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Welcome to Oahu

This island gem—the third largest of Hawaii’s eight—offers city entertainment to the south and outdoor adventure to the north, just an hour’s drive apart. History buffs can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona or get a taste of the island at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Experience the outdoors, from snorkeling to sailing to jetskiing to just plain lounging on Waikiki Beach, or with a hike up Diamond Head. And be sure to plan a night at a traditional lu’au; visit to Haleiwa on the North Shore for garlic shrimp and shaved ice; and trip to the Halona Blowhole to snap photos.

Top 10 attractions in Oahu

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Honolulu

Honolulu

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Honolulu is so much more than just the sunny resort area of Waikiki, where white sands stretch all the way to iconic Diamond Head. The capital city is Hawaii’s commercial and urban heart, with first-class museums, shopping, dining, clubs, and bars. And every year millions of visitors from around the globe find aloha in Honolulu, where surfboards, sunsets, swimming, and taking it slow are simply a way of life.More
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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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Made up of several historic sites and memorials, Pearl Harbor honors and educates the public about the Japanese attack on the United States on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II. It’s one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, and one of the country’s most significant WWII memorial sites.More
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Mokolii Island

Mokolii Island

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Located a short distance offshore of Kualoa Point, Mokolii Island is one of Oahu’s most famous landmarks. This small, cone-shaped island attracts adventurous visitors with its secluded coves, rugged hikes, and views of Oahu’s windward coast and the Koolau mountains; the same mountains featured in scenes of the movie Jurassic Park.More
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Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore

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Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.More
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Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

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What started out as a Wahiawa fruit stand in the middle of the pineapple fields in 1950 is now an extremely popular Hawaiian attraction. The sprawling Dole Plantation in central Oahu is a rural throwback to a time when the pineapple helped rule Oahu’s economy. Visitors can sample the sweet yellow fruit, ride on the famous Pineapple Express train and motor out through the fields, take a walk through a huge garden maze, learn how to find fresh pineapple when grocery shopping, and hear how pineapples are grown on plants—and not underground or on trees.More
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Halona Blowhole

Halona Blowhole

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Once visitors are aware that hālona means “lookout” in Hawaiian, it becomes quite clear what the Halona Blowhole is about: views, Pacific Ocean and blowhole! The Halona Blowhole is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on O’ahu Island; the more than 1,000-year-old geyser-like rock formation is characterized by a hole which propels incoming surf in a narrow, molten lava tube, shooting sea spray high into the air as a result - sometimes up to 30 feet. This is mostly a summery phenomenon but wintertime also has a big ticket item drawing visitors: humpback whales. The lookout point offers unobstructed views of the O’ahu shoreline as well as glimpses of Lanai and Moloka'I Islands on clear days.The coast is home to a special type of coral that requires very little light to live, the Sinularia Leather Coral, where it is possible to find various species like echinoderms, slugs, corals, and eels. And although the marine life is quite plentiful and fascinating, divers should proceed with caution because of the strong and sometimes erratic currents, including the colloquially named Moloka'i Express, which can drag divers out to sea without warning. Visitors should know that below the hālona is one of the most dangerous ocean currents in the world, and should always proceed with care.More
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USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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The USSArizona Memorial floats above the watery site where the eponymous battleship was bombed and sunk, taking 1,177 lives with it, in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The solemn, all-white memorial features a marble wall of names of those who served onboard and spans theArizona’s width, with openings to look down on the sunken hull.More
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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Arguably Hawaii's most well-known sight, Diamond Head Crater is more than just a famous Waikiki backdrop but also an entire attraction unto itself, featuring one of Oahu's best hikes for a panoramic view. From atop the 760-foot (231-meter) summit, visitors can gaze out from Koko Head Crater to the Honolulu skyline and down on Waikiki Beach, where surfers, paddlers, sailboats, and canoes all splash through the tropical waters.More
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Makapuu Lighthouse

Makapuu Lighthouse

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Within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is a popular hike ending at the historical red-roofed Makapu’u Lighthouse, built in 1909. Though the lighthouse is not open to the public, the moderately challenging hike attracts travelers and locals alike for its stunning coastal views.More
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Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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For decades, Waikiki Beach has been Oahu’s tourist mecca thanks to its palm-fringed white-sand beaches and high-rise luxury hotels that stretch from downtown Honolulu east toward the towering Diamond Head. Here all the spoils of Hawaiian beach life—from sunbathing and swimming to snorkeling and fruity-cocktail sipping—are within steps of world-class shopping and dining.More

Trip ideas

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top activities in Oahu

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Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion

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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Should be called ‘Nice boat ride with a chance to see sea life’
Andra_P, Dec. 2021
Encounter with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and Hawaiian Cultural Experience
Best part was tour guide Jen who gave us lots of recommendations for places to see in Oahu!
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Great time!
Thomas_E, Nov. 2021
Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Great way to see Oahu.
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Great way to see the...
Eliza_R, Nov. 2021
Private Helicopter Charter - Oahu "Magnum Experience" (50 Minute)
Great way to see the island.
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Do it do it do it
Alex_S, Nov. 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
This was such a cool experience to see Oahu!
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Volcano park was great
James_F, Nov. 2021
Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Volcano Adventure Tour from Oahu
Got to see turtles at the black beach.
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A must do
Michelle_D, Oct. 2021
Waikiki Atlantis Submarine Adventure
Exciting to see the ocean in a whole different way.
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Flying over the coral...
Betty_H, Oct. 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Saw things we didn’t know about and will Definitely come Back to see Next time.
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Grand education
Melissa_G, Oct. 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
We were able to see many high points and guide, Kory, provided great background details re: surfing, communities, etc.
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Oahu in a day.
Michael_C, Oct. 2021
Aloha Circle Island Tour - Full Day Adventure
Good tour and a great way to see Oahu.
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It's a good tour!
Muanfun_B, Sep. 2021
Oahu Shark Dive
They even took us to see the dolphins before we headed back to the harbor.
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Loved this tour! Highly recommend!
Gemma_L, Sep. 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
You really get to see everything in Oahu on this tour, so it’s definitely worth it.
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Entertaining
David_W, Sep. 2021
Oahu Circle Island and Snorkeling Tour
Great history and beautiful sights getting to see more of Oahu other then little LA of Honolulu.
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Great Tour
SLove, Sep. 2021
Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall
The tour allows you to see most the island and some of it's amazing landmarks.
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Great Waterfall Hike on Oahu
Mary_C, Sep. 2021
Waterfall Hike and Nature Walk
The waterfall was beautiful.
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Unforgettable Bus Tour
Mina_B, Aug. 2021
Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall
I told my family to visit Oahu and experience the tour but asked for jojo .
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Douglas_U, Aug. 2021
Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Waikiki
A good choice to see how much more there is to Oahu.
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Grand tour
Jennifer_R, Aug. 2021
Open-Door Helicopter Tour over Oahu
From the colors of the ocean to the reefs, mountains, waterfall and Pearl Harbor……it was a unique and exhilarating experience!
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Shaun_B, Aug. 2021
Hawaii | Waikiki Beach Sightseeing Cruise - Glass Bottom Boat
A great opportunity to see Waikiki from the sea.
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Swift, attractive, and valuable experience
Chizuru_M, Aug. 2021
Oahu Circle Island Tour with Byodo-In Temple Admission
Many attractions in one day!
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Great time highly recommended
Roman_D, Aug. 2021
Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and a Hawaiian Meal
We got to see wildlife, snorkel, then eat and drink.
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