Romantic Things to Do in Oahu – Valentine’s Day

We can hardly think of a better place for a romantic getaway than Oahu. The beaches, the sun, the gorgeous natural paradise, the food, you name it – everything is wonderful.

If you’re planning a romantic vacation to Oahu this Valentine’s Day, or any other time of year, there are so many attractions to choose from that it can be hard to decide.

To help you plan, we’ve put together a list of our favorite romantic things to do in Oahu this year, with a wide range of activities to appeal to all kinds of couples.

Many of these great activities are included on the Go Oahu® Card.

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Hop Aboard a Cruise

Outrigger Catamaran HawaiiThere are few things more romantic than a cruise – so why not grab the love of your life and hop aboard a luxurious catamaran sail?

An afternoon cruise is the perfect opportunity to combine a relaxing venture out into the water with the chance to see tons of local wildlife, from dolphins and whales to seabirds of all stripes.

Relax on Beaches

Oahu surfingThere’s nothing more romantic than a sunset stroll along the water’s edge – fortunately, Oahu is full of amazing beaches with beautiful views.

Whether you want to stick close to home with the beaches in Waikiki or venture out to the North Shore, there are plenty of options to choose from.

If you’re looking for something a little bit wilder, Secret Island Beach offers stunning ocean views with beautiful accompanying landscape.

Or, you could opt for something more inland with a traipse around the lush Waimea Valley.

Hike, Bike, or Stroll Breathtaking Trails

Makapuu's red roof

Outdoorsy couples will love the wealth of activity to be found in Oahu, especially during the winter months.

Take a hike to a historic lighthouse at Makapuu Point, or along the famed extinct volcanic crater known as Diamond Head.

Want to take a stroll through nature without the exertion of a hike? Try a leisurely walk through the Lyon Arboretum, a beautiful garden in a tropical rainforest.

Try Your Hand at Water Sports

snorkeling2You name it, you can try it in Oahu. You’ve always wanted to try that Stand-Up Paddleboarding trend – we’ve got that.

You’re dying to see the amazing Hawaiian sea life on a snorkeling adventure – no problem.

If all you really want is to kayak around the island to your heart’s content, we’ve got that covered, too. Just remember a swimsuit, sunscreen, and perhaps some water shoes.

Explore Museums

"Hawaii," Charles W. Bartlett. c. 1920-21. Image credit: Honolulu Museum of Art.

“Hawaii,” Charles W. Bartlett. c. 1920-21.
Image credit: Honolulu Museum of Art.

If you’re the kind of couple who likes to explore the cultural side of things wherever you go, there are a number of small museums and other cultural institutions to explore to help you learn the most about Hawaiian heritage and art.

Those looking specifically for art will love the Honolulu Museum of Art, which is the best fine arts museum in Hawaii. While it’s best known for its astonishing collection of Asian art and artifacts, the museum also features an impressive collection of Western art, photography, textiles, and more.

Love architecture and historic furniture? Then perhaps a visit to the nearby Iolani Palace or the Queen Emma Summer Palace might be the right choice. They’re stunning buildings with fascinating historical significance and visit to either one of these sites is sure to be rewarding to the culture buff.

Bring Your Love of Movies to Life

Rainforest WaterfallWhen your favorite shared activity is a good bout of Netflix and popcorn, you know you have to make a point of enjoying a movie sites tour while you’re in Oahu.

Who knows, some of your favorite movies and shows may have been filmed on location on this lush tropical island, like Lost or the Hunger Games franchise.

Along the way, you can also enjoy the gorgeous rainforest setting, complete with picturesque waterfalls, exotic plant life, and plenty of great photo ops for that perfect Instagram to prove you were there.

Enjoy Island Cuisine

Image credit: Polynesian Cultural Center Facebook page.

Image credit: Polynesian Cultural Center Facebook page.

Of course, there are few things as romantic as a nice dinner. When you’re in Oahu, that often means enjoying the delicious options island cuisine has to offer, whether you want to go all out at an amazing luau or are just looking for some classic shaved ice.

If you prefer something more traditional (i.e., in a restaurant), Honolulu offers world-class dining with a Hawaiian twist.

Expect a lot of seafood and a lot of Asian-influenced cuisine, and be sure to make reservations in advance if you’re planning on dining on Valentine’s Day itself.

Meditate on Nature

Image credit: Byodo-In Temple.

Image credit: Byodo-In Temple.

This is one for the couple that loves Sunday yoga classes together. Head to the peaceful Byodo-In Temple at the very edge of the Ko’olau Mountains.

There, you can spend some time with your loved one meditating on the joys of life together, or just serenely watching the koi flit around their pond.

Save on Admission

From sandy beaches to cool museums to vibrant luaus, Oahu has it all. So when you’re thinking of destinations for your romantic vacation, Hawaii has got to be on your list.

And just remember, if you want to save big on admission to some of these romantic attractions, be sure to snag a Go Oahu® Card!

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