30 Best Things to Do in Oahu for an Epic Vacation in 2024

Oahu, Hawaii, Tropical paradise

Looking for the best things to do in Oahu to make the most of your vacation? You’re in the right place! 

I’ve spent a ton of time exploring this paradise – from the stunning beaches of Lanikai to the world-famous waves on the North Shore. 

And now I’m here to share my favorite adventures on this incredible island of Hawaii with you so you can do the same! 

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This gem among the Hawaiian Islands boasts some of the best places to immerse yourself in the beauty and adventure that the United States’ island paradise has to offer. 

Sunbathe at the world-famous Waikiki Beach, snorkel the pristine waters of Hanauma Bay, and dive deep into the rich Hawaiian culture that permeates every corner of this breathtaking destination. 

Whether you’re here for relaxation, rich culture, mountainous and volcanic landscapes, or to vacation in luxury, there’s something for everyone in Oahu, Hawaii. 

Let’s get started! 

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Best Things to Do in Oahu, Hawaii 

Aloha painted in the sand at Waikiki beach at sunrise

1. Stand up Paddle Board or Kayak to the Mokoluas 

When the water isn’t choppy in Kailua, grab a paddle board (or kayak!) and head out to the Mokuluas. 

Known as “The Mokes,” the Mokuluas are two small, rocky islets located off the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. 

The two islets are:

  • Moku Nui: popular among kayakers and boasts a small sandy beach. It’s also a nesting ground for seabirds. 
  • Moku Iki: The smaller islet is closer to the coast but is off-limits for landing due to its steep and rugged terrain.
Lanikai Beach and the Mokulua Islands, Oahu, Hawaii

You can only go to Moku Nui; people are not allowed on Moko Iki. You can hang out on the beach, snorkel, kayak, or swim. 

The islands are protected bird sanctuaries, and home to a variety of unique wildlife and sea life. 

ℹ️ Note: This is best done on calm water days. Strong currents can turn your 45-minute paddle into an hour or two. 

2. Watch the Sunrise from the Lanikai Pillbox Hike

I love visiting islands, but other than St Lucia, there are very few places to climb serious terrain! So, when I’m in Hawaii, I take advantage of all of the incredible hikes available on the islands

That said, this particular hike might just be one of the most popular things to do in O’ahu! 

On a cool morning with a clear sky, the Lanikai Pillbox Hike is the place to be. This is also another great way to enjoy the beauty of the Mokuluas. 

Sunrise on Lanikai Pillbox in Oahu

Bring shoes with good traction and a backpack so you have both hands for maximum balance; the hike is steep but the view is well worth it. Be quiet so as not to disturb the sleeping Lanikai residents!

This incredibly relaxing thing to do in Oahu will put your mind at ease for the rest of the day!

When you’re done watching the sunrise, head to Lanikai Beach and take in the breeze on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

3. Kaka’ako Farmers Market 

Every Sunday, head to the Kaka’ako Farmers Market

You can’t miss the farmers market with local fruits and vegetables and tons of vendors. The options are endless. 

coffee at Kaka’ako Farmers Market 

Whether you’re traveling solo, with your partner, or with family, this is a great morning spot to hit. 

You can find art, coffee, pizza, breakfast bowls and sandwiches, clothes, smoothies, and more! Plus, it offers some ideal people and dog-watching to start your day. 

4. Try Garlic Shrimp on the North Shore 

If you’re looking for locals’ favorite activities in Hawaii Oahu, pack up the car and head out early for a sweet escape to the North Shore. 

Yes, the beaches are stunning, but that’s not what draws me here. 

The real reason I woke up for this morning trip is the little food trucks that serve up the best Garlic Shrimp on the Island. Trust me, it’s worth it! 

A plate full of Garlic Shrimp and rice on the North Shore in Oahu

But the ride to the North Shore is just as gorgeous. Stop at different points along the way for spectacular views of the island. 

Once you’re there, you’ll find shopping and a plethora of stunning beaches to enjoy all the water activities you could desire. Whether you want to hang out, surf, fish, or paddle board, North Shore has it all.

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Pro Tip: If you take a long way, it’s not only more scenic, but you can also pass by the Kualoa Ranch, a famous filming scene of the Jurassic Park films. 

