Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Oahu

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If you don’t have plans locked in for this Valentine’s Day, you better get to work. However, if you’re lucky enough to be spending the most romantic day of the year in one of the most romantic places in the world, you’ve at least got plenty of options. Whether you’re keeping the fire going or sparking a new one, a fun Valentine’s Day date is a great way to show someone you care—and that you know how to have a good time! If your loved one likes the great outdoors, take her on a hike. If your honey can’t get enough Hawaiian culture and cuisine, a luau might really wow him. Either way, there are more than enough things to do in Oahu. Here are some ideas for romantic dates on the island known as “The Gathering Place.”

Historic Makapu'u Lighthouse.

Historic Makapu’u Lighthouse.

The Outdoorsy Date

If your date is more mud and adventure than spa treatment and roses, consider a hike over the majestic Hawaiian terrain and pay a visit to some of the most well-know Oahu landmarks. For instance, the Diamond Head Hike is great for beginner to intermediate hikers and features stunning views of the massive Mt. Leahi crater as well as the dazzling Pacific Ocean. Another ideal option is the Makapu’u Lighthouse Hike which stretches for a mile within the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline and culminates at Makapu’u Head where you’ll be rewarded with idyllic vistas of the Makapu’u Lighthouse and the windward coast. You may even see some humpback whales off the coast during their annual winter migration to Hawaiian waters. It’s the perfect mix of sentimentality and excitement.

Romantic Affair at Sea

A leisurely afternoon sail in the open waters is perfected by the luxury amenities of the Makani Catamaran. On this two-hour cruise, you’ll smoothly glide through the open waters while keeping your eyes peeled for humpback whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. Covered cabin seating, a state of the art stereo system, sunbathing net areas and pilothouse seating offer the upmost in comfort, and complementary snacks paired with a cash bar complete the equation. It’s a classic romantic date for any couple that has their sea legs!

Majestic scenery at Kualoa Ranch.

Majestic scenery at Kualoa Ranch.

Secret Island Rendezvous

Imagine a day spent with your loved one lounging on a secluded beach so beautiful that it’s worthy of the big screen. This is exactly what you’ll experience at Kualoa’s Secret Island Beach, where you can spend three hours taking in the scenery and enjoying an array of activities, from kayaking to snorkeling. The bus tour that brings you to the secluded island passes through Molii Gardens, where the scent of wildflowers fills your airways, so every moment of your trip is romantic and noteworthy. You may recognize the scenery from movies like 50 First Dates or TV shows like Lost, but this Valentine’s Day, you and your date have lead parts!

Lovers’ Luau

This is the most festive and loud way to spend your Valentine’s Day, and it’s also one of our favorite things to do in Oahu. At Germaine’s Luau, a traditional Hawaiian-style feast, you’ll be greeted with a shell lei; treated to succulent seafood, barbecued meats, and tropical cocktails; and delighted by authentic Hawaiian entertainment from Samoan fire-dancing to hula! Germaine’s has hosted over 300,000 visitors since 1976, so you know there has to be a reason to keep coming back! We’ll let this be the year you discover the magic of Germaine’s Luau with your sweetheart at your side.

For more Valentine’s Day ideas and things to do in Oahu, see the full list of Oahu attractions at SmartDestinations.com.

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