Whether you’re staying in Oahu for the weekend or for an extended vacation, find an itinerary of must see and must do attractions and activities to fit your schedule.
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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. 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.
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 snorkeling 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-path wonders like the Valley of the Temples.
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 savor the taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine at some of Hawaii’s finest and most acclaimed restaurants.
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