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Things to do on Oahu

Honolulu and Kapiolani Park

Outdoor Activities

Fort DeRussy Beach Park

Fort DeRussy Beach Park

Located just across the street from the Aqua Palms is this gem of a beach park, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or picnics. Grab a beach towel and chair from the front desk and make a day of it! The park features barbecue grills, sand volleyball court, and an outdoor fitness center.

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

After all the dining out you’ve been doing, you’re probably itching to work off those extra calories! Diamond Head is not only a beautiful landmark, it offers a moderate hike to that top that’s both fun and challenging. You’ll climb fairly steep stairs, go through a cave, and reach the summit for a spectacular 360-degree view of the island. 1.5 miles round trip. $5 park fee.

  • (808) 587-0300
  • 6am-6pm; Last entrance to the trail at 4:30pm
  • Entrance located on Diamond Head Road, Honolulu
  • $5 per car; $1 per person for pedestrians. Cash only

Surf Lessons and Board Rentals

Dole plantation a must experience

Catch the next wave right at Waikiki Beach. If you’re new to the world of surfing, you’ll want to take a lesson to learn the basics. Once you do, you’ll be up and riding in no time! Seasoned surfers can rent a board for a half-day or whole day from one of the many surf shops and kiosks along Kalakaua Avenue.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Want to get up close and personal with some of Oahu’s underwater friends? Our activities desk will help you find the best way to discover Hawaii’s beautiful reefs, schools of fish, and other marine life. Whether you want to hang by the water’s surface or dive deep into the Pacific, there are a variety of catamaran trips to choose.

Culture and History

Polynesian Cultural Center

Explore Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center showcases the fascinating history and culture of Polynesia. You’ll not only learn about the Hawaiian arts, you’ll also experience the food, dances, and other traditions of the people of Tonga, Tahiti, Marquesas, Fiji, Aotearoa, and Samoa. After exploring the villages, enjoy the Alii Luau Buffet and evening show Ha: Breath of Life.

  • (808) 293-3333
  • 12:30pm-9pm, Closed Sundays
  • 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
  • $49.95 Adults; $39.96 Children (5-11 yrs); Tour and dinner show packages available

The Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park

The Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park

Situated across from breathtaking Makapuu beach and Manana (Rabbit Island), with ocean and mountain views, is a luau not to be missed! You’ll enjoy Mai Tais and a Hawaiian feast featuring delicious traditional luau foods, followed by a Polynesian show that will keep you on the edge of your seat with The Chief—a world champion fire-knife dancer!

Bishop Museum

Explore Bishop Museum

Anyone interested in a closer look at Native Hawaiian art and culture must take a trip to the Bishop Museum! Check out exhibits that spotlight traditions like the practice of Hawaiian weaving or hala, Hawaiian mythology and religion, native gardens, and contemporary art from the Pacific. There is even a planetarium featuring traditional Polynesian navigation.

  • (808) 847-3511
  • 9am-5pm, Closed Tuesdays
  • 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu
  • $19.95 Adults; Discounts for seniors, children, kamaaina and military

Diamond Head Theatre

Diamond Head Theatre

With a history spanning 100 years, this community theatre just outside of Waikiki has become the third oldest community theater in the United States. You won’t want to miss one of the six mainstage productions, including one musical, offered each season. You can purchase tickets on their website, or call (808) 733-0277.

  • (808) 733-0277
  • 520 Makapuu Ave, Honolulu

Nature

Waikiki Aquarium

Explore Waikiki Aquarium

Want to learn more about what’s whirling around you when you’re surfing or taking a swim? No need to get in the water for that! Check out this family-friendly activity, right on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach. You’ll meet honu (sea turtles), Hawaiian monk seals, beautiful reef fish, seahorses, intricate corals and more!

  • (808) 923-9741
  • Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • $12 Adults; $5 Children (4-12 yrs) and Seniors; $8 Kamaaina and Military

Honolulu Zoo

Explore Honolulu Zoo

Calling all animals lovers! Honolulu isn’t just clear water and sandy beaches. Check out the 902 animals that call the Honolulu Zoo home. With over 42 acres to explore, the zoo offers both animal and plant exhibits, a café, and educational programs. Your whole family will love the wild side of Waikiki.

  • (808) 971-7171
  • Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu
  • $14 Adults; $6 Children (3-12 yrs); Discounts for kamaaina and military

Horseback Riding at Kualoa Ranch

Horseback Riding at Kualoa Ranch

Take a one or two-hour tour on horseback through one of the most majestic parts of the island. You’ll lightly gallop through the lush valleys of Oahu’s windward side with the Koolau Mountains looming in the background. The Kualoa Ranch is a 4,000 acre working cattle ranch, and is also considered one of the most sacred places on the island for Native Hawaiians.

  • (808) 237-7321
  • 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe

Oahu Botanical Gardens

Oahu Botanical Gardens

Enliven all your senses with a visit to the botanical gardens on the island. Some of our favorites include Foster Garden, which comprises 13.5 acres of plants collected from the world's tropics over a period of 150 years. Koko Crater Botanical Garden features a two-mile loop of sweet-smelling plumeria trees. Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens, the largest of the three, is a whopping 400 acres of lush rainforest, walking trails, and campgrounds. 

Shopping

Ala Moana Center

Shop at Ala Moana Center

Our shuttle will give you a ride to Honolulu’s number one shopping destination, Ala Moana Center. With over 290 exclusive retail shops, visitors love this popular indoor/outdoor mall loved by locals. After a packed day of shopping, enjoy one of the many dining options like the Mai Tai Bar, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, or Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room.

  • (808) 955-9517
  • Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm
  • 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu

Honolulu Farmer’s Market

Honolulu Farmer’s Market

Look for the white tents at the Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall’s arena parking lot on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. Join local farmers and crafters for food and fun for everyone. This outdoor market is especially known for the variety of prepared food booths, serving dishes like Vietnamese sandwiches, guava smoked pork, artisan pizzas, and ahi poke bowls.

Royal Hawaiian Center and Luxury Row

Shopping in Waikiki

There’s no need to travel far if you’re looking for exclusive shops and trendy boutiques. The Royal Hawaiian Center, located right on Kalakaua Avenue, has over 300,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. You’ll find island gifts, apparel, jewelry and so much more. Luxury Row, just down the street, boasts Waikiki’s finest shops, like Tiffany, Gucci, Armani, and Chanel.

  • Mon-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 9am-5pm
  • Royal Hawaiian Center: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu

Waikele Premium Outlets

Waikele Premium Outlets

Everyone loves a great deal! The 50 plus shops at Waikele offer something for everyone. From high fashion discount retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Calvin Klein to the laid back flair of Tommy Bahama and Banana Republic, the whole family will find a style that suits them. Waikele is also the only Premium Outlet location in the state!

  • (808) 676-5656
  • Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm
  • 94-790 Lumiaina Street, Waipahu