Top Things to See & Do on Oahu

Oahu's Best Attractions, Activities, & more...

Having a great time in Oahu is easy- whether you're a history buff, adventure seeker, beachcomber, or nature lover. Known as the "Gathering Place" thanks to its large resident population and huge number of visitors, Oahu really does offer up something for everyone.

At Hawaii Guide, we understand that choosing from so many sights and adventures can seem like a daunting task. That's why we've assembled our list of Oahu must see and do- to make sure you don't miss the best of Oahu. While only our suggestions, we think you'll agree these experiences make Oahu shine! You may also want to check out our Oahu Tours section, where you can plan, book, and go to Oahu- all in one convenient place. Mahalo! 

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Top Attractions on Oahu

If it seems like there are a seemingly endless number of things to see and do on Oahu, it's because there are! That said, these are our picks for the best Oahu attractions. Family-friendly adventures all the kids will love? Check! Cultural attractions- including delicious foods, homes of Hawaiian royalty, and exotic marketplaces? Check! The hottest nightlife in Hawaii? Check! One of the world's most iconic coastal views? Check! All this and more can be yours to enjoy. See what makes Oahu an island like no other. 

Oahu Bucket List Adventures

While all the activities and sights on this page are in the "Must See and Do" category, some experiences are simply remarkable. Maybe it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you'll never forget. Or perhaps it's a high-adrenaline (and altitude) zipline or even a swim with sharks. Can't decide what you'd like to do? Then hike, paddle, snorkel, learn, and play 'til your heart's content; all in the same day. True bucket list material if we do say so. So grab your list, book your tour, and get let the fun begin! 

Oahu Eco-Adventures

What is an eco-adventure, you ask? As its name implies, it is the sweet spot we love here at Hawaii Guide: the place where outdoor adventure and environmental responsibility come together for extraordinary fun. And if it's eco-adventure you're after, look no further than Oahu. Hop in the saddle as you tour the countryside on horseback. Watch the glorious Oahu sunset as you glide along on a Trikke. Stroll through thousands of the world's rarest tropical plants. Or paddle with Hawaiian green sea turtles and have a glimpse into their world. No matter which Oahu eco-adventure you book, know that your impact will be minimal and your fun to the max! 

Oahu Evening Entertainment

Think there's nothing to do on Oahu once the sun goes down? Well, think again because the evening entertainment is out of this world. Sit back, relax, and raise a toast to the vibrant Oahu sunset on a cocktail cruise. Want something a with a little more culture? Then how about a traditional Hawaiian luau? No trip to the islands is complete without attending at least one. Whether your idea of "magic" is dinner and dancing at sea or levitation and death-defying acts, we have the perfect evening entertainment for you. Book your night out today! 

Best Land Adventures & Tours on Oahu

Oahu is the most-visited Hawaiian island, largely due to its wide variety of sights and things to do. The Gathering Place is a cultural mecca and provides many opportunities for sampling delicious fare, appreciating ancient Hawaiian traditions, and enjoying traditional dances and music. Of course, renting the car of your dreams (whether it's a luxury ride or a sub-compact) and touring the island is always a popular- and perfect- way to spend a Hawaiian vacation day. Book your Oahu land adventure today! 

Best Water & Ocean Adventures on Oahu

The Hawaiian Islands are famous for so many things... and, of course, the glorious Pacific Ocean is one of the main draws. The good news is that Oahu is the ideal place to take advantage of the many opportunities for vacation bliss the ocean offers. The even better news is that here at Hawaii Guide we offer what we think are the best Oahu ocean activities you'll find. So grab your snorkel mask, surfboard, sunscreen, and sense of adventure and let the waves move you! 

Best Oahu Air Tours

Let us help you get a bird's-eye view of Oahu's breathtaking scenery- check out our spectacular adventures, choose the best one for you, and book your adventure today. Remember, don't waste your precious Oahu vacation time searching for a tour and crossing your fingers for availability. You deserve to enjoy every minute of island time... so book now and live it up on Oahu! 

Recommended Oahu Tours

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