Tips on What To Do in Honolulu - Oahu
Oahu is a good place for a riveting hike, a cultural excursion, or a day at the beach surfing or sunning. Travel writers suggest getting up close and personal with the fish at the Waikiki Aquarium, catching a wave off of one of North Shore's golden beaches, or enjoying the breathtaking views from Makapu'u Point and Diamond Head. There is also plenty to do in the city: Honolulu is home to several beaches, as well as numerous historical sites such as the renowned USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Make sure to save some energy for the evening for one aspect of Hawaiian culture that you won't want to miss: a luau.
Oahu is world-renowned for the beaches hugging its coastline. Writers praise the white sands and calm waters of Waikiki Beach, the heart of Honolulu, but be prepared to face throngs of fellow tourists. If you're looking for more private beach experience, try driving to the quieter shores along the island's eastern side.
Perhaps one of the most famous sites in Hawaii, Oahu's North Shore attracts the world's best surfers and beach-going onlookers. If you have never stepped foot on a surfboard, there are plenty of surfing schools located on the North Shore and around the island that specialize in teaching grommets (local slang for a surfing newbies) to catch their first waves.
Once you've had enough surf, sun, and sand for one lifetime, put your shoes back on and head inland toward the miles of hiking trails meandering around Oahu's center. The Manoa Falls Trail, which is very close to Honolulu, provides great excursions through the island's verdant jungles and around its crystalline waterfalls.
Many of the island's most memorable sights are within driving distance of Honolulu. One of the more iconic natural wonders in Oahu is Diamond Head, a volcanic hill that overlooks—and overpowers—the skyscraping resorts of Waikiki. Nearby you'll also find the USS Arizona Memorial, honoring those lost in the 1941 Pearl Harbor invasion. The monument is highly recommended for sightseeing historians.
Oahu's nightlife is anything but quiet. The island offers some of the best nightclubs and bars in Hawaii, especially near the waterfront, writers say. The abundance of blues clubs in downtown Oahu and Waikiki have garnered praise from writers and travelers alike.