5. ​​Cool Down with a Dairy Free Banan Treat 

Get ready for a tropical paradise in your mouth with these dairy free Hawaiian frozen treats

Made from fresh, Hawaiian-grown bananas and available in a variety of flavors and toppings, this is the perfect way to cool down on a beach day. 

This local shop even offers a delicious macadamia nut honey butter, featuring nuts from Big Island and honey from Oahu. 

There are a few locations around the island, including a convenient little shop right on Waikiki Beach. This is one of my secret things to do in Oahu!

6. Head to the Beach, one of the Best Things to do in Oahu

Of course, no one visits Hawaii without a trip to the spectacular beaches! 

Waikiki Beach is convenient for most tourists since it’s near the largest hotels and resorts, but just a short drive away is Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, OR the North Shore –  arguably the most beautiful beaches on the island. 

It’s on the windward side, so it offers a perfect breeze on a steaming hot day! 

Ala Moana Beach Park is one of the best things to do in Oahu

I recommend you to relax at Ala Moana Beach Park, Oahu’s gem, where locals and tourists alike find solace in its sweeping sandy shores and gentle ocean breezes.

Besides, you can go to Kailua Beach Park, a haven of powdery white sands and crystalline waters, making it a favorite for both windsurfing enthusiasts and families seeking a day of beachside bliss.

Once you see the island’s best beaches, you’ll see why it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, even giving the Caribbean a run for its money.

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7. “Whip” Through the Maze at the Dole Plantation 

You can’t say you visited O’ahu if you didn’t experience the famous Dole Whip Plantation and take a ride on the Pineapple Express Train Tour. 

But before you do that, navigate through the largest maze in the world at the Dole Plantation – it should keep you busy for a while! 

Dole pineapple plantation, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Getting out may not be easy, but hey, what’s life without a few challenges, right? 

Explore the pineapple plantation and trace its roots from a small fruit stand to its current status as one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii! 

And of course, cool off with a delightful cup of their world-famous Dole Whip soft-serve ice cream.

8. Walk the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail 

Got time to kill before dinner? The Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is the perfect way to spend an hour or so. 

It’s an easy trail with absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean – miles, and miles out. And on a clear day, you might even be able to spot other islands from up top! 

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail, Oahu, Hawaii

There are a few popular spots along the way that are famous whale-watching spots

Peak through the binoculars at the lookouts along the way to see if you can spy on any of those majestic creatures in the distance.

9. Adventure at Ka’au Crater Hike

Do go chasing waterfalls! If you’re up for a challenge, head to the Ka’au Crater Hike. 

Depending on the weather, this hike can take 4-5 hours, if you plan to go all the way up. 

Ka’au Crater Hike in Oahu

But no worries, if long, strenuous hikes aren’t for you, you can turn around at the first and second waterfalls. You’ll still get scenic views and a bit of exercise. 

Make sure you pack lots of water and snacks and start early in the day to avoid the worst of Hawaii’s midday heat. 

10. Learn to Surf

If you’re looking for the ultimate surfing experience, Hawaii is the place to be. 

With its crystal-clear waters, endless waves, and perfect weather year-round, this tropical paradise is a surfer’s dream come true. 

🏄‍♀️ Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced rider, you can take this 2-hour surf lesson, including professional instruction, all equipment (surfboard, rash guard, and reef shoes), and safe storage lockers to store your belongings.

Six people with wetsuits and surfboards in the middle of the sea, learning to Surf in Oahu

With great surf schools and instructors, you can learn to surf in no time and catch those big waves like a pro. 

For some killer waves, novices and pros alike flock to the North Shore. This is one of my top picks for things to do in Oahu for couples since learning together is the best way to bond! 

11. Hit the Mall for Some High-End Shopping

Head to Ala Moana Shopping for a shopping destination that combines the beauty of the outdoors with high-end retail therapy. 

You’ll find an impressive 350 stores and restaurants from small boutiques to luxury shops and fine dining with unbeatable city views. 

Plus, the mall’s daily Hula show adds a bit of culture and excitement to your shopping day. 

Whether you want to window shop, splurge, or just take in the best views, the Ala Moana Shopping Center is a great place to stroll around for a few hours. 

12. Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Tour on a Catamaran

One of my favorite things to do in Oahu was take this catamaran snorkeling tour

I sailed past the city skyline into the ocean and it was simply stunning. As you get farther from shore, you’ll appreciate the beautiful mountain ranges and bright blue waters. 

🐟 Book this 2-hour Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion from Waikiki, including snacks and light refreshments.

Sea Turtle Snorkeling in Oahu Hawaii

Whether you take a private charter or a public tour, most trips include a stop at Oahu’s Turtle Canyon

I’ve snorkeled all over the world, from Croatia to Aruba, and have never seen such an abundance of lively green sea turtles and marine life. 

Definitely, it’s one of the best things to do in Oahu!

You’ll find sea turtles all over the island, in Lanikai Beach, Hanauma Bay, and beyond. Remember that it’s illegal to touch, chase, and feed the little guys. 

13. Visit the Island’s Local Brewing Companies 

There are a few great breweries located on the island serving up local taps and seltzers – perfect for everyone, plus some great food to go along with it! 

Maui Brewing Company has multiple locations scattered across the island with happy hour specials perfect for an early evening out with friends. 

Maui Brewing Company in Ohu

Along with a selection of delicious pizzas and burgers, you can’t visit without grabbing a giant bowl of Garlic and Grana french fries

Or, visit Waikiki Brewing Company for a fun end-of-the-week celebration. The small dive offers Pau Ha (happy hour) with drink specials and air-fried tater tots. 

The bartenders are friendly, providing a local feel, making it a popular spot to hang out, sip mojitos, and listen to great music. 

Two glasses with drink at Three Peaks, Kailua, Oahu

My last favorite brewery around is Olomana Brewing/Three Peaks Island Craft Beer and Gifts

Visit this local dive to fill up your growler with your favorite beer to go or try a flight of hard kombucha. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir from the gift shop before you leave! 

14. Hawaiian Luau

Ever been to a Hawaiian Luau? If not, you’re in for a treat! Luau’s are filled with Hawaiian traditions, from start to finish. 

🌸 Book this traditional Hawaiian luau with sunset coastal views at Paradise Cove. 

You’ll be greeted with a flower lei, as customary in Hawaiian culture. Taste some authentic Hawaiian foods like Kalua Pork and Hawaiian Poi. 

Hawaiian Cultural Activity at Hawaiian Luau

You’ll eat, dance, and enjoy some vibrant Hawaiian music while watching locals perform hula dances. A can’t-miss experience for anyone visiting Hawaii! 

15. Take in the History of Hawaii 

One of the most historical attractions in Hawaii is the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona memorial, located right on the island of Oahu. 

Learn about the history of the fateful event and pay respect to those who lost their lives during World War II. 

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona memorial from the air

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial offers endless educational opportunities to provide insight into the significance of this location. 

Entrance to the National Memorial is free, making it an educational and humbling thing to do for free in Oahu. 

16. Polynesian Cultural Center

If you want to truly grasp the spirit of the islands, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a must-visit. 

The Polynesian Cultural Center on the east shore of Oahu Honolulu, Hawaii

You’ll be taken on a journey through the diverse traditions of Polynesia, from fiery dances to tales of ancient navigators. Don’t forget to try the luau feast!

17. Hike Diamond Head

Looking for the best panoramic view? Diamond Head’s hike is challenging but so worth it. 

Crowded Summit Diamond Head Hike in Oahu

At the summit, you’ll be greeted by unparalleled views of Honolulu and the vast Pacific. Pack some water and an early start helps beat the crowds!

18. Explore Chinatown in Honolulu

Dive into the vibrant and bustling streets of Chinatown. Immerse yourself in the vibrant creations of Oahu’s local artists, whose work echoes the island’s spirit and rich cultural tapestry. 

Street view of Chinatown in Hawaii

With a mix of art galleries, markets, and mouth-watering eateries, there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. 

The dim sum spots here? Totally unforgettable.

19. Attend a Traditional Hula Show

For a genuine slice of Hawaii, catch a traditional hula performance. 

More than just a dance, it’s a moving tale of the islands. Many hotels in Waikiki offer shows, but for a truly authentic experience, seek out local festivals.

