Top 10 Things to Do in Oahu

As the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu is always alive with action. There are lots of fun things to do in Honolulu, including soaking up sun on the amazing beaches of Oahu island, taking a stroll through a scenic park, going on a hike, or learning about Hawaii’s unique history.

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Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Mona Beach Park

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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.

Diamond Head Hike

Hiking Down Diamond Head in Hawaii

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Visiting the 350-acre Diamond Head crater is one of the best things to do in Honolulu. You’ll be able to see views of Honolulu unlike any other.

The hike to the top of Diamond Head is suitable for visitors of any age, though be advised that there are lengthy staircases and a tightly enclosed tunnel passage.

Insider tip: Try to visit early on in the day to beat the crowds and the afternoon heat.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve & Hanauma Bay Snorkel

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is another beloved attraction in Honolulu. The snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is some of the best in the area. Explore the vibrant coral reef and come face-to-face with coral, fish, sea turtles, and more.

Insider tip: 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

Uss Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor

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A trip to the USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see for history buffs. Consider booking 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

Helicoptor outside the US Army Museum of Hawaii

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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.

Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls Waterfall Hike in Hawaii

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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- there are get stunning photograph opportunities at the end of this hike.

KCC Farmers’ Market

KCC Farmers' Market in Honolulu near the slopes of Diamond Head

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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, Hawaiian shaved ice, and more. Located on the slopes of Diamond Head, this outdoor market offers some of Honolulu’s greatest local delicacies.

Germaine’s Luau

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Credit: Tara Hunt (license)

Hawaii is famous for its luaus, so no trip to the islands would be complete without attending one.

After being greeted with a traditional shell lei, Germaine’s Luau performance begins. Witness the ritual raising of a roasted pig from an underground oven and then feat on a multi-course buffet with American and authentic Hawaiian fare. Plus, each adult receives three drink coupons. Considered the most authentic luau on the island, Germaine’s is not to be missed.


Waikiki Beach is a popular spot to go surfing

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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 all visitors. Best of all, after a busy day of adventuring throughout the island, you can unwind in front of a breathtaking beach sunset.

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