As the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu is always alive with action. There are so many fun things to do in Honolulu that it would be difficult to list them all. The amazing beaches of Oahu island offer enough on their own, but there are also several museums, parks and relaxing activities available to visitors. From Ala Moana to Waikik Beachi, here are the top 10 things to do in Oahu.
Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach Park is a picturesque tourist attraction located on the coast of the island. It boasts a beautiful jogging trail, beach and nearby shopping center. Before the opening of the Mall of America, the Ala Moana Shopping Center was the largest mall in the States. Today, it is still the largest open-air shopping center in the world.
Visiting the 350-acre Diamond Head crater is widely considered one of the best things to do in Honolulu. You’ll be able to see views of Honolulu that are unlike any other. The hike to the top of Diamond Head is suitable for people of any age, though you should be aware that there are lengthy staircases and a tightly enclosed tunnel. Try to visit early on in the day to beat the crowds and the brutal heat.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve & Hanauma Bay Snorkel
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is another beloved attraction in Honolulu. The snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is some of the best in the area, allowing guests to come face-to-face with coral, fish and sea turtles. Like Diamond Head, the Preserve is best experienced in the morning, since parking is limited. Snorkeling equipment is available for small rental fee.
USS Arizona Memorial
A trip to the USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see for history buffs. You can book an all-day tour of Pearl Harbor, which begins with a video and includes a boat ride to the memorial site of the World War II attacks. 70 years later, you can still see oil in the water from the submerged USS Arizona. In addition, you can purchase tickets to visit the USS Bowfin, a WWII-era submarine, the USS Missouri and an aviation museum.
US Army Museum of Hawaii
History fans will also love the US Army Museum of Hawaii, where you can trace the military history of Hawaii from ancient times to present day. The museum itself is an artifact; it was once a coastal artillery called Battery Randolph. Exhibits at the US Army Museum of Hawaii include artifacts, paintings, photographs, weapons and more. The museum also offers a thorough and educational walking tour.
The Spa at Halekulani
If you’re in need of a way to relax and rejuvenate, a trip to the Spa at the Halekulani Hotel may be just what you’re looking for. The spa offers traditional treatments, including facials, manicures and massages, though it is the first spa to incorporate the healing cultures of the Pacific islands. It features therapy beds, steam showers and tandem suites for couples.
Those unafraid to do a little walking should do the hour-long hike up to Manoa Falls. Put on your hiking shoes and journey through the peaceful rainforest, which was one of the filming locations for the television series LOST. Don’t forget your camera- you’re get stunning photographs at the end of this hike.
KCC Farmers’ Market
Hawaii’s diverse agricultural scene comes to life every Saturday at the KCC Farmer’s Market. Shop the endless displays of fruits, vegetables, flowers, seafood, baked goods and more. Located on the slopes of Diamond Head, this outdoor market offers some of Honolulu’s greatest local delicacies.
Hawaii is famous for its luaus, so no trip to the islands would be complete without attending one! This spectacular dinner show transports guests into a traditional tropical garden where live music fills the air. After an authentic Hawaiian ceremony, there is a massive feast that includes pig, chicken, fish and beef. The luau performance begins shortly afterwards and also features an exciting live fire knife dance.
Waikiki Beach is the most popular beach on Oahu. The two mile stretch of sand is a popular tourist destination due to its convenient location and beautiful scenery. It’s an ideal place to swim, snorkel, canoe, surf or just soak up the sun on the sand.
The island paradise of Honolulu has something to offer to any and all visitors. Best of all, after a busy day of adventuring throughout the island, you can always unwind in front of a breathtaking beach sunset.