A group of women in traditional Hawaiian costumes dancing a traditional Hula Show in Oahu

You can book this 4-hour Waikiki Luau Buffet with Rock-A-Hula Show Ticket, including Luau buffet dinner, Mai Tai cocktail and welcome pineapple, Hula demo and lessons, and Live Hawaiian music!

20. Swim in Waimea Valley’s Waterfall

After a tranquil hike through botanical gardens, you’ll find the allure of Waimea Falls. 

The Waimea Valley's Waterfall is one of the cool things to do in Oahu

Dive into the tranquil embrace of Oahu’s calm waters, perfect for leisurely swims and serene reflections. It’s a refreshing haven amidst nature’s splendor!

21. Savor a Shave Ice

If there’s one treat synonymous with Hawaii, it’s shave ice! And Oahu boasts some of the best spots. 

Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa is legendary, but there are countless other stalls across the island serving this icy delight. 

the hand of a man holding a Shave Ice in Hawaii

Choose your flavors and perhaps top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or azuki beans at the base.

It’s the perfect way to cool down after a day of sun and sand, and one of the fun things to do in Oahu!

22. Iolani Palace

Step into the only royal palace on U.S. soil. The Iolani Palace holds tales of monarchs, grandeur, and Hawaii’s transition to statehood. 

Honolulu Iolani Palace, Hawaii

Opt for the audio tour; the stories behind each room are fascinating!

23. Sunset on the North Shore

One of the warm spring break destinations for families, the North Shore offers more than iconic surf spots. 

Watch the Sunset on the North Shore is one of the top things to do in Oahu

As the sun dips below the horizon, the sky paints a mesmerizing canvas of colors, creating an unforgettable experience for families to bond over. It’s one of the most unique things to do in Oahu.

24. Tantalus and Round Top Drive

For a scenic drive unlike any other, navigate the winding roads of Tantalus and Round Top. 

Tantalus Lookout on Round Top drive in Oahu island

Overlook points offer mesmerizing vistas of the island.

Pro tip: It’s especially magical during sunset!

25. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

If serenity had an address, it’d be here. 

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Mountain View Grenn Tree

This botanical garden is a patchwork of tropical plants from around the world. Perfect for a calming stroll or a lakeside picnic.

26. Kualoa Ranch Adventures

Ever wanted to explore a real-life film set? From “Jurassic Park” to “Lost”, Kualoa Ranch on the windward coast has been the backdrop for countless hits. 

Easter Island Head on Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, with incredible views of the green mountains

Book this 2-hout Kualoa Ranch – UTV Raptor Tour and discover the pristine beauty of the windward coast of Oahu, where turquoise waves meet lush greenery in a symphony of nature. 

27. Helicopter Tour

If you’re going to splurge on one thing, let it be a helicopter tour. Witness the island’s majesty from above soaring cliffs, azure shores, and hidden valleys. 

View of Oahu coastline and mountains in Honolulu Hawaii from an helicopter, one of the best things to do in Oahu

Believe it or not, snow in Hawaii graces the peaks of the highest mountains, a sight as rare as it is enchanting. Experience the island’s diverse landscapes in a way you’ll never forget!

🚁 Book this 60 Min Helicopter Tour (with doors on or off) and fly above the island and many of its most well-known landmarks, such as Diamond Head, Sacred Falls, the Dole Plantation, and Pearl Harbor!

28. Manoa Falls Hike

Rainforest, bamboo groves, and then – the pièce de résistance – a cascading waterfall. 

Manoa Falls Hike sign

Manoa Falls hike is a nature lover’s dream. Remember your bug spray and maybe some rain gear, just in case!

29. Go on a Food Tour

Oahu’s culinary scene is a delightful medley! 

From poke bowls to haute cuisine, a food tour offers a taste of it all. Don’t leave without trying some malasadas!

Cook taking a pizza out of the oven during a Food Tour in Oahu, one of the. best things to do in the island

I recommend you book this 5-hour Hawaiian Food Tour by Bike in Oahu, including the best spots for local Hawaiian food and local restaurants off the beaten path.

30. Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art

At the Bishop Museum, embark on a deep dive into Hawaiian heritage, where ancient artifacts tell tales of the islands’ past. 

