Top 10 Things to Do in Oahu, Hawaii

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Hike at the Diamond Head State Monument

Oahu’s Diamond Head is probably the top of everyone’s travel guide, and with good reason. You can see and take pictures of the 3,000-foot crater and the watchpost used by the US military during World War II from the edge of the 3,000-foot volcanic crater. In comparison to other hikes on Oahu, this hike is relatively easy. It’s best to do it early in the morning before it gets too busy.

Snorkel at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

One of my favorite snorkeling spots in Hawaii. Hanauma Bay is situated in a volcanic crater and is home to fish, coral, and even sea turtles. The beach is a nature preserve, so tourists are required to follow strict rules regarding what they can bring to limit damage or ecological footprint.

Experience a luau

Every night on Oahu, there are countless luaus. At a luau, you can get flower crowns and henna tattoos, as well as watch shows such as hula and fire dancing, and see demonstrations like how to crack open a coconut. You can also try authentic Hawaiian cuisine like Kalua pork, poi, and lomi-lomi salmon. My favorite luau is the Paradise Cove Luau at the Ko Olina Resort.

Visit ‘Iolani Palace

Honolulu’s ‘Iolani Palace, which served as the Capitol building until it was designated a National Landmark, was the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy for many years. It is a great way to learn about Hawaiian culture as it has been restored to look as it did during the 1800s, when it was occupied. Daily tours are offered.

Eat at Duke’s Waikiki

Duke’s Waikiki is a fantastic restaurant right on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. It was named after legendary surfer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who was an Olympic gold medalist and grew up surfing in Honolulu. The Duke’s Waikiki gift shop also sells Duke’s t-shirts, and the Hula Pie, which is macadamia nut ice cream on a cookie crust with whipped cream and macadamia nuts.


Head up to the North Shore and visit Matsumoto Shave Ice

The North Shore is a renowned surfing spot, with the Banzai Pipeline offering excellent competition. The largest town, Hale’iwa, offers plenty of tourist spots to explore, namely Matsumoto Shave Ice. Here you’ll find some delightful flavors like lychee and lilikoi accompanied by delightful toppings such as ice cream, mochi, and azuki beans. It’s a great place to check out for sure – you can expect lines out the door!

ATV tours at Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch is a 4,000-acre cattle ranch with three different valleys and varied terrain, making it the perfect choice for filming. Many blockbuster movies have been shot at the ranch, such as “Jurassic Park,” “Kong: Skull Island”, “50 First Dates,” “Godzilla,” both the original and new version of “Jumanji” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” Also, popular TV shows such as “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” have filmed onsite. On ranch tours, visitors can witness the bones from “Kong: Skull Island” or the T-Rex footprint from “Jurassic Park.” The tours offer bus rides, horseback riding and an ATV tour for those over 16 years old. I highly recommend the latter as it’s an unforgettable experience!

Hang out at Lanikai Beach

Oahu’s most beautiful beach is Lanikai, which means “Heavenly Ocean” in Hawaiian. On the windward side of the island, Lanikai Beach is located near the Mokulua Islands, which are two small twin islands located off the coast of Kailua. In addition to renting kayaks or paddle boards, Lanikai has a gorgeous beach. Nearby is the Lanikai Pillbox hike, which is more difficult than Diamondhead but offers magnificent views.

Hike up to Manoa Falls

It takes about 30 minutes each way to hike the Manoa Falls Trail, but it can also be quite muddy, so don’t wear your favorite shoes!

Visit the Dole Plantation

In addition to offering prizes to people who complete the pineapple maze in record time, Dole Plantation also has the world’s largest pineapple maze. Also, the Pineapple Express Train Tour takes you on a tour of the expansive pineapple fields. In addition to a great gift shop, Dole Plantation is home to the world renowned Dole Whip!