Top attractions in Oahu
Visit the most popular island in Hawaii, Oahu, known for its lush green mountain ridges (featured in Jurassic Park), beautiful pristine beaches where the Beach Boys sang, and iconic historic sites like Pearl Harbor. See the natural wonders of the island while also learning about the unique history and culture of Hawaii.
Visit Pearl Harbor, the site of the Japanese attack during WWII. Pay your respects at the USS Arizona Memorial and learn about its tragic and heroic past. Spend a day hearing stories surrounding the Battleship Missouri, the USS Bowfin Submarine, and the Pacific Aviation Museum to learn the rich history behind one of Hawaii's most somber locations.
An icon of Oahu, Diamond Head began as a volcano. This popular site was also once an army base, but now is a moderate hike. Trek to the summit and take in the spectacular views of Waikiki. Guided tours are also available if you are yearning to know more of the history behind Diamond Head.
Nestled in the shade of Diamond Head rests Waikiki beach, Hawaii's most famous beach. Stroll past restaurants, shops, and colorful stands. Want to try out surfing? Take a lesson from the famous beach boys and hear the stories of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of surfing and a Hawaii legend. Not looking for thrills? Lounge on the warm white sand and enjoy the sun.
Hidden in northern Oahu, the Polynesian Cultural Center boasts a spectacular display of local and Polynesian culture and customs. Wander through villages and learn the traditions of Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii, and Aotearoa, or settle down for a spectacular canoe show on the water. Get a taste of Polynesia at their famed luau, or indulge in local treats as you wander through the scenic grounds.
Welcome to Jurassic Park...and Jumanji, and more. Kualoa Ranch has been made famous on the silver screen, now see it for yourself. Go by horseback, ATV, boat, or foot and explore this 4000-acre nature preserve. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, this stunning location has views and adventures that are sure to impress.
One of the world's most famous surf spots, Oahu's North Shore is home to a plethora of activities. Shop, surf, dine, hike -- the choice is yours. Looking for a once in a lifetime activity? Grab a snorkel mask and head out to sea to cage dive with Galapagos Sharks. Hang around until sunset for scenery that can't be beat.
Visit Hanauma Bay and see the gorgeous marine life that made this little cove famous. Tropical fish, octopus, eels and even turtles -- this bay boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife. Head there early to beat the crowds and be sure to bring cash. The number of daily visitors is limited and the bay is closed on Mondays.
A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is accompanied by hula and fire dancing. Get immersed in Hawaiian culture and learn the story of Polynesia at a luau, perfect for honeymooners and families. Upgrade your experience to preferred seating to get the best views of the show.
Walk with Hawaiian royalty when you visit the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the state's largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens. Learn about the history of Hawaii and see the evolution of Hawaiian royalty.
Take a walk through a Hawaiian rainforest and head to Manoa Falls. This moderate hike through bamboo forest and retired sugar plantation canals leads you to a stunning 150-foot waterfall. Watch out for mud along the way, and be sure to bring cash if you need to park your car.
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How quickly we forget but what an incredible reminder of how fragile peace can be and how easily freedom would be lost without a willingness to fight for it and to the death if need be. This memorial is so very well done and maintained. Boarding the memorial is off limits for the time being but soon... The half-day excursion is great and effective but a full day would not seem long enough either. It is a memorial and will strike the chords of every emotion within but is not just sadness. Hopes are high! Beautifully done.
Had a great time on the trail. Did the audio tour. Was very informative. Learned the history of diamond Head and how the trail was pain stakenly built. Drink plenty of water though. Audio tour is slow and it is hot on the trail. If the wind is blowing you will cool off quick once you reach the top. Hold your hat. It might fly off. Great times. Beautiful view.
It was an excellent trip and our tour guide Eddie was fantastic. He was very informative and gave us sufficient time on the tour so we didn’t have to rush around. I would have preferred though to halt at the USS Arizona Memorial just to reflect and mourn the loss of lives on that day in history. On the whole a must do event!
We loved our tour and the taste of Oahu. We thought it was a special touch to be able to sample the local treats that were introduced by our guide to us during our breaks on the tour. The segways were brand new and in mint condition. The helmets were clean and we did not have to worry about wearing them.
Very educational. Learned a lot about the world at the time. The point of view of both sides. The hardships the survivors endured. How war was waged and how it changed. Air craft carriers became the new big gun. Staff was very well informed and professional. Everything was ran efficient and on time.