A place with unpredictable energy, luxurious resorts and islands all around the city, offers a unique blend of charm and exploration for you. A road trip to Hawaiian Islands would be a great idea. Travel the parks, trails and the oahu beaches to have a memorable trip of your life. You’ll not regret coming here, instead you will plan a second trip to Oahu Hawaii.Here are our recommended top things to do on Oahu with pictures, activities & budgetary details.
1. Pearl Harbour
Visit to Pearl Harbour is one of the top things to do in Oahu Hawaii. A great foundation of inspiration and figures with exciting tours around 5 historical places and documentaries. It is also known as lagoon harbour located on the Island of Oahu, west of Honolulu. Take a time out of your mundane schedule and make a day for an incredible amount to see and do with your friends and family.
- USS Arizona Memorial- A majestic setting from where the World War 2 began. It is a must see destination for individuals to come.
- Battleship Missouri Memorial- A sign of harmony. Learn about this incredible ship where peace treaty was signed.
- USS Bowfin submarine Museum & Park- Acknowledge yourself about submarines and the contribution of scientists and inventers.
- Pacific Aviation Museum- Take yourself back in time by looking at iconic and preserved collection.
- USS Oklahoma Memorial- A displayed ship used in the war, in the memory of sailors and marines who lost their lives.
- Pearl harbour, USS Arizona & circle island day trip (Bus): $87.99
- World War II Pearl Harbor Heroes Adventure (Bus): $136.99
- USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial & Pearl Harbor Tour (Bus): $85.99
- Pearl Harbour, Arizona Memorial & Punchbowl (Bus): $44.45
- Pearl Harbour Visit Centre- Daily from 7am to 4pm. (closed on Thanksgiving, December 25th & January 1st)
- USS Arizona Memorial- 8am to 3pm daily.
- USS Oklahoma Memorial- from dawn to dusk
- USS Utah Memorial- dawn-dusk (access to military based visitors)
- USS Missouri- September-May: 8am to 4pm daily, June-August: 8am to 5pm daily.
- USS Bowfin- 7am-5am daily.
2. Waikiki Beach
Located on the south shore of Honolulu. A narrow beach with crystal clear water and the most iconic shore. Pack your bags because it’s time to get Hawaiian on the most crowded and preferred beach by public. Waikiki Beach visit is among the best things to do in Oahu.
- Hawaiian Music- Settle down under the sky and glowing stars and refresh yourself with the Hawaiian live harmony and hula dance.
- Shop- Shop till you drop at the paradise, along the main strip of Kalakaua streets.
- Festivals & Events- Give a moment to explore the multicultural festivals to celebrate the variety of Islands.
- Dine- Grab a bite to eat from an authentic Hawaiian food with local’s favourites.
- Beat the heat- Jump into the water to get rid of the temperature.
- (ENTRANCE IS FREE)
3. Diamond Head
This place is United States Monument and Oahu’s landmark, located at Honolulu skyline just beyond Waikiki. Attached to it is an interesting history to hear and is known for hiking with panoramic views and Oahu’s south shore. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Oahu.
- Hiking- Hike 760-foot Diamond Head for an incredible 360 view of Waikiki.
- Kapiolani Farmer Market: Farmers display the locally grown food; a good opportunity to know about the local taste.
- Restaurants- No outing is fun without a meal, so stop by and have an outstanding pre or post Diamond Head meal.
- $1 per person for walk-ins
- $5 for cars
- If you need a Guided Hike- Starts from $29
- Open from 6am to 6pm.
4. Sea Life Park
Just a half hour away from Waikiki. A new meaning to adventure with personal aquatic encounters from swimming with dolphins to an entertaining penguin trainer talk. A perfect visit for the entire family with both entertaining and informative at the same time.
- Shark Trek- Scared of a Shark? Get close to them and vanish your fear.
- Sea Lion discovery- Did you know about variety of personalities of Sea Lion? No? Don’t miss a unique chance to encounter with sea life.
- Hawaiian Ray Encounter- Stingrays are curious to meet you! Come across these adorable animals when they glide into the lagoon.
- Dolphin Encounter- Click! Click! Time to capture adorable dolphin and yourself while you kiss, shake hands and dance with her.
- Dolphin Swim Adventure- Get an interactive experience by going underwater and a belly ride with your dolphin.
