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Welcome to Oahu

This island gem—the third largest of Hawaii’s eight—offers city entertainment to the south and outdoor adventure to the north, just an hour’s drive apart. History buffs can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona or get a taste of the island at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Experience the outdoors, from snorkeling to sailing to jetskiing to just plain lounging on Waikiki Beach, or with a hike up Diamond Head. And be sure to plan a night at a traditional lu’au; visit to Haleiwa on the North Shore for garlic shrimp and shaved ice; and trip to the Halona Blowhole to snap photos.

Top 10 attractions in Oahu

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Honolulu

Honolulu

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Honolulu is so much more than just the sunny resort area of Waikiki, where white sands stretch all the way to iconic Diamond Head. The capital city is Hawaii’s commercial and urban heart, with first-class museums, shopping, dining, clubs, and bars. And every year millions of visitors from around the globe find aloha in Honolulu, where surfboards, sunsets, swimming, and taking it slow are simply a way of life.More
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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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Made up of several historic sites and memorials, Pearl Harbor honors and educates the public about the Japanese attack on the United States on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II. It’s one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, and one of the country’s most significant WWII memorial sites.More
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Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

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What started out as a Wahiawa fruit stand in the middle of the pineapple fields in 1950 is now an extremely popular Hawaiian attraction. The sprawling Dole Plantation in central Oahu is a rural throwback to a time when the pineapple helped rule Oahu’s economy. Visitors can sample the sweet yellow fruit, ride on the famous Pineapple Express train and motor out through the fields, take a walk through a huge garden maze, learn how to find fresh pineapple when grocery shopping, and hear how pineapples are grown on plants—and not underground or on trees.More
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Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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For decades, Waikiki Beach has been Oahu’s tourist mecca thanks to its palm-fringed white-sand beaches and high-rise luxury hotels that stretch from downtown Honolulu east toward the towering Diamond Head. Here all the spoils of Hawaiian beach life—from sunbathing and swimming to snorkeling and fruity-cocktail sipping—are within steps of world-class shopping and dining.More
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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Arguably Hawaii's most well-known sight, Diamond Head Crater is more than just a famous Waikiki backdrop but also an entire attraction unto itself, featuring one of Oahu's best hikes for a panoramic view. From atop the 760-foot (231-meter) summit, visitors can gaze out from Koko Head Crater to the Honolulu skyline and down on Waikiki Beach, where surfers, paddlers, sailboats, and canoes all splash through the tropical waters.More
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USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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The USSArizona Memorial floats above the watery site where the eponymous battleship was bombed and sunk, taking 1,177 lives with it, in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The solemn, all-white memorial features a marble wall of names of those who served onboard and spans theArizona’s width, with openings to look down on the sunken hull.More
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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay

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Circular Hanauma Bay is a particularly attractive, sheltered inlet of turquoise water, carved from a submerged volcanic crater east of Diamond Head.The sandy beach park is popular with families, with its calm waters, lifeguards, and gentle diving and snorkeling. Picnic tables overlook the bay, and you can rent diving equipment.The area is a Nature Preserve and Marine Life Conservation District, and when you visit there’s a short film to watch about the marine life before you head down to the beach.While diving you should spot green turtles, parrotfish and coral.More
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Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore

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Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.More
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Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

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Kualoa Ranch is a one-stop adventure playground and a highlight for many travelers to Oahu. Stretching from the verdant folds of the Koolau Mountains to the tropical sea, the 4,000-acre (1,619-hectare) working cattle ranch is one of the largest tracts of accessible nature on Oahu and offers visitors a huge variety of ways to interact with Hawaii’s stunning landscapes, from ATV rides and zipline adventures to film site tours. The property is divided into two areas: the northerly Kaaawa Valley with its many movie locations, and Hakipuu Valley, fronted by an 800-year-old Hawaiian fishpond and the site’s Secret Island Beach.More
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Halona Blowhole

