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Activities & Attractions

Oahu is a mecca for exploration, with panoramas that steal your breath nearly everywhere you go. The hiking trails alone would be enough to fill your days with plenty of exercise and scenery. Deeply channeled flanks of the Koolau and Waianae Mountain ranges offer some of the most spectacular vistas. Be on the lookout for tropical birds and waterfalls as you hike or bike through lush valleys. Take a drive through the pineapple fields to the North Shore to watch the winter waves pound the sand at Waimea Bay, or visit the small surf town of Haleiwa. And some of the best Oahu activities are by the sea. 

Try windsurfing or kite surfing at Diamond Head or Kailua Beach. Take a sunset sail off Waikiki Beach, go sport fishing, or behold a sunken ship by submarine. Oahu activities will not disappoint. And you'll find plenty of them right here on some of the best surfing, diving, and boogie boarding beaches in the Islands. And, of course, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is a must-do. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Get behind the wheel of a Formula One race boat or an all terrain vehicle (ATV). Zip across the waters of Hawaii Kai on a jet ski or banana boat “water rocket.” Or go skydiving at Mokuleia and free-fall 5,000 feet for a completely different view of the island.

Top Activities and Attractions on Oahu:

Royal Hawaiian Centre – 0.4 mile

Spanning three blocks in Waikiki Beach, Royal Hawaiian Center is a popular shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The Center features 150 luxury and lifestyle shops and restaurants on four levels, offering fashions, jewelry, crafts and cuisine from around the world – from haute couture to hot dogs. Discover trendy boutiques, such as Cartier, Fendi, Kate Spade, and Juicy Couture, and fabulous restaurants like Beachwalk Café and Doraku Sushi. Enjoy free culture, music, and hula classes in The Royal Grove. Visit www.royalhawaiiancenter.com


International Market Place – 0.5 mile

A Waikiki Beach shopping tradition, International Market Place is a colorful open-air market with 200 shops, carts, kiosks, artisan stands, restaurants and bars. Built around a century-old banyan tree, International Market Place is a maze of souvenir, jewelry, apparel, sun glass, surf, gift, clothes and artisan crafts shops and bamboo-colored stalls. Shop for t-shirts, sandals, wood carving, kites, surfboards, pearls, tapestries, and souvenirs – from wooden tiki statues to grass hula skirts. Hear stories by the local craftspeople local craftspeople and snap a photo by the waterfall. Dine at the International Food Court serving Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment. Visit www.internationalmarketplacewaikiki.com


Waikiki Beach – 0.5 mile

Located on Oahu’s southeastern coast, Waikiki Beach is one of the most enchanting beaches in the world. Fronted by waterfront restaurants, shops, entertainment and nightlife, this gorgeous 2-mile white sand beach is a wonderful spot for lounging on the sparkling sands and swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, catamaraning and outrigger canoeing in the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Waikiki Beach offers picnic areas, concession stands, surf lessons, and body board and snorkeling rentals. Walk along the lively Waikiki Beach Walk for waterfront shopping, dining, entertainment and activities and savor the breathtaking seascape. Swim, surf, play, shop, eat, and hulu on Waikiki Beach. Visit www.waikikibeachwalk.com


Waikiki Beach Walk – 0.5 mile

Shop, eat, and play at the Waikiki Beach Walk. This vibrant beachfront promenade is lined with shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, spas, and bars. Shop for Hawaiian souvenirs, trendy fashions, local arts and crafts as you embrace by the stunning seascape and ocean breezes. From island chic to fashion funk, Waikiki Beach Walk offers 50 shops, including Alter Ego, Sunshine Swimwear, Quicksilver, Honolua Surf Co., and Sunglass Solutions. The Walk offers 15 wonderful restaurants and bars, including Roy’s Waikiki, Yard House, Ocean House Restaurant, Kani Ka Pila Grill, and Coconut Willy’s with Oahu’s hottest DJs and live bands. Enjoy live music on the Walk’s outdoor plaza and fun cultural events and activities. Visit www.waikikibeachwalk.com

Hawaii Convention Center – 0.6 mile

The 1.1 million-square-foot Hawaii Convention Center is located on 10 acres at the edge of Waikiki. It features a 200,000 square-foot ground level exhibit hall, 800 parking stalls, a 2.5 acre rooftop garden, and 140,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space. The Center is open to the outdoors, inviting the scent of flowers inside. Native Hawaiian plants are in abundance. Landscaped grounds, terraces, lanais, and courtyards account for more than six of the ten acre site.

