Aloha from beautiful Honolulu and Waikiki beach, the hub for the Hawaiian island of Oahu and its many things to do! This incredible Pacific island offers 227 miles of shoreline with spectacular scenery all around. Become amazed by the blue ocean, green mountains and volcanoes, as well as world-class hotels that are easily accessible with great transportation from Honolulu Airport. Even more, Oahu is full of incredible sites that preserve the historical bravery and cultural majesty that make Hawaii a must-visit destination.
One of the most important things to do in Oahu is a visit to Pearl Harbor, an obligatory jaunt for both history and military buffs. The course of American life changed here after the attack on December 7, 1941, forcing the United States to get involved in World War II. Add on visits to the USS Arizona Memorial and Punchbowl Cemetery to make this a complete historical journey and pay your respects to the brave soldiers who defended freedom.
To really immerse yourself into the culture of Oahu, you must experience the magic of a luau. Get the royal treatment as you savor the exquisite taste of Hawaiian cuisine with a buffet fit for emperors. Then become mesmerized by a spectacle of songs and dances that highlight the sacred stories of the Polynesian peoples.
Of course, the natural world provides its own awe-inspiring spectacle no matter where you find yourself in Oahu. A great way to experience these natural wonders is by taking a sailing excursion through the blue Pacific waters. The places worth seeing during your cruise include the Ko Olina shore and Turtle Canyon. And to get a great look at the entire spectrum of beauty, jump into the water and explore the coral reefs by snorkeling, finding yourself surrounded by gorgeous fish. You might even see turtles, dolphins, eagle rays and sea lions during your expedition.
Are you excited to try out the great tours and activities in Oahu? Here are the top recommendations of things to do from the local experts:
On a special day at Pearl Harbor, you’ll have a chance to see the most important memorials, museums and artifacts that serve as a reminder and a tribute to those lost on December 7, 1941. On this fateful day in U.S. history, Japanese military attacked Oahu’s Pearl Harbor, destroying military ships and aircraft, and killing thousands of Americans. You can’t visit Oahu without paying respects to the legacy of Pearl Harbor.
Get away from the crowds in Waikiki and enjoy a traditional backyard barbecue on the beach in West Oahu. Germaine's Luau Oahu will give you a taste of Old Hawaii with an all-you-can-eat buffet luau, as well as a journey through the islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Tahiti through colorful and exciting song and dance.
Head out into the ocean in the early morning while the sea is calm and a rare few boats are on the horizon. As you sail along the western coastline of Oahu, you will have a chance to spot dolphins swimming in the wake and snorkel in the crystalline waters of Hawaii with sea turtles and flying fish.
Get closer to nature and swim with sea turtles on this excursion that showcases ‘honu’ — Hawaii’s green sea turtles. You’ll sail on a catamaran, swim with the fishes, and take in views of the Honolulu shores while enjoying lunch and drinks on a beautiful Hawaiian day.
Take a stroll through the past and pay homage to the fallen in this history-packed excursion in Hawaii including a touching visit to USS Arizona Memorial, a tribute to the 1,177 crewmen killed during the tragic events in Pearl Harbor. Then visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery to pay tribute to the brave personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces.
An unforgettable evening awaits at the world-famous Ali'i Luau, a show created with royalty in mind. Experience Hawaiian and Polynesian heritage through dance, song, and food, and discover the sights and sounds of the island on your Hawaii getaway. You'll also uncover the cultural riches of other Pacific islands during this remarkable spectacle at the Polynesian Cultural Center in northeastern Oahu.