Halona Blowhole

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Once visitors are aware that hālona means “lookout” in Hawaiian, it becomes quite clear what the Halona Blowhole is about: views, Pacific Ocean and blowhole! The Halona Blowhole is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on O’ahu Island; the more than 1,000-year-old geyser-like rock formation is characterized by a hole which propels incoming surf in a narrow, molten lava tube, shooting sea spray high into the air as a result - sometimes up to 30 feet. This is mostly a summery phenomenon but wintertime also has a big ticket item drawing visitors: humpback whales. The lookout point offers unobstructed views of the O’ahu shoreline as well as glimpses of Lanai and Moloka'I Islands on clear days.The coast is home to a special type of coral that requires very little light to live, the Sinularia Leather Coral, where it is possible to find various species like echinoderms, slugs, corals, and eels. And although the marine life is quite plentiful and fascinating, divers should proceed with caution because of the strong and sometimes erratic currents, including the colloquially named Moloka'i Express, which can drag divers out to sea without warning. Visitors should know that below the hālona is one of the most dangerous ocean currents in the world, and should always proceed with care.More

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Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top activities in Oahu

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Great tour!!
Robert_L, Jan 2022
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
Excellent tour and a great way to see the island.
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Amazing experience
Brandon_P, Jan 2022
Kayaking Tour of Kailua Bay with Lunch, Oahu
One of the most fun things we have done on Oahu.
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Excellent Way to See Oahu
Jackson_C, Jan 2022
Private Customizable Grand Circle Island Tour of Oahu
This was an excellent way to see all of Oahu and get an appreciation of the island.
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Great experience!
Justin_Z, Dec 2021
Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion
We spotted a whale towards the end of the trip and the crew took extra time to hang around the area in case we had a chance to see more whales.
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Fantastic
Jonathan_S, Dec 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
This tour allows you to see all of Oahu.
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A cool afternoon trip to...
Michael_T, Dec 2021
Afternoon Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
A cool afternoon trip to see turtles, fish and coral reefs, along with amazing views of Oahu.
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Guaranteed fun with Professional Whale Watchers
Tim_F, Dec 2021
Whale Watching
We saw two whales and watched them breach the surface twice; also got to see a turtle.
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Great tour of Oahu
Anonymous, Dec 2021
Private Oahu Circle Island Tour
We’re able to see the sites we wanted
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Must do trip!
Lisa_B, Dec 2021
Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion from Waikiki, Hawaii
They also took their job were seriously and watched over the entire group very carefully - also helped locate the turtles for us to see .
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Good Tour
Gary_V, Dec 2021
Grand Circle Island Tour with Snorkeling with the Turtles
The Tour was a great introduction to the island Justin the guide made it a fun , informative trip One got to see both the old way of living on Oahu , to the damages that the sea is causing Plus of course seeing Honolulu
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Great way to see island
Mary_P, Dec 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
A couple of things were closed but it’s a great way to see all around Oahu in day.
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Great experience!
Erin_M, Dec 2021
Oahu Shark Dive
So amazing to see the sharks up close!
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Should be called ‘Nice boat ride with a chance to see sea life’
Andra_P, Dec 2021
Dolphin Watch Boat Tour - See Dolphins Whales & Turtles - Oahu
Best part was tour guide Jen who gave us lots of recommendations for places to see in Oahu!
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Great time!
Thomas_E, Nov 2021
Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Great way to see Oahu.
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Great tour day
Jan_O, Nov 2021
Custom True Hawaii Adventure Tour
He was very flexible and great with kids.
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Eliza_R, Nov 2021
Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu "Magnum Experience" (50 Minute)
Great way to see the island.
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Alex_S, Nov 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour from Honolulu - Doors Off or On
This was such a cool experience to see Oahu!
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A must do
Michelle_D, Oct 2021
Waikiki Atlantis Submarine Adventure
Exciting to see the ocean in a whole different way.
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Betty_H, Oct 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour from Honolulu - Doors Off or On
Saw things we didn’t know about and will Definitely come Back to see Next time.
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Oahu in a day.
Michael_C, Oct 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
Good tour and a great way to see Oahu.
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