Main building of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu Hawaii

Then, delve into the Honolulu Museum of Art, a treasure trove of global artistry, where Oahu’s heart meets the world’s masterpieces. 

Together, they offer an enriching exploration of Hawaii’s vibrant tapestry of history and art.

Where is Oahu?

Oahu is one of the eight main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. 

It’s located in the Pacific Ocean and is part of the state of Hawaii, which is the 50th state of the United States. 

View of Honolulu City, Oahu from the air

Oahu is often referred to as “The Gathering Place” because of its dense population and its blend of cultures. 

The island is home to Honolulu, the state’s capital and largest city. Notable landmarks on Oahu include Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head. 

It’s centrally located among the Hawaiian Islands, making it a popular starting point for visitors exploring the state.

Best time to visit Oahu

Oahu is blessed with a tropical climate. This means warm temperatures throughout the year. 

Generally, there are two main seasons:

Summer (May to October)

Warm and dry, with temperatures averaging around 85°F (29°C). This is an ideal time for beach activities, swimming, and sunbathing.

Winter (November to April)

A tad cooler, with temperatures averaging about 78°F (25°C). These months see more rainfall, especially in December and January. 

However, it’s also the time when the North Shore becomes a surfing mecca, with big wave competitions and thrilling displays of skill.

Beautiful beach in Oahu, Hawaii at sunset
  • For beach lovers, summer provides ideal beach weather.
  • If you’re a surfing enthusiast or want to witness professional surfers in action, winter is the time to go.
  • Those keen on hiking might prefer the shoulder season, where trails are less crowded and the weather is comfortable.

How to Get to Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is not only a central hub for the Hawaiian Islands but also one of the most accessible. 

Here’s how to reach this Pacific paradise:

By Air

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is the primary gateway to Oahu and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. 

It’s one of the busiest airports in the United States and receives flights from numerous domestic and international destinations. 

Cruises

If you fancy arriving by sea, several cruise lines offer routes that dock in Honolulu Harbor. 

A Sunset Cruise in Honolulu with the skyline of buildings in the background

This method offers a scenic introduction to the island, allowing you to witness Oahu’s coastline from a unique vantage point before setting foot on land.

Island Hopping

If you’re already in Hawaii, exploring another island, there are inter-island flights available. 

Airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest, and Mokulele Airlines offer short flights between the islands, making Oahu easily reachable from neighboring islands like Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island.

Renting a Car in Oahu

When it comes to exploring the beautiful places Oahu has to offer, having a rental car can be one of the best ways to ensure you don’t miss out on any of its charms. 

With a rental car, you’ll have the freedom to visit hidden gems that are sometimes beyond the reach of public transport or guided tours. 

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You can drive to famous tourist attractions at your own pace, detour to lesser-known spots, or even take impromptu breaks at scenic viewpoints.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Parking

While many tourist attractions offer parking lots, in bustling areas like Waikiki or Honolulu, finding a parking spot can be a bit challenging, especially during peak times. 

Set off early or use apps to check parking availability.

Drive with Aloha

On your Hawaiian vacation, you’ll often hear about the ‘Aloha Spirit.’ Embrace it while driving too! 

Locals are generally courteous on the road, so be sure to reciprocate that friendliness.

Scenic coastal road in Oahu, Hawaii

Speed Limits

Remember that Hawaii has lower speed limits compared to the mainland U.S. Always adhere to them, not just to avoid tickets, but also to enjoy the stunning landscapes safely.

Stay Alert

Some of Oahu’s most scenic routes can be winding and narrow. 

While these roads lead to breathtaking destinations, it’s essential to remain attentive and take it slow.

Gas Stations

While there are plenty of gas stations in urban areas, they can become sparse as you venture to the more remote parts of the island. It’s a good habit to fill up your tank when it’s half empty.

Renting a car can truly elevate your Hawaiian vacation, offering a level of convenience and access that’s hard to match. 

So, secure that perfect parking spot, map out your destinations, and hit the road to fully immerse in Oahu’s wonders!

FAQ about the Top Things to Do in Oahu 

Now that you have some of the best things to do in Hawaii, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting this beautiful island. 

  1. How do you spend a day on the North Shore of Hawaii?

    If you’re planning to spend one day on the North Shore, start off by enjoying the drive there. Take in the scenery and the stunning landscapes.

