Things to Do on Oahu

Oahu Tours, Activities, & Sights 

Many people choose to visit Oahu, also known as The Gathering Place, for all (or at least the majority) of their Hawaiian vacation.

With so many unique places to explore, you may not know where to start. While some may be more interested in visiting the popular tourist beaches, others may choose to attend a luau or catch their first wave with an Oahu surfing lesson. No matter how you choose to spend your time, we're certain you'll have the time of your life! 

Oahu Luaus

Attend an Oahu LuauWhen many think of Hawaii, one of the first things that pop into their minds is a luau. A luau is a nighttime celebration of the Hawaiian culture that can be found at many different resorts throughout the island. You will enjoy authentic Polynesian entertainment such as dancing and fire juggling, dine on delicious Hawaiian cuisine, and enjoy traditional Hawaiian games. Oahu offers many different luaus, each with its own unique touch of magic. 

Historic Honolulu

Tour Historic Honolulu - Another one of the most popular Oahu things to do is visit the Historic Honolulu area. This historic area is home to many world famous buildings such as Iolani Palace. From the State Capitol building to a variety of churches and museums, this is one area of Oahu that you will not want to miss.  

Oahu's Diamond Head Crater

Head to the Top of Diamond Head - There's nothing quite like seeing Oahu and Waikiki from the top of Diamond Head. The hiking trail to the top of this overlook is not too difficult and can be completed by most who are relatively fit. Handrails line the 1.4-mile trail to the top for your convenience. Relax on the benches along the way and take in the magnificent views. Once at the top, you will experience a 365-degree view of the island of Oahu.

Oahu's North Shore

Visit Oahu's North Shore - One of the most popular things to do on Oahu is to visit the North Shore. This surfing capital brings in visitors from around the world who are looking to experience the waves and others who simply come to watch. World-class surfers visit the North Shore during the winter months when the waves reach their peaks. In addition to surfing, the North Shore is also known for Turtle Bay and the delicious shrimp trucks that line the streets.

Oahu's Lanikai Beach

Relax on Lanikai Beach - This white sand beach is one of the most popular Oahu Things to do because it's a scenic and picturesque icon of Oahu. Plus, it is safe for swimming, is family friendly, and is complemented by the two off-shore Moku Lua islands (both bird sanctuaries). The beach is very popular with photographers and videographers, and with good reason: it's one of the best beaches on Oahu. 

Our Recommended Oahu Guided Tour

If you're looking for the most authentic way to enjoy the stunning island of Oahu, book a fully-customized outdoor adventure or retreat with our friends at Mahina Hawaii. They offer spectacular SUP, surfing, hiking, yoga, and kayaking excursions with you in mind. Each adventure is a one-of-a-kind experience. Book your personalized Oahu excursion today! 

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Article Edited/Contributed by: John C. Derrick & Michele Lopez
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