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Oahu Itineraries

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Whether you’re staying in Oahu for the weekend or for an extended holiday, find an itinerary of must see and must do attractions and activities to fit your schedule.

1 - 3 Days
With so much to do on Oahu, you’ll have to make some tough choices on your short stay. You could actually spend 24 hours just in Waikiki taking surfing lessons, enjoying the beaches and seeing sights like the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. Or take a short drive to Downtown Honolulu and learn about Hawaii’s history at the Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue. Then travel up to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout to visit a historic spot with amazing views of the lush Windward Coast and the towering Koolau Mountains.

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King Kamehameha Statue, Oahu

The most famous Kamehameha Statue stands in front of Aliiolani Hale in Downtown Honolulu.
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Waikiki, Oahu

Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki is now a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world.
Pali Lookout

Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Oahu

Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most popular scenic spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountain range.
Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace, Oahu

The only official state residence of royalty in the US, Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.
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Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Oahu

This iconic statue of “The father of modern surfing” welcomes visitors to Waikiki with open arms.
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Learn How to Surf on Oahu

Oahu has many amazing spots to learn how to surf, including the gentle waves of world famous Waikiki Beach.

4 - 7 Days
With a longer stay you can go beyond Waikiki and the comforts and amenities of Oahu’s finest resorts. Visit the historic Aloha Tower for spectacular views of Honolulu. Take a trip to Oahu’s scenic eastern tip to go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay. Get away to the country and visit the surfer’s paradise of the North Shore. Once there, watch the pro surfers during the winter big wave season at legendary spots like Waimea Bay. Then eat like a local in charming Haleiwa Town. For a wonderful contrast to lively Waikiki, travel to the fertile Windward Coast and explore Kailua Beach and off-the-beaten-track wonders like the Valley of the Temples

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Kailua Beach Park, Oahu

Kailua Beach Park overlooks Kaneohe Bay and the Mokulua Islands and is a great spot for kayaking, windsurfing and other water sports.
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Waimea Bay, Oahu

Waimea Bay is a legendary surf spot influential in the birth of big wave surfing.
Waimea Bay, North Shore

North Shore, Oahu

The fabled North Shore is legendary for its perfect winter waves and professional surf competitions.
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Valley of the Temples, Oahu

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park houses Byodo-in, a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple.
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu

This Marine Life Conservation District is one of Oahu’s most popular snorkelling destinations.
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Resorts of Oahu

From Waikiki to the North Shore, the resorts of Oahu offer world-class amenities, amazing restaurants, spas and golf courses.
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Haleiwa, Oahu

This historic surf town is the gateway to the legendary North Shore.
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Aloha Tower, Oahu

Aloha Tower is a historic Honolulu landmark and home to an outdoor shopping and dining marketplace.

8+ Days
With an extended stay you’ll have plenty of time to relax and explore every facet of Oahu. Spend a day playing a round of golf on one of Oahu’s many fine courses. Visit one of Oahu’s many cultural festivals or special events like the monthly First Friday celebration in the arts district of Chinatown. You can also experience some of Hawaii’s major museums including the Bishop Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Hike to scenic spots on Oahu like the top of Leahi (Diamond Head) and the tip of east Oahu on the Makapuu Lighthouse trail. And with more time to spend, you can really savour the taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine at some of Hawaii’s finest and most acclaimed restaurants.

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Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu

Hike to the top of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.
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Makapuu Point Lighthouse, Oahu

Hike to this scenic point on Oahu’s easternmost tip for incredible views and whale watching during the winter.
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Oahu Golf

Choose from 40 golf courses, more than any other island, on the golfers paradise of Oahu.
Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum, Oahu

Bishop Museum houses the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the state and is a popular destination for the whole family.
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine on Oahu

Hawaii Regional Cuisine inventively blends Oahu’s freshest flavours with the cuisine of the world.
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Honolulu Museum of Art and Shangri La, Oahu

The Honolulu Academy of Arts is Hawaii’s largest fine-arts museum. Shangri La is one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes.
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Kapahulu, Oahu

Kapahulu is a small neighbourhood right next to Waikiki where you can find unique shops and some of Honolulu’s best local food.
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First Friday in Chinatown

Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown come alive every first Friday of the month in a celebration of Oahu art and nightlife.

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