Discover Oahu

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Discover the BEST of Oahu!

Oahu, nicknamed “The Gathering Place,” is the third-largest and most populated of the Hawaiian Islands. The island is home to approximately 100,000,000 residents from a rainbow of cultures and nationalities. Oahu is 40 miles long and 30 miles across, and boasts 227 miles of shoreline. The highest point is the summit of Mt. Ka’ala, at 4,003 feet above sea level. With 72,000 visitors every day just in Waikiki, this island is a constant bustle of activity!

Discover some of Oahu’s best hikes, activities, beaches, and more, categorized into the island’s main areas.

General

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Moving to Hawaii ~ Essentials

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Why Hawaiian Winters are the Best!

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An Introduction to Hawaii’s Jungle

 

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Essential Pidgin Words to Know Before Visiting Hawaii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Tropical Destination… Hawaii or the US Virgin Islands?!

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Late Night Home Invasions and the Most Terrifying Aspect of Life in Hawaii

 

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“How I Decided to Leave Everything and Move to Hawaii…”

North Shore

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Explore North Shore Oahu by Horseback with Happy Trails

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Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline 

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Billabong Pipe Masters Surf Competition

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Oahu’s tranquil Polo Beach

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Wanderlust ~ Oahu’s Annual Yoga Festival

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Explore Local Talent at the Haleiwa Art Gallery

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Get Soaped at the North Shore Soap Factory in the old Waialua Sugar Mill

 

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Visit the Old Waialua Sugar Mill in North Shore Oahu’s Sugar Town

 

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Internationally acclaimed marine life artist Robert Wyland has galleries in both Waikiki and North Shore Oahu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town (Honolulu and Waikiki)

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Oahu Helicopter Tour ~ An Aerial Perspective

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Oahu’s Most Toddler-Friendly Activity: The Honolulu Children’s Discovery Center

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Visit Honolulu’s Koko Head Botanical Garden in the Volcano’s Crater, overflowing with color and plant life from around the world

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The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu honors lives lost during the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as throughout US military history

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Tour the USS Missouri, the battleship where World War II ended, at Pearl Harbor

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Pay respects at Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial, where 1,177 crewmen lost their lives on December 7, 1941

 

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The Honolulu Fish Auction ~ Experience the Only Fish Auction between Tokyo and Maine!

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Discover the lush jungle oasis of Tantalus, with its spectacular views of Honolulu

 

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Explore Pearl Harbor ~ the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin, etc

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Experience Honolulu’s Most Popular Farmer’s Market at Kapiolani Community College

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Swim with Dolphins at Oahu’s Kahala Resort Dolphin Quest 

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Visit the Mu Ryang Sa Temple in Honolulu’s Palolo Valley

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Enjoy views of Waikiki and Diamond Head with a Star of Honolulu Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Immerse yourself in a world of tropical colors at Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu

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Step into the life of Hawaiian royalty with a tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Palace just outside of Honolulu

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Explore the Manoa Cliff Trail atop Tantalus, the lush jungle oasis located just a short drive from Honolulu

 

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Internationally acclaimed marine life artist Robert Wyland has galleries in both Waikiki and North Shore Oahu

 

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Celebrate an ancient Hawaiian tradition in a decadent, tropical setting with the Royal Hawaiian Luau — the Aha’aina

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Get High with X-Treme Parasail Oahu, offering bird’s eye views of the beautiful Waikiki coast all the way down to Diamond Head

 

Leeward (West)

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Kaneana Cave ~ Explore the Home of some of Hawaiian Legend’s most Famous Gods and Goddesses

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Visit Leeward Oahu’s Historic Sugar Plantation Village in Waipahu for an experience of ‘Old Hawaii’

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Experience Oahu’s Local, Backyard-Style Luau

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‘Best Luau in Hawaii’ ~ Paradise Cove Luau 

 

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Beat the Heat at Wet’n Wild Hawaii in Leeward Oahu

 

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The best petroglyphs on Maui ~ Olowalu Cultural Reserve

 

 Windward (East)

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Hike Oahu’s Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

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Discover the Magical World at Sea Life Park in Windward Oahu!

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Oahu’s {Illegal} Stairway to Heaven Hike (Haiku Stairs)

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Hike the Lanikai Pillbox Trail

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Kailua Farmer’s Market in Windward Oahu

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Discover the Mystique of Kualoa Ranch, the setting for Jurassic Park, Lost TV Show, 50 First Dates, and many other popular films

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Embrace the Aloha at Kalapawai Market in Kailua, Oahu

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Kayak to Mokulua Island (‘da Mokes’) off Lanikai Beach

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Discover the Beautiful “Hidden Treasure” of Windward Oahu ~ Kawainui Marsh

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Get Panoramic Views of Oahu’s Windward Side at the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

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Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu’s #1 Paid Attraction

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Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park is TripAdvisor’s #1-Rated Activity on Oahu!

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Climb the Pali Puka Trail at the Nu’uanu Lookout in Windward Oahu

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Visit the Byodo-In Temple nestled in the stunning Ko’olau Mountain Range in East (Windward) Oahu