- General Admission- $29.99 (Ages 13 and up)
- Junior Admission- $19.99 (Ages 3 to 12)
- Dolphin Royal Swim- $249.99 (Park Admission included)
- Dolphin Swim Adventure- $184.99 (Park Admission Included)
- Dolphin Encounter- $119.99 (Park admission Included)
- Swim with Sharks- $99.99
- Sea Lion swim- $99.99 (Park Admission Included)
- Hawaiian Ray Encounter- $19.99 (Admission not included)
- Snacks- Feeling hungry after so much fun? No need to go anywhere. Find places for a quick bite and sweet treat in the park.
- Open daily from 9:30am to 5pm.
5. Nu’uanu Pali
A scenic spot located on the Pali Highway between Honolulu and Kailau. Have a look at the stunning and breathtaking tranquil beauty of the windward cliff when driving up through the giant trees and dense forests, where the city will start diminishing.
- Howling winds- The most soothing wind with a beautiful scenery around it.
- Mountains- whistle through the highlands and look at the panoramic views from the above.
- View- The spectacular sight of Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman’s hat and Hawaii Pacific’s windward campus from the mountains.
- No entry fee.
- $3 for cars.
6. Sunset Beach
It is on the North Shore of Oahu. The moments to trip upon when you walk on the soft sand from the suggested routes to make it the extraordinary. It is known for its great wave surfing during the winters but it is the finest beach for swimming and snorkelling when the water is quiet, usually in summers.
- Best for- Snorkelling, surfing and sunset. Blended by unique sophistication where romance is always in the air.
- Amenities- A sip and a bite after beach is a must. Showers and time out places located across the street.
- No Entrance Fee.
7. Manoa Falls
Make your life simpler by visiting the most fascinating and popular waterfall while going for a hiking destination surrounded with rainforest and tropical bamboo. Sited at Manao road, Honolulu.
- Waterfall- Sit on the rocks, and adore every moment of waterfalls.
- Hike- Ready for adventure and trekking? Here is a quick roundtrip hike and reach up to the mountain where plenty of beauty is available.
- Café- Need some energy before trekking? Pick up a restaurant of your choice to make yourself energetic.
- Sight- Get a mind boggling and soothing view.
- ENTRY IS FREE
- $5 for parking in the paradise lot.
- FREE parking in the lower neighbourhood.
- Dawn to dusk, Daily.
- Visit Time- 1 hour to 2 hours.
8. Kailua Beach
It is the second most beautiful beach at Oahu. It is located on the easterly shoreline, where the water is turquoise blue equally matched with soft sand of the shore. A perfect place for kayaking with mountains abound with many more accessible facilities. (28 Photos)
- Bodysurfing- Challenge the long waves, by surfing in the larger waves of this beautiful beach.
- Body Boarding- Tackle waves by riding the shore on a boogie board.
- Kayaking- Travel in the turquoise water and catch the round waves, an unforgettable experience.
- Swimming- Jump in the clean and crystal clear water and enjoy the surfs.
- Windsurfing- Want to try something new? Kailua beach is giving you a chance for windsurfing, beat the waves and be courageous.
- Beach Walks- Enjoy the gentle breeze and feel good about spending a day.
- Sunbathing- White sand and aqua marine water is flawless for sunbathing.
- Surf Board Rental- $25 1 day
- Paddle board rental- ½ day $59
- Kayak Rentals- ½ day $59
9. Waimea Bay
On Oahu’s North shore. An attractive and legendary surf spot. A beautiful beach with wide stretches of sand to sunbathe and have a picnic. Waimea Bay provides some of the outstanding ocean experiences and is among the top Oahu points of interest.
- Surfing- Give a new meaning to “Fun” by surfing in the powerful and intimidating waves of the beach.
- Snorkelling- Wouldn’t it be amazing to go under water and have a look at a beautiful marine life. Snorkel far from the crowd in the clean water- So don’t miss it.
- Boogie Boarding- Rent a board and play in the water in a perfect season, because the waves are high in the winters.
- Kayaking- A summer time activity, paddle around the bay and exercise in the splendid way possible.
- Swimming- Isn’t it too hot? Jump in the long waves to release the warmth from your body and enjoy the cold water of the beach.
- Paddle Boarding- Enough with swimming? Try a new sport awaiting for you to paddle yourself on the water and enjoy a new way of sun bathing.
- $5- Parking across the street of Waimea falls.
10. Hanauma Bay
A popular destination for snorkelling and the first marine life conservation district. Go early so that you can park the cars easily and enjoy to your fullest at this beautiful beach surrounded with different and colourful aqua marine life.
- Marine education Centre- Learn how to preserve the unique environment and natural oahu attractions.
- Snorkelling- A spot with tall cliffs and clear water, all types of fishes available. Worth spending money to have a glimpse of such creatures.