    When you arrive, stop by one of the local food trucks and scarf down some garlic shrimp or a fresh acai bowl. Last, stroll around the shops and boutiques, hit the beach, ride some waves, and enjoy the sun!

  2. How to spend one day in Waikiki?

    If you only have one day in Waikiki, start with a morning walk or hike in Diamond Head State Park.

    Then, explore the local shops and boutiques, take a break with an iced treat – like shave ice or Banan, and of course, spend plenty of time at the beach.

    You can also enjoy some museums or tours in town, like the Polynesian Cultural Center and Pearl Harbor. You should be sure to end your day at a classic Hawaiian Luau! 

  3. Is Oahu North Shore worth visiting?

    Oahu’s North Shore is worth visiting if you love quaint towns filled with food trucks and boutiques, and long stretches of beautiful white sand beaches.

    Surfers will visit the North Shore for its world-famous large waves, but beginners will find calmer beaches to get on their boards for the first time. 

  4. What should you not miss on Oahu?

    Hanauma Bay is a snorkeling paradise with vibrant marine life, while Pearl Harbor offers a deep dive into history that's emotionally impactful and educational. Both are must-visits.

  5. What is the nicest part of Oahu?

    The North Shore stands out for its laid-back vibes, world-class surfing waves, and quaint towns. It's a place where time slows down, and nature's beauty shines brilliantly.

  6. What should I avoid in Oahu?

    Downtown Honolulu can get quite busy, especially during rush hours. Try to plan your day around these peak times to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

  7. What are the most popular things to do in Oahu with kids?

    Kids adore the interactive exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium.

    Dole Plantation offers a fun pineapple train ride, a maze, and tasty treats which are hits with the young ones!

  8. What are the best outdoor activities in Oahu?

    Surfing, especially at the famous Waikiki Beach, is a must-try. Hiking trails like Diamond Head Crater promise panoramic island views.

    Don't forget snorkeling in clear waters teeming with colorful fish.

  9. What is Oahu best known for?

    Oahu is globally recognized for its Waikiki Beach stretch and the historically significant Pearl Harbor, both offering unique experiences that captivate visitors.

  10. How many days is good for Oahu?

    Ideally, spending 5-7 days lets you explore Oahu's diverse attractions, from beaches to mountains to cultural sites, without feeling rushed.

  11. Is 7 days too long on Oahu?

    Not at all! Seven days allow you to fully explore, relax, and soak in the island's spirit, ensuring you experience both popular spots and hidden gems.

  12. Is it expensive in Oahu?

    While Oahu can be pricey, especially in tourist hotspots, there are many budget-friendly accommodations, eateries, and activities if you do a bit of research.

  13. Where is the prettiest part of Oahu?

    Lanikai Beach is often cited as one of the world's most beautiful beaches, with its powdery sands and turquoise waters framed by the Mokulua Islands in the distance.

  14. Why is Oahu the most popular island?

    Oahu blends urban excitement with natural beauty, offering a mix of bustling Honolulu city life, historical sites, and serene beaches, making it appealing to a wide range of travelers.

  15. What is the best month to visit Oahu?

    The months of April-May and September-October strike a balance with pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and slightly lower prices.

  16. What you must eat in Oahu?

    Savor the flavors of Oahu with poke bowls, a raw fish salad seasoned to perfection, and malasadas, delicious Portuguese donuts.

  17. What is the rainy season in Oahu?

    The rainiest months span from November to March. Yet, Oahu's showers are often brief, leaving plenty of sunshine for your adventures.

  18. Which side of Oahu has the best beaches?

    While all sides have their charm, the North and East sides of Oahu offer a combination of pristine, less crowded beaches and majestic waves, especially during the winter months.

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Wrap-Up: Best Things to Do in Oahu, Hawaii 

Are you ready to go to Oahu yet? This must-visit destination is full of adventures for beach-goers, risk-takers, and those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture. 

View of the Mokoluas windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii 

Swim with sea turtles, lay on the beach, or jump on a surfboard to ride the waves. Explore local agriculture and traditions at the Dole Plantation or a famous Hawaiian Luau. 

With so many things to do in Oahu, it’s the perfect place for solo travelers, families, and friends. 


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