Waikiki Shell – 1 mile

Across from Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head in the distance, Waikiki Shell is tropical outdoor amphitheater for open-air concerts, shows, and events. Boasting a large stage, advanced sound and lighting, and green lawns, this shell-shaped concert venue is a beautiful setting for twilight concerts and entertainment under the stars. The amphitheater seats 1,958 people, and the lush lawns seat 6,000. Closer to the ocean, the Shell grounds offers a smaller amphitheater that presents a daytime hula show, Diamond Head Greens, and a tree-lined lawn for theme parties, receptions, and banquets. Visit www.blaisdellcenter.com/venues/waikikishell.html


Kapiolani Park – 1 mile

Hawaii’s oldest and largest public park, Kapiolani Park offers 500 beautiful acres of relaxation and recreation in Waikiki Beach. Created by King Kalakaua in the 1870s and listed on Hawaii’s Historic Register, the park features lush scenery, 100-year old trees, shaded picnic areas, soccer and sport fields, archery range, tennis courts, and a scenic 3-mile running trail that is part of the Honolulu Marathon Course. Kapiolani Park is the site of Diamond Head, Honolulu Zoo, Kodak Hula Show, and the Waikiki Shell – home to outdoor concerts and shows. The Royal Hawaiian Band gives free concerts every Sunday on the Bandstand.

Ala Moana Center – 1 mile

Hawaii’s largest shopping destination, Ala Moana Center features everything from haute couture to hamburgers. This massive open-air shopping mall features over 290 luxury stores, shops, and restaurants. Anchored by Macy’s Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, the Center houses Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Betsey Johnson, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Escada, Fendi, J. Crew, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tiffany & Co. Check out the great restaurants and bars, Morton’s Stakhouse and Pearl nightclub, the international food court, entertainment, and shopping events. Visit alamoanacenter.com


Honolulu Zoo – 1.3 miles

Third oldest zoo in the country, the acclaimed Honolulu Zoo exhibits over 1,000 animals, mammals, birds, reptiles and exotic wildlife from around the globe. Set in Kapiolani Park, the zoo presents naturalistic exhibits of the African Savannah, Pacific Islands, Tropical Rainforest, and Kabuni Reserve. Encounter a Sumatran tiger, Asian elephants, zebras, crocodiles, komodo dragons, Hawaiian nene goose, and the first Galapagos tortoises born in captivity. Pet cows and llamas at the Children’s Zoo. Enjoy the Dinner Safari and explore the Honolulu Zoo a night with flashlights. Visit www.honoluluzoo.org


Waikiki Aquarium – 1.5 miles

Set along on a living coral reef, Waikiki Aquarium exhibits over 3,500 marine animals and aquatic plants – representing 500 species – from Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Explore the breathtaking coral reef exhibit and see living corals and giant clams. Gaze into the eyes of a zebra shark or giant octopus. See colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, sea jellies, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals. Explore the Edge of the Reef Exhibit and touch sea life found along Hawaii’s reefs and rocky shoreline. Marvel at the graceful sea jellies in the Ocean Drifters Gallery. Face giant sharks in the Hunters on the Reef exhibit. The Aquarium also offers tours, events, camps, and activities, including shark adventures, reef walks, diving and snorkeling trips and the Aquarium After Dark Tour. Visit www.waquarium.org


Downtown Honolulu & Chinatown – 2.9 miles

Downtown Honolulu features Hawaii’s significant treasures, historic landmarks, museums and attractions. Enjoy walking tours from Aloha Tower Marketplace, with shops and restaurants on Honolulu Harbor surrounding historic Aloha Tower. Explore the Hawaii Maritime Center, which highlights Hawaii’s ocean history, Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on US soil, Mission House Museum, with artifacts from the first Protestant missionaries, State Capitol Building, and the Kamehameha statue in front of Honolulu’s old judicial building. Discover Honolulu’s Chinatown, an 8-block labyrinth of temples, historic buildings, shops, galleries, ethnic eateries, bars, lei stands, antique dealers, produce vendors, and herbal shops. Join a guided walking tour at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.