- Swimming- You can’t resist to jump in the water, when it’s so clear and clean. Don’t think much! Dip yourself in the water.
- Park entry Fee- $7.50
- Residents with ID- Free
- 12 years and under- Free
- Parking lot fee- $1
- Snorkel Set- $20.00
- Shuttles- i) Extended Tour- $25 (roundtrip includes Mask, Fins & Snorkel. Entry fee not included)
- ii) Standard Tour- $22 (Roundtrip includes Mask, Fins & Snorkel. Entry fee mot included)
- 6am-6pm (Open every day except TUESDAYS)
11. Honolulu Museum of Art
It presents the fine art and architecture. Time to learn about the history and to spread education of the museum’s mission, located near downtown Honolulu.
- Robert Allerton Art Library- A precious resource and a non-circulating research facility for the members and the visitors.
- Films at the Doris- After learning, doors are open for entertainment at the theatre of Doris, filled with documentaries, concerts and performances by the fine artists.
- Museum Shop- Inspired much with the Museum and its studies? Buy the posters, stationary, prints and publications from the shop.
- Café & Coffee bar- Indoor or outdoor? The choice is yours, grab a plate and eat.
- Theatre- General admission: $10
- (Children age and under get FREE admission)
- Entry to Museum, shop, library and cafes is FREE.
- Museum- Tuesday-Saturdays: 10am-4:30pm
- Café- Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-2pm
- Sunday noon: 2pm
- Library- Wed-Thursday: 10am-3:30pm
- Friday: 10am-3pm
- Saturday: 10am-2pm
12. Bishop Museum
Much inspired by Hawaiian theme? But do you know the history behind it? Get to know it. Come and visit the Bishop Museum to know about the Hawaiian culture, history and arts. Located at Bernice Street, Honolulu.
- Science Adventure Centre: Science is not always boring. Experiments make it interesting. Know-how the volcano erupts and so much more to learn and interact with the concepts on Hawaiian Islands.
- Planetarium- Who doesn’t love stars and moon, in short you already have an idea about astronomy. Get to know more about it by visiting and experiencing Planetarium.
- The Hawaii Hall- Have a deeper perception of Hawaiian culture and have an access to precious collections.
- Natural History Hall- The largest museum to educate and develop superiority in their heritage.
- Polynesian Hall- It explores the origins and will show visitors the artefacts on display which will complement the artwork done by Pacific Islanders.
- General adult admission (ages 13-64): $19.95
- General youth admission (ages 4-12): $14.95
- General senior admission (65 up): $16.95
- From 9am to 5pm. (Closed on Tuesdays and 25th December)
13. ‘Iolani Palace
An Ideal and royal palace of Kalakaua Dynasty, located in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu. The palace is made up in a Hawaiian architectural style with rich interior features and dramatic portraits.
- Explore- Find out the richness of Hawaii’s history and know-how the distinctive culture shared by individuals of Pacific regions.
- Learn- Another spot to learn about Hawaii culture.
- Visit- It is a worth walking tour and is one of the most important historical places of Oahu.
- Adults- $20
- Children- $6 (age 5-12 years)
- (Children under 5 not admitted)
- Monday-Saturday: 8:30am to 4pm
- Sundays are closed.
14. Byodo-In temple
Byodo-in means “Temple of Equality” which lies at the Kahekili highway at the valley of the temples. People of all faiths are welcomed here and can participate in its traditions. It has the largest wooden Buddha covered in gold. A beautiful and peaceful place to meditate.
- Amida Buddha- Spend a peaceful time in a tranquil atmosphere.
- Bon-sho- A sacred bell which will remove all the evil thoughts and purify the mind. A mental relaxation.
- Meditation Pavilion- A separate place of serenity, one can go and meditate for inner peace.
- Wildlife- Admire the beauty, the other living creatures including peacocks, swans, turtles and other wildlife. A point for entertainment especially for children.
- Tea House Gift Shop- Play with fishes and feed them. Make a bond of love with them.
- Admission of adult- $3 per adult
- Senior- $2
- Children- $1
- 9am-5pm Daily.
15. Koko Crater
A remarkable activity designed naturally as a tuff cone, a wonderful thing to look at when visiting Oahu, located in Koko head Regional Park. Climb on the railroad and reach the top on a huge land, feel the air and watch a dazzling view of sunrise.
- Botanical Garden- A huge plant collection and an amazing vision for the visitors.
- Crater Trail- An easy trail for hiking with a pleasing view.
- Horse Stables- Don’t miss out the horseback ride with a lavish scenery around you.
- Admission is FREE.
- FREE parking
- 9am-4pm Daily.