|Surfing statue on Waikiki Beach|
|View from Diamond Head State Park|
|Near Waimanalo Beach|
You may need a full day to visit Pearl Harbor. Tickets are free but limited and reservations are needed. Many people choose to visit using a tour. Go learn some of Hawaii's rich history at the Iolani Palace, and see the statue of King Kamehameha, the leader who united the Hawaiian Islands.
Another afternoon or day excursion is the Dole Pineapple Plantation and the North Shore. Yes, the Dole Plantation is touristy, but it's fun! On the tour you learn that pineapples grow low to the ground on bushes. There is a train ride and you can enjoy a Dole Whip which is absolutely delicious!. If you are making this into a day trip, continue driving north to the North Shore. This is where you will see some of the most famous surfing beaches. You may also see Green sea turtles.
If you are ready for a day of culture and history, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. You could spend a short time here, or a full day and evening with a dinner show. Allow a full day if you are driving.
Transportation around the island... The bus service on the island is very good and reliable. I suggest using the app, DaBus. If you prefer to go exploring at your own pace, a rental car is the best option. Rental cars need to be reserved in advance as they do sell out.
Other day trips that can be added, regardless of where you stay include:
- Catamaran & Snorkeling - You will likely see and swim near green sea turtles (but don't touch them, it's illegal to touch the turtles!)
- Golfing - There are many wonderful golf courses to choose from in Oahu.
- Day Trips to Hawaii's Other Islands - Visit Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, or Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. Check out some of the volcanoes and take a flight over them for a once in a lifetime experience!
|Kuhio Beach Hula Show, Waikiki Beach|
Shopping... You can find wonderful places to shop just about everywhere on the island! From Don Quixote and the Ross Store to Luxury Row and the Ala Moana Shopping Mall. There's a ton of shopping opportunities for every shopaholic. If you are looking for locally made products, make sure to visit the Stadium. Every Saturday, there is a flea market where you'll find a huge variety of locally made products and foods. This would be a great place to get some souvenirs to take home!
Dining and restaurants... You will find a great selection of wonderful restaurants and beachfront dining. There are many restaurants to enjoy, as well as Luau Dinners on select nights.
|Waikiki Beach Sunset|