Diamond Head State Park – 3.2 miles

Towering over Oahu’s beautiful southeast coast and Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head State Park is an extinct volcanic crater and Oahu’s most symbolic natural landmark. Formed 300,000 years ago, Diamond Head’s saucer-shaped crater spans 3,520 feet across. Hike the challenging trail from the crater floor and walk two sets of stairs up the wall of the volcano to the 760-foot high volcanic summit. Breathe in mesmerizing vistas of Oahu’s striking coast – from Waikiki Beach to Koko Head. Visit www.hawaiistateparks.org


Iolani Palace – 3.6 miles

A National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu, Iolani Palace was the royal palace of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, Tour this magnificent European-style castle and discover the history of the last royal monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Tour the Palace’s beautiful galleries lined with Hawaiian crown jewels, ancient regalia, and historic portraits and photographs, and the beautiful landscaped estate. Enjoy picnics and free Friday concerts on the stunning courtyard or find treasures and souvenirs in the Palace Shop. Visit www.iolanipalace.org


Bishop Museum – 6.5 miles

Hawaii’s largest museum houses a collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal heirlooms of Princess Bishop – last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family, and artifacts, photographs and documents about Hawaii and Pacific Island culture. Founded in 1889, Bishop Museum is the leading cultural and natural history institution in the Pacific, acclaimed for its extraordinary cultural collections and research. The striking Hawaiian and Polynesian Halls feature one of the largest natural history collections in the world. Visit the Museum’s Hawaii Maritime Center on Honolulu Harbor. Visit www.bishopmuseum.org


Hanauma Bay – 10.5 miles

Located on Oahu’s South Shore, Hanauma Bay is a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park. Sheltered from the ocean waves, the crescent-shaped cove is Oahu’s most popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot – a coral reef with rich marine life. Divers can touch the bay floor, the crater of an ancient volcano, or swim out along the reef to deeper waters. Enjoy swimming and sunning on the peaceful sandy beach. Walk the scenic hiking trails along the coastline and ridge to breathtaking lookouts overlooking the gentle bay. Visit www.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay/welcome.htm


USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor – 14.3 miles

America’s valor in the Pacific is alive at the USS Arizona Memorial at Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor. Tour the USS Arizona Memorial, the final resting place for many of the ship’s crewmen who lost their lives during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Spanning the mid-section of the sunken battleship, the Memorial features a museum, movie theaters, a bookstore and gift shop, exhibits chronicling the attack, and the shrine room with the names of those killed on the USS Arizona engraved on a marble wall. The USS Arizona Memorial museum highlights the attack via dramatic photographs, battle artifacts, exhibits and memorabilia.

***Latest news***
The USS Arizona Memorial has a new audio tour. The audio tour is approximately 3 hours long and begins by taking visitors through a one hour tour of two new world class museums. The first museum focuses on the events that led the US and Japan to war and the second museum focuses on the day of the attack.

After the National Park Services 23 minute movie visitors board a launch to be taken out to the USS Arizona Memorial. There are four audio segments to listen to at the Memorial. Upon returning back to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the audio tour continues for another 45 minutes along the Oceanside and describes the path of attack, outdoor displays, Remembrance Circle and the story behind the USS Arizona Anchor.

The audio tour is hosted by the famous actress Jamie Lee Curtis, the National Pacific Service historians and Pearl Harbor Survivors. The headsets are $7.50 per person. For more information visit www.PacificHistoricParks.org.


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