahu. 

This beach is ideal for swimming, bodysurfing, and boogie boarding. If you'd rather stay on land, Waimanalo Beach is the perfect place for a stroll... a very long stroll! At about 3 miles long, Waimanalo features Oahu's longest uninterrupted white-sand beach. A large portion the beach is shaded by ironwood trees, which makes for some welcome respite from the sun.

It can get crowded on the weekends, but is definitely worth a visit if you can squeeze it in.

Makapuu Point & Lighthouse Trail

East 'Windward' Oahu Region
#3 Rated Hiking Trail on Oahu

If you are seeking a great view of Oahu’s southeastern shoreline - with tall sea cliffs and an azure blue ocean - Makapu’u Point is the location for a panoramic view of the coast. 

Situated on Kalanianaole Highway on the southeastern tip of the island, Makapu’u is on the right side of the highway about 12 miles east of Honolulu, past Koko Head, Hanauma Bay, and Sandy Beach Park.  Makapu’u is a remnant of a volcanic ridge that rises over 600 feet from the ocean.  It is the easternmost point on the island of Oahu.

From the lookout, panoramic views of Manana Island and Black Rock Island can be seen as well as the expansive blue ocean.  On clear days you can see the entire eastern shore of the island and sometimes you may be able to spot the islands of Molokai and Lanai.  This is an ideal place to whale watch in the season.  Look for old WW11 bunkers on the cliff edges – some of the many relics from the war that still exist on Oahu.

Sunset Beach

North Shore Oahu Region
#5 Rated Beach on Oahu

Sunset Beach is the ideal North Shore paradise with two miles of white sand stretching 200-300 feet wide. Whether you're here to catch one of its famous waves or simply want to watch the sunset over the water, Sunset Beach is an Oahu must-see. 

During the summer months, the ocean is relatively calm, making Sunset ideal for swimming and snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. You can also peer into a few tide pools to observe some of the wonders of nature. Practice good ocean safety and be careful with the Sunset Rip, a notorious rip current offshore. Also, keep a watch out for stinging limu (seaweed) in the summer and early fall months.

During the winter months, Sunset beach is a haven for professional surfers, and waves can reach heights of twenty-five feet. Best leave it to the pros during the winter, but it makes for some good opportunities to observe pro surfing from the shore.

Oahu Itinerary Suggestions

Honolulu, Waikiki, and more Itineraries

In Hawaii, Oahu is the third-largest island. It has been dubbed the "gathering place" as it is one of the most inhabited islands and tourists commonly visit it. Oahu has so much to offer to all its visitors. This island's unique blend of various cultures and cuisines makes it an exceptional place to vacation.

Ultimately, we've designed our itineraries around a set number of on-island days: offering onetwothreefourfivesix, and seven-day itineraries for exploring the island, soaking in the best sights, and ensuring your precious time (and/or money) on is used wisely. We've tried to balance our itineraries between those who seek adventure and those looking to find a good beach and relax. Overall, we want your experience to be exactly what you've dreamed of when planning your Oahu trip.

For each island, including Oahu, we've attempted to split up the itinerary days by sorting attractions according to their geographic proximity; i.e., on Windward East Oahu day, you'd explore the best of east Oahu's attractions, beaches, hiking trails, and activities. Our itineraries are not meant to be followed consecutively necessarily, which would probably be exhausting, but instead as a grab-and-go resource for 'mapping' your trip - think of us as a Wayfinder's guide to Oahu.

For nearly 20 years now, we've been visiting the islands and making detailed notes about what the various highlights are and what visitors like yourself simply must-see based on the limited time you've allocated for each Hawaiian Island.

It isn't easy and can even be overwhelming to start planning a trip to Hawaii. One quick look on our website, and you'll soon discover there are hundreds of possibilities; a variety of sights to see, a plethora of beautiful beaches to choose from, and a diverse set of incredible trails that criss-cross each of the islands. Honestly, you could spend months on the island and not see and do it all. Having a reliable guide, that's key. We'd genuinely love to be your guide to the island of Oahu during your stay, and we hope you find our itineraries resourceful while planning your trip.

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Oahu Tours & Activities

Popular Tours & Activities on Oahu

For many visitors, an Oahu tour may be the perfect way to experience parts of the island that you'd otherwise never get to see. We've hand-selected these top-5 Oahu tours below due to their popularity and high ratings with visitors like yourself! Be sure to view all of our recommended Oahu Tours & Activities.

The Complete Pearl Harbor Experience

Starting at $189.99/person

Visit Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and other noteworthy historical sites on this tour of Honolulu.

  • Visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
  • Explore Honolulu’s most noteworthy historical landmarks
  • Honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces
  • Spot impressive architecture in downtown Honolulu

Hidden Gems of Oahu with Waimea Botanical Garden

Starting at $109-139/person

Itinerary includes -->

  • Waikiki Pickup (7:00 am – 7:30 am)
  • Diamond Head- Amelia Earhart Lookout
  • Halona Blowhole
  • Makapu’u Point
  • Hawaiian Coffee and Macadamia Nut Tastings
  • Chinaman’s Hat and Kualoa Valley Mountain Range
  • Famous North Shore Shrimp Lunch on Local Hawaiian Restaurant
  • Tropical Fruit Stands
  • North Shore Sunset Beach
  • Waimea Botanical Garden
  • Dole Pineapple plantation
  • Waikiki Return (3:30-4:00)

Guided Popoi'a Kayak Tour

Starting at $159.00/person

The 2.5-hour guided kayak tour launches directly from the gorgeous, world-famous Kailua Beach. After just a quick 15-minute paddle, you can jump ashore and explore your newfound island.

Our trained and experienced guide is sure to inform and escort you safely around Popoia Island, teaching you about the volcanic history, geology, birdlife, and sea life of the area. Enjoy snorkeling and ask about kayak surfing with our guide! After the tour, you get to relax and enjoy Kailua Beach for 2 hours before our van picks you up for the return to Waikiki.

Our 2.5-hour tour ends at noon, and if you are taking advantage of our transportation from Waikiki, after your tour ends, you’ll be able to continue exploring on your kayak without your guide, or turn your kayak in and enjoy 2 hours of beach time until the shuttle picks you up at the beach at 2:30 for your return to Waikiki.

Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Starting at $51-$60/person

Watch an amazing sunset over the Pacific Ocean and get close to the magnificent marine life of Hawaii on a boat cruise off the south shore of Oahu. Cross Kewalo Basin Harbor and head towards the volcanic cone of Diamond Head.

  • Watch an amazing sunset off the south coast of Oahu
  • Relax aboard a comfortable catamaran
  • Get magnificent views of the city skyline

ATV Off Road Tour Adventure

Starting at $289.99 per couple

Explore Coral Crater by driving an off-road ATV!!! This tour is guided through the jungle behind a professional driver in a lead vehicle. A specially-designed technical course awaits you, where our expert guides teach you some basic off-road techniques. Once you receive some pointers and go over the safety briefing, you’ll be ready to navigate the technical course.

Side-by-side ATVs are especially fun because you share the experience with a friend sitting next to you as you conquer turns, ascend hills, and explore the jungles of Coral Crater. If you’re lucky, there will be some muddy puddles to splash through so don’t wear your best outfit if has been raining! Even if it hasn’t rained, you will get very dirty and dusty so be prepared!

Best Beaches on Oahu

Oahu Beach Guide

There's no doubt about it- Oahu beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and we've decided to rate our top ten in our Oahu Beach Guide.

Since Oahu is one of the older islands in the chain and is well developed, it has a plethora of beaches available to visitors. And no matter what your idea of the perfect Oahu beach experience maybe, you'll surely find it.

There are beaches full of drama with crashing waves while others are calm and tranquil. Some Oahu beaches are nice all year round while others fade away in the winter months, leaving nothing but rocks behind.

Best Things to See on Oahu

Oahu Sights Guide

To say Oahu is brimming with amazing things to see and points of interest is a massive understatement. Nearly anywhere you go on Oahu, you're bound to find something fascinating.

From the gorgeous Waimea Valley on the North Shore to world-famous Waikiki to the once battle-scarred Pearl Harbor, Oahu has something for everyone.

Take the kids to the Honolulu Zoo at Kapiolani Park, snorkel the breathtaking Hanauma Bay, or snap some photos at Mokoli'i Island at Kualoa Point. Our Oahu Things to See Guide will help you identify the top things to see.

Best Hikes on Oahu

Oahu Hiking Trails Guide

One of the best ways to explore Oahu's natural wonders is on foot; you can stop and admire whatever catches your eye, take amazing photos at your leisure, and explore at your own pace.

In our Oahu Hiking Guide, we cover some of Oahu's top trails. Luckily, Oahu hiking trails offer something for everyone.

All you need to experience Oahu's best hiking trails are some good shoes and a sense of adventure. See you along the trail!

Oahu Visitor Information

Our Top Oahu Travel Tips

Oahu may not be the largest island in the state, but it is definitely ranked first in population. Nearly 960,000 people share Oahu's 600 square miles of mountains and beaches - that's a full three-quarter of the state's population. Almost half live in the bustling city of Honolulu and nearby resort town of Waikiki. Oahu is also the most visited of all the Hawaiian islands, at approximately 4.5 to 4.7 million visitors annually - that's approximately half of all the visitors to the state each year.

Oahu is third in size among its fellow islands in the Hawaiian chain, which consists of eight major islands and 124 islets. The archipelago is made up of numerous volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean stretching in a 1,500-mile crescent from Kure Island in the northwest to the Big Island of Hawaii in the east, encompassing an area of 6,459 square miles. The eight major islands at the eastern end of the chain are, from west to